WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE (Week 8)
GAME #16 W&L vs. Guilford (7-9, 6-5 ODAC) 1/23/07 7:00pm Greensboro, N.C.
GAME #17 W&L vs. Southern Virginia (6-10) 1/25/07 7:00pm Buena Vista, 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 40-53 (.430). 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: Junior forward Kristen Krouchick recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Generals defeated a ranked opponent for the first time in program history with a 65-60 win over No. 24 Bridgewater on Saturday. The first half of the contest was back-and-forth and featured six ties. The Eagles (12-3, 9-2) led by as many as four points several times, but the Generals (7-8, 4-7) took a 29-28 advantage into halftime. Bridgewater used a 17-7 run in the opening 5:27 of the second half to take a nine-point lead (45-36) at 14:33, but Washington and Lee battled back and tied the contest at 52-52 with 8:08 remaining. The game remained tight and was tied three times in the final eight minutes, but junior guard Emily Wolff’s layup at 1:33 gave W&L the lead for good (61-60) and the Generals connected on 4-of-6 from the free throw line to earn the five-point victory. Krouchick’s double-double paced the Blue and White, while senior center Jessica Hunsinger notched eight points, a game-high 17 rebounds and four blocks. The Eagles were led by senior guard Amy Childs, who tallied 19 points. Senior guard Katy Herr Lovell scored 15 points and grabbed nine boards, while sophomore forward Tori Ruckman rounded out the BC scorers in double-figures with 10 points. The Generals held the Eagles’ leading scorer senior guard Shannon Scales to no points.
W&L vs. GC: This is the 26th meeting between Guilford and Washington and Lee, with the Quakers holding a 22-3 advantage in the all-time series. The teams split their meetings in 2005-06 as W&L downed GC, 73-53, on Dec. 8, 2005 in Lexington, Va., but Guilford evened the score with a 63-56 home win on Feb. 15, 2006.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS: Guilford owns a 6-5 mark in the ODAC and a 7-9 overall record, but has dropped three-straight contests entering its match up with W&L. The streak began with losses to Bridgewater, 83-59, and EMU, 67-49. On Saturday, their woes continued with a 55-41 defeat at the hands of Lynchburg. On the season, sophomore guard Tracey Croner leads GC with 13.6 ppg. Freshmen guards Ann Seufer and Alexa Williams also average double-figures. Seufer adds 10.2 points per game, while Williams is scoring 10.0 ppg and registering a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game.
LAST MEETINGS WITH GC: In W&L’s 73-53 win on Dec.8, 2005, center Jessica Hunsinger recorded 23 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks. Hunsinger was aided by forward Kristen Krouchick’s 14 points and four rebounds. Guard Louisa Feve chipped in 11 points and a career-high eight assists. Guilford was led by guard Jennifer King’s 14 points and seven rebounds. Forward Kristine Ellis added nine points and six boards, while forward Heather Koehler tallied six points. In the second meeting last season, King scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Quakers to the 63-56 win. W&L was paced by Krouchick, who tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds. Feve posted 16 points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals, while Hunsinger added 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. King’s effort was aided by 10 points and 17 rebounds from Ellis and 12 points from freshman guard Brittany Bumgarner.
W&L vs. SOUTHERN VIRGINIA: This is the fourth meeting between these Route 60 rivals. The Generals have won all of the three previous encounters, including an 86-84 overtime win last season.
SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS: SVU is 6-10 overall and 4-0 at home this season. The Knights are currently riding a four-game winning streak, which includes their most recent win over ODAC-foe Eastern Mennonite, 56-46, on Saturday. In that win, junior guard Lynette Adams scored 27 points on 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the three-point arc and 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Junior forward Kendra Romito added her fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. On the season, Adams paces the Knights with a team-best 14.8 ppg, while Romito averages 14.4 points per game and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game.
LAST MEETING WITH SVU: Forward Kristen Krouchick scored the go-ahead basket with 26 seconds remaining in overtime to lift W&L to an 86-84 overtime win over SVU on Feb. 9, 2006. The Knights trailed 74-69 with 36 seconds remaining in regulation, but four missed free throws by the Generals and five straight points in the final 18 seconds by SVU guard Shalece Hibbert forced the extra session. The lead changed hands seven times during the overtime, including three times in the final 1:17 before Krouchick’s game-winning layup. Center Jessica Hunsinger extended the Generals’ lead to 86-84 by hitting 1-of-2 free throws with 13 seconds left and freshman guard Bethany Ridenhour sealed the win with a steal as time ran out. W&L led by as many as 16 points in the first half and held a 38-28 lead at the break. SVU fought back to slice the W&L advantage to one-point (51-50) with 10:26 remaining in regulation, but the Generals pushed back to a 63-51 lead with 6:32 left. The Knights then chipped away until Hibbert’s flurry forced overtime. W&L was led by guard Louisa Feve, who tied her career-high with 25 points. She also grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists. Hunsinger tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Krouchick and guard Emily Wolff notched 12 points each. Southern Virginia was paced by center Brynne Louder’s 21 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Kendra Romito notched 16 points and nine rebounds, while Hibbert posted 15 points and seven boards.
UPSETTING NEWS: W&L’s victory over then-ranked No. 24 Bridgewater was its first win in program history against a nationally ranked team. With the 65-60 win, the Generals knocked the Eagles out of the Top 25, so for the first time this season, no ODAC squad is represented in the rankings.
DON’T GET SO DEFENSIVE: The Generals are better off getting defensive, since in their seven wins this season they are holding teams to just 46.6 ppg. In those wins, W&L has held teams to just a .285 shooting percentage from the field (125-of-439) and 17.8 percent from long range (15-of-84). Additionally, the Generals forced an average of 24.3 turnovers per game and registered 13.3 steals per game in those wins.
NATIONALLY SPEAKING: The Generals rank eighth in Division III in rebounding margin (10.3). W&L also appears in the top 30 in field-goal percentage defense (21st - .336) and blocks per game (27th - 4.9). The ranking in the blocked shots category is due mainly to senior center Jessica Hunsinger, who averages 3.6 per game and ranks fifth in DIII this season.
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 nine of the Generals’ 15 games and has led the team in rebounding in 12 contests. She posted 12 double-doubles last season and has 40 career double-doubles, including five this season. Hunsinger now owns a school-record 223 career blocks and broke her own game record with nine blocks against Mary Baldwin on Thursday. She also ranks second in career rebounds (930), third in career field goal percentage (.444) and third in career points (1,289). The reigning ODAC Player of the week, she is just 42 rebounds shy of owning the title of W&L’s career leader in rebounding and 16 points away from surpassing Louisa Feve ‘06 (1,305 points) and becoming second in career points.
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 (13.7 ppg) and ranks second in rebounds (7.1 rpg), has tallied four double-doubles and has recorded two-straight 20 point games. 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 20-point and career-high 13-rebound outing in an overtime win vs. LC, and another double-double at R-MWC (14 pts, 10 rbs). She also racked up 22 points and 10 rebounds in the upset of Bridgewater on Saturday. For her career, Krouchick has totals of 900 career points, 338 rebounds, 121 steals and 109 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 a 63-52 loss at Roanoke. She also has connected on 28-of-34 foul shots (.824) this season, including hitting 9-of-12 in an 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 a 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 3.1 ppg and 3.9 rpg in just 10.1 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 a win over HU and a 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 a 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 9.4 points per game.
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