Washington and Lee Women's Basketball Game Notes (Week 12)

W&L (8-14, 6-12 ODAC) vs. Hollins (9-13, 6-12 ODAC)
Sat., Feb. 17, 2:00 pm, Lexington, Va.

W&L vs. Roanoke (16-6, 14-4 ODAC)
Sun., Feb. 18, 2:00 pm, Lexington, Va.

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19 - Career-high tying number of points scored by Sarah Michaels vs. VWC
24 - Combined number of double-doubles for Jessica Mentz and Megan Babst this season
37 - School-record number of points scored by Jessica Mentz vs. EMU
1,190 - W&L career-record number of points scored by Jessica Mentz

POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 21.0 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 11.8 rpg.
STEALS: Carter Thomas - 1.9 spg.
ASSISTS: Carter Thomas - 3.5 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.1 bpg.
FG %: Jessica Mentz - 52.7 %

Freshman forward Sarah Michaels tied a career-high with 19 points to lead Washington and Lee to a 56-55 victory over Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday evening. Virginia Wesleyan held a 27-23 first-half lead, thanks in part to seven points from freshman center Tomorrow Lofton. The second half was tightly contested throughout as either team held no more than a four-point lead. After a made free throw by VWC sophomore forward Angelique Cavanaugh with 1:26 to play, the Blue Marlins led 51-49. Michaels then tied the game with two free throws at the 1:06 mark and put the Generals ahead, 54-51, with a three-pointer from the top of the key. Lofton then converted 1-of-2 free throws with 21 seconds remaining to close the lead to two. Junior guard Alison Kudlacik hit both of her foul shots with 18 seconds left to bring the W&L lead to 56-52; however, freshman guard Devin Allen drilled a trey seven seconds later to cut the lead to 56-55. Junior forward Jessica Mentz was fouled with five seconds left, but missed the front end of a one-and-one. Lofton rebounded the miss and fired a pass downcourt to Allen, whose shot came up short and Washington and Lee (8-14, 6-12) came away with the one-point victory. W&L was led by Michaels, who added four rebounds in 19 minutes of play, and Mentz who tallied 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

W&L and Hollins have met 14 times over the years with the Generals holding a 12-2 advantage. Washington and Lee is still looking for its first-ever win over Roanoke with this being the 14th meeting.

Should the Generals defeat Hollins on Saturday, W&L would earn the eighth seed for the ODAC Tournament, which will get underway on Friday, Feb. 23.

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. Karen Harvey (Roanoke '91) is in her sixth season as head coach at Hollins and holds a 23-120 lifetime mark. Roanoke Head Coach Susan Dunagan (Radford '70) won her 400th career game against the Generals earlier this season and currently holds a 407-127 overall record.

With Hollins and Washington and Lee currently tied for the eighth spot in the conference, the winner of Saturday's game will advance to the ODAC Tournament and play the No. 1 seed in the first round. Bridgewater can clinch the No. 1 seed with a win over Randolph-Macon on Saturday. If Hollins defeats W&L, the Generals will still lose out to HU even if Washington and Lee defeats Roanoke on Sunday, because Hollins would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

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 (445), points in a game (37), career points per game (16.3), season points per game (15.1), field goals made in a game (14), field goals made in a season (153), field goals made in a career (419), field goal percentage in a career (.539), 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 (153), free throws made in a career (348), free throws attempted in a season (185), and free throws attempted in a career (459). Mentz is W&L's all-time leading scorer with 1,190 career points and currently is the nation's 18th leading scorer and 21st leading free throw shooter (.827).

Megan Babst has been tearing up opponents in conference games all season long, averaging a double-double with 14.5 points and 12.2 rebounds in ODAC play. 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).

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 302-of-428 attempts (.706) on the season. Jessica Mentz has helped the league-leading mark, hitting 153-of-185 foul shots (.828), second-best in the conference.

Entering this weekend, 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 641 boards, while Babst is fourth all-time with 637 rebounds. Tonia Dean (1994-98) is the leader with 755 career rebounds. Both have a shot in the final two games to pass Chrissy Burghardt '99, who is second all-time with 653 rebounds. Babst also broke the W&L record for rebounds in a season Tuesday against Emory & Henry and has pulled down 259 boards this season.

After 18 ODAC contests, Megan Babst has cemented her name as one of the top frontcourt players in the conference. In ODAC play, Babst is averaging 14.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, 1.8 assists and 1.7 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 12th 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.

Junior forward Sarah Schmidt scored a career-high 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting in Tuesday's loss at Emory & Henry. In her last four contests, Schmidt is averaging 12.3 points per game, while shooting just 48.6 percent from the floor. She has also hit 6-of-7 three-point attempts in the four games.

Junior point guard Carter Thomas has moved up to fourth in the ODAC in assists, averaging 3.5 per contest. She also leads the team and is tied for 14th in the conference in steals with an average of 1.9 per game. Thomas is fourth all-time on the W&L record book with 189 assists. With 40 more assists, she will pass Jessica Morton '00 as the Generals' all-time leader.

In the Generals' eight wins, freshman forward Sarah Michaels has stepped up her play, averaging 12.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. The Norfolk, Va., native has scored in double-digits in five of the wins, including two 19-point efforts, both career-high performances. She has also averaged two three-pointers a game in the eight wins. Michaels also tied Ansley Miller's '00 record for three-point field goals in a season (28) on Thursday evening.

LAST TIME VS. HU (HU 57, W&L 54, 1/19/01):
Mandy Nichols scored 11 of her team-high 21 points in the final 4:12 of the second half to lead Hollins to a 57-54 victory over Washington and Lee. After a three pointer by Rosse Hopkins at the 10:31 mark of the second half, Hollins led 39-34. W&L then answered with a 14-2 run over the next 5:50 to take a seven-point lead, 48-41. Junior center Megan Babst led the comeback with eight of her game-high 26 points during the stretch. Hollins fought right back with an 8-0 run over the ensuing 1:43 to take a one-point lead at 49-48. Nichols' late heroics then sealed the win for HU as she hit 6-of-7 attempts from the foul line. Hollins was led by Nichols and Hopkins, who collected 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists. HU shot just under 30 percent (20-of-67) in the game. W&L was led by Babst's 26-point, 18-rebound performance. She also added two assists and went 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Junior forward Jessica Mentz added 13 points and eight rebounds.

LAST TIME VS. RC (RC 63, W&L 45, 1/20/01):
Roanoke jumped out to a 28-5 lead it would never relinquish in the game's first 13:21 and defeated Washington and Lee, 63-45. The Maroons took a 39-19 halftime lead, forcing 19 turnovers by the Generals. W&L tried to claw its way back into the ballgame by starting the second half on a 14-3 run that cut the Roanoke lead to 42-33 with 15:08 to play. However, Crystal Barrett scored eight of her team-high 22 points in the final 10 minutes to clinch the 18-point victory. Barrett also pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. Jill Quesenberry was the only other Maroon in double figures with 10 points. W&L was led by junior forward Jessica Mentz, who scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Mentz also became the third player in W&L history to break the 1,000-point plateau. Junior center Megan Babst added 15 points, seven boards, three assists and three blocks. The Generals shot 50 percent from the floor (19-of-38), while holding the Maroons to just under 42 percent (27-of-65). Roanoke outrebounded W&L, 33-28, and caused 35 Washington and Lee turnovers.


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