WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE (Week 10)
GAME #21 W&L vs. Guilford (7-14, 6-10) 2/6/07 7:00 pm Lexington, Va.
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 45-53 (.459). King is assisted by Kristen McCandless (TCNJ ’03), who is in her second season.
WHERE THEY STAND: W&L enters its meeting with Guilford in the midst of a program-best seven-game winning streak and has won nine of its last 10 contests. With one more victory, the Generals will tie the program record for wins in a season (13), which has been done three times (1998-99, 1999-2000, 2004-05)
THIS JUST IN: Senior center Jessica Hunsinger netted her fifth-straight double-double as the Generals won their seventh-straight game with a 55-50 victory over Roanoke on Saturday. The Generals jumped out to an early 12-4 lead in the first 7:13 of the contest, but the Maroons used a 19-8 run to take a 23-20 advantage with 4:03 to play in the first half and assumed a 28-26 lead at the break. W&L opened the second half with an 11-4 run, taking a seven-point lead (39-32) at 12:36. However, Roanoke chipped away at the lead, eventually taking a two-point advantage (47-45) with 4:07 to go in the contest. Junior forward Kristen Krouchick drained a jumper to tie the contest at 47-47 with 3:42 remaining and Hunsinger dropped in a layup to put the Generals up for good (49-47) with 2:41 left. The Blue and White was led by Hunsinger, who tied a season-high with 19 points and added 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Bethany Ridenhour also scored in double-figures for W&L with 14 markers, while Krouchick tallied 12 points.
W&L vs. GUILFORD: This is the 27th meeting between Guilford and Washington and Lee, with the Quakers holding a 22-4 advantage in the all-time series. The Generals defeated GC earlier this season, 49-46, in Greensboro, N.C.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS: Guilford enters tonight’s contest in the midst of an eight-game losing skid and have not won since a 67-55 triumph over Lynchburg on Jan. 9. The Quakers own a 7-14 overall record and a 6-10 mark in conference play. On the season, GC is paced by sophomore guard Tracey Croner, who averages a team-best 12.3 ppg. Freshman forward Alexa Williams is pulling down a squad-best 7.7 rebounds per contest.
LAST MEETING WITH GC: W&L shot just 29.2 percent (19-65) from the field but found a way to gut out a 49-46 win over Guilford on Jan. 23 in Greensboro, N.C. The Quakers jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the opening 7:33 of the game, but the Generals’ defense tightened up to hold GC to just two field goals in the final 10:20 of the first half. W&L’s offense then provided just enough to give the Generals a one-point advantage (21-20) at halftime. Senior center Jessica Hunsinger scored six-straight points to open the second half and the Generals methodically opened a seven-point lead (40-33) with 7:20 remaining in the game. However, Guilford then went on a 12-1 run over the next 4:55 to assume a 45-41 lead with 2:25 left. A jumper by sophomore forward Kara Nadeau just 23 seconds later cut it to a 45-43 game and back-to-back layups by junior forward Kristen Krouchick gave the Generals a 47-45 lead with 25 seconds remaining. Guilford’s Jasmine Wood converted on 1-of-2 foul shots with 18 seconds left to cut the lead to 47-46, but W&L sophomore guard Bethany Ridenhour hit a pair of charity tosses with 12 seconds left to provide the final margin. Guilford had one final chance to send the game into overtime, but Jessica Casto’s three-pointer with two seconds left would not fall. The Generals were paced by Hunsinger’s 16 points (12 in the second half) and 11 rebounds. Krouchick tallied 12 points, while Ridenhour notched seven points, nine rebounds and four assists. Guilford, which shot just 30.2 percent (19-63) from the floor, was led by Tracey Croner’s 13 points. Alexa Williams hauled in a game-high 12 boards.
W&L vs. EASTERN MENNONITE: This will be the 28th all-time meeting between Eastern Mennonite and Washington and Lee. The Royals currently own an 18-9 advantage in the all-time series, which includes a 67-57 win earlier this year.
SCOUTING THE ROYALS: Eastern Mennonite downed Guilford, 78-66, on Saturday to extend its winning streak to six games. The Royals have not lost since a 56-46 defeat at the hands of Southern Virginia on Jan. 20. In the win over the Quakers, EMU was led by sophomore forward Carolyn Riley’s 22 points in just 22 minutes. On the season, Riley paces EMU with a team-best 16.2 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Junior center Jolene Kratz is also averaging double-figures this season, adding 10.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.
LAST MEETING WITH EMU: EMU bested W&L, 67-57, back on Jan. 9 in Lexington, Va. The Royals jumped out to an early seven-point lead (7-0) with 16:25 with to play in the first half and never trailed in the contest. 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 as the Royals pulled out the 10-point victory. W&L was hampered by a season-high 37 turnovers, including 27 in the first half. EMU also gave to ball up on 26 occasions. The Blue and White were 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.
COUNTING TO 1,000: Entering Tuesday’s game vs. Guilford, two Generals are closing in on a 1,000 -- in points or rebounds. Senior center Jessica Hunsinger is just six boards away from 1,000, while junior forward Kristen Krouchick comes into the GC game with 967 career points.
NATIONALLY SPEAKING: According to the last week’s NCAA statistics, the Generals rank 5th in Division III in rebounding margin (11.4). W&L also appears in the Top 25 in field-goal percentage defense (10th - .323) and blocks per game (24th - 4.9). The ranking in the blocked shots category is due mainly to senior center Jessica Hunsinger, who averages 3.4 per game and ranks fourth in DIII this season. Hunsinger also ranks 20th in rebounding with 10.8 caroms per contest.
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. The reigning ODAC Player of the Week, she has scored in double-figures in 14 of the Generals’ 20 games and has led the team in rebounding in 16 contests. Hunsinger now owns a school-record 236 career blocks and broke her own game record with nine blocks against Mary Baldwin on Thursday. She ranks first in career rebounds (994), second in career points (1,363) and third in career field goal percentage (.444).
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 (13.7 ppg) and ranks second in rebounds (6.7 rpg), has tallied four 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 and 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 967 career points, 357 rebounds, 127 steals and 121 assists.
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLFF: Krouchick is not the only versatile player on the Generals roster -- 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 38-of-46 foul shots (.826) this season, including hitting 9-of-12 in an OT win at Lynchburg.
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’ opening round win versus CCNY, Kamp pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds and scored eight points in just 16 minutes. On the season, she averages 3.2 ppg and 4.0 rpg in just 10.4 minutes per game.
RIDE WITH ME: After posting just two double-digit point outings in her rookie season, sophomore guard Bethany Ridenhour opened this season with back-to-back double-digit games at the Swarthmore Tip-Off Classic and a then career-high 16 points in a win over HU and a loss to R-MC. In a home loss to EMU, she added 10 points and followed that up with a career-high 20 points in a win at Lynchburg. She also registered 10 points in both wins over CCNY and Swarthmore and earned all-tournament honors. Ridenhour is currently third on the team in scoring, coming off the bench to post 9.3 points per game.
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