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Date: March 14, 2002
Contact: Greg Murphy (540) 463-8674
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Mentz A First Team Selection; Babst A Third Team Pick

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) were both named to the All-South Region team that was announced on Thursday afternoon. Mentz was a first team selection, while Babst was named to the third team.

Mentz, the ODAC Player of the Year and a First Team All-ODAC selection for the second consecutive season, had perhaps her finest season in a W&L uniform this year. She led the ODAC and was 15th nationally in rebounding (11.8 rpg) and was second in the ODAC and 16th nationally in scoring (20.0 ppg).

For her career, Mentz set 21 school records, including career scoring (1,742) and career rebounding (973). Her scoring total ranks sixth in the history of Division III women's basketball in the state of Virginia.

Babst also had a career year in 2001-02. She finished third in the ODAC in both scoring (19.0 ppg) and rebounding (10.1 rpg) and placed 28th nationally with an average of 2.2 blocks per game. She was a Second Team All-ODAC selection this season after earning honorable mention honors each of the last two seasons.

The 6-foot-1 Babst claimed nine school records during her career, including blocks in a season (57), career blocks (190) and rebounds in a game (21). She is second all-time at W&L in scoring (1,265) and rebounding (925), trailing only Mentz.

Emory & Henry senior guard Kelly Smith, Guilford senior guard Erin Beacham and Eastern Mennonite junior guard Emily Mullet were all named to the second team. Bridgewater junior center Sarah Hagood joined Babst on the third team.

Washington and Lee finished the 2001-02 season with a 12-14 overall record, 9-11 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.



Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-463-8670