Washington and Lee Basketball

Release #3

January 2, 1998

Men (4-3, 2-1 ODAC)

Monday, January 5 - Va. Wesleyan, 7:30
Thursday, January 8 - St. Mary's, 7:00
Saturday, January 10 - Roanoke, 7:30

Dec. 3 - W&L 44, Hampden-Sydney 42
Dec. 5 - Washington Univ. 81, W&L 56
Dec. 6 - W&L 55, Occidental 46
Dec. 9 - W&L 57, Emory & Henry 54

Two out of three ain't bad, but three out of four is even better. The Generals enter the 1998 portion of their schedule having won three of their last four games with some quality wins. W&L shocked ODAC preseason favorite Hampden-Sydney 44-42 on December 3 in the Tigers own gym. On December 9 the Generals knocked off then league-leading Emory & Henry 57-54.

W&L weathered a six-game road swing to open the season by going 3-3 and then opened a six-game homestand with a 57-54 win over Emory & Henry on December 9. Beginning with a contest against ODAC-leading Virginia Wesleyan on January 5, the Generals will play five games in Lexington in a span of just 10 days.

Six-foot-six sophomore center Rich Peterson is expected back into the Generals lineup following the exam break. Peterson, the team's leading scorer last year and through the first three games this year, has not played since breaking a finger against Guilford on November 25.

After being slowed by some early season injuries, senior co-captain Kelly Dyer has been a major player in the Generals 3-1 mark over the last four games. Dyer scored 21 of W&L's 44 points in the win over Hampden-Sydney, hitting four three-pointers. In the last four games he's averaged 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds and he was named the ODAC Player of the Week for the week ending December 7.

W&L sandwiches its January 10 game against archrival Roanoke between two teams it has rarely played...the Generals host St. Mary's of Maryland on January 8 in just the second meeting between the schools and the first since 1976...W&L plays Dickinson on January 12 and the Generals lead the series 2-0 with the most recent clash coming in 1984...W&L was ranked fourth in the latest NCAA Division III statistics in scoring defense, allowing just 52.3 points per game...W&L has allowed an average of just 47.5 points per game in its four victories...sophomore center Scott Hudson leads the team in scoring (10.3 ppg) and has 12 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots in the win over Emory & Henry.

Women (3-2, 1-2 ODAC)

Tuesday, January 6 - Eastern Mennonite, 7:00
Thursday, January 8 - at Hollins, 7:00
Saturday, January 10 - Roanoke, 5:00

Dec. 4 - W&L 62, Randolph-Macon WC 51
Dec. 8 - Bridgewater 75, W&L 50

W&L senior forward Tonia Dean grabbed 13 rebounds in the Generals 62-51 victory over Randolph-Macon Woman's College on December 4 to become the school's all-time leading rebounder. Dean now has 562 career rebounds to break the school mark of 545 set by Sandra Holmes (1993-96). Dean is having the best year of her career with averages of 11.4 points and 11.0 rebounds and is also making a run at Holmes career points mark of 775. Dean has 646 career points.

W&L opened its home schedule by defeating Randolph-Macon Woman's College 62-51 on December 4. That loss is the Wildcats only setback in the league and they later went on to upset Roanoke. More impressive in W&L's victory was the fact the Generals won with both starting guards - Ansley Miller and Jessica Morton - out with injuries. Junior Chrissy Burghardt led the Generals with 16 points in the win.

Sophomore point guard Jessica Morton will remain out of the lineup for several more weeks. Morton, who set a school record with 83 assists last year, broke her hand in practice in early December and has played in only three games this season. It was originally hoped she would be back in the lineup by mid-January, but it appears she will be out longer.

W&L has four players averaging in double figures through the first five games. Sophomore guard Ansley Miller, who has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle, is averaging 12.3 points per game. Senior forward Tonia Dean is averaging 11. 4 points, junior center Amber Hinkle is averaging 10.8 points, as is junior forward Chrissy Burghardt.

Freshman center Leah Sawyer made her first start in a loss to Bridgewater on December 8 and responded with 21 points and nine rebounds...W&L has outscored its opponents 100-33 from the free throw line this year...W&L is shooting 76.3 percent from the line this season, second in the ODAC and fourth in NCAA Division III...W&L set a school mark for free throw percentage last year, making 68.6 percent...W&L will be busy over the next few weeks with seven games in a 13-day stretch that begins with a home game against Eastern Mennonite on January 6...this year was the first time in the five-year history of the varsity program at W&L that the Generals carried a winning record into the exam break.