Washington and Lee Women's Basketball Game Notes (Week 10)

W&L (6-12, 4-10 ODAC) vs. Eastern Mennonite (3-16, 10-2 ODAC), Wed., Feb. 7, 7:00 pm, Lexington, Va.

W&L (6-12, 4-10 ODAC) vs. Randolph-Macon (10-9, 9-7 ODAC), Sat., Feb. 10, 7:00 pm, Lexington, Va.

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5 - Number of home games W&L has remaining on the 2000-01 schedule
21 - Combined number of double-doubles for Jessica Mentz and Megan Babst this season
7.3 - Number of free throws made per game by Jessica Mentz this season
62 - Points needed by Jessica Mentz to become W&L's all-time leading scorer

POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 20.9 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 11.8 rpg.
STEALS: Megan Babst - 1.9 spg.
ASSISTS: Carter Thomas - 3.1 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.1 bpg.
FG %: Jessica Mentz - 52.8 %

Despite a 26-point, seven-rebound performance by junior forward Jessica Mentz, Washington and Lee dropped a 89-51 decision to Guilford in ODAC women's basketball action in Greensboro, N.C. Guilford built a 40-23 halftime lead, forcing 18 W&L turnovers. Erin Beacham scored 11 of her 13 points to lead the Quakers in the first stanza. In the second half, Jennie Keichline scored 14 of her game-high 16 points and GC shot 61.1 percent to seal the victory. W&L was led by Mentz and junior center Megan Babst, who tallied 11 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.

Wednesday's contest with Eastern Mennonite marks the 15th meeting between the two schools with the series even at seven wins a piece. Ironically, the Royals took the first seven games of the series, while W&L has won the last seven. The Generals and Randolph-Macon have met 15 times with the Yellow Jackets holding a 13-2 advantage after the Generals' 70-60 win in December.

Washington and Lee will travel to Emory, Va., on Tuesday to take on Emory & Henry at 7:00 pm, before returning home for three straight ODAC contests to end the season. The Generals will host Virginia Wesleyan on Thursday at 7:00 pm, Hollins on Saturday and Roanoke on Sunday. Both weekend contests begin at 2:00 pm.

Janet Hollack (Florida International '88) is in her first season at the helm of the General women's basketball team. She is only the second coach in school history after taking over for Terri Dadio Campbell. Hollack comes to W&L from Brown University in Providence, R.I., and holds a 1-0 record against both Eastern Mennonite and Randolph-Macon. Assistant coach Bryan Snyder (W&L '95) is in also in his first season with the Generals. He is the head coach of the W&L volleyball team. Head Coach Doug Hochstetler (Northwestern (Iowa) '89) is in his seventh season at the helm for the Royals and holds a 52-112 overall record, 6-7 vs. the Generals. Carroll LaHaye (Maine-Machias '77) has been named ODAC Coach of the Year three times and holds a 269-211 overall record in her 19th season at Randolph-Macon.

Although Jessica Mentz is only in her junior season, she currently holds 12 W&L individual records. She holds or has tied the record for single-season points (393), points in a game (35), career points per game (16.0), season points per game (15.1), field goals made in a game (14), field goals made in a season (145), field goal percentage in a career (.540), field goal percentage in a season (.557), free throws made in a season (114), free throw percentage in a game (11-11, 1.000), free throws attempted in a game (17) and free throws attempted in a season (149). Mentz can also become W&L's all-time leading scorer with 62 points.

While Washington and Lee has struggled to a 4-10 record in the first half of conference play, junior center Megan Babst has averaged a double-double. Babst is averaging 13.6 points and 12.1 rebounds in ODAC play. On the season, the inside duo of Babst and Jessica Mentz has produced 21 double-doubles with Babst (13) leading the way. Over their careers, Mentz and Babst have combined for 46 double-doubles (Babst - 24, Mentz - 22).

Junior point guard Carter Thomas is leading the team heading into this week in assists with 3.1 per contest, which is good for eighth in the ODAC. Thomas has passed Allison Hull (1993-96) into fourth place on the all-time career assist list with 167. She can become W&L's career leader with 62 helpers over her next season and a half.

Since the inception of the W&L women's basketball program in the 1993-94 season, the Generals are 28-10 when scoring 70 or more points, including a 13-2 mark over the last two seasons. This season, Washington and Lee is 5-1 when scoring 70 or more points with the only loss coming at Shenandoah in overtime, 74-72. On the flip side, W&L is 2-16 over the past three seasons when allowing 70 or more points.

The frontcourt duo of Megan Babst and Jessica Mentz have been reaking havoc for opponents all season. The Babst-Mentz combination is averaging 35.8 points, 21.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 3.4 steals and 2.7 blocks per contest this season. The duo comprises 61 percent of the team's points and 60.4 percent of the squad's rebounds.

In Washington and Lee's six wins, the Generals are shooting 45.4 percent from the floor and outscoring their opponents on average, 75.0-48.2. W&L is also holding its opponents to 32.6 percent from the floor and accumulated 112 assists, while committing only 112 turnovers. On the other hand, in the Generals' losses, the team is being outscored, 61.9-54.9, while committing 25.1 turnovers per game.

Washington and Lee has taken full advantage of its opportunities from the free throw line all season. The Generals lead the ODAC in free throw percentage by making 247-of-352 attempts (.702) on the season. Jessica Mentz has helped the league-leading mark, hitting an ODAC-best 131-of-157 foul shots (.834), which also ranks 14th in the nation.

Entering this week's contest with Guilford, Jessica Mentz and Megan Babst both rank in the top five on the W&L all-time rebounding list. Mentz currently resides in third with 603 boards, while Babst is fourth all-time with 591 rebounds. Tonia Dean (1994-98) is the leader with 755 career rebounds.

After 13 ODAC contests, Megan Babst has cemented her name as one of the top frontcourt players in the conference. In ODAC play, Babst is averaging 13.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native currently leads the ODAC in rebounding (11.8 rpg.) and blocks (2.1 bpg.). The 11.8 boards per game also ranks 15th in the country heading into last week. Last season, she averaged 11.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per contest in conference action.

Over the past two seasons, Jessica Mentz and Megan Babst have have been thorns in the side of Eastern Mennonite. Babst recorded career highs in points (28) and rebounds (21) in last season's 75-71 victory in Lexington. Mentz tied her own school record earlier this season with 35 points in the 73-64 win at EMU, while Babst added a 10-point, 20-rebound performance. In their career five meetings with the Royals, Mentz is averaging 19.0 points and 8.2 rebounds, while Babst is averaging 13.2 points and 14.2 rebounds.

LAST TIME VS. EMU (W&L 73, EMU 64 -- 1/5/01):
Junior forward Jessica Mentz tied her own school single-game scoring record with 35 points in leading Washington and Lee to a 73-64 win over Eastern Mennonite. The Generals opened a 31-11 lead with 7:56 remaining in the first half via a 13-0 run. However, EMU ended the half on a 19-0 run to cut W&L's lead to just one-point (31-30) at the break. The teams battled back and forth for much of the second half before the Generals forged ahead by seven points with under a minute remaining and sealed the game at the free throw line. Mentz continued her hot shooting from the foul line, hitting 13-of-16 attempts. She also collected 13 rebounds on the night. Freshman forward Sarah Michaels added a career-high 19 points and junior center Megan Babst tallied 10 points and 20 rebounds. The Generals hit 20-of-26 free throws in the game and outrebounded the Royals, 52-34. Sophomore guard Emily Mullet led EMU with 29 points on 12-of-27 shooting.

The Royals enter this week's contest in 10th place in the conference at 1-14, 3-16 overall. EMU is led by sophomore guard Emily Mullet, who entered this week as the nation's second-leading scorer at 24.2 points per game. She also leads the nation with 4.1 three point field goals made per game. Christa Wittmer is the only other Royal in double digits at 11.5 points and a team-high 5.7 rebounds per game.


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