Washington and Lee Women's Basketball Game Notes (Week 2)

W&L vs. Shenandoah - 11/21/00 - 8:00 pm - Haverford, Pa.

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88 - School-record number of points W&L scored vs. Lesley (Mass.) on Sunday
35 - School-record number of points in a game Jessica Mentz scored vs. Lesley
7 - Number of years that the W&L women's basketball program has been in existence.
210 - Points needed by Jessica Mentz to become W&L's third 1,000-point scorer.

POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 31.5 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Jessica Mentz - 10.5 rpg.
STEALS: Jessica Mentz - 3.0 spg.
ASSISTS: Carter Thomas - 4.0 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.5 bpg.
FG %: Jessica Mentz - 66.7%

W&L finished the two-day Radnor Hotel Haverford Classic with a 1-1 record. The Generals were defeated by Coe College, 61-57, in the first round of the tournament on Saturday night. Jessica Mentz led the way for Washington and Lee with 28 points and 11 rebounds. The Generals closed to within two of the Kohawks in the final minute but Coe converted four-of-four free throw attempts to seal the victory. On Sunday, W&L rolled over Lesley (Mass.), 88-40. The 88 points marked the most points ever scored by the Generals in a game. Jessica Mentz also broke the single-game record for points with 35. She also collected 10 rebounds and three steals. Megan Babst added 26 points and 13 rebounds in the winning effort.

W&L holds an 0-2 all-time record vs. Shenandoah. The last meeting came in the season-opener in 1998-99 in which the Hornets defeated the Generals 62-53.

Janet Hollack (Florida International ď88) 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.

Forward Jessica Mentz started out the 2000-01 campaign on fire, averaging 31.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 assists per game. Her 35 points vs. Lesley College broke her own school record (30) for most points ever scored in a game. She posted a double-double in both contests over the weekend. Mentz shot 67 percent (18-27) in the two games from the field and 93 percent (27-29) from the charity stripe.

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 (35), career points per game (14.9), season points per game (15.1), field goals made in a season (145), field goal percentage in a career (55.3), 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 376 points in her next two seasons and needs just 210 points to become W&L's third 1,000 point scorer.

Head Coach Janet Hollack has the inevitable task of finding replacements in the backcourt for the schoolÍs all-time leading scorer, Ansley Miller, and W&LÍs 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 6.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in the Haverford Tournament, while Thomas averaged 4.0 assists.

Junior center Megan Babst also started her season strong, averaging 17.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 blocks per game. She scored seven points in W&LÍs 17-0 run to start the game against Lesley and finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds. The 26 tallies fell only two points shy of Babst's career high.

Freshman guard Sarah Michaels started her career with a bang in the Haverford Tournament. She averaged 14.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. Michaels shot 50 percent from the floor (9-18) and 54.5 percent (6-11) from behind the three-point arc.

The combination of Mentz, Babst and Michaels combined to score 125 of W&L's 145 points (86 percent) this past weekend. The trio also pulled down 46 of the squad's 72 rebounds (64 percent) and added 12 assists.

Washington and Lee has started out the season shooting very well from the floor. The Generals are shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 77.6 percent from the line, while their opponents have struggled, making only 33.9 percent of their shots from the floor and 56.8 percent of the free throws. W&L has also fired in eight of its 22 three-point attempts (.364).

W&L will take a week off over the Thanksgiving break and then start its ODAC regular-season schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 29, when the Generals will host Lynchburg College at 8:00 pm.

Shenandoah opened its season with a 90-38 loss at Heidelberg College on Saturday in Tiffin, Ohio. The Hornets were outscored, 43-21, in the half and could not overcome the 22-point deficit in the second half. Shenandoah was led by its lone senior, Carrie Weimer, who tallied 15 points and 5 caroms. Junior guard Wendy Legge added 10 points and three boards for the Hornets. Shenandoah was outrebounded, 41-30, and shot 34.1 percent from the floor. Head Coach Kathy Orsini returns two starters from last year's 18-9 squad that finished second in the Dixie Conference and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Dixie Tournament. Orsini, who owns a 101-122 career record at Shenandoah, has added six freshmen and two sophomores to the program this season.


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