WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE (Week 3)
GAME #4 W&L vs. Hollins (0-2) 11/28/06 Lexington Va. 7:00 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 35-46 (.432). 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 dropped its first contest of the 2006-07 season, falling to Apprentice School, 50-46, on Tuesday evening. The Generals trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, but cut the Builders’ lead to six points, 23-17, going into the break. W&L opened the second half with an 9-4 run to cut the lead to two points, 27-25, with 16:37 to play in regulation, yet could never get any closer as the home-standing Builders pulled away for the four-point victory. The Generals were led by senior center Jessica Hunsinger, who notched her first double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Bethany Ridenhour added eight points. Apprentice forced the Blue and White to a season-high 27 turnovers. The Builders were led by Rahshann Lewter’s 12 points and Tia Walker, who added 11 points. Ashley Barlow contributed 10 points and a team-high nine boards.
SCOUTING HOLLINS: Hollins opened its 2006-07 campaign with a pair of losses at the 7th-Annual Women’s Colleges Tip-Off Tournament hosted by the College of Notre Dame (Md.). HU fell to Bryn Mawr, 67-28, and St. Elizabeth, 67-38. Hollins is led by Ashleigh Smith, who so far this season averages 12.0 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game. Hollins is currently in the midst of a 33-game losing streak, with their last win occurring in late 2004-05.
W&L vs. RANDOLPH-MACON: The Yellow Jackets own a 24-4 advantage in the all-time series, including three victories last season. The last time these two teams met was in the opening round of the 2006 ODAC Tournament, when top-seeded and eventual-ODAC Champion R-MC went on a 16-9 run over the final seven minutes en route to a 79-71 victory over eighth-seeded W&L. The Generals were led by Kristen Krouchick, who scored a team-high 21 points, dished out a career-high seven assists and grabbed five rebounds, and Jessica Hunsinger,who finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Megan Silva paced the R-MC with a game-high 22 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals. Michelle Orton totaled 16 points and nine rebounds, while Amanda Hiltunen chipped in with 12 points.
SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS: Randolph-Macon began the 2006-07 season by winning its own Tip-Off Classic with wins over Averett, 88-55, and Methodist, 86-58. Macon had balanced scoring in both wins, boasting four scorers in double-digits in the win over the Cougars (Molly Ariail -16; Lindsey Riesbeck - 14; Marta Merkel - 11; Hiltunen - 11) and five players in double-figures in the victory over the Monarchs (Merkel - 16; Hiltunen - 13; Kristen Morgan - 11; Riesbeck - 11; Ariail -10). Merkel (13.5), Ariail (13.0), Riesbeck (12.5), Hiltunen (12.0) Morgan(10.0) all are averaging 10 points or more for the Yellow Jackets in 2006-07. Over the past two seasons, Randolph-Macon owns a 39-1 record in ODAC competition and has won back-to-back league titles.
W&L vs. VIRGINIA WESLEYAN: VWC currently holds a 15-11 lead in the all-time series, which includes two wins in last season (66-55 on Dec. 4; 72-69 on Jan. 3). In the last meeting between these two teams, W&L was paced by Hunsinger, who tallied 18 points and nine rebounds. Krouchick registered 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Emily Wolff added 10 points, six rebounds and a career-high seven assists. Virginia Wesleyan was led by Allison Wheeler’s 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor. Nicole Thurston totaled 13 points and nine boards, while junior guard Lauren Rector chipped in with 10 points.
SCOUTING THE MARLINS: VWC posts a 2-1 record so far in 2006-07 and is coming off a 77-63 win over CNU on Nov. 21. In that win, junior guard Chelsea Barrett led the Marlins with 21 points, while freshman guard Tonia Jones notched 12 points and junior forward Taylor Lowe added 11 markers. For the season, Barrett paces VWC with 16.0 points per game and 3.3 assists per game. Jones is averaging 12.0 points per game and senior forward Nicole Thurston leads the team with 8.0 rebounds per game.
THE VOTES ARE IN: W&L was selected to finish fifth out of 11 teams in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. Bridgewater sits atop the poll with eight of the 11 first-place votes after finishing the 2005-06 campaign with a 24-7 mark that ended with a loss in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16. Virginia Wesleyan comes in at second, followed by defending-ODAC Champion Randolph-Macon, Roanoke, W&L, Emory & Henry, Eastern Mennonite, Guilford, Lynchburg, Randolph-Macon Woman’s and Hollins.
ODAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior forward Kristen Krouchick was selected as the ODAC women's basketball Player of the Week for the week ending November 19. Krouchick posted double-figures in both of the Generals’ wins that week and was 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.
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 and then followed that up with her first double-double of the season with a 19-point, 11-board performance against Apprentice. She posted 12 double-doubles last season and has 37 double-doubles in 71 career games. Thus far for her career, she ranks second all-time at W&L in career blocks (173), third in career rebounds (800), third in career field goal percentage (.441) and fifth in career points (1,155). She needs just 11 points to move up to fourth-place (Ansley Miller, 1996-00, 1,165).
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.
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 12.7. For her career, Krouchick has totals of 732 career points, 249 rebounds, 102 steals and 88 assists.
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. She also put up eight points in the Generals’ 50-46 loss to Apprentice.
KAMPED OUT IN THE LANE: Freshman center Kaitlyn Kamp has shown signs of being a more-than adequate back-up to All-ODAC center Jessica Hunsinger. 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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