WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE (Week 2)
Game 3 W&L (2-0) vs. Newport News Apprentice School (1-1) November 21, 2006 5:30 pm
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 35-45 (.438). 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: W&L claimed its first in-season tournament title since the 1997-98 season with a 52-45 win over Swarthmore in the championship game of Swarthmore Tip-Off Classic. The Generals led by as much as six points in the opening half, taking a 12-6 lead with 14:23 to play, but the Garnet responded and led by three, 26-23, at the half. SC extended the lead to five, 28-23, in the second half, but W&L countered with a 13-3 run, capped off by a three-pointer by junior forward Kristen Krouchick to take a 38-31 advantage with 8:08 to play in the contest. Swarthmore would cut the Generals’ lead to one, 40-39, with 3:18 left, yet could not get any closer as W&L pulled away for the seven-point win. The Generals (2-0) were led by Krouchick, who scored 18 points and notched six rebounds en route to being named tournament MVP. She was joined on the all-tournament team by sophomore guard Bethany Ridenhour, who tallied 10 points, three rebounds and three steals. Senior center Jessica Hunsinger added 12 points and seven rebounds.
SCOUTING THE BUILDERS: Newport News Apprentice opened its 2006-07 by hosting the Great Ships Invitational Tip-Off last weekend. In the invitational, NAIA Notre Dame College downed the Apprentice School, 67-55, in the first round game on Friday. The Builders rebounded to defeat Southern Virginia, 62-55 in the consolation game on Saturday. The Apprentice School is led by senior guard/forward Dayna Twyne, who averages 12.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg. Sophomore guard Rahshann Lewter averages 9.0 ppg, while senior forward Ashley Barlow has tallied 8.0 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Generals return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 28, as they open ODAC competition with a 7:00 pm contest against Hollins.
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).
ODAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior forward Kristen Krouchick was selected as the ODAC women's basketball Player of the Week on Monday for the week ending November 19. Krouchick posted double-figures in both of the Generals’ wins this weekend en route to be named MVP of the Swarthmore Tip-Off Classic. In a 62-24 win over CCNY in the opening contest, she tallied 16 points, pulled down eight rebounds and made four steals. In the championship game, Krouchick racked up 18 points and six rebounds as the Generals won their first in-season tournament since 1997-98 with a 52-45 victory over Swarthmore.
WELL-ROUNDED GAME: There is a reason 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). Thus far this season, she leads the Generals in points per game with 17.0. For her career, Krouchick has totals of 728 career points, 244 rebounds, 101 steals and 86 assists.
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. After a slow start in the season-opener against CCNY, Hunsinger rebounded to post 12 points and seven boards against Swarthmore. She 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 has 36 double-doubles in 68 career games. Thus far for her career, she ranks second all-time at W&L in career blocks (169), third in career rebounds (789), third in career field goal percentage (.444) and fifth in career points (1,136).
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. She opened her junior campaign with a 11-point effort against CCNY and grabbed seven rebounds versus Swarthmore.
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. She registered 10 points in both wins over CCNY and Swarthmore and earned all-tournament honors
KAMPED OUT IN THE LANE: Freshman center Kaitlyn Kamp showed signs of being a more-than adequate back-up to senior center Jessica Hunsinger this weekend. In the Generals’ opening round win versus CCNY, Kamp pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds and scored eight points in just 16 minutes.
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