Washington and Lee Women's Basketball Game Notes (Week 7)

W&L vs. Randolph-Macon - 1/22/00 - 2:00 pm - Ashland, Va.
W&L vs. Villa Julie - 1/23/00 - 2:00 pm - Stevenson, Md.

90.6 - Current free throw percentage of Sarah Schmidt, ranking her first in the nation
26 - Points needed by Ansley Miller to break the W&L all-time scoring record
53.9 - Field goal percentage of Jessica Mentz as of 1/19, ranking her second in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference

POINTS: Megan Babst - 14.0 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 11.8 rpg.
STEALS: Ansley Miller - 1.9 spg.
ASSISTS: Jessica Morton - 2.8 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.3 bpg.

Sophomore center Megan Babst scored 17 points to help lead Washington and Lee to a 69-44 win over Randolph-Macon Woman's College on Thursday evening in Lynchburg, Va. The Generals led just 21-20 late in the first half before outscoring the WildCats 8-0 over the final minutes to take a 29-20 halftime advantage. W&L would cruise from that point on. Sophomore forward Jessica Mentz tallied 16 points and nine rebounds, followed by senior guard Jessica Morton with 15 points and sophomore forward Carter Thomas with 12 points. Randolph-Macon Woman's College was led by senior forward Tara Carleton's 19-point effort. Senior guard Kai Felton tallied 14 points and six assists. Senior guard Ansley Miller dished out a team-high five assists for the Generals while Thomas collected three steals. For the game, W&L shot 52 percent from the floor, including 16-of-28 in the second half. The WildCats hit only 1-of-19 three-point attempts (5.3 percent).

Sophomore center Megan Babst is turning some heads around the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Over the course of the Generals' first 12 contests, Babst has averaged 14.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. As of January 20, Babst ranked 13th 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 28 shots on the season (20th nationally). She blocked a total of 27 shots over the entirety of last season.

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.

Sophomores Jessica Mentz and Megan Babst are proving to be a formidable duo in the paint this season. Through the Generals' first 12 contests, Mentz and Babst have combined to total 12 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 1,055 points.

Sophomore forward Sarah Schmidt is currently shooting 90.6 percent from the charity stripe. On the season, she has connected on 29-of-32 attempts, including 23 of her last 24. As of January 20, Schmidt's totals ranked her first in the nation in free throw percentage.

W&L is currently in the middle of a five-game road swing. The Generals will not return home to the Warner Center for a game until February 1, when they are slated to face off against Randolph-Macon Woman's College.

Over the past five games, W&L's Ansley Miller has been lighting up the scoreboard with her deadly outside shooting. Miller has averaged 15.4 points per game during the stretch, and has posted team-highs in points in four of the five contests. On the season, Miller is shooting 40 percent (14-of-35) from behind the three-point arc.

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.

Entering its matchup with Hollins on January 21, R-MC holds a record of 8-6 overall, 7-3 ODAC. In their most recent contest, the Yellow Jackets defeated Eastern Mennonite University by a score of 62-55 in Harrisonburg, Va. R-MC was led in scoring by Meredith Roberts with 13 points. Beth Richard, Allison King, and Bren Elliott were also in double-figures with 10 points apiece. On the season, the Yellow Jackets are led in scoring and rebounding by Renee Zando, who averages 17.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. She currently ranks 44th in the nation in scoring and 20th in field goal percentage (56.0). R-MC was picked third in the ODAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.


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