BY THE NUMBERS:
28 - Number of points needed by Ansley Miller to become the second 1,000 point scorer in W&L history
13.3 - League-leading rebounding average posted by Megan Babst
4 - Number of double-doubles posted by Babst through W&L's first six contests
POINTS: Megan Babst - 16.2 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 13.3 rpg.
STEALS: Jessica Morton - 2.7 spg.
ASSISTS: Jessica Morton - 2.7 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.5 bpg.
CENTER OF ATTENTION:
Sophomore center Megan Babst is turning some heads around the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Over the course of the Generals' first six contests, Babst has averaged 16.2 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. Recently, in a 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 15 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:
The Washington and Lee University women's basketball team survived a scare by the Catholic Cardinals, but held on to win its third consecutive home contest, 73-62. When trailing 52-48 with 7:17 remaining in the game, W&L went on a 17-2 run to clinch its fourth victory of the season. W&L's inside tandem of sophomores Megan Babst and Jessica Mentz controlled play in the paint late in the game and led the Generals (4-2) to the win. Babst tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Mentz added 15 points and nine boards. Senior co-captains Ansley Miller and Jessica Morton added 10 points apiece in the backcourt for W&L. Catholic (2-4) was led by guard Meg Hagarty who scored a game-high 25 points including three 3-pointers. Center Carol Schnepp added 16 points to mount the Cardinals' charge. Catholic only connected on 37 percent of its shots from the floor, while W&L made 40 percent of its field goal attempts. The difference proved to be the free-throw line as the Generals made 73 percent of their foul shots, while Catholic connected only 42 percent of the time from the charity stripe.
Senior guard Ansley Miller needs only 28 points to become the second player in W&L history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The only player to top 1,000 points in a career is Chrissy Burghardt, a 1999 W&L graduate. Burghardt totaled 1,080 points in her four years as a General.
TWO OF THREE:
Washington and Lee's record of 2-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference marks the school's best conference start ever. This season, the Generals defeated Lynchburg (76-59) and Eastern Mennonite (75-71) to post their first 2-0 ODAC record in school-history. Following the wins, Bridgewater handed W&L its first conference loss of the year with a 68-55 defeat in Bridgewater, Va.
HOME SWEET HOME:
The Generals enter their contest against Virginia Wesleyan with a home record of 3-0 on the season. A win against the Marlins would match W&L's longest home winning streak in history.
W&L sports an all-time record of 14-10 against this week's competition. The Blue Marlins have topped W&L in nine of the 12 meeting between the two schools. The Generals sport an 11-1 mark against Hollins. W&L compiled a record of 4-1 versus VWC and Hollins last season.
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.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA WESLEYAN:
Virginia Wesleyan currently owns a record of 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the ODAC. The Blue Marlins' last action came against Hollins University. VWC won the contest by a score of 72-71. The Marlins were led by senior Samantha Green with 18 points and seven rebounds. Also chipping in double-figures in scoring were Erin Duckett with 11 and Katy Roth with 10. The Marlins shot 29 percent from the floor in the contest. On the season, VWC is led in scoring by Duckett at 14.8 points per game. Green (10.2 ppg) and Nancy Mattox (10.3 ppg) also average double-figures in scoring. Green also leads the Marlins in rebounding, averaging 5.5 rebounds per contest. VWC was picked fourth in the ODAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Hollins University enters its game with W&L holding a record of 1-4 overall, 0-3 ODAC on the season. It most recently lost to Virginia Wesleyan College by a score of 72-71. Hollins' lone win came over Hood College (90-40) in its season-opener. The other losses came against Converse (63-66), Guilford (63-79), and Bridgewater (35-68). Hollins is led in scoring by junior Rosse Hopkins, who averages 16.2 points per contest.