BY THE NUMBERS:
8 - Points needed by Ansley Miller to break the W&L all-time scoring record (1,080 points)
69.2 - Field goal percentage of Jessica Morton over the Generals past three contests (18-of-26)
52.3 - Season field goal percentage of Jessica Mentz
POINTS: Megan Babst - 13.4 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 11.4 rpg.
STEALS: Ansley Miller - 1.8 spg.
ASSISTS: Jessica Morton - 2.6 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.1 bpg.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Washington and Lee women's basketball team shot 44 percent from the field and forced 28 turnovers in defeating Villa Julie College, 70-43, in Stevenson, Md. The Generals held Villa Julie to just one field goal over a 13-minute stretch of the first half en route to a 30-15 halftime advantage. Senior guard Jessica Morton led W&L with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor. Sophomore forward Jessica Mentz tallied 13 points and six rebounds, while sophomore center Megan Babst notched nine points and five rebounds. Villa Julie was led by Delena DeShields' 23-point performance on 9-of-15 shooting. Toni Sumpter gathered a game-high eight rebounds and six assists in the losing effort.
CENTER OF ATTENTION:
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 13.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. 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 29 shots on the season. She blocked a total of 27 shots over the entirety of last season.
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.
Over the past three games, W&L's Jessica Morton has been lighting up the scoreboard with her deadly outside shooting. Morton has averaged 15.3 points per game during the stretch. On the season, Morton is shooting 46.2 percent (54-of-117) from the floor, 77.6 percent (45-of-58) from the foul line, and 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from behind the three-point arc.
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 needs only eight points to break Burghardt's mark and become the all-time leading scorer in W&L women's basketball history. Her total currently stands at 1,073 points.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN:
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.
TRIAL BY FIRE:
This year, W&L has experienced great success while sporting 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. Currently, five of the Generals' top seven scorers are sophomores.
Lynchburg currently holds a record of 4-9 overall, 2-7 ODAC. In their most recent contest, the Hornets defeated Ferrum College by a score of 75-72 in Lynchburg. LC was led in scoring by Beth Carter and Lehticia Deskins with 13 points apiece. Johari Bass (12) and Erika Smith (12) were the only other Hornets in double-figures in points. On the season, Lynchburg is led in scoring by Deskins, who averages 11.5 points per game. Leading the Hornets in rebounding is Bass, at 9.2 per contest. W&L matched up against LC earlier this season at the Warner Center. In that game, the Generals defeated the Hornets by a score of 76-59. LC was picked 10th in the ODAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Entering its contest with R-M Woman's on January 27th, Guilford holds a record of 9-4 overall, 6-3 ODAC. In their most recent contest, the Quakers defeated Eastern Mennonite University by a score of 83-56. GC was led by Megan Barlow with 30 points and 12 rebounds. On the season, the Quakers are led by Arden Miller, who leads the ODAC in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 22.8 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. W&L matched up against GC earlier this season at the Warner Center. In that game, Guilford defeated the Generals by a score of 91-83. The Quakers were picked sixth in the ODAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
SCOUTING R-M WOMAN'S:
Entering their contest with Guilford on January 27th, Randolph-Macon Woman's College holds a record of 1-11 overall, 1-9 ODAC. In their most recent contest, the Wildcats lost to Roanoke College by a score of 89-40. RMWC was led by Tara Carleton with 29 points and seven rebounds. On the season, the Wildcats are led by Carleton, who is tied for the ODAC scoring lead, averaging 22.8 points per contest. W&L has already matched up against RMWC twice this season. The first meeting took place at the Wellesley College Invitational, with the Generals winning 60-49. More recently, W&L traveled to Lynchburg and handed RMWC another setback, winning by a score of 69-44. The Wildcats were picked eighth in the ODAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.