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Date: April 3, 2002
Contact: Greg Murphy(540) 463-8674
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Senior Earns Honorable Mention Accolades From DIII News

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) was named a DIII News Honorable Mention All-American as released on Tuesday afternoon. Mentz is the first women's basketball player to earn All-American honors in the history of the program.

The most decorated women's basketball player in school history, Mentz became the first W&L women's basketball player to garner conference player of the year honors after finishing second in the league in scoring (20.0 ppg) and first in rebounding (11.8 rpg). Her 20.0 points per contest were 16th in Division III, while her rebounding total ranked 15th in the country.

The 5-foot-9 Mentz is the only W&L women's basketball player to have earned first team all-conference honors, having done so in each of the past two seasons. She was honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore and second team all-conference as a freshman when she earned the ODAC Rookie of the Year award.

Mentz set 21 school records during her career and is W&L's all-time leading scorer (1,742) and rebounder (973). Her scoring total ranks sixth in the history of Division III women's basketball in the state of Virginia.

In addition to garnering All-American honors this season, Mentz was named the Virginia College Division Player of the Year and First Team All-Region.

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