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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE (Week 1)

SWARTHMORE TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT

Game 1 • W&L (0-0) vs. CCNY (0-0) • November 18, 2005 • 6:30 pm

Game 2 • W&L (0-0) vs. Swarthmore (0-0) or Eastern (0-0) • November 19, 2005 • 2:00 or 4:00 pm

Probable Starters*
#10 Sarah Otey, G, Sr., 5-7, 1.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.6 apg
#24 Emily Wolff, G, Jr., 5-9, 7.0 ppg, 4.9 ppg, 2.6 apg
#32 Jessica Hunsinger, C, Sr., 6-0, 15.2 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.8 bpg
#34 Kristen Krouchick, G/,F Jr., 5-9, 14.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.1 spg
#40 Kara Nadeau, F, So., 5-10, 6.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.6 apg

Off the Bench*
#12 Casidhe Horan, G, Fr., 5-7, 0.4 ppg, 0.3 rpg
#14 Hayley James, F, Jr., 5-10, 2.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg,
#20 Bethany Ridenhour, G, So., 5-9, 4.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg
#22 Lauren Heitshusen, G, Fr., 5-7
#30 Amanda Kane, F, Jr., 5-11, 3.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg
#45 Kaitlyn Kamp, C, Fr., 6-0

*Stats from 2005-06

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 33-45 (.423). Last season, she led the Generals to an 11-15 record and a third-straight appearance in the ODAC Tournament, where they fell, 79-71, to Elite Eight-participant Randolph-Macon in the first round. In 2004-05, she made a four-game improvement from her initial campaign, tying a school record with 13 victories. King’s first season resulted in a six-game improvement over the previous season and also included a bid to the ODAC Postseason Tournament. Under her direction, two players have earned All-ODAC honors and another finished second in the balloting for the conference rookie of the year award. Kristen McCandless (TCNJ ’03) is in her second season as assistant women’s basketball coach at W&L. McCandless came to W&L after earning her master's degree in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She also had an exceptional career at The College of New Jersey where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003 and was a four-year letterwinner and two-time MVP of the Lions.

LAST TIME OUT: The last time W&L ran the floor was the 2006 ODAC Tournament, where they fell, 79-71, to top-seeded Randolph-Macon in the first round. The Generals led 12-10 with 13:32 remaining in the first half, but the Yellow Jackets (23-2) 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 heading into halftime and then opened the second half on a 13-4 spurt to knot the game at 43-43 and then took a 45-43 advantage on a layup by 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 a 16-9 run to post the eight-point win. The Generals were led by forward Kristen Krouchick who scored a team-high 21 points, dished out a career-high seven assists and grabbed five rebounds. Hunsinger finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

W&L vs. TIP-OFF OPPONENTS: When the Generals tip-off against CCNY on Saturday, it will mark the first time these teams have squared off. W&L has also never matched up against Eastern and has played Swarthmore just three times with the Garnet holding a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series. However, the Generals won the last meeting with Swarthmore. On Nov. 19, 2005 at the Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament, the Generals downed the Garnet, 67-60. Hunsinger paced the Generals with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Kara Nadeau notched 12 points and six rebounds, while guard Louisa Feve added 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Swarthmore was led by Karen Berk’s 23 points and eight rebounds.

W&L & SEASON-OPENERS: With the win over SC last year to open the season, the Generals won their first season-opener since the 1997-98 season. In fact, last year’s win over the Garnet was just the second season-opening win in W&L program history. The Generals own a 2-11 all-time record when they tip-off the season and have never won consecutive season-openers. W&L has also not won a season-opening tournament since 1997-98 when it captured the Carnegie Mellon Tournament.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Blue and White return to action on Tues., Nov. 21 when they travel to Newport News, Va., to take on the Apprentice School at 5:30 pm. This will be the first-ever meeting between the Builders and the Generals.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: CCNY went 1-21 last season, but returns both of its leading scorers this season. Last season, sophomore guard Latoya Noblin averaged 10.4 points per game and was the second-leading rebounder at 8.1 per contest. Sophomore forward Johanna Ortiz was CCNY’s second-leading scorer with 9.6 points per game and leading rebounder with 9.6 caroms per game.

SCOUTING THE GARNET: Swarthmore ended its 2005-06 campaign with an 11-14 overall mark and a 7-11 mark in the Centennial Conference. The Garnet return two starters, including its leading scorer and rebounder - Berks (17.8 ppg, 10.2 rpg). Swarthmore also returns senior guard/forward Jessica Fuhr, who stared all 25 contests last season and averaged 4.5 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists per game.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Eastern finished the 2005-06 season with a 2-23 mark. They return four seniors to the fold, including last season’s leading scorer, senior guard Raya Shores, who averaged 12.3 ppg last season.

WHAT’S BACK: The Blue and White return four starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s squad that finished with an 11-15 overall record (8-12 ODAC). Hunsinger returns for her final campaign after a junior season that was highlighted by leading the team in points (15.2 ppg), leading the ODAC in blocks (2.8 bpg) and rebounds (10.0 rpg), and becoming the sixth player in W&L history to score 1,000 points. The Generals also return starters Krouchick (14.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.1 spg), junior guard Emily Wolff (7.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.6 apg) and sophomore forward Kara Nadeau (6.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg).

WHAT’S GONE: The Generals lost one starter from last season’s 11-15 squad in guard Louisa Feve. Feve started 25 games last season en route to averaging 12.1 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game and a team-best 4.9 assists per game. A two-time Honorable Mention All-ODAC selection, she ended her career ranked first in school history in made three-pointers (143) and is second in scoring (1,305 points), assists (369) and steals (192).

CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE: Senior center Jessica Hunsinger may not technically be the center of the universe, but for the past three seasons she has been the epi-center of the W&L women’s basketball program. Hunsinger has twice earned Second Team All-ODAC and Honorable Mention All-State accolades and led the Generals in scoring and rebounding in 2005-06. Hunsinger became just the sixth player in school history to surpass the 1,000 point plateau when she tallied 21 points in a 78-70 win over Roanoke on Jan. 28, W&L’s first-ever win over the Maroons. She tied her career-high with 26 points and had a season-best 16 rebounds in a 75-58 loss at Roanoke on Jan. 10. Hunsinger posted 12 double-doubles last season and now has 36 double-doubles in 68 career games. She will enter this season ranked second all-time at W&L in career blocks (168), third in career rebounds (779), third in career field goal percentage (.444) and fifth in career points (1,118).

WELL-ROUNDED GAME: There is a reason junior Kristen Krouchick is listed as a guard SLASH forward -- she plays both positions and ends of the floor equally well. In 2005-06, she was not only second on the squad in points (14.8), but also collected a third-best 5.2 rebounds per game and team-high 54 steals. On two occasions last season, she scored a career-high 26 points (vs. R-MWC, 1/15/06; vs. E&H, 1/24/06). She also grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds twice (vs. LC, 2/5/06; at GC, 2/15/06). Krouchick enters her junior season with 694 career points, 230 rebounds, 87 steals and 82 assists.

HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLFF: Krouchick is not the only versatile player on the Generals roster -- junior guard Emily Wolff is also poses an offensive and defensive threat for opponents of the Blue and White. In 2005-06, she averaged 7.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.6 apg and tallied 34 steals. Wolff posted her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high tying 10 boards in a 68-48 over R-MWC on Feb. 2, 2006.

QUICK STUDY: Early on in 2005-06 season, sophomore forward Kara Nadeau moved into a starting role when she was just a freshman. Now a sophomore with 26 games under her belt, Nadeau is expected to continue to improve upon her 6.5 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per contest.

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