WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE (Week 4)
GAME #7 W&L (3-3, 1-2 ODAC) at Bridgewater (3-0, 2-0 ODAC) 12/5/06 7:00 pm Bridgewater, 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 36-48 (.429). 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 for the Lions.
W&L vs. BRIDGEWATER: This is the 25th meeting between the Eagles and the Generals with BC holding a 21-3 advantage in the all-time series. Bridgewater defeated W&L in both of its meeting last year (11/30/05 - 70-47; 1/18/06 - 71-46) and has won the last three meetings. In the 71-46 loss, guard Marsha Kinder scored 23 points to help lead Bridgewater the win. The Eagles (11-4, 9-1) forced 32 W&L turnovers and limited the Generals to just 34.0 percent shooting from the floor. W&L was led by forward Kara Nadeau, who tallied a career-high 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The last time the Generals beat the Eagles was a 71-61 victory in 2004. In that win, W&L had all five of its starters score in double-figures, including forward Kristen Krouchick, who totaled 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Forward Amanda Kane notched 13 points and sophomore center Jessica Hunsinger tallied 12 points and nine rebounds.
THIS JUST IN: W&L lost two ODAC contests over the weekend, first falling to Randolph-Macon, 66-64, on Friday and then dropping a 74-50 contest to Virginia Wesleyan. R-MC GAME: Washington and Lee recovered from an 11-point halftime deficit to pull within one point with 1:45 remaining, but could not pull off the road victory. The Generals committed 20 first half turnovers and saw the Yellow Jackets go on a 14-3 run to close the opening period en route to trailing 32-21 at the break. R-MC extended to a 42-25 lead with 17:16 remaining in the game, but the Generals then surged on a 15-2 run over the next 3:33 to pull within 44-40 with 13:43 left in the game. The game remained tight until a 7-1 run gave the Yellow Jackets an eight-point cushion (65-57) with 5:01 left in the game. However, W&L again retaliated, this time with a 7-0 run capped off by an old fashioned three-point play by Krouchick to pull within 65-64 with 1:45 remaining. W&L had chances to take the lead or tie in the final minute, but a pair of General turnovers killed two possessions and a Krouchick shot at the buzzer would not fall. W&L was led by sophomore guard Bethany Ridenhour, who tied a career-high with 16 points and added six assists, four rebounds and three steals. Krouchick posted 14 points and eight boards, while Hunsinger notched seven points, a game-high 11 rebounds and five blocks. VWC GAME: The Generals jumped out to an 11-1 lead just 3:29 into the game, but the Marlins responded with a 10-0 run to knot the game at 11-11 with 13:37 left in the first half. The game then went back-and-forth for several minutes until VWC closed the first stanza with an 11-3 run for a 33-25 lead at the break. W&L battled back to tie the game at 46-46 on a three-point play by sophomore forward Kara Nadeau with 8:22 left in the game. However, the Marlins posted an 8-0 run over the next 2:02 to assume a 54-46 lead with 6:20 remaining and never trailed again. The Generals were paced by Hunsinger, who tallied 16 points and eight rebounds. Nadeau added 13 points and seven boards.
LOOKING AHEAD: W&L will break for exams and the holidays and not hit the hardwood again until 2007, when it hosts Virginia Wesleyan on January 2 at 7:00 pm.
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. She has scored in double-figures in four of the Generals’ six games and has led the team in rebounding in five contests. She posted 12 double-doubles last season and has 37 double-doubles, including one this season, in 74 career games. Thus far for her career, she ranks second all-time at W&L in career blocks (182), third in career rebounds (827), third in career field goal percentage (.441) and fourth in career points (1,189).
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. This season, she is tied for first on the squad in points (11.8 rpg) and ranks third in rebounds (5.7 rpg). She is also shooting 52.9% from beyond the three-point arc (9-17) and has connected on 8-of-9 foul shots (.889). For her career, Krouchick has totals of 765 career points, 264 rebounds, 107 steals and 92 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 and grabbed seven rebounds versus Swarthmore and followed that up with a career-high 14 points in the win over Hollins. She also tallied nine points in the loss to VWC.
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 career-high 16 points in the win over HU and the loss to R-MC. She also registered 10 points in both wins over CCNY and Swarthmore and earned all-tournament honors. Ridenhour currently leads the squad in shooting percentage, hitting .500 percentage of her shots (27-54) this season.
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