W&L vs. Va. Wesleyan (11-9, 11-6 ODAC)
Thurs., Feb. 15, 7:00 pm, Lexington, Va.
BY THE NUMBERS:
3 - Number of home games W&L has remaining on the 2000-01 schedule
24 - Combined number of double-doubles for Jessica Mentz and Megan Babst this season
37 - School-record number of points scored by Jessica Mentz last Wednesday
16 - Points needed by Jessica Mentz to become W&L's all-time leading scorer
POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 21.2 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 12.2 rpg.
STEALS: Carter Thomas - 1.8 spg.
ASSISTS: Carter Thomas - 3.5 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.2 bpg.
FG %: Jessica Mentz - 52.9 %
LAST TIME OUT:
Junior forward Meredith Roberts scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Randolph-Macon to a 64-54 decision over Washington and Lee. The game was tightly contested throughout the first half until the Yellow Jackets ended the half on a 8-0 run that sent Randolph-Macon to the locker room with a 34-26 lead. Sophomore forward Allison King scored five of her 11 points during the eight-point stretch. W&L would cut the lead to 36-32 after a lay-up by junior center Megan Babst with 16:14 to play. However, R-MC scored 11 unanswered points over the game's next 3:46 to take a commanding 47-32 lead. The Generals closed to eight points twice late in the second half, but Randolph-Macon iced the game with five free throws in the final 2:33. R-MC was led by Roberts and sophomore center Cristin Ethridge, who tallied 10 points and grabbed four rebounds. Babst scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Generals. Junior forward Sarah Schmidt added 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while junior forward Jessica Mentz was held to nine points.
The Generals and Emory & Henry have met 13 times over the years with the Wasps holding a 9-4 advantage. W&L also trails the all-time series with Va. Wesleyan as the Blue Marlins hold a 11-4 lead.
Washington and Lee will close out the regular season with two home games over the weekend as it will host Hollins on Saturday at 2:00 pm and Roanoke on Sunday at 2:00 pm. Should the Generals qualify for the ODAC Tournament, first round play will get underway on Thursday, Feb. 22.
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. 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. Joy Scruggs (Tennessee) has led the Emory & Henry women's basketball program in each of the last 20 seasons. She holds a record of 277-213 overall, 9-4 vs. the Generals. Joanne Renn (Old Dominion '76) is in her fourth season at the helm at Virginia Wesleyan with a career record of 54-41 heading into this week. Renn is 3-4 against the Generals.
ODAC TOURNAMENT SCENARIOS:
With the ODAC Tournament on the horizon, below is a list of the possible scenarios for the Generals to qualify. Washington and Lee (5-11 ODAC) is currently in ninth place, trailing seventh-place Lynchburg (6-10 ODAC) and eighth-place Hollins (6-11 ODAC).
If W&L wins its last four contests:
W&L will make the tournament and be the eighth seed. The Generals would be the seventh seed if Lynchburg loses two of its final four games.
If W&L defeats Emory & Henry, Va. Wesleyan and Roanoke:
The Generals would be the eighth seed if Hollins loses to Guilford or Lynchburg. W&L could capture the seventh seed in this case if Lynchburg defeated RMWC and lost to Emory & Henry or Roanoke.
If W&L defeats two of the following, Emory & Henry, Va. Wesleyan or Roanoke:
Lynchburg would have to lose all of its remaining four games for the Generals to get the eighth seed. Hollins would get the seventh seed due to its two victories over W&L.
If W&L defeats one of the following, Emory & Henry, Va. Wesleyan or Roanoke:
Lynchburg would have to lose all of its remaining games for W&L to earn the eighth seed. Hollins would be awarded the seventh seed.
If W&L defeats Hollins and loses the other three games this week:
W&L would earn the eighth seed if Hollins loses to Guilford and Lynchburg. If Hollins loses to W&L and defeats Guilford or Lynchburg, HU would make the tournament.
If W&L defeats Hollins and wins one of the other three games this week:
If W&L defeats Hollins and one either E&H, Va. Wesleyan or Roanoke, W&L would earn the eight seed unless Hollins defeats both Guilford and Lynchburg, which would send HU to the tournament as the eighth seed.
LOOK OUT RECORD BOOKS:
Although Jessica Mentz is only in her junior season, she currently holds 15 W&L individual records. She holds or has tied the record for single-season points (423), points in a game (37), career points per game (16.2), season points per game (15.1), field goals made in a game (14), field goals made in a season (145), field goals made in a career (402), field goal percentage in a career (.540), field goal percentage in a season (.557), free throw percentage in a game (11-11, 1.000), free throws attempted in a game (17), free throws made in a season (147), free throws made in a career (342), free throws attempted in a season (176), and free throws attempted in a career (450). Mentz can also become W&L's all-time leading scorer with 16 points and currently is the nation's 19th leading scorer.
MAKE IT A DOUBLE:
While Washington and Lee has struggled to a 5-11 record in conference play, junior center Megan Babst has averaged a double-double. Babst is averaging 14.4 points and 12.4 rebounds. On the season, the inside duo of Babst and Jessica Mentz has produced 24 double-doubles with Babst (15) leading the way. Over their careers, Mentz and Babst have combined for 49 double-doubles (Babst - 26, Mentz - 23).
FREE OF CHARGE:
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 281-of-399 attempts (.704) on the season. Jessica Mentz has helped the league-leading mark, hitting an ODAC-best 147-of-176 foul shots (.835).
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 625 boards, while Babst is fourth all-time with 621 rebounds. Tonia Dean (1994-98) is the leader with 755 career rebounds.
SHAQ OF THE ODAC:
After 16 ODAC contests, Megan Babst has cemented her name as one of the top frontcourt players in the conference. In ODAC play, Babst is averaging 14.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native currently leads the ODAC in rebounding (12.2 rpg.) and blocks (2.2 bpg.). The 12.2 boards per game also ranks 14th 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.
LAST TIME VS. E&H (E&H 63, W&L 38 -- 1/13/01):
Kelly Smith scored a game-high 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds and added five steals and four assists to lead Emory & Henry to a 63-38 victory over Washington and Lee in Lexington, Va. W&L trailed 19-18 at the half before the Wasps took control of the game with a 13-2 run over the first 5:17 of the second half and cruised to the 25-point victory. The Generals were led by junior center Megan Babst, who scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high 12 boards. Junior forward Sarah Schmidt added 11 points and five rebounds. Emory & Henry was led by Smith and Erin Connelly who tallied 12 points and eight rebounds. The Wasps shot 34.4 percent (21-of-61), while holding W&L to 30.2 percent (13-of-43). Washington and Lee was outrebounded 41-30, including a 15-2 advantage for E&H in offensive rebounds.
LAST TIME VS. VWC (VWC 58, W&L 50):
Virginia Wesleyan used a 13-4 run in the final 4:59 of the second half to hand Washington and Lee its second consecutive conference loss, 58-50. W&L trailed 30-18 at the half and 36-24 with 17:13 to play in the second half before rallying on an 18-3 run to take the lead, 42-39, with 10:52 remaining. Junior center Megan Babst hit a foul line jumper at the 7:44 mark of the second half to give the Generals a 46-43 lead. VWC (3-6, 3-3) answered right back after Angie Cavanuagh converted a three-point play with 4:59 to play to tie the contest, 46-46. After Tomorrow Lofton connected one one-of-two free throws at the 4:24 mark, junior forward Jessica Mentz put the Generals back on top, 48-47, after a lay-up at the 3:59 mark. Devin Allen, who led all scorers with 17 points, then put the Blue Marlins in front for good after hitting a 15-foot jump shot with 3:08 left, making the score 49-48. Virginia Wesleyan outscored W&L, 9-2, over the last three minutes. Babst led W&L with 16 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. She also added five assists, four blocks and one steal. Mentz chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds. The Blue Marlins were led by Allen and Janine Swanson, who posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards.