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

W&L at Randolph-Macon Woman's College - 12/6/00 - 7:00 pm - Lynchburg, Va.

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7 - Number of Generals averaging 20 or more minutes per game this season
1997 - The last time W&L defeated Randolph-Macon before Saturday
3 - Number of double-doubles recorded by a General at Randolph-Macon
160 - Points needed by Jessica Mentz to become W&L's third 1,000-point scorer

POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 22.6 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Jessica Mentz - 12.6 rpg.
STEALS: Megan Babst - 2.8 spg.
ASSISTS: Carter Thomas - 3.2 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.2 bpg.
FG %: Jessica Mentz - 52.5 %

Junior forward Jessica Mentz scored a game-high 24 points and claimed eight rebounds to help lead Washington and Lee past Randolph-Macon, 70-60, in ODAC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Ashland, Va. Randolph-Macon held a 19-18 lead with 11:20 remaining in the first half, but the Generals went on a 15-9 run in the last 11:00 of the period to take a 33-28 halftime lead. The Generals then cruised to the 10-point victory. For the game, W&L shot 53.2 percent. Junior center Megan Babst gave W&L 13 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman forward Sarah Michaels notched 12 points and 10 boards. The Yellow Jackets were led by Sarah Crider's 15 points, five rebounds and five steals. Meredith Roberts added 11 points.

W&L holds a 9-5 all-time record vs. Randolph-Macon Woman's College dating back to the first meeting in 1994. Washington and Lee defeated the WildCats three times last season and have won six of the last eight meetings between the two schools.

W&L will take a month off due to final exams and the holiday break. The Generals will travel to Harrisonburg, Va., on Friday, Jan.5, to take on Eastern Mennonite at 7:00 pm.

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. 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, in which he led W&L to a 20-10 record in the fall with Hollack serving as his assistant.

Jessica Mentz has led the Generals in just about every category heading into this week's matchup at Randolph-Macon Woman's College. She leads the Generals in scoring (22.6 ppg.), rebounding (12.6 rpg.), field goal percentage (52.5), free throw percentage (89.5) and minutes (38.8 mpg.). She is also second on the squad in assists (3.0 apg.) and steals (2.6 spg.). Mentz has been especially important in W&L's two victories, averaging 29.5 points and 9.0 boards per game in those contests.

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 (15.0), season points per game (15.1), field goals made in a season (145), field goal percentage in a career (54.4), 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 326 points in her next two seasons and needs just 160 points to become Washington and Lee's third 1,000-point scorer.

So far this season, when the Generals shoot the ball well from the three-point arc, they win. In W&L's two victories, the Generals shot 41.1 percent (7-17) from downtown. In the three losses, Washington and Lee went 13-45 (28.9 percent) on three-point attempts. Freshman guard/forward Sarah Michaels has also been a key, shooting 5-9 (55.6 percent) in wins over Lesley (Mass.) and Randolph-Macon.

After starting the season with an 8-point, 7-rebound performance against Coe College, junior center Megan Babst has posted four straight double-double efforts. Last week, she tallied 12 points and 12 boards in the loss to Lynchburg and then scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading the Generals to their first-ever win at Randolph-Macon. In her last 30 games as a full-time starter, Babst has almost averaged a double-double with 12.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest.

Washington and Lee has taken full advantage of the opportunities its opponents are giving the Generals from the charity stripe. W&L is leading the ODAC in free throw percentage at 74.6 percent (88-118). The success has come thanks in large part to Jessica Mentz, who also leads the ODAC at an 89.5 percent clip (51-57).

W&L has started all five of its juniors in its first five games, but has received pleasant surprises from two freshman, Heather Coleman and Sarah Michaels, in a reserve role. Coleman is averaging 1.6 steals and 1.4 assists in 21.8 minutes per game, while Michaels is team's third-leading scorer (11.0 ppg.) and has pulled down 3.6 boards in 22.2 minutes per contest.

The WildCats enter with a record of 1-3 overall, 0-2 in the conference and are trying to find a way to replace three-time first-team All-ODAC selection Tara Carleton, who was lost to graduation. R-M Woman's is last in the conference in scoring (48.7 ppg.) and is allowing 69.3 points per game on defense. Meg Hancock has led the WildCats with 17.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game.


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