WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's basketball team welcomes the 8th-ranked Blue Hens of Delaware to Kaplan Arena Wednesday evening for the regular season finale. The contest will mark the final home game for seniors Katherine DeHenzel and Taysha Pye. Prior to the start of the game, both DeHenzel and Pye will be honored in a senior night ceremony. Tip-off from Williamsburg is scheduled for 7 p.m.
- W&M enters Wednesday's regular season finale with an overall record of 10-18 and a CAA ledger of 3-14. In its last outing, the College fell at Georgia State, 74-62. In that game, senior Taysha Pye scored a team-high 22 points while junior Emily Correal poured in 18 points to go along with 14 rebounds. It was her 11th double-double of the year.
- With one regular season game left, seniors Taysha Pye and Katherine DeHenzel are about to finish off successful W&M careers. Pye's most memorable Tribe moment may have come during this season's contest against rival Old Dominion. In the historic victory over ODU, Pye scored a game-high 23 points, with 19 of those 23 coming during the second half of the come-from-behind triumph. Pye will end her W&M career as one of the College's most prolific scorers, she currently ranks second all-time in school history with 1,633 career points. DeHenzel currently ranks third all-time in W&M history in both assists and steals. For her career, the Bowie, Md., native has dished out 417 dimes and has recorded 227 thefts.
- All-time, Delaware holds a 15-4 series advantage over the College. Last season, Delaware won both regular season meetings, but each contest was decided by single digits, including a 70-66 Blue Hens overtime win in Williamsburg.
Tina Martin is in her 15th season at the helm of the Delaware program, compiling a career record of 304-176 during her tenure in Newark. Delaware comes to Williamsburg with an overall record of 26-1 and a CAA ledger of 17-0. Not only does Delaware bring a perfect CAA slate to Kaplan Arena, but the Blue Hens arrive ranked eighth nationally.
On Sunday, Delaware defeated CAA foe Northeastern, 89-71. Elena Delle Donne led the Blue Hen attack with 35 points and seven rebounds, while Lauren Carra chipped in with 18 points. Delle Donne, who leads the nation in scoring, with 28.3 per contest, leads Delaware. In an 89-79, win at Hofstra on Feb. 16, Delle Donne poured in a season-high 42 points, while grabbing 14 rebounds.
As a team, Delaware ranks second in the CAA in scoring, averaging 72.1 points per outing. Defensively, the Blue Hens allow 56.1 points per game, which ranks third in the league. Delaware ranks first nationally in free-throw percentage (81.5 percent) and eighth in rebounding margin (10.4).
Last Time vs.
In its first CAA game of the 2011-12 season back on Dec. 4, the College dropped a 73-57 tilt at Delaware. Junior Janine Aldridge led the Tribe with 17 points, which included five three-pointers, while junior Emily Correal scored 11 points and ripped down 10 rebounds. In the second-half action, W&M outscored Delaware, 38-29, and ended the game on a 14-6 run.
Thursday night's contest will be the last time that seniors Katherine DeHenzel and Taysha Pye will don the Green and Gold uniform inside of Kaplan Arena. As their W&M careers come to a close, here is a look back at the contributions each made to the Tribe program.
After an outstanding prep career, DeHenzel arrived on campus in the fall of 2007, and by the end of her freshman campaign the Bowie, Md., native had taken over the W&M starting point-guard duties. In the 2008-2009 season, DeHenzel redshirted due to a knee injury. Coming back strong, DeHenzel notched solid sophomore and junior campaigns. Against Northeastern in January of 2010, she poured in a career-high 20 points against the Huskies. This season, DeHenzel's play has been record breaking. Her 160 assists this year sets a new W&M single-season mark, breaking the record of 157 set by Katie Averyt during the 1996-97 season. All-time, DeHenzel ranks third in W&M history in both assists (417) and steals (227).
Pye arrived in Williamsburg in the fall of 2008 after a stellar prep career at St. Anne's Belfield, in nearby Charlottesville, Va. Her ability to score was evident early, as the Bronx, N.Y., native averaged 9.9 points per game as a freshman, which included a 30-point performance against James Madison. Pye's career-high of 33 points came in an upset home victory over JMU during the 2009-10 campaign. Pye's 1,633 career points rank second all-time on the College's career scoring list.
Tribe in the National Rankings
In the latest national rankings released by the NCAA on Feb. 26, William and Mary and its players were well represented in various categories. As a team, the College is ranked 13th in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (36.5 percent) and 25th in assists per game at 15.7. Individually, junior Janine Aldridge's 3.0 made triples per game rank seventh nationally, and her 3-point field goal percentage of 39.5 stands at 19th best in the nation. Senior guard Katherine DeHenzel checks in at 18th nationally, averaging 5.7 assists per.