BY THE NUMBERS:
54.2 - Current three-point field goal percentage for Ansley Miller, including 8-9 over the past week
89.7 - Current free throw percentage of Sarah Schmidt, ranking fourth in the nation
11 - Number of double-doubles posted by Megan Babst and Jessica Mentz through W&L's first 10 contests.
POINTS: Megan Babst - 13.9 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 12.6 rpg.
STEALS: Ansley Miller - 2.1 spg.
ASSISTS: Jessica Morton - 2.6 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 10 contests, Babst has averaged 13.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. As of January 12, Babst ranked seventh in the nation in rebounding. Earlier this season, 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 25 shots on the young season (23rd nationally). She blocked a total of 27 shots over the entirety of last season.
LAST TIME OUT:
Sophomore guard Kelly Smith canned a 15-foot jumper with just two seconds left on the clock to propel the Emory & Henry women's basketball team to a 56-54 victory over Washington and Lee in the Warner Center. Trailing 32-27 at the break, Washington and Lee opened the second half on a 13-2 run to take a 40-34 lead with 14:20 remaining. The Wasps, however, were able to regroup and come back for the narrow victory. Smith tallied a game-high 18 points in the win. Other players in double-figures for the Wasps were sophomore guard Karen Pursifull who scored 11 points, and freshman center Lindsay McKnight with 10. Washington and Lee senior Ansley Miller led the Generals with 17 points, including three-of-six from from behind the three-point arc. Jessica Mentz and Jessica Morton each tallied 10 points in the loss. In addition, Mentz grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Of note, Emory and Henry did not attempt a free throw throughout the entire contest. W&L shot 49 percent (24-of-49) for the game, but was hindered by 24 turnovers. On the game, Emory & Henry shot 37 percent (24-of-65), but canned 8-of-15 three-pointers for 53 percent.
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.
DOUBLE x 2:
Sophomores Jessica Mentz and Megan Babst are proving to be a formidable duo in the paint this season. Through the Generals' first 10 contests, Mentz and Babst have combined to total 11 double-doubles.
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. Miller's total currently stands at 1,031 points.
Sophomore forward Sarah Schmidt is currently shooting 89.7 percent from the free throw line. On the season, she has connected on 26-of-29 attempts, including 20 of her last 21. As of January 12, Schmidt ranked fourth in the nation in free throw percentage.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN:
Following its contest with Guilford, W&L will hit the road for a five-game swing. The Generals will not return home until a February 1 matchup with Randolph-Macon Woman's College.
Over the past three games, W&L s Ansley Miller has been lighting up the scoreboard with her deadly outside shooting. Miller has averaged 17.6 points per game during the stretch, and has posted team-highs in points in each of the contests. On the season, Miller is shooting an amazing 54.2 percent from behind the three-point arc.
TRIAL BY FIRE:
This year, W&L sports one of its youngest teams in history. The General roster is composed of 10 underclassmen and just three upperclassmen. The squad features two seniors, one junior, seven sophomores, and three freshmen. Even so, 10-of-13 letterwinners and 4-of-5 starters return.
Guilford currently holds a record of 6-4 overall, 3-3 ODAC. In their most recent contest, the Quakers defeated Hollins College by a score of 85-63 in Greensboro, N.C. GC was led in scoring by Arden Miller with 21 points. Megan Barlow (18), Erin Beacham (14), and Amy Evans (10) were also in double-figures in points. On the season, the Quakers are led in scoring and rebounding by Miller, who averages an ODAC-high 22.0 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. She currently ranks sixth in the nation in scoring, 22nd in rebounding, and 16th in free throw percentage (85.4). GC was picked sixth in the ODAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
SCOUTING R-M WOMAN'S:
Entering their contest with Virginia Wesleyan on January 15th, Randolph-Macon Woman's College holds a record of 1-7 overall, 1-5 ODAC. In their most recent contest, the Wildcats lost to Randolph-Macon College by a score of 75-52. RMWC was led by Tara Carleton with 26 points and 14 rebounds. On the season, the Wildcats are led by Carleton, who averages 20.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Other key contributors for RMWC include Meg Hancock and Kai Felton, who average 10.4 and 9.7 points per contest. W&L matched up against RMWC earlier this season in a non-conference showdown at the Wellesley Invitational. In that game, W&L defeated the Wildcats by a score of 60-49. The Wildcats were picked eighth in the ODAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.