BY THE NUMBERS:
52 - First-half points posted by W&L vs. Hollins. The point total was the highest halftime scoring output in school history
52.2 - Season field goal percentage of Jessica Mentz
49 - Total number of blocks by Megan Babst this season, breaking the W&L single-season record
POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 13.0 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 9.5 rpg.
STEALS: Ansley Miller - 2.2 spg.
ASSISTS: Jessica Morton - 2.8 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.1 bpg.
LAST TIME OUT:
Kristen Leake scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help lead Virginia Wesleyan to a 61-52 win over Washington and Lee in women's basketball action on Monday evening in Norfolk, Va. W&L was led by sophomore forward Jessica Mentz, who scored 14 points. She was 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Senior guard Ansley Miller scored 11 points, while sophomore center Leslie Fischbeck totaled 10 points. Sophomore center Megan Babst collected a game-high 11 rebounds. Janine Swanson added 12 points in the winning effort for Virginia Wesleyan.
CENTER OF ATTENTION:
Sophomore center Megan Babst is turning some heads around the Old Dominion Athletic Conference this season. Over the course of the GeneralsÍ first 23 contests, Babst has averaged 11.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. Earlier this season in the Generals' first game vs. EMU, Babst scored 28 points, a new career-high. She also broke her own rebounding record, grabbing 21 in the contest for a new school-record. In addition, Babst rejected five Royal shots. To this point, Babst has blocked an ODAC-high 49 shots on the season, breaking the W&L single-season school record. She blocked a total of 27 shots over the entirety of last season.
THE HEAD COACH:
Terri Dadio Campbell (Lafayette '92) enters her seventh season at the helm of the General women's basketball team. She has guided the program since its inception at the beginning of the 1993-94 season. Dadio Campbell also serves as the head women's volleyball coach at W&L. She has guided the Generals to three straight ODAC Tournament championships and its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance this past fall.
Earlier this season Ansley Miller claimed yet another spot in the W&L history books. With her three steals at Villa Julie, Miller surpassed Chrissy Burgardt for the W&L record with 147 career steals. Miller's total currently stands at 174 steals for her career.
Senior guard Ansley Miller recently became the second player in W&L history to top the 1,000-point plateau. Prior to Miller, the only player to top 1,000 points in a career was Chrissy Burghardt, a 1999 W&L graduate. Burghardt totaled 1,080 points in her four years as a General. In W&L's contest against Lynchburg (1/27), Miller tallied 11 points, breaking Burghardt's career scoring record. Miller currently stands at 1,143 points in her career.
RACE TO THE RECORD:
Seniors Ansley Miller and Jessica Morton are currently locked in a race for the W&L career record for assists. Morton has totaled 216 assists to date, while Miller stands at 215. The previous W&L record was held by Chrissy Burghardt '99, at 203. Morton leads the team, averaging 2.8 assists per game this season, while Miller's average is 2.1 apg.
SCOUTING EASTERN MENNONITE:
Eastern Mennonite currently owns a record of 8-13, 7-10 ODAC on the young season. The Royals most recently faced Hollins University. EMU came away with a 69-51 victory behind a game-high 17 points from Lori Abbott. Other Royals in double-figures included Tara Froese (14), Emily Mullett (11), and Abbie Berkshire (10). On the season, EMU is led in scoring by Mullett, who is averaging 18.7 points per game. Abbott is the only other Royal averaging double-figures in scoring, at 11.0 points per contest. Berkshire leads the squad in rebounding, averaging 7.8 boards per game.
Even with only one regular-season contest remaining (EMU), W&L's opponent in the first round of the upcoming ODAC Tournament is still a mystery. Many scenarios still could apply, depending on the outcome of the remaining regular-season ODAC matchups. It appears as though W&L will most likely enter the postseason as the No. 7 seeded squad. To be assured of the No. 7 seeding, W&L must defeat Eastern Mennonite. The Royals, however, could earn the No. 7 seed with victories in each of their last three contests. Should EMU defeat W&L and win one of its other two contests, a further tiebreaker would be needed. In that situation, too many games still remain to be able to accurately predict who would be awarded the higher seed. Also, a W&L victory coupled with Virginia Wesleyan losses in each of its last two games would give both squads records of 10-10 ODAC. Even so, it appears nearly impossible that W&L could earn the No. 6 seed. The tiebreaker used by the ODAC after head-to-head competition would most likely favor the Marlins in such a scenario. W&L's opponent in either situation is still a mystery due to a four-team logjam at the top of the standings.
REMAINING ODAC CONTESTS:
BRIDGEWATER (17-5, 14-4 ODAC)
at Guilford (2/16)
at Virginia Wesleyan (2/19)
GUILFORD (17-5, 14-4 ODAC)
vs. Bridgewater (2/16)
at Emory & Henry (2/19)
ROANOKE (17-6, 14-5 ODAC)
vs. Hollins (2/17)
EMORY & HENRY (14-8, 13-5 ODAC)
vs. Hollins (2/18)
vs. Guilford (2/19)
RANDOLPH-MACON (12-10, 11-7 ODAC)
vs. R-M Woman's (2/17)
vs. East. Mennonite (2/19)
VA. WESLEYAN (12-10, 10-8 ODAC)
vs. East. Mennonite (2/18)
vs. Bridgewater (2/19)
WASH. AND LEE (12-11, 9-10 ODAC)
at E. Mennonite (2/16)
E. MENNONITE (8-13, 7-10 ODAC)
vs. Washington and Lee (2/16)
at Va. Wesleyan (2/18)
at Randolph-Macon (2/19)
LYNCHBURG (7-16, 5-14 ODAC)
vs. R-M Woman's (2/19)
R-M WOMAN'S (2-20, 2-16 ODAC)
at Randolph-Macon (2/17)
at Lynchburg (2/19)
HOLLINS (4-18, 1-17 ODAC)
at Roanoke (2/17)
at Emory & Henry (2/18)