Washington and Lee Basketball

Release #2

December 2, 1997

Men (2-1, 0-1 ODAC)

Wednesday, December 3 - at Hampden-Sydney, 7:30
Friday, December 5 - at Washington Univ., 8:00
Saturday, December 6 - at Washington Univ. Tourn, 6 or 8
Tuesday, December 9 - Emory & Henry, 7:30

Nov. 21 - W&L 50, Swarthmore 48
Nov. 22 - Haverford 59, W&L 52
Nov. 25 - Guilford 60, W&L 52

The Generals are off to a 1-2 start this season, but have been in position to win all three games. W&L opened the season with a 50-48 win at Swarthmore. In a 59-52 loss at Haverford, W&L trailed 48-47 with just over a minute to play and in a 60-52 loss at Guilford the game was tied 50-50 with 1:26 remaining.

Washington and Lee finished next to last in scoring defense in the ODAC a year ago, allowing 85.8 points per game. Through three games this season the Generals are allowing just 55.7 points per game to lead the league. W&L also ranks second in field goal percentage defense (40.6).

W&L head coach Kevin Moore received a string of bad news concerning injuries during the Thanksgiving break. Sophomore center Rich Peterson, the ODAC Freshman of the Year last year and the Generals leading scorer, suffered a broken finger late in the Guilford loss on November 25 and will be out until the Virginia Wesleyan game on January 5. Sophomore center Brian Ricketts, who missed the final 16 games with an injury last year, will play the next four games, but will then undergo surgery and miss the second half of the season. Also, freshman forward Kyle Miller who was coming off of knee surgery will be out four more weeks. Miller has played in just one game because of the injury.

W&L sophomore forward Scott Hudson is off to a red-hot start this season. The 6-foot-6 Basking Ridge, N.J., native is shooting 82.4 percent from the floor on 14-of-17 shooting. Hudson is second on the team in scoring (11.0 ppg) and scored a season-high 13 against Haverford on 6-for-6 shooting.

W&L junior point guard Kevin Cobbin is tied for the ODAC lead in steals with nine swipes in the first three games...sophomore guard Matt Jackson leads the Generals in three-pointers (4), assists (9) and is second in rebounds (11)...W&L will be making its second appearance in the prestigious Lopata Classic at Washington University this weekend...W&L lost to Pomona-Pitzer and M.I.T. in the 1991-92 tournament...W&L's next two games are against NCAA Division III Tournament teams from last year - Hampden-Sydney and Washington University.

Women (2-1, 0-1 ODAC)

Thursday, December 4 - Randolph-Macon W.C., 7:00
Monday, December 8 - at Bridgewater, 7:00

Nov. 21 - W&L 73, Marietta 55
Nov. 22 - W&L 56, Carnegie Mellon 55
Nov. 24 - Randolph-Macon 81, W&L 53

W&L senior forward Tonia Dean is off to a fast start this season, averaging a double-double with 13.3 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game. Dean now has 539 career rebounds and needs just seven more to pass Sandra Holmes (1993-96) as the school's all-time leader. Dean leads W&L in both scoring and rebounding and ranks fourth in the ODAC in rebounding.

W&L has been taking full advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line this season. The Generals lead the ODAC with an 80.8 free throw percentage as a team and have scored 44 percent of their points from the charity stripe. Junior center Amber Hinkle leads the team with an 87.5 percent mark and every player on the team that has taken more than two free throws is shooting at least 72 percent.

W&L's 2-0 start to the season marked the first time in the five-year history of the varsity program that the Generals won their first two games out of the gate. W&L's title at the Carnegie Mellon Tip-Off Tourney also marked the first time the Generals have won a tournament title of any type.

W&L closes out the fall term with two crucial early-season conference games. The Generals host Randolph-Macon Woman's College on Thursday before playing at Bridgewater next Monday. W&L split with RMWC last year, losing the first game 71-70 in overtime in Lynchburg before bouncing back to beat the Wildcats 63-55 in Lexington in the second meeting. Bridgewater swept the Generals last season, but W&L led by two at the half in the first game before the Eagles rallied for a 68-57 win. Ansley Miller made a school-record five three pointers on just six attempts for the Generals in the loss.

Sophomore point guard Jessica Morton is tied with junior forward Chrissy Burghardt for the team lead in assists with seven and is approaching 100 career assists...Morton had a school record 83 last year and now has 90 in 28 career games...W&L is outscoring its opponents 108-101 in the second half...W&L has been to the free throw line 99 times in the first three games while its opponents have gone only 40 times and have made only 19 of those shots...freshman forward Missy Weathersby leads the team with six steals and ranks second in rebounding (7.3 rpg).