WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE (Week 6)
GAME #10 W&L vs. Eastern Mennonite (6-3, 4-2 ODAC) 1/9/07 7:00pm 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 36-51 (.414). 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. 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. EASTERN MENNONITE: This will be the 27th all-time meeting between Eastern Mennonite and Washington and Lee. The Royals currently own a 17-9 advantage in the all-time series, but the teams split their meetings last season. The Generals downed EMU, 65-40, on Dec. 6, 2005, then fell to the Royals, 65-60, on Jan. 31, 2006.
THIS JUST IN: W&L dropped its fifth-straight game on Friday as it fell at Roanoke, 63-52. The Generals led by as many as six points during the first half, but saw the Maroons take a 29-26 lead into the locker room at halftime. The game featured seven ties and numerous lead changes until Roanoke assumed control of the game midway through the second stanza and the Generals could get no closer than five points the rest of the way. W&L was paced by junior guard Emily Wolff, who scored a career-high 15 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished five assists. Senior center Jessica Hunsinger tallied 14 points, 11 rebounds and blocked six shots, setting a new W&L career record in the process. Hunsinger now has 196 career blocks, surpassing the mark of 193 set by Megan Babst ‘02.
W&L vs. R-MWC: This marks the 27th meeting between W&L and R-MWC. The Generals own an 18-8 all-time advantage in the series, but have split their meetings with the WildCats for the past three seasons. Last season, R-MWC downed W&L, 77-69, on Jan. 15, 2006 and then the Generals defeated the WildCats, 68-48, on Feb. 4, 2006. The Generals have not won at R-MWC since November 26, 2002 (W, 66-51).
SCOUTING THE ROYALS: The Royals won both of their contests last week, defeating Lynchburg, 70-55, and Hollins, 86-33. In the win over Hollins, sophomore forward Carolyn Riley had a game-high 17 points and nine boards, while sophomore forward Kathleen Steele tallied 15 points. In the win over LC, Riley again led EMU with 16 points and eight boards. Riley, a transfer from Marymount, has been the Royals’ leading scorer in six of their nine contests this season and leads the team with 13.7 ppg and 6.7 rpg. Junior center Jolene Kratz is also averaging double-digit points this season (10.4 ppg) and is second on the team with 6.3 rebounds per game.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS: Lynchburg has dropped four-straight contests, including ODAC losses to EMU, (70-55) on Friday and Bridgewater (75-57) on Saturday. In the loss to EMU, senior center Caroline Wesley led LC with a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds), while freshman guard Kristina Darby added 10 points. In the loss to BC, Wesley also led the Hornets with 19 points. Freshman forward Brittany Dahn tallied a career-high 15 rebounds along with eight points. On the season, Darby leads LC with 13.3 ppg and 3.7 apg, while Wesley averages a team-best 8.4 rebounds per game and a second-best 12.9 points per game.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: The WildCats have yet to win a game this season and are 0-9 overall and 0-6 in the ODAC. They most recently dropped games to VWC (117-60 on 12/9/06) and Bridgewater (77-54 on 1/3/07). Sibling-duo Katie and Sara Rechnitzer led Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with 15.3 and 12.2 points per game respectively. Sophomore guard Sam Schaffstall owns a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game and ranks third with 8.3 points per game.
LAST MEETINGS WITH EMU: In the Generals’ 65-40 win over the Royals, center Jessica Hunsinger led the way with 19 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, while guard Louisa Feve and forward Kristen Krouchick registered 12 points each. Guard Emily Wolff added six points and a career-high 10 rebounds. EMU was paced by center Jolene Kratz, who notched 10 points and 12 rebounds. In the 65-60 loss, the Generals were led by Krouchick, who scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down six rebounds. Hunsinger added eight points, a game-high 14 rebounds and season-high tying seven blocks. The Royals were paced by Renalds’ 20 points and Kratz, who had 13 points and four rebounds.
DON’T GET SO DEFENSIVE: The Generals are better off getting defensive, since in their three wins this season they are holding teams to just 31.7 ppg. In those wins, W&L has held teams to just a .231 shooting percentage from the field (34-of-147) and 12.5 percent from long range (3-of-21). Additionally, the Generals forced an average of 28.3 turnovers per game and registered 15.3 steals per game in those wins.
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 five of the Generals’ nine games and has led the team in rebounding in six contests. She posted 12 double-doubles last season and has 38 double-doubles, including two this season. Hunsinger became W&L’s all-time leader in blocks with her six blocks against Roanoke. She now owns 196 career blocks, surpassing Megan Babst ‘02 (193 blocks). Additionally, she ranks third in career rebounds (855), third in career field goal percentage (.441) and fourth in career points (1,212).
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 nearly 50.0% from beyond the three-point arc (9-19) and has connected on 11-of-13 foul shots (.846). For her career, Krouchick has totals of 802 career points, 276 rebounds, 111 steals and 95 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 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 the 63-52 loss at Roanoke.
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