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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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).