BY THE NUMBERS:
3 - Assists needed by Jessica Morton to break the W&L all-time record (203 assists)
53.3 - Season field goal percentage of Jessica Mentz
36 - Total number of blocks by Megan Babst this season, tying the W&L single-season record
POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 13.5 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 10.5 rpg.
STEALS: Ansley Miller - 2.2 spg.
ASSISTS: Jessica Morton - 2.9 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.1 bpg.
LAST TIME OUT:
Washington and Lee stormed to a 34-19 halftime lead en route to a 64-39 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lexington, Va., on Tuesday evening. The win was the third of the season for the Generals against the Wildcats. W&L, now 10-7 overall and 7-6 in the ODAC, was led by sophomore center Megan Babst, who tallied team-highs in points (12), rebounds (8), and blocks (3). The Generals placed only one other player in double figures, as sophomore guard Carter Thomas tallied 11 points. Sophomore forward Sarah Schmidt added nine points and four rebounds. Randolph-Macon Woman's College (1-15, 1-13 ODAC) was led by senior center Tara Carleton, who connected on 11-of-16 shots for a game-high 24 points. Carleton and freshman forward Melissa Wadford led the Wildcats with seven rebounds apiece. Washington and Lee shot 47.2 percent from the field during the game, while holding the Wildcats to just 33.3 percent. The teams combined to commit 60 turnovers in the contest.
CENTER OF ATTENTION:
Sophomore center Megan Babst is turning some heads around the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Over the course of the Generals' first 17 contests, Babst has averaged 12.6 points, 10.5 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 36 shots on the season, tying the W&L single-season school record. 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.
Washington and Lee will face off this week against three of the top five teams in the ODAC. The Generals will face current ODAC-leader Bridgewater, third-place Emory and Henry, and fourth-ranked Randolph-Macon. W&L upset both Bridgewater and Emory & Henry last season.
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. In W&L's contest against Lynchburg (1/27), Miller tallied 11 points, breaking Burghardt's career scoring record. Miller currently stands at 1.098 points in her career.
RACE TO THE RECORD:
Seniors Ansley Miller and Jessica Morton are currently locked in a race for the W&L career record for assists. Morton has totaled 201 assists to date, while Miller stands at 198. The current W&L record is held by Chrissy Burghardt '99, at 203. Morton leads the team, averaging 2.9 assists per game this season, while Miller's average is 1.8 apg.
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.
Bridgewater currently holds a record of 14-3 overall, 11-2 ODAC. In their most recent contest, the Eagles defeated Lynchburg College by a score of 74-67 in Lynchburg. BC was led in scoring by Amanda Kyger with 24 points and Megan Forster with 18. Angela Osborn (16) and Lindsey Coleman (10) also tallied double-figures in points. On the season, Bridgewater is led in scoring by Kyger, who averages 13.2 points per game. Leading the Eagles in rebounding is Sarah Hagood, at 8.4 per contest. W&L travelled to BC earlier this season. In that game, the Eagles defeated the Generals by a score of 68-55. BC was picked 1st in the ODAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
SCOUTING EMORY & HENRY:
Entering its contest with Lynchburg College on February 3, E&H holds a record of 10-6 overall, 9-3 ODAC. In their most recent contest, the Wasps fell to Virginia Wesleyan by a score of 59-57. E&H was led by Tammy Snyder with 22 points. On the season, the Wasps are led by Kelly Smith, who averages 18.4 points per game. W&L matched up against E&H earlier this season at the Warner Center. In that game, the Wasps defeated the Generals by a score of 56-54. Emory & Henry was picked seventh in the ODAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Entering its contest with Emory & Henry on February 4th, Randolph-Macon holds a record of 10-7 overall, 9-4 ODAC. In their most recent contest, the Yellow Jackets lost to Virginia Wesleyan College by a score of 79-68. R-MC was led by Renee Zando with 25 points and 11 rebounds. On the season, the Yellow Jackets are led by Zando, who averages 17.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. W&L has already matched up against R-MC this season. The meeting took place in Ashland, with the Yellow Jackets winning, 64-51. Beth Richard led R-MC with 12 points while Zando and Meredith Roberts each chipped in 11. The Yellow Jackets were picked third in the ODAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.