WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE
|14||Hayley James||F||Jr.||5-10||13/2||3.9||3.8||0.5||Career-high 18 pts/11 rbs at HU|
|24||Emily Wolff||G||Jr.||5-9||25/25||8.2||5.7||2.7||Career-high 16 pts vs. E&H|
|30||Amanda Kane||F||Jr.||5-11||25/3||5.4||4.4||1.5||Career-high 17 pts vs. E&H|
|32||Jessica Hunsinger||C||Sr.||6-0||25/25||12.8||10.1||0.8||Career ODAC leader in rebounding (1,031)|
|34||Kristen Krouchick||G/F||Jr.||5-9||25/25||13.4||6.8||2.4||Owns 1,029 career points|
|Off the Bench|
|10||Sarah Otey||G||Sr.||5-7||24/21||3.1||1.4||2.2||Season-high 12 pts vs. E&H|
|12||Casidhe Horan*||G||Fr.||5-7||13/0||0.6||0.3||0.6||0.2 steals per game|
|20||Bethany Ridenhour||G||So.||5-9||22/2||9.1||3.7||2.4||Career-high 20 pts at LC|
|22||Lauren Heitshusen||G||Fr.||5-7||21/0||2.0||2.0||0.7||Career-high 12pts/9 rbs at HU|
|40||Kara Nadeau*||F||So.||5-10||22/22||6.0||5.3||1.9||2.1 steals per game|
|45||Kaitlyn Kamp||C||Fr.||6-0||25/0||3.6||4.0||0.3||Career-high 15 pts/13 rbs at R-MWC|
|*- out with knee injury|
KING OF THE GENERALS: Mandy King (Southern Maine ’98) is in her fourth season as head women’s basketball coach at W&L and has a career record of 48-55 (.466). King is assisted by Kristen McCandless (TCNJ ’03), who is in her second season.
THIS JUST IN: The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team concluded its regular season with an 80-64 win over Lynchburg on Saturday evening at the Warner Center. The Generals owned a 22-17 advantage with 8:08 to play in the first half, but LC used an 8-0 run to take a 25-22 lead with 5:21 remaining in the opening stanza. W&L fought back with a 7-0 run of its own, leading 29-25 with 2:20 to play in the half and continued to hold on to the lead (35-31) at the break. The Hornets opened the second half with a 10-4 spurt, taking a two-point lead (41-39) with 16:25 left in regulation. However, junior forward Hayley James nailed a three-pointer on the Generals’ next possession to give W&L the lead for good. James paced the Blue and White with a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds), hitting all four of her shots from long range. Junior forward Kristen Krouchick tallied 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while senior center Jessica Hunsinger registered 17 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Junior forward Amanda Kane filled out the Generals’ double-digit scorers with 11 markers. Lynchburg was led by senior center Caroline Wesley’s 18 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman forward Brittany Dahn notched 12 points and a game-high 13 boards, while freshman guard Amy Terry scored 12 points.
W&L & EMU - THE SERIES: This will be the 29th all-time meeting between Eastern Mennonite and Washington and Lee. The Royals currently own a 19-9 advantage in the all-time series, which includes two wins earlier this season (67-57 on 1/9/07 & 68-48 on 2/10/07).
LAST MEETING WITH EMU - PART ONE: The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team lost its sixth-straight contest with a 67-57 defeat at the hands of Eastern Mennonite on Jan. 9. EMU led by as many as 14 points several times en route to 33-21 advantage at the break. Eastern Mennonite upped its lead in the second half, extending the score to 37-22 with 17:41 to go. The Generals responded and eventually cut the lead to one point (46-45) with 8:44 remaining, but could get no closer. W&L was hampered by 37 turnovers, including 27 in the first half. EMU also gave the ball up on 26 occasions. The Blue and White was led by junior forward Kristen Krouchick, who notched a double-double with 12 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds. Senior center Jessica Hunsinger racked up seven points, a game-high 13 rebounds and eight blocks. Sophomore guard Bethany Ridenhour added 10 points. EMU was paced by Carolyn Riley, who tallied 17 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Kathleen Steele also scored 10 points.
LAST MEETING WITH EMU - PART DEUX: Eastern Mennonite shot 72.0 percent (18-25) from the floor in the first half en route to a 68-48 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC women’s basketball action on Feb. 10. The Royals used their hot shooting to jump out to a 41-26 halftime advantage and led by as many as 24 points in the second stanza in cruising to the 20-point win. Washington and Lee, which shot just 33.9 percent (20-59) from the field and was out-rebounded 38-28, was led by senior center Jessica Hunsinger’s 13 points, four rebounds and two blocks. EMU, which shot 56.9 percent (29-51) for the game, was paced by sophomore forward Carolyn Riley’s 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. Junior forward Jolene Kratz added 14 points and seven rebounds.
SCOUTING THE ROYALS: EMU (17-7, 15-5) lost two of its three contests last week, falling to Randolph-Macon (92-64) on Tuesday and Roanoke (66-57) on Friday before defeating Virginia Wesleyan (53-51) on Saturday. The Royals are led this season by sophomore forward Carolyn Riley, who averages 16.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Junior forward Jolene Kratz also registers double-figures, posting 10.8 ppg and 5.1 rpg.
W&L IN THE ODAC TOURNAMENT: W&L has played nine ODAC Tournament games in its 13 years of eligibility for the postseason tournament. The Generals have compiled an all-time record of 1-8 and are 0-1 against Eastern Mennonite in the ODAC Tournament. The following is a breakdown of how W&L has fared against members of the ODAC in the tournament:
Guilford (0-1) Randolph-Macon (0-4) Emory & Henry (0-1)
Roanoke (0-1) Virginia Wesleyan (1-0) Eastern Mennonite (0-1)
W&L’S LAST TOURNAMENT GAME VS. EMU (2/26/04): The eighth-seeded Washington and Lee women’s basketball team used a 14-2 run late in the second half to pull within 62-61 of top-seeded Eastern Mennonite, but came up short as the Generals fell, 64-61, to the Royals in the opening round of the ODAC Tournament. With 8:50 remaining, EMU held a 60-41 lead over W&L, but saw that lead slowly evaporate over the next 7:06. Guard Louisa Feve started the Generals’ comeback bid with a pair of foul shots at 8:34, while forward Emily Barker drained a three-pointer at 7:59 to cut the Royals’ lead to 60-52. Eastern Mennonite ended its scoreless streak when forward Regina Sours scored a layup at 6:59, but guard Sarah Otey answered for the Generals with a triple at 6:34 to pull W&L back to within 62-55. W&L continued its scoring drive as center Jessica Hunsinger scored back-to-back layups at 4:38 and 3:20, and forward Sarah Michaels added a bucket at 1:44 to set the score at 62-61. The Generals would get no closer, however, as the go-ahead triple attempt from Barker fell short with five seconds remaining and EMU gained the ball and a trip to the foul line with 1.3 seconds on the clock. Guard Carrie Grandstaff sank a pair of foul shots to set the final score at 64-61. Michaels led the Generals with a game-high 27 points and added 10 rebounds, while Hunsinger scored 11 points, blocked four shots and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Otey and Barker both scored eight points on the afternoon.
W&L’S LAST TOURNAMENT GAME (2/23/06): The top-seeded and eighth-ranked Randolph-Macon women’s basketball team went on a 16-9 run over the final seven minutes en route to a 79-71 victory over eighth-seeded Washington and Lee in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament on Thursday afternoon at the Salem Civic Center. The Generals led 12-10 with 13:32 remaining in the first half, but the Yellow Jackets went on a 25-7 run over the next 8:53 to take a 16-point edge (35-19) at the 4:39 mark. W&L clawed back to trail by just nine points (39-30) heading into halftime. The Generals opened the second half on a 13-4 spurt to knot the game at 43-43 with 16:11 left and took a 45-43 advantage on a layup by guard Louisa Feve at the 14:51 mark. On its next possession, R-MC guard Megan Silva buried a three-pointer to give the Yellow Jackets a 46-45 lead. R-MC pushed its lead to five points (61-56) with 9:19 left, but the Generals got within 63-62 at the 7:00 mark on a layup by center Jessica Hunsinger. From there, the Yellow Jackets went on the aforementioned 16-9 run in posting the eight-point win. W&L shot 42.3 percent (30-of-71) from the field and pulled down 43 rebounds, including 21 offensive boards. R-MC shot 48.5 percent (33-of-68) from the floor, including 5-of-8 from three-point range, and grabbed 35 rebounds. The Generals were led by forward Kristen Krouchick, who scored a team-high 21 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds. Hunsinger finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, while Feve notched 16 points, nine rebounds, a game-high eight assists and a game-best five steals. Silva paced the Yellow Jackets with a game-high 22 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals. Forward Michelle Orton totaled 16 points and nine rebounds, while guard Amanda Hiltunen chipped in with 12 points.
RECORD BREAKERS: A few of the players on this year’s squad have made their names a permanent part of the Washington and Lee women’s basketball record book. Below is a list of where some of the current players rank in school history.
Career points: Jessica Hunsinger (1,437) - 2nd; Kristen Krouchick (1,029) - 7th
Career points per game: Kristen Krouchick (14.1 ppg) - 2nd; Jessica Hunsinger (13.9) - 3rd
Career field goals made: Jessica Hunsinger (607) - 2nd; Kristen Krouchick (423) - 5th
Career field goals attempted: Jessica Hunsinger (1350) - 1st
Career field goal percentage: Kristen Krouchick (47.9) -2nd; Jessica Hunsinger (44.9) - 3rd
Career free throws attempted: Jessica Hunsinger (394) - 4th
Career field throw percentage: Emily Wolff (80.6% - 50-62) - 5th
Career rebounds: Jessica Hunsinger (1,031) - 1st
Blocks in a game: Jessica Hunsinger (9, Twice) - 1st
Blocks in a season: Jessica Hunsinger (93) - 1st
Blocks in a career: Jessica Hunsinger (261) - 1st
Career games played: Jessica Hunsinger (103) - 1st
W&L has also set several program records this season:
Points in a game: 90, vs. Hollins, 11/28/06
Rebounds in a season: 1,222
Rebounds in a game: 75 at Randolph-Macon Woman’s (1/13/07)
Field goals made: 40, vs. Hollins, 11/28/06
Three-pointers made: 10, at Hollins (10-24), 2/13/2007
Blocks in a game: 11, vs. Mary Baldwin,1/18/07; at Hollins, 2/13/2007; vs. Roanoke, 2/18/01; vs. Emory & Henry, 12/3/03
Blocks in a season: 132
Steals in a game: 22
Most season victories: 15
Best winning percentage: .600 (15-10)
Longest winning streak: 7, 1/13/07-2/3/07
NATIONALLY SPEAKING: According to this week’s NCAA statistics, the Generals rank sixth in Division III in rebounding margin (10.4). W&L also appears in the Top 20 in field-goal percentage defense (17th - .331) and blocks per game (13th - 5.3). The ranking in the blocked shots category is due mainly to senior center Jessica Hunsinger, who averages 3.7 per game and ranks fourth in DIII this season. Hunsinger also ranks 40th in rebounding with 10.1 caroms per contest.
CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE: Senior center Jessica Hunsinger may not technically be the center of the universe, but for the past four seasons she has been the epi-center of the W&L women’s basketball program. She has scored in double-figures in 19 of the Generals’ 25 games and has led the team in rebounding in 17 contests. Hunsinger now owns a school-record 261 career blocks, broke her own game record twice with nine blocks against Mary Baldwin and Hollins, and edited her own season record for blocks with 93 thus far this year. She ranks first in career rebounds (1,031), second in career points (1,437) and third in career field goal percentage (.449).
WELL-ROUNDED GAME: There is a reason Krouchick is listed as a guard SLASH forward -- she plays both positions and both ends of the floor equally well. This season, she is first on the squad in points (13.4 ppg), ranks second in rebounds (6.8 rpg), has tallied five double-doubles and has recorded three 20+-point games. She recorded her first double-double of the season with a 12-point, 10-rebound performance vs. EMU, and then followed that up with a 20-point, career-high 13-rebound outing in an overtime win vs. LC, and another double-double at R-MWC (14 pts, 10 rbs). She also racked up 22 points and 10 rebounds in the upset of Bridgewater on Sat., Jan. 20. For her career, Krouchick has totals of 1,029 career points (seventh all-time @ W&L), 400 rebounds, 134 steals and 141 assists.
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLFF: Krouchick is not the only versatile player in the Generals’ arsenal -- junior guard Emily Wolff also poses an offensive and defensive threat for opponents of the Blue and White. She opened her junior campaign with an 11-point effort against CCNY, grabbed seven rebounds versus Swarthmore and followed that up with a then career-high 14 points in the win over Hollins. Wolff continues to put up big numbers, as she scored a career-best 15 points, pulled down nine boards and dished out five assists in a 63-52 loss at Roanoke. She also has connected on 50-of-62 foul shots (.806) this season, including hitting 9-of-12 in an OT win at Lynchburg. Her 80.6 percentage from the charity stripe is also good enough to rank her fifth at W&L FT percentage in a season.
SUGAR KANE: Junior forward Amanda Kane’s game has been nothing short of sweet as the season has progressed. The junior with the trademark high-arcing shot posted a career-high 17 points against E&H on Friday. She also had 13 points and six rebounds against Southern Virginia and 12 points and seven rebounds in a road win over the Wasps. On the season, she averages 5.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg in 19.3 minutes per game.
JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES: Junior forward Hayley James showed some of her sharp-shooting prowess with two career-high performances last week. James scored 18 points (4-of-5 from downtown) and collected 11 rebounds -- accounting for her first career double-double -- and posted a career-high four steals in the win over Hollins. She then followed that up with a 16-point, 11-board outing against Lynchburg, where she shot 4-of-4 from three-point land. Last week, she shot 70.0 percent (14-20) from the floor, 75.0 percent (9-12) from three, and 75.0 percent (3-4) from the foul line, while also averaging 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds over the three-game stretch.
MAKING USE OF HER MINUTES: Despite serving as the back-up center to All-ODAC pick Jessica Hunsinger, freshman center Kaitlyn Kamp has shown that she can be extremely productive in a short period of time. In a win at R-MWC, Kamp played only 15 minutes but notched career highs in points (15) and rebounds (13). Also, in the Generals’ win at Hollins, she notched 12 points and six rebounds in just 14 minutes. On the season, she averages 3.6 ppg and 4.0 rpg in just 10.0 minutes per game.
WHO’S IN?: Out of the 11 teams in the league, only eight qualified to participate in the conference tourney. Below is a breakdown of the tournament bracket and schedule. The tournament champion will receive the ODAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.
Game #1: Friday, February 23, 1:00 pm
No. 1 Randolph-Macon (21-4, 18-2) vs. No. 8 Lynchburg (7-18, 7-13)
Game #2: Friday, February 23, 3:00 pm
No. 4 Bridgewater (17-8, 14-6) vs. No. 5 Roanoke (15-10, 13-7)
Game #3: Friday, February 23, 6:00 pm
No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan (19-6, 16-4) vs. No. 7 Guilford (10-15)
Game #4: Friday, February 23, 8:00 pm
No.3 Eastern Mennonite (17-7, 15-5) vs. No. 6 Washington and Lee (15-10, 11-9)
Game #5: Saturday, February 24, 6:00 pm
Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Game #6: Saturday, February 24, 8:00 pm
Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner
Game #7: Sunday, February 25, 3:30 pm
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner