BY THE NUMBERS:
19 - Number of rebounds posted by Megan Babst against RMWC. The total ties the school-record for rebounds in a game.
11 - School-record number of ODAC wins tallied by W&L last season.
17 - Points scored by Carter Thomas in W&L's win over RMWC. The point total is a new career-high for Thomas.
POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 11.5 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 12.0 rpg.
STEALS: Jessica Morton - 2.5 spg.
ASSISTS: Ansley Miller - 2.5 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 1.0 bpg.
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.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Washington and Lee women's basketball team opened its season by competing in the Wellesley Invitational Basketball Tournament on November 20-21. The Generals were defeated in the opening round by Wellesley, 71-53. W&L took the lead early in the contest, but the Blue rallied for a 34-27 lead at the break which they would not relinquish. Leading the Generals in scoring were senior guard Jessica Morton, and sophomore forward Jessica Mentz, with 14 points apiece. Amy Barao led Wellesley with 13 points.
In the consolation final, W&L rallied for its first victory of the young season, triumphing over the Wildcats of Randolph-Macon Woman's College by a score of 60-49. Sophomore guard Carter Thomas led W&L with a career-high 17 points. Also providing scoring punch for the Generals were sophomore guard Sarah Schmidt and sophomore center Megan Babst, posting 12 and 11 points, respectively. Babst also tallied a career-high 19 rebounds to lead the Generals on the boards. Her total tied the W&L school-record for rebounds in a game. Tara Carleton led RMWC with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Guards Ansley Miller and Alison Kudlacik rank first and second on the W&L all-time three-point field goal shooting list. The two combined for 51 of the Generals' 63 three-pointers last season. Miller alone has connected on nearly half of the three-pointers in W&L history.
TRIAL BY FIRE:
This year, W&L sports one of its youngest teams in history. The General roster is composed of 11 underclassmen and just three upperclassmen. The squad features two seniors, one junior, seven sophomores, and four freshmen. Even so, 10-of-13 letterwinners and 4-of-5 starters return.
W&L will be led this season by last season's ODAC Freshman of the Year, Jessica Mentz. Mentz, who averaged 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, will be looked upon to anchor a young General frontcourt. Last season, Mentz broke the W&L record for points in a game when she exploded for 30 against Lynchburg. She tallied 393 points on the season, also a record. In addition, Mentz broke the season records for points per game (15.1), field goals (145), field goal percentage (57.3%), free throws (103), and free throws attempted (143). Through the first two games, Mentz is averaging a team-high 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.
STEEL CITY CENTERS:
The Generals feature a pair of 6-1 sophomore centers out of Pittsburgh, Pa. Megan Babst and Leslie Fischbeck provide a formidable duo in the paint for W&L. Babst already ranks third in W&L history with 29 blocked shots. Against RMWC she posted W&L's first double-double of the season, tallying 11 points and 19 rebounds. She currently leads W&L in rebounding, averaging 12.0 per contest. Fischbeck, whose preseason workouts were limited due to her participation on the W&L volleyball team, will see increased playing time as the season progresses.
W&L opens its 1999-2000 ODAC Schedule with the Lynchburg Hornets on December 1. The Hornets are currently 1-2 on the season. Their lone victory came in their season-opener versus the College of Notre Dame (Md.). Lynchburg defeated the Gators, 68-61. Lynchburg has lost to Goucher College by a score of 71-59 and to Greensboro College by a score of 60-49.
Leading the Hornets in scoring is Lehticia Deskins, averaging 14.0 points per contest. Also of major impact for Lynchburg is center Johari Bass, who averages 11.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. She also has tallied a team-high four blocks. W&L swept the pair of meetings last season between the two teams. W&L traveled to Lynchburg on January 12th and defeated the Hornets 78-62. Ansley Miller connected on three-of-four three-point attempts on her way to a team-high 21 points. In the return meeting on January 28, Lynchburg again fell to the Generals, this time by a count of 82-54. Jessica Mentz tallied a school-record 30 points in leading the Generals to the win.
SCOUTING EASTERN MENNONITE:
Eastern Mennonite currently owns a record of 0-3 on the young season. The Royals faced off against Messiah College in their season-opener. Messiah defeated EMU by a score of 88-58 to drop the Royals to 0-1 on the season. The next night, in the consolation finals of the Messiah Tournament, EMU again lost, this time to Penn State-Altoona by a count of 54-74. The Royals opened their ODAC schedule against the Eagles of Bridgewater College on Tuesday, November 23. Bridgewater ran past the Royals by a count of 71-48, dropping EMU to 0-3 on the year and 0-1 in the ODAC. EMU is slated to play Randolph-Macon Woman's College on Wednesday, December 1.
On the season, EMU is led in scoring by Lori Abbott, who is averaging 15.7 points per game. Emily Mullett is the only other Royal averaging double-figures in scoring, at 12.7 points per contest. Mandy Knight has collected 21 rebounds on the season to lead the team.