BY THE NUMBERS:
2 - Number of points needed by Ansley Miller to become the second 1,000 point scorer in W&L history
13.1 - Current rebounding average of Megan Babst, ranking second in the nation
5 - Number of double-doubles posted by Babst through W&L's first eight contests
POINTS: Megan Babst - 15.0 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 13.1 rpg.
STEALS: Ansley Miller - 2.3 spg.
ASSISTS: Jessica Morton - 2.5 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.4 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 eight contests, Babst has averaged 15.0 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game. As of January 5, Babst ranked second in the nation in rebounding. 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 19 shots on the young season. She blocked a total of 27 shots over the entirety of last season.
FOUR OF FIVE:
Washington and Lee's record of 4-1 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. W&L then rallied to win contests over Virginia Wesleyan (77-59) and Hollins (85-40), for the 4-1 start.
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:
Senior guard Ansley Miller hit 6-of-7 three-point attempts en route to a game-high 20 points to lead Washington and Lee to an 85-40 win over Hollins on Thursday evening in Roanoke. Miller's total leaves her just two points shy of becoming the second women's basketball player in W&L history to score 1,000 career points. W&L poured it on from the start, cruising to a 43-19 halftime advantage. The Generals shot 55 percent from the floor and 92 percent from the foul line in posting 85 points, just two points shy of tying the W&L record for points in a game. Sophomore forward Sarah Schmidt tallied 14 points and sophomore guard Carter Thomas notched 13 points. Sophomore forward Jessica Mentz scored 12 points and claimed a game-high 11 rebounds. Hollins shot just 24 percent from the floor and was led by Mandy Nichols with 13 points.
Following her team-high 20-point outburst vs. Hollins, senior guard Ansley Miller needs only two 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.
Sophomore forward Sarah Schmidt is currently shooting 88.9 percent from the free throw line. On the season, she has connected on 24-of-27 attempts, including 18 of her last 19. Entering Thursday's game with Hollins, Schmidt was tied for 10th in the nation in free throw percentage (87 percent).
HOME SWEET HOME:
The Generals enter their contest against Roanoke with a home record of 4-0 on the season. A win against the Maroons would mark W&L's longest home winning streak in history.
In its contest against Hollins, Washington and Lee connected on 8-of-13 three-pointers for a sizzling 62 percent. The Generals shot 55 percent from the floor in the contest, while draining 11-of-12 free throws (92 percent).
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.
Roanoke currently holds a record of 7-2 overall, 5-1 ODAC. In their most recent contest, the Maroons defeated Lynchburg College by a score of 69-48. RC was led in scoring by Jill Quesenberry with 14 points. Gina Guthrie and Crystal Barrett each tallied 10 points in the contest. On the season, the Maroons are led in scoring and rebounding by Barrett, who averages 11.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. RC was picked second in the ODAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
SCOUTING EMORY & HENRY:
Emory and Henry currently sits atop the ODAC standings, holding a record of 3-3 overall, 2-0 ODAC. In their most recent contest, the Wasps defeated Ferrum College by a score of 80-69. E&H was led in scoring by Tammy Snyder with 22 points. Kelly Smith (20), Karen Pursefull (15), and Angie O'Brien (10) also scored in double-figures. On the season, the Wasps are led by Smith, who averages 16.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Other key contributors for E&H include Snyder, who averages 14.7 points, and Lindsay McKnight who averages a team-high 7.3 rebounds. The Wasps were picked seventh in the ODAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.