Washington and Lee Basketball

Release #4

January 12, 1998

Men (5-5, 3-2 ODAC)

UPCOMING GAMES Monday, January 12 - Dickinson, 7:00 Wednesday, January 14 - Lynchburg, 7:30 Sunday, January 18 - at Randolph-Macon, 2:00 RECENT SCORES Jan. 5 - W&L 59, Va. Wesleyan 53 Jan. 8 - St. Mary's, Md. 80, W&L 62 Jan 10 - Roanoke 72, W&L 62 GENERALS IN THIRD IN THE ODAC W&L took a brief lead atop the ODAC standings following a 59-53 victory over Virginia Wesleyan last Monday night, but even with a loss to Roanoke on Saturday the Generals are still in good shape. W&L is tied with Eastern Mennonite for third place in the league with a 3-2 record, just one game behind league-leading Hampden-Sydney (4-1) and a half-game behind second place Randolph-Macon (4-2). The Generals play the Yellow Jackets on Sunday. YOUR TURN In 10 games this season the Generals have been led in scoring by seven different players. The balanced attack has produced just a pair of 20-point scoring efforts, both by senior forward Kelly Dyer, and W&L's leading scorer, sophomore center Rich Peterson, is averaging only 11.0 points per game. Dyer (10.7) and sophomore forward Scott Hudson (10.2) both average in double figures as well. SWEET SHOT Freshman guard Will Ballard has started all 10 games this season primarily because of his defense. He ranks second on the team with 18 steals, but Ballard is becoming more of an offense threat. Ballard had a career-high 13 points on Thursday night against St. Mary's, making 5-of-6 from the field. He followed that up by scoring 10 points against Roanoke, making all three of his field goal attempts including a pair of three-pointers. Ballard is averaging 5.4 points per game while shooting 86 percent from the free throw line. ODDS & ENDS Senior guard Kevin Cobbin had a season-high six assists against Roanoke on Saturday to go along with two steals...Cobbin leads the team with 23 steals in 10 games after leading the team with 26 steals in 24 games last year...sophomore Scott Hudson grabbed nine rebounds against Roanoke, just one away from his career-high of 10 which he accomplished last year against Hampden-Sydney...this is the third time this season that W&L will play three games in a week...W&L's win over Virginia Wesleyan last week was its first over the Marlins since the 1990-91 season...Monday's game against Dickinson is W&L's final venture outside of the ODAC this year...W&L is 2-3 in its nonconference games this year, including a 1-1 mark against Dickinson's league, the Centennial Conference...after Wednesday's game against Lynchburg, the Generals will be on the road for five of their next seven games and seven of their next 10.

Women (5-3, 3-3 ODAC)

UPCOMING GAMES Tuesday, January 13 - Virginia Wesleyan, 7:00 Thursday, January 15 - Randolph-Macon, 7:00 Saturday, January 17 - at Lynchburg, 2:00 Sunday, January 18 - Wesleyan (Ga.), 2:00 RECENT SCORES Jan. 6 - W&L 62, Eastern Mennonite 44 Jan. 8 - W&L 64, Hollins 45 Jan. 10 - Roanoke 61, W&L 54 MILLER TIME W&L sophomore Ansley Miller has had to handle the ball more because of the injury to starting point guard Jessica Morton, but it hasn't slowed her down. Miller led the Generals to a 2-1 week last week by averaging 18.3 points per game. Miller had 15 points, six rebounds and six steals in a 62-44 win over Eastern Mennonite and had a season-high 22 points in a win over Hollins. She had 18 points in a loss to Roanoke. Miller is averaging 15.3 points per game. TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY W&L has gone to the free throw line 210 times while its opponents have gone only 97 times and the Generals are taking full advantage of the situation. W&L has been ranked as high as fourth in Division III in free throw percentage and they currently check in with a team percentage of 78.1. Ansley Miller leads the team with an 87.5 percentage and junior center Amber Hinkle is shooting 81.4 percent. Junior forward Chrissy Burghardt is at 79.1 percent and those three have combined for 134 attempts. REBOUNDING MACHINE Senior forward Tonia Dean has led the Generals in rebounding all eight games this season and has been below double-digits only once and she had nine in that game. Dean, who had a career-high 16 rebounds in the win at Hollins, ranks second in the ODAC with an average of 11.6 rebounds per game. Dean is also averaging 11.5 points per game and leads the team with 14 steals. KEY STRETCH AHEAD The Generals enter a key stretch of their schedule this week as they play five games in a span of eight days. Included in the stretch are league games against Virginia Wesleyan, Randolph-Macon, Lynchburg and Bridgewater. ODDS & ENDS W&L's 5-3 record at the eight-game mark is the best in the five-year history of the program...junior forward Chrissy Burghardt has been one of the Generals most consistent players this year and is averaging 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds while leading the team with 17 assists...Ansley Miller set a school record with 12 made throws against Roanoke, breaking the mark of 11 that she shared with Karin Treese...junior center Amber Hinkle blocked seven shots in the three games last week and now leads the team with 11 blocks.