WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE (Week 9)
GAME #18 W&L at Emory & Henry (7-11, 3-10 ODAC) 1/30/07 7:00 pm Emory, Va.
GAME #19 W&L vs. Randolph-Macon Woman’s (1-15, 1-12 ODAC) 2/2/07 7:00 pm Lexington, Va.
GAME #20 W&L vs. Roanoke (9-9, 7-6 ODAC) 2/3/07 4:00 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 42-53 (.442). King is assisted by Kristen McCandless (TCNJ ’03), who is in her second season.
THIS JUST IN: W&L upped its winning streak to four games with a 66-62 victory at Southern Virginia on Thursday evening. The Knights led 29-27 at halftime, but the Generals began the second stanza on a 10-4 run to assume a 37-33 lead with 13:47 remaining. The two teams battled back and forth until W&L began to take control with a 12-4 run that gave it a 61-53 advantage with 2:15 left in the contest. The Knights cut it to a 64-62 game on a three-pointer with 47 seconds left and had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but a layup would not fall and senior center Jessica Hunsinger was fouled after grabbing the rebound with 2.8 seconds left. Hunsinger sank both free throws to seal the win. W&L, which shot 17-of-20 (.850) from the free throw line in the second half and a season-best 21-of-26 (.808) for the game, was paced by junior forward Amanda Kane’s season-high 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting from three-point range. Hunsinger amassed 12 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, while sophomore guard Bethany Ridenhour posted 12 points and three assists. Junior forward Kristen Krouchick chipped in 11 points and six rebounds.
WHERE WE STAND: The Generals enter their meeting with Emory & Henry in the midst of a four-game winning streak and have won six of their last seven contests. With a win on Tuesday, the Generals would equal the longest winning streak (five games) in program history, which has been done twice.
W&L vs. EMORY & HENRY: This is the 26th meeting between the Generals and the Wasps. E&H holds a 17-8 advantage in the all-time series, but the teams split their meetings last season. W&L took the first meeting of the season with an 89-75 win at home, but E&H responded with a 94-66 win to even the season series.
SCOUTING THE WASPS: Emory & Henry owns a 7-11 overall mark and a 3-10 ODAC record entering its game with the Generals. The Wasps are currently in the midst of three-game losing streak that began on Sun., Jan 21 with a 70-59 loss to Lynchburg. E&H’s losing ways continued last weekend as it dropped games to Virginia Wesleyan (88-55) on Friday and Randolph-Macon (86-52) on Saturday. On the season, junior forward Katherine Brandt paces the Wasps with team-highs in points (10.9 ppg), rebounding (6.8 rpg) and is second-best on the squad in FG percentage (.541).
W&L vs. RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN’S: This marks the 28th meeting between W&L and R-MWC. The Generals own an 19-8 all-time advantage in the series, including a 73-49 win earlier this season in Lynchburg, Va., which was the first time since November 26, 2002 that the Generals had won when visiting the WildCats.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: R-MWC (1-12, 1-15) has lost five-straight games and hosts ODAC-leader Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday before traveling to Lexington, Va., on Friday to take on the Generals. The WildCats lone win of the season was a 67-64 victory over Roanoke on Jan. 12. Freshman guard Katie Rechnitzer paces R-MWC with 14.1 ppg, while her sister, senior guard Sara Rechnitzer, adds 13.1 points per contest.
LAST MEETING WITH R-MWC: W&L grabbed a school-record 75 rebounds, including 41 offensive boards, in defeating the WildCats, 73-49, on Sat., Jan. 13. The Generals broke the game open with a 16-6 run midway through the first quarter en route to a 10-point lead (41-31) at the break. The lead remained 10 points with 12:38 left in the game, but another W&L spurt, this time a 21-4 run over 10:38 gave the Generals a commanding 27-point lead (71-44) with 2:00 left in the game. W&L held a 75-21 overall advantage on the boards and 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). Junior forward Kristen Krouchick notched 14 points and 10 boards, while senior center Jessica Hunsinger had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Bethany Ridenhour was a fourth Generals to score double figures as she accounted for 10 points and six rebounds. Randolph-Macon Woman’s was led by sisters Sara and Katie Rechnitzer, who tallied 13 points each.
W&L vs. ROANOKE: This is the 26th meeting all-time meeting between the Maroons and the Generals. Roanoke currently owns a 24-1 advantage in the all-time series. W&L picked up its first-ever win over RC last season with a 78-70 victory on January 28, 2005. However, earlier this season, the Generals were defeated by RC, 63-52, on Jan. 5 in Salem, Va.
SCOUTING THE MAROONS: The Maroons are 9-9 overall and 7-9 in conference play so far this season. They meet up with Hollins on Friday (for the second time in one week), before traveling to Lexington, Va., to play the Generals on Saturday. Last week, RC split its contests, besting Hollins, 92-22 on Friday, but losing to Piedmont, 73-67, on Saturday. Roanoke is led by junior forward Erin Hanson, who leads the team in points (19.7) and rebounding (10.7) and is RC’s lone player to average double-figures this season. Senior guard Cindy McGraw adds 9.5 ppg and team-best 3.6 apg.
LAST MEETING WITH RC: In the 63-52 loss on Jan. 5, the game featured seven ties and numerous lead changes until Roanoke assumed control of the game midway through the second stanza. With the Maroons leading 43-42 and 12:36 left in the game, W&L went cold from the floor and Roanoke surged on an 8-1 run to take a 51-43 advantage with 7:13 left in the game. The Generals could get no closer than five points the rest of the way as the Maroons improved to 5-5 overall and 3-3 in the ODAC. Roanoke shot just 32.4 percent from the floor, but hit 15-of-17 free throws, including 14-of-16 in the decisive second half. The Generals managed to shoot just 31.6 percent from the floor and went 12-of-20 from the foul line. Washington and Lee 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. Roanoke was paced by junior forward Erin Hanson’s 19 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Jaleesa Osborne added 13 points, six assists and four steals.
DON’T GET SO DEFENSIVE: The Generals are better off getting defensive, since in their nine wins this season they are holding teams to just 48.2 ppg. In those wins, W&L has held teams to just a 29.3 shooting percentage from the field (164-of-560) and 21.3 percent from long range (26-of-122). Additionally, the Generals forced an average of 21.2 turnovers per game and registered 10.8 steals per game in those wins.
NATIONALLY SPEAKING: According to last week’s statistics, the Generals rank 10th in Division III in rebounding margin (10.5). W&L also appears in the top 30 in field-goal percentage defense (30th - .335) and blocks per game (17th - 5.0). The ranking in the blocked shots category is due mainly to senior center Jessica Hunsinger, who averages 3.5 per game and ranks third 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 10 of the Generals’ 16 games and has led the team in rebounding in 13 contests. She has 43 career double-doubles, including seven this season. Hunsinger now owns a school-record 228 career blocks and broke her own game record with nine blocks against Mary Baldwin on Thursday. She also ranks second in career rebounds (954), for second in career points (1,317) and third in career field goal percentage (.444) . The reigning W&L Athlete of the Week, she is just 20 rebounds shy of owning the title of W&L’s career leader in rebounding.
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 (13.5 ppg) and ranks second in rebounds (6.8 rpg), has tallied four double-doubles and has recorded three 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 Sat., Jan. 20. For her career, Krouchick has totals of 923 career points, 348 rebounds, 122 steals and 114 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 32-of-39 foul shots (.821) 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 3.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg in just 10.3 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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