Washington and Lee Women's Basketball Game Notes (Week 3)

W&L vs. Lynchburg - 11/29/00 - 8:00 pm - Lexington, Va.

W&L at Randolph-Macon - 12/2/00 - 2:00 pm - Ashland, Va.

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13 - Field goals scored by Megan Babst at Shenandoah last Tuesday
28 - Turnovers forced by W&L in loss to Shenandoah
45 - Minutes logged by both Megan Babst and Carter Thomas vs. Shenandoah
197 - Points needed by Jessica Mentz to become W&L's third 1,000-point scorer.

POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 25.3 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Jessica Mentz - 12.3 rpg.
STEALS: Jessica Mentz - 2.7 spg.
ASSISTS: Carter Thomas - 3.3 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.7 bpg.
FG %: Jessica Mentz - 55.9%

Washington and Lee overcame a 15-point halftime deficit (38-23) to force overtime before falling to Shenandoah, 74-72, in women's basketball action on Tuesday evening. W&L (1-2) shot just 26.9 percent in the opening half, but recovered to shoot 51.4 percent in the second half in forcing the overtime period. The Generals led by two points (66-64) with 1:05 remaining in regulation; however, the Hornets forced overtime on a jumper by Carrie Weimer with 44 seconds left in regulation. Neither team could break the deadlock and the teams headed to overtime. In the extra frame, the Generals took the lead (71-70) with 37 seconds remaining, but Weimer again hit a jumper to put the Hornets ahead, this time with 16 seconds remaining. Wendy Legge extended the lead to 74-72 by hitting one-of-two free throws, but the Generals were unable to get a shot off in the final five seconds. Junior center Megan Babst scored a game-high 27 points and added 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Junior forward Jessica Mentz scored 13 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and dished out six assists. She was 11-of-11 from the foul line bringing her season total to 38-of-40 (.950) on the year from the charity stripe. Freshman guard Sarah Michaels added 12 points and three assists.

W&L holds an 7-5 advantage all-time vs. Lynchburg and a 2-12 all-time record vs. Randolph-Macon. The Generals defeated the Hornets in both contests last season, while dropping both games against Randolph-Macon.

W&L will travel to Lynchburg, Va., on December 6 to take on Randolph-Macon Women's College before taking a month off for exams and the holiday break.

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.

Forward Jessica Mentz has started out the 2000-01 campaign on fire, averaging 25.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. Her 35 points vs. Lesley College broke her own school record (30) for most points ever scored in a game. For her efforts in the Haverford Tournament, where she averaged 31.5 points per contest, Mentz was named ODAC Player of the Week. Against Shenandoah, she connected on 11-of-11 free throw attempts to bring her season total to 38-of-40 (95%). Mentz leads the conference in scoring and rebounding and is second in free throw percentage.

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 (54.7), field goal percentage in a season (55.7), 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 363 points in her next two seasons and needs just 197 points to become W&L's third 1,000 point scorer.

Junior center Megan Babst also has started her season strong, averaging 20.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Her eight blocks in three games leads the ODAC. Babst scored 19 second half points at Shenandoah on Tuesday to help bring the Generals back from 15-point halftime deficit and send the game to overtime. She also added 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocks in the loss. The 27-point effort came up one point shy of her career high.

Freshman guard Sarah Michaels started her career with a bang in the first three games of the season and is near the top in a couple of the conference's statistical categories. Michaels is second in the ODAC for three-point field goals (3.0 per game), third in three-point percentage (42.9) and 12th in scoring (13.3 ppg.).

1-2-3 PUNCH:
The combination of Mentz, Babst and Michaels has combined to score 177 of W&L's 217 points (81.6 percent) in the first three contests. The trio also pulled down 75 of the squad's 110 rebounds (68 percent) and added 22 assists.

Washington and Lee has started out the season shooting very well from the floor. The Generals are shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 75.3 percent from the line, while their opponents have struggled, making only 34.6 percent of their shots from the floor and 62.7 percent of the free throws. W&L has also fired in 13 of its 38 three-point attempts (.342).

Lynchburg opened its 2000-01 season with victories over Meredith (68-67) and Averett (83-42). The Hornets, picked last in the ODAC preseason poll, have been led by ODAC Player of the Week Abby Pyzik. Pyzik averages 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Lynchburg owns the number one offense in the ODAC, averaging 75.5 points per contest, while only giving up 54.5 points per game on the defensive side (2nd in ODAC).

Randolph-Macon enters this week with a 1-1 record after defeating Methodist (60-58) and falling to Emory (67-53) in the Randolph-Macon Tournament. The Yellow Jackets have been led by Meredith Roberts and Allison Blakely, who average 11 and 10 points, respectively.


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