BY THE NUMBERS:
53.5 - Season field goal percentage of Jessica Mentz
51 - Total number of blocks by Megan Babst this season, breaking the W&L single-season record
13 - School-record number of regular-season wins posted by the 1999-2000 Washington and Lee women's basketball team
52 - School-record number of points posted by W&L in the first half against Hollins University (2/10/00)
4 - Number of returning starters from last season's 13-13 squad
7 - Number of years that the W&L women's basketball program has been in existence
21 - School-record number of rebounds posted by Babst vs. EMU on 12/4/99
6 - School-record number of blocked shots posted by Babst against Lynchburg (12/1/99)
10 - School-record number of assists posted by Jessica Morton against EMU on 2/16/00
175 - School-record number of career steals posted by Ansley Miller in her four years as a General
226 - School-record number of assists dished out by Jessica Morton over her four years as a General
1 - ODAC Tournament wins in the history of the W&L women's basketball team
3 - Consecutive seasons in which the W&L women's basketball team has qualified for the ODAC Tournament
10 - Number of underclassmen on the 1999-2000 W&L women's basketball roster
3 - Number of upperclassmen on the 1999-2000 W&L women's basketball roster
135 - Number of points by which W&L has outscored its opponents in the first half of this season's contests
12 - Number of points by which W&L's opponents have outscored the Generals in the second half of this seasonÍs contests
69 - Number of career wins for W&L head coach Terri Dadio Campbell
POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 13.3 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 9.6 rpg.
STEALS: Ansley Miller - 2.2 spg.
ASSISTS: Jessica Morton - 3.1 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.1 bpg.
LAST TIME OUT:
Sophomore forward Jessica Mentz poured in 20 first-half points in leading the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to a 71-54 ODAC victory over Eastern Mennonite University on Wednesday evening. Mentz connected on 10-of-12 first half shots en route to a game-high 22 points. She also snagged 11 rebounds. Alongside Mentz was sophomore center Megan Babst, who notched her 10th double-double of the season with 13 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. The Generals' backcourt stepped up as well, with senior guard Ansley Miller chipping in 11 points and fellow senior Jessica Morton tying a school-record with 10 assists. As a team, W&L dished out 21 assists while turning the ball over just 12 times. EMU was led by Tara Froese, who notched her third double-double of the year with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Emily Mullet and Lori Abbott garnered 12 points apiece in the loss.
CENTER OF ATTENTION:
Sophomore center Megan Babst is turning some heads around the Old Dominion Athletic Conference this season. Over the course of the Generals' first 23 contests, Babst has averaged 11.8 points, 9.6 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 51 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 175 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's total currently stands at 1,154 points.
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 226 assists to date, while Miller stands at 217. The previous W&L record was held by Chrissy Burghardt '99, at 203. Morton leads the team, averaging 3.1 assists per game this season, while Miller's average is 2.1 apg.
Roanoke College currently holds a record of 18-6 overall, 15-5 ODAC. In their most recent contest, the Maroons defeated Hollins University by a score of 81-69. Roanoke was led by Carrie McConnell with 16 points. Crystal Barrett chipped in with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. On the season, the Maroons are led by Barrett, who averages 11.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. McConnell leads the ODAC in assists at 6.2 per contest. Her assist average places her second in the Division III national rankings. RC has defeated W&L in each of the two meetings between the squads this year.
With her 10 assists versus Eastern Mennonite on 2/16, Washington and Lee senior Jessica Morton tied the Generals' single-game assist record. The previous record was held by Jennifer Higgins ï99, who tallied 10 assists vs. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on 11/19/95.
Randolph-Macon (23-3, 19-1) ended Washington Lee's magical season, defeating the Generals (13-13, 11-9) 56-36 in the semifinal round of the ODAC Women's Basketball Tournament at the Salem Civic Center. The Generals were ice cold from the floor in the first half, shooting only 19.2 percent (5-of-26), but the defense kept W&L in the game as they cut a 15-point R-MC lead to 12 at halftime (24-12). W&L came out firing in the second half, scoring the first 12 points and knotting the contest at 24-24 with 13:31 remaining in the game. The Yellow Jackets did not score in the second half until junior forward Bren Elliott hit a layup with 13:06 remaining in the game. The Yellow Jackets stretched their lead to 11 points (39-28) with 6:38 left, before the Generals made one last run to cut the lead to five (40-35) with 4:42 remaining. Randolph-Macon then went on a 16-1 run to roll to the 20-point win. The Generals were led by freshman center Megan Babst, who scored nine points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Freshman center Jessica Mentz scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds. Senior forward Chrissy Burghardt scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds in her final game in a W&L uniform, ending her career with 1,080 career points, the programÍs all-time leading scorer. The Yellow Jackets were led by senior guard Aimee Beightol, junior center Renee Zando, and sophomore forward Jamie Tanner, each of whom scored 11 points. The semifinal appearance was the first in the program's history.
FIRST TOURNAMENT MEETING:
This will be the first tournament meeting between the Maroons and Washington and Lee in womenÍs basketball. W&L sports an all-time ODAC Tournament record of 1-3. Roanoke has a much deeper postseason history, staking claim to 12 ODAC Championships since 1982-83.
The current members of the Washington and Lee women's basketball team have made quite a dent in the school's record books. The following is a list of school-records either tied or broken by active players on the Generals' roster.
Points in a Career - Ansley Miller - 1,154
Points in a Season - Jessica Mentz - 393 (1998-99)
Points in a Game - Jessica Mentz - 30 vs. Lynchburg (1/28/99)
Career Scoring Average
(Min. 50 Games Played) - Jessica Mentz - 14.3
Single Season Scoring Average - Jessica Mentz - 15.1 (1998-99)
Rebounds in a Game - Megan Babst - 21 vs. EMU - (12/3/99)
Career Assists - Jessica Morton - 226
Single Season Assists - Jessica Morton - 83 (1996-97)
Single Season Blocks - Megan Babst - 51 (1999-2000)
Blocks in a Game - Megan Babst - 6 vs. Lynchburg (12/1/99)
Career Steals - Ansley Miller - 175
Season Field Goals Made - Jessica Mentz - 145 (1998-99)
Field Goals Made in a Game - Megan Babst - 13 vs. EMU (12/3/99)
Career Field Goal Percentage
(Min. 300 Attempts) - Jessica Mentz - 55.5 (261-470)
Season Field Goal Percentage - Jessica Mentz - 57.3 (145-253) - 1998-99
Career Free Throws Made - Ansley Miller - 320
Season Free Throws Made - Jessica Mentz - 120 (1998-99)
Career Free Throw Percentage
(Min. 100 Attempts) - Jessica Morton - 77.5 (234-302)
Season Free Throw Percentage - Ansley Miller - 83.1 (98-118) - 1997-98
Career Three-Pointers Made - Ansley Miller - 91
Season Three-Pointers Made - Ansley Miller - 28
Games Played in a Career - Ansley Miller - 98
ODAC TOURNAMENT BRACKET:
QUARTERFINALS GAME 1: Thursday, 2/24 @ 12:30 pm
No. 1 Bridgewater (19-5, 16-4 ODAC) vs. No. 8 Eastern Mennonite (8-16, 7-13 ODAC)
GAME 2: Thursday, 2/24 @ 2:30 pm
No. 4 Emory & Henry (15-9, 14-6 ODAC) vs. No. 5 Rand.-Macon (14-10, 13-7 ODAC)
GAME 3: Thursday, 2/24 @ 6:00 pm
No. 2 Roanoke (18-6, 15-5 ODAC) vs. No. 7 Washington and Lee (13-11, 10-10 ODAC)
GAME 4: Thursday, 2/24 @ 8:00 pm
No. 3 Guilford (18-6, 15-5 ODAC) vs. No. 6 Virginia Wesleyan (13-11, 11-9 ODAC)
GAME 5: Friday, 2/25 @ 1:00 pm
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
GAME 6: Friday, 2/25 @ 3:00 pm
Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
GAME 7: Saturday, 2/26 @ 2:00 pm
Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6