WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE (Week 5)
GAME #8 W&L (3-4, 1-3 ODAC) vs. Virginia Wesleyan (7-3, 3-1 ODAC) 1/2/07 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 36-49 (.424). 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. VIRGINA WESLEYAN: This is the 28th all-time meeting between Virginia Wesleyan and Washington and Lee ... The Marlins currently own a 16-11 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last three prior meetings, including a 66-54 win over the Generals in Virginia Beach, Va., back on December 2nd.
W&L vs. ROANOKE: This is the 25th meeting all-time meeting between the Maroons and the Generals. Roanoke currently owns a 23-1 all-time advantage in the all-time series, but W&L picked up its first-ever win over RC last season with a 78-70 victory on January 28, 2005. W&L was led by center Jessica Hunsinger, who scored a team-high 21 points (including her 1,000 career point) and pulled down a team-best seven rebounds. Guard Louisa Feve notched a season-high 20 points and a game-high six assists, while forward Kristen Krouchick and forward Amanda Kane each tallied 10 points.
SCOUTING THE MAROONS: Roanoke (4-5, 2-3 ODAC) also returns to league play following a long-distance road trip. The Maroons split their games in the Cruzin’ Classic in Miami Shores, Fla., on December 17 and 19. RC dropped its opening contest to Adrian, 65-50, before picking up a 79-69 win over Loras. In the win over Loras, junior forward Erin Hanson scored a career-best 32 points and senior forward Brittany Johnson racked up 10 points and 10 rebounds.
LAST TIME OUT: The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team dropped its third-straight ODAC road game as it fell at then 19th-ranked Bridgewater, 78-56, on December 5. The Generals led 15-14 with 10:25 remaining in the first half, but a three-pointer by Bridgewater’s Shannan Scales gave the Eagles a 17-15 lead with 9:23 left and BC would not trail again. W&L remained close throughout the opening 20 minutes and trailed just 34-28 at the break. However, the Eagles shot 55.9 percent from the floor in the second half and steadily pulled away for the 22-point victory. W&L was led by junior forward Kristen Krouchick and sophomore forward Kara Nadeau, who scored 15 points each. For Nadeau, the total was a career-high scoring effort. Senior center Jessica Hunsinger added nine points and 10 rebounds.
LONG TIME NO SEE: Despite the fact that the Generals have only played four league contests, they are already finishing out their regular-season series with the Marlins tonight. W&L met VWC exactly one month ago in Virginia Beach, Va. In that contest, Thurston tallied 14 points and 13 rebounds to help lead the Marlins to the 66-54 win. 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 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: The Generals play three contests next week, first hosting Eastern Mennonite on Tues., Jan. 9, before traveling to both Lynchburg and Randolph-Macon Woman’s on Fri., Jan. 12 and Sat., Jan. 13.
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 first on the squad in points (12.3 ppg) and ranks third in rebounds (5.6 rpg). She is also shooting 50.0% from beyond the three-point arc (9-18) and has connected on 11-of-13 foul shots (.846). For her career, Krouchick has totals of 780 career points, 269 rebounds, 108 steals and 93 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. She has scored in double-figures in four of the Generals’ seven 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 75 career games. Thus far for her career, she ranks second all-time at W&L in career blocks (184), third in career rebounds (837), third in career field goal percentage (.443) and fourth in career points (1,198).
JUST “NADEAU” IT: Sophomore forward Kara Nadeau has been imitating the infamous Nike ad campaign with her stellar play the last two games. Nadeau notched double-digits for the first time this season with 13 points in the loss to VWC and then followed that up with a career-high 15 points in the loss to Bridgewater. Over those two games, she averaged 14 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg and 2.0 spg and connected on .500 % of her shots from the field (10-20).
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 46.2 percent of her shots (30-65) this season.
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.
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