Washington and Lee Basketball

Release #1

November 18, 1997

Men

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, November 21 - at Swarthmore, 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 22 - at Haverford, 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 25 - at Guilford, 7:30 pm

ALL FIVE STARTERS RETURN
Washington and Lee is coming off of a disappointing 2-22 season, but third-year head coach Kevin Moore has five starters returning. Heading the returnees is 6-foot-6 sophomore center Rich Peterson who earned Old Dominion Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honors last year when he averaged 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting a school record 60.4 percent from the field.

YOUNG GUNS
Washington and Lee got 63 percent of its scoring from freshmen last season and the Generals will be young again this year. W&L has only three upperclassmen on the roster - senior guard Mike Dirmann, senior forward Kelly Dyer and junior guard Kevin Cobbin.

IT'S ALL ACADEMIC
W&L's games with Swarthmore and Haverford this weekend are part of the Equinox Classic and the field has to be the best gathering of the top academic schools in the country this season on the hardwood. Swarthmore is the top-rated liberal arts college in the country in the 1997 U.S. News rankings. Haverford is ranked sixth, W&L is ranked eighth and also competing is Vassar, ranked 17th.

GENERALS IN SEASON OPENERS
W&L is looking to win its first season opener since 1994-95 when it downed Amherst 85-72 in the opening round of the W&L Tip-Off Tournament. The Generals have played well in their openers under Kevin Moore, but have had key three-pointers go against them in an 89-86 overtime loss to Emory in 1995-96 and a 68-64 loss to Bloomfield last year.

ODDS & ENDS
Head coach Kevin Moore has two new assistants this year - Mo Cassara, the starting point guard for St. Lawrence's NCAA team last year; and Barry Machado, a history professor who played collegiately at Dartmouth and coached the women's club team at W&L for two years...a key returnee to the Generals is 6-foot-6 sophomore Brian Ricketts who missed the final 16 games last year with an injury after starting the first eight games.

Women

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, November 21 - vs. Marietta at Carnegie Mellon, 6:00
Saturday, November 22 - at Carnegie Mellon Tourn., 2 or 4
Monday, November 24 - at Randolph-Macon, 7:00 pm

GENERALS POISED FOR SUCCESS
Washington and Lee returns all five starters from last year's 9-16 team, which qualified for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament or the first time in school history. W&L, in just its fifth varsity season, should be moving towards the upper half of the league this year with the returning talent and a solid freshman class.

M&M BACKCOURT
Point guard Jessica Morton and shooting guard Ansley Miller each made an immediate impact as freshman starters last year and they should be ready for even more this season. Miller was an honorable mention All-ODAC pick after leading the team in scoring (13.5 ppg), three pointers (28) and steals (45). Morton averaged 11.2 points and set a new school record with 83 assists.

DEAN OF THE TEAM
Center Tonia Dean is the lone senior on the W&L roster and has seen the program grow over her four years. She ranks second all-time in scoring (589) and rebounding (507) in the program's brief history and needs just 39 rebounds to become the all-time leader. She scored a school record 26 points in a win over Virginia Wesleyan last year.

RAPID IMPROVEMENT
Junior Amber Hinkle made remarkable improvement last season. She earned honorable mention All-ODAC honors last year after averaging 11.2 points and 7.2 rebounds and really turned it on the second half of the season, averaging 15.6 points and 8.3 rebounds over the final 12 games.

ODDS & ENDS
This is the fourth straight year that either the men's or women's team has played in a tournament at Carnegie Mellon, but the Generals have yet to meet up with the Tartans in any of the previous three trips...Rose-Hulman will also be competing at the tournament and is coached by Brenda Davis, a former W&L assistant coach...five of the Generals 12 players are from Virginia, including returning starters Jessica Morton (Midlothian), Amber Hinkle (McLean) and Tonia Dean (Woodbridge).