W&M women’s basketball heads to Hampton on Friday

W&M women's basketball heads to Hampton on Friday

– W&M and Hampton will meet for the second time in a little bit over two weeks on Friday, with the Tribe trying to go to an ideal 2-for-2 within the common season sequence. At Kaplan Area on January 19, the Inexperienced and Gold captured a 69-54 victory, main from begin to end. First yr pupil Alexa Mikeska had a giant evening, scoring a career-high 16 factors (together with 12 from behind the arc) whereas senior ahead Bre Bellamy He added 15 factors and eight rebounds.

– Welcome to the historical past books, sydney wagner. The graduating guard scored a career-high 33 factors Sunday in opposition to Delaware, turning into the fifth participant since 1975 to achieve that mark in a single recreation. The scoring effort can also be tied for the third-highest in a single recreation since ’75. Wagner, whose earlier career-high was 31 in opposition to Delaware in 2021, completed 9-of-20 from the ground and was excellent 13-of-13 from the free-throw line. He made the second most free throws in a recreation and not using a miss in class historical past.

– The Tribe come into Friday evening’s tilt at Hampton winners in 5 of their final seven, together with an 80-74 OT win over Charleston (1/22/23) that marked the CAA’s first highway win for the crew. Of their final 5 wins, W&M has held opponents, on common, simply over 38% of the ground whereas forcing 17 turnovers per contest. In three of these wins, W&M led all 40 minutes. In the meantime, on the offensive finish of the courtroom, W&M is averaging 73.2 factors and 16.8 assists per win. And the crew’s high scorers? Discovering the ring persistently. Wagner and his fellow graduate pupil riley casey each reached double digits in three of the 5 wins, whereas the pair topped the 30-point mark on three totally different events.

– Hampton snapped a three-game skid on Sunday, defeating Hofstra 74-55 on Lengthy Island. For the third straight recreation, and eleventh time this season, Nylah Younger led the Woman Pirates on the board, grabbing seven rebounds. Younger at the moment ranks 14th within the CAA in rebounding, averaging 6.1 per recreation, together with 2.8 on the offensive board. As a crew, the Woman Pirates rank first within the convention in turnover margin at 8.53.

– Mikeska could also be a freshman, however she’s enjoying like a veteran. After posting a number of career-highs in W&M wins over Hampton (1/19/23) and Charleston (1/22/23), and incomes CAA Rookie of the Week honors for his efforts, Mikeska continued to fill his sheet of stats when the Tribe defeated UNCW on January 27. The freshman guard from California completed with eight factors, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and solely turned the ball over as soon as in a team-high 35 minutes of labor. Throughout the Inexperienced and Gold’s latest four-game successful streak, Mikeska averaged 9 factors, seven rebounds, 4 assists and two turnovers per evening.

– Let’s have a deep dialog, particularly in regards to the depth of the financial institution of William & Mary. In opposition to UNCW, each participant who suited up for the sport noticed no less than three minutes of motion. Of these 13 gamers? Eleven of them scored. Maybe extra spectacular, although: 11 of these 13 gamers grabbed a rebound, 10 dished out an help and 7 recorded no less than one steal. In fact, making the most of minutes has been a development for the Tribe this season. In 20 video games, 5 Tribe athletes have posted private bests in minutes, together with junior Rebekah Frisby-Smith, who has surpassed his private finest 4 instances. Additionally, the duo from the again space of riley casey Y sydney wagner ranks in CAA’s high 10 in minutes per recreation (Casey: 34.0, Wagner: 33.5.)

– Wagner and Casey are actually making good use of all these minutes. The preseason All-CAA First-Group tandem ranks within the high 5 within the CAA in factors per recreation (Casey: 16.6, Wagner: 15.4) and within the high 10 in discipline targets from 3 factors per recreation (Casey: 2.8 , Wagner: 2.1), whereas Casey leads the convention in 3-point share (.411). They’re additionally the one two W&M gamers to have began all 20 video games. Nationally, Casey ranks thirty fifth in 3-point share and twenty sixth in 3-pointers per recreation.

– Casey has cemented her title in William & Mary ladies’s basketball lore this season. Her 31 factors in opposition to Drexel (1/15/23) marked the primary time in program historical past {that a} participant has scored 30+ factors 4 instances in a season, whereas her seven 3-pointers in opposition to the Dragons and Charleston (8/1 /23) match a profession file and Kaplan Area. Moreover, she turned the second W&M participant to file 30+ consecutive performances with 31 in opposition to George Mason and Military. In these video games, Casey shot 53.8% from the sphere.

– We’re strolling the road this season. Free throw line, that’s. W&M is first within the CAA in free throw share (.783), whereas Wagner is first (.917) amongst all convention gamers. In opposition to the remainder of the nation, the Tribe ranks 14th.

– The marvel under! The Australian native Frisby-Smith has continued her nice winter, scoring a career-high 12 for her in opposition to Hampton (1/19/23) and Charleston (1/22/23). The X issue of the crew, in line with the coach Erin Dickerson Davis, Frisby-Smith adopted with 10 factors, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and three steals in opposition to UNCW (01/27/23). He additionally ranks twenty second within the CAA in 3-pointers per recreation (1.2)

– Wagner has registered a number of necessary marks in his profession this yr. In Charleston (1/22/23), he recorded his twenty first profession recreation with 20 factors, the fourth time he is scored 20 or extra this season. In opposition to Hampton, he posted the sixtieth double-digit scoring efficiency of his profession. Wagner has additionally dished out two or extra assists 15 instances and notched seven multi-steal video games.

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