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BY THE NUMBERS:
13 - School-record number of wins tied by W&L during the 1999-00 season.
3 - Number of returning starters from last season's squad.
7 - Number of years that the W&L women's basketball program has been in existence.
273 - Points needed by Jessica Mentz to become W&L's third 1,000-point scorer.
Returning W&L Leaders (1999-2000)
POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 13.4 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 9.6 rpg.
STEALS: Carter Thomas - 1.8 spg.
ASSISTS: Carter Thomas - 2.8 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.1 bpg.
W&L got off to its best start in school history (6-2) and tied a school record for wins in a season with 13. The Generals finished 13-12 overall, 10-10 in the ODAC. Washington and Lee fell to the eventual ODAC Champion, Roanoke, in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament, 72-58. W&L posted three scorers with double-digit averages and shot 41.5 percent from the field.
THE HEAD COACH:
Janet Hollack (Florida International '88) enters her first season at the helm of the General women's basketball team. She becomes only the second coach in school history, taking over for Terri Dadio Campbell. Hollack comes to W&L from Brown University in Providence, R.I. At Brown, Hollack served as the associate head women's basketball coach for seven seasons. Her main responsibility was to serve as the recruiting coordinator and she brought several All-Ivy League candidates to the roster as well as players from all across the country.
Last season was another record-breaking season for W&L on the hardwood. As a team, the Generals set three new team records. The new standards include field goals made (607), field goal percentage (.415) and blocks (89).
TWIN TOWERS, PART II:
Forward Jessica Mentz and center Megan Babst will begin their second season as frontcourt starters this season. Last season, both put up big numbers, averaging 24.8 points and 18.2 rebounds per game between the two of them. The duo comprised 39 percent of the squad's scoring and 44 percent of the teamÍs rebounds.
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Although Jessica Mentz is only beginning her junior season, she currently holds nine W&L individual records. She holds the record for single-season points (393), points in a game (30), career points per game (14.3), season points per game (15.1), field goals made in a season (145), field goal percentage in a career (54.6), field goal percentage in a season (57.3), free throws made in a season (103) and free throws attempted in a season (143). Mentz can also become W&L's all-time leading scorer with 439 points in her next two seasons.
Head Coach Janet Hollack has the inevitable task of finding replacements in the backcourt for the school's all-time leading scorer, Ansley Miller, and W&L's career assist leader, Jessica Morton, who were lost to graduation. At this point the job seems to have fallen in the hands of junior captains Sarah Schmidt and Carter Thomas. Schmidt averaged 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last season in 25 games, while Thomas started 24 contests and averaged 6.0 points and 2.8 assists.
ON THE VERGE:
Junior center Megan Babst is on the verge of a break-out season in the ODAC. Last season, Babst started 21 contests and became one of the better frontcourt presences in the conference, earning honorable-mention All-ODAC honors following the season. Babst started the 1999-2000 campaign strong, averaging 14.8 rebounds in the first four contests. She set career highs for points (28) and rebounds (21) vs. Eastern Mennonite. For the season, Babst led the Generals in rebounding in 15 of the 25 games.
Junior guard Alison Kudlacik returns to the backcourt this season after missing all of last season with a knee injury. She averaged 6.3 points per game as a freshman and drained 24 threes, which is the third-highest season total in W&L history. Without Kudlacik, W&L connected on only 43 three-pointers last season after hitting 63 in 1998-99.
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The two-day tournament will mark the first time that the Generals will compete against any of the three teams participating.
W&L will try to solve the opening game problems that have troubled the Generals in their first seven years of competition. Washington and Lee is 1-6 on opening day with the only victory coming in 1997-98 with a 73-55 win over Marietta in the Carnegie Mellon Tournament. Last season, the Generals were defeated by Wellesley on opening day, 71-53, in the Wellesley Tournament.
Coe finished the 1999-2000 season at 12-13 overall, 10-10 in the IIAC. Coe returns three starters from last year's squad, including junior center Jessica Lincoln (6-foot-1) who averaged a team high 10.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest and shot 47 percent from the floor. The Kohawks also return junior guard Jamie Dalbey. Dalbey is a solid overall performer who added 9.5 points and 4.5 assists per contest to the Coe attack last season. She also shot 38 percent from behind the three-point arc.
The Haverford lineup resembles the Generals with no seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and four freshmen. Sophomore guard Sarah Chamovitz led the Fords a season ago with 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. Sophomore forward Erin McCartney also returns after averaging 5.2 points per contest in a reserve role last year.
Lesley begins its fifth season of varsity basketball after finishing second in the North Atlantic Conference with a record of 15-10 last season. The Lynx will be led by tri-captains Shannon Mahoney, Jill Pacardi and Tia Cleckley.