BY THE NUMBERS:
21 - Number of rebounds posted by Megan Babst against Eastern Mennonite. The total is a new school-record for rebounds in a game.
11 - Number of blocks posted by Babst in last week's two contests.
28 - Points scored by Babst in W&L's win over EMU. The point total is second-highest single-game total in W&L history.
POINTS: Megan Babst - 15.5 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 14.8 rpg.
STEALS: Jessica Morton - 2.8 spg.
ASSISTS: Morton/Miller - 2.0 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 3.3 bpg.
CENTER OF ATTENTION:
Sophomore center Megan Babst is turning some heads around the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. During the Generals' most recent wins, victories over Lynchburg College and Eastern Mennonite University, Babst has averaged 21 points, 17.5 rebounds, and 5.5 blocks per game. In the game against 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 13 shots on the young season. She blocked a total of 27 shots over the entirety of last season.
BACK TO BACK:
Washington and Lee has never started its ODAC schedule with back to back victories. This season, the Generals defeated Lynchburg (76-59) and Eastern Mennonite (75-71) to post their first 2-0 ODAC record in school-history.
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:
Sophomore center Megan Babst tallied a career-high 28 points, five blocks, and a school-record 21 rebounds in leading the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to a 75-71 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over the visiting Eastern Mennonite Royals on Friday evening in Lexington.
The Generals began the game on an 18-8 run and appeared to have the game well in hand throughout the first half. They entered halftime with a comfortable 42-28 lead over the Royals. Babst, who played all 40 minutes, scored 20 of her 28 points and hauled in 13 boards before the break.
W&L pushed its lead to 54-34 before the momentum took a sharp turn in the Royals' direction. EMU guards Emily Mullet and Tara Froese took control of the contest, leading the Royals on a furious comeback over the next 12:04. Froese, who posted 21 points on the evening, canned a three-pointer with 4:03 remaining, giving the Royals their first and only lead of the game at 69-66. W&L, however, fought back and reclaimed the lead on a Sarah Schmidt jumper with 2:22 remaining, putting the Generals back ahead at 70-69. From there, W&L cashed in on some clutch free throw shooting, including four-of four by Schmidt, to hand the Royals their fifth consecutive loss. For the game, EMU shot 64 percent from behind the three-point arc. Mullet canned four three-pointers on her way to a team-high 26 points. Also in double figures for the Royals were Froese with 21 points and Mandy Knight with 12.
Schmidt finished the game with 15 points, including 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. Also of note was senior guard Jessica Morton, who tallied eight points and three assists on the game.
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.
Bridgewater currently owns a record of 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the ODAC. The Eagles last faced Lynchburg College, defeating the Hornets by a score of 90-40. Bridgewater was led by freshman Megan Forster with 15 points and seven assists. Also chipping in double-figures in scoring were Amanda Kyger with 13 and Heather Landes with 12. The Eagles shot 54 percent from the floor in the contest. On the season, Bridgewater is led in scoring by Angela Osborn at 12.8 points per game. Kyger, Forster, and Sarah Haygood also average double-figures in scoring. Leading the Eagles in rebounding are Kyger and Haygood, each of whom average 7.0 rebounds per contest. Bridgewater was picked first in the ODAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Catholic University enters its game with W&L holding a record of 2-3 on the season. The Cardinals most recently lost to Capital Athletic Conference foe St. Mary's College by a score of 78-45. Catholic has posted wins over Albright College (41-31), and Washington College (57-55). The other losses for the Cardinals came against Methodist College (52-54) and Mary Washington College (54-58). Catholic is led in scoring by the duo of last season's CAC Rookie of the Year in Meg Hagarty and senior Pam Canfield. The pair also also led the Cardinals in scoring last season, averaging 17.6 and 16.3 points, respectively.