Women’s basketball heats up on the court

Lady Generals hit stride just in time to prepare for postseason


Emma Redding, ‘18, fights for a rebound against Randolph-Macon. She is bringing down 5.4 rebounds per game. Photo courtesy of W&L Sports Info.

Claude Miller

It may be cold outside, but the W&L women’s basketball team has been on fire in the gym.

The team is currently riding a four-game win streak, and winners of seven out of its past eight, into the heart of ODAC play.

“I think we’re playing our best basketball of the season right now,” Jackie Clifford, ‘17, said. “Our defense has really started to come together and help us stop other teams from scoring.”

After a slow start, the Generals have turned their season around. Over the past eight games, the Generals have not been just winning games, but winning them soundly. Since a Dec. 20 loss to Alvernia, they have only losyt once and are beating opponents by an average of almost 22 points.

More so than offense, defensive success has propelled the team to its winning level. Its opponents have been held to 50 points per game.

Like many other things, putting a good product on the court and getting wins involves more than just showing at tipoff. Practices, team meetings, film sessions and more all go into being a competitive program.

“[Each practice] we start off with a team huddle where we discuss what we want to focus on for the day,” Captain Paige Corvino, ‘16, said. “After that we warm up and usually do some drills that work on the fundamentals of basketball. Then we go over our plays and scrimmage/shoot free throws.”

Even on the court, there are things that the spectator cannot see.

“Probably the main thing that happens is the communication between our team,” Corvino said. “We are always talking about a previous play and what not to do or giving suggestions on what we should do next.”

The success puts the women’s team in a great position to finish out the rest of the conference season in good form. Expectations are high for the rest of the season.

“I think we’re playing the best basketball of the season right now,” Clifford said. “We’ll continue to be successful.”