Date: February 22, 2001
Contact: Scott McGuinness (540) 463-8674
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Mentz Becomes First W&L Women's Basketball Player Named To First Team

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) was named First-Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference on Wednesday evening, becoming the first W&L women's basketball player to earn the honor, while junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) was named Honorable-Mention All-ODAC.

Mentz averaged 20.7 points per game, which was second in the ODAC and 18th in Division III heading into last week, pulled down 10.1 rebounds per game (3rd in ODAC) and added 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per contest. The junior forward also finished second in the ODAC in free throw percentage (.829) and third in field goal percentage (.520). She is also now the second-leading rebounder in school history (666). Mentz earned Honorable-Mention All-ODAC laurels last year after earning Second-Team All-ODAC honors and ODAC Freshman of the Year in the 1998-99 season.

The Ellicott City, Md., native shattered 14 school game or season records. She became the all-time leading scorer in W&L history and third 1,000-point scorer in history, finishing her third season with 1,223 career points. She also broke school records for points in a game (37), points in a season (393), scoring average in a season (20.7 ppg.), career scoring average (16.3 ppg.), field goals made in a game (14), field goals made in a season (168), field goals made in a career (434), field goal percentage in a career (.536), free throws made in a game (15), free throws made in season (160), free throws made in a career (355), free throws attempted in a season (193) and free throws attempted in a career (467). Mentz now holds 15 individual school records.

Babst also had a dominating season in the paint, scoring 15.7 points per game (4th in ODAC) and led the conference and placed 16th in Division III in rebounding at 11.9 boards per contest. In addition, she led the ODAC and was 17th in the country in blocks (2.4 bpg.) and was fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (.436).

The Pittsburgh, Pa., native also broke some records of her own in the 2000-01 season. She became W&L's all-time leader in blocks (137) and broke school records in field goals attempted in a season (358) and rebound average in a season (11.9), before tying her own record of blocks in game (6) in the season finale vs. Roanoke. Babst is third also third all-time in career rebounds (663), three shy of Mentz.

Washington and Lee finished the season with a record of 8-16 overall, 6-14 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.


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