WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE (Week 7)
GAME #13 W&L vs. Randolph-Macon (8-3, 5-2 ODAC) 1/16/07 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 38-52 (.422). 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.
THIS JUST IN: W&L ended its six-game losing streak with wins at Lynchburg (76-68 OT) and Randolph-Macon Woman’s (73-49) this weekend. In the win at LC, the Generals were paced by junior forward Kristen Krouchick, who tallied a season-high 20 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Bethany Ridenhour posted a career-high 20 points and four assists, while junior guard Emily Wolff contributed 13 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the foul line. Hunsinger added 10 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals. The win at R-MWC was W&L’s first at the school since Nov. 29, 2002. The Generals grabbed a school-record 75 rebounds, including 41 offensive boards, to earn the 73-49 win. W&L had three players record a double-double in points and rebounds. Freshman center Kaitlyn Kamp led the way with career-highs in both points (15) and rebounds (13). Krouchick notched 14 points and 10 boards, while senior center Jessica Hunsinger had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Ridenhour also scored in double figures as she accounted for 10 points and six rebounds.
W&L vs. R-MC: The Yellow Jackets own a 25-4 advantage in the all-time series, including a 66-64 victory earlier this season. R-MC has won the past 12 meetings and has not lost to the Generals since a 76-71 double-overtime contest on Dec. 1, 2001 in Lexington, Va.
SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS: The Yellow Jackets only played one contest last week as they downed R-MWC, 83-38, last Tuesday. In that win, R-MC was led by freshman center Molly Ariail, who tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds. Junior guard Nicole Childress added 12 points. On the season, sophomore forward Lindsay Riesbeck leads the Yellow Jackets with 12.7 ppg, while Ariail adds 12.0 ppg and a team-best 8.4 rpg. Sophomore guard Amanda Hiltunen rounds out the Jackets averaging double-figures with 10.1 ppg.
LAST MEETING WITH R-MC: The last time these two teams met, W&L recovered from an 11-point halftime deficit to pull within one point (65-64) with 1:45 remaining, but could not pull off the road victory. The Yellow Jackets went on a 14-3 run to close the opening period en route to a 32-21 advantage 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 junior forward Kristen 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 had with 16 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals. Krouchick posted 14 points and eight boards, while senior center Jessica Hunsinger notched seven points, a game-high 11 rebounds and five blocks. Randolph-Macon was paced by freshman center Molly Ariail’s 10 points and five rebounds. Junior guard Nicole Childress tallied nine points and sophomore guard Amanda Hiltunen registered eight points and five steals.
W&L vs. MBC: W&L holds a 7-0 advantage in the all-time series with Mary Baldwin, including a 69-62 victory last season in Staunton, Va.
SCOUTING THE SQUIRRELS: MBC is 3-9 and 1-1 in the USA South Athletic Conference. The Squirrels lost all three of their contests last week. They opened the week with a 90-39 loss to No. 19 Mary Washington, then fell to Marymount, 78-54, on Wednesday. MBC closed out the week with a narrow loss to Hood, 55-53, on Sunday. The Squirrels are led by junior guard Jessica Carter, who averages 17.8 points a game.
LAST MEETING WITH MBC: In last season’s 69-62 win, the Generals led just 30-29 at the break, but started the second half on an 11-3 run to assume a 41-32 lead with 15:57 remaining in the game. The Squirrels rebounded to knot the game at 45-45 with 11:52 left, but a 13-5 W&L run gave the Generals a 58-50 advantage with 8:04 remaining. MBC sliced the lead to 59-56 with 4:10 remaining, but could get no closer. Center Jessica Hunsinger totaled 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Forward Kristen Krouchick chipped in 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Generals. Mary Baldwin was paced by guard Jessica Carter’s 29 points.
W&L vs. BC: This is the 26th meeting between the Eagles and the Generals with BC holding a 22-3 advantage in the all-time series. Bridgewater has defeated W&L four-straight times, including a 78-56 win earlier this season.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Bridgewater, who was ranked No. 18 in last week’s Division III poll, sits atop the ODAC with an 8-1 league record and an 11-2 record overall. The Eagles dropped their first ODAC match of the season with a 69-67 loss to Roanoke last Tuesday. BC rebounded with wins over Emory & Henry (85-51) on Friday and Guilford (83-69) on Saturday. The Eagles are led by senior guard Shannon Scales (14.9 ppg), who has connected on 31-of-70 (.443) of her shots from behind the arc. Senior Katy Herr Lovell is posting 12.0 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game, while junior guard Jessica Timberlake is averaging 10.7 points per game.
LAST MEETING WITH BC: In the previous meeting this season, the Generals led 15-14 with 10:25 remaining in the first half, but a three-pointer by Bridgewater’s Shannon 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. Senior center Jessica Hunsinger added nine points and 10 rebounds. Bridgewater was paced by Scales, who shot 7-of-8 from beyond the three-point arc in scoring a career-high 25 points. Katy Herr Lovell chipped in 19 points, nine assists and five steals.
DON’T GET SO DEFENSIVE: The Generals are better off getting defensive, since in their five wins this season they are holding teams to just 42.4 ppg. In those wins, W&L has held teams to just a .272 shooting percentage from the field (80-of-294) and 13.5 percent from long range (8-of-59). Additionally, the Generals forced an average of 25.4 turnovers per game and registered 13.6 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 six of the Generals’ 12 games and has led the team in rebounding in eight contests. She posted 12 double-doubles last season and has 38 double-doubles, including three this season. Hunsinger became W&L’s all-time leader in blocks with her six blocks against Roanoke. She now owns 209 career blocks, surpassing Megan Babst ‘02 (193 blocks). Additionally, she ranks third in career rebounds (888), third in career field goal percentage (.440) and fourth in career points (1,239).
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 (12.8 ppg) and ranks second in rebounds (6.6 rpg) and has tallied three-straight double-doubles. She recorded her first double-double of the season with a 12-point, 10-rebound performance vs. EMU, and then followed that up with a season-high 20-point and career-high 13-rebound outing in the overtime win vs. LC, and another double-double at R-MWC (14 pts, 10 rbs). For her career, Krouchick has totals of 848 career points, 309 rebounds, 116 steals and 102 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. She also has connected on 24-of-28 foul shots (.857) this season, including hitting 9-of-12 in the OT win at Lynchburg.
MAKING USE OF HER MINUTES: Despite serving as the back-up center to All-ODAC pick Jessica Hunsinger, freshman center Kaitlyn Kamp has shown that she can be extremely productive in a short period of time. In the win at R-MWC, Kamp played only 15 minutes but notched career highs in points (15) and rebounds (13). Also, in the Generals’ opening round win versus CCNY, Kamp pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds and scored eight points in just 16 minutes. On the season, she averages 3.3 ppg and 4.2 rpg in just 10.0 minutes per game.
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 then career-high 16 points in the win over HU and the loss to R-MC. In a home loss to EMU, she added 10 points -- her sixth double-digit game of the season and then followed that up with a career-high 20 points in the win at Lynchburg. She also registered 10 points in both wins over CCNY and Swarthmore and earned all-tournament honors. Ridenhour is currently third on the team in scoring, coming off the bench to post 10.1 points per game.
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