Washington and Lee Women's Basketball Game Notes (Week 5)

W&L (3-3, 2-1) vs. Eastern Mennonite (2-5, 0-3) 1/5/01 7:00 pm Harrisonburg, Va.
W&L (3-3, 2-1) vs. Bridgewater (6-1, 3-0) 1/6/01 4:00 pm Bridgewater, Va.

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39.5 - Percentage Sarah Michaels is shooting from three-point range
1 - Number of blocks needed by Megan Babst to set W&L record for career blocks
2 - Number of times this season Jessica Mentz has gone for 30 points or more
128 - Points needed by Jessica Mentz to become W&L's third 1,000-point scorer.

POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 24.2 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Jessica Mentz - 13.0 rpg.
STEALS: Megan Babst - 2.8 spg.
ASSISTS: Carter Thomas - 3.2 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 1.8 bpg.
FG %: Jessica Mentz - 55.6 %

Junior forward Jessica Mentz scored a game-high 32 points and claimed a game-high 15 rebounds to lead Washington and Lee to an 80-47 win over Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Mentz, who was 14-of-22 from the field, scored 25 first-half points, helping the Generals (3-3, 2-1) to a 37-17 halftime lead. Mentz was joined in double figures by freshman forward Sarah Michaels, who scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out six assists and claimed four steals. Junior center Megan Babst added eight points and eight rebounds. R-MWC (1-5, 0-4) was paced by Amy Dameron's 15-point, 11-rebound performance. Meg Hancock added 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting.

Eastern Mennonite holds a 7-6 advantage all-time against the Generals, however, the Royals have not defeated Washington and Lee since a 61-48 victory on Feb. 4, 1997. Since then, W&L has rolled off six straight wins in the series. Washington and Lee has not had as much luck with Bridgewater as the Eagles lead the all-time series, 10-2. The Generals did upset Bridgewater last season, 60-57, in the last meeting between the two schools at the Warner Center on Feb. 3.

W&L will continue its busy schedule by travelling to Norfolk, Va., on Monday, Jan. 8, to take on the Blue Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan at 8:00 pm. The Generals will then host Randolph-Macon Women's College on Wednesday and Emory & Henry on Saturday to round out a stretch of five games in eight days.

Janet Hollack (Florida International '88) enters 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. 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 weekend. She leads the Generals in scoring (24.2 ppg.), rebounding (13.0 rpg.), field goal percentage (55.6), free throw percentage (88.7) and minutes (38.3 mpg.). She is also second on the squad in assists (2.7 apg.) and steals (2.2 spg.). Mentz has been especially important in W&L's three victories, averaging 30.3 points and 11.0 boards per game in those contests.

Although Jessica Mentz is only beginning her junior season, she currently holds 10 W&L individual records. She holds the record for single-season points (393), points in a game (35), career points per game (15.3), season points per game (15.1), field goals made in a game (14), field goals made in a season (145), field goal percentage in a career (54.8), 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 294 points in her next two seasons and needs just 128 points to become the school's third 1,000-point scorer.

It appears after only six career games, freshman guard Sarah Michaels will do some rewriting of her own in the W&L record books. Surprisingly, Michaels already is fourth all-time for career three-pointers made (17). She also now holds the record for most three-point field goals attempted in a game after her 5-of-13 performance from beyond the arc against Randolph-Macon Women's College on Dec. 6.

So far this season, when the Generals shoot the ball well from the three-point arc, they win. In W&L's three victories, the Generals shot 39.5 percent (18-35) 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, firing in 10-of-22 attempts (45.5 percent) in the three wins.

Junior center Megan Babst can become W&L's all-time leader in blocks with just one more block. She currently is tied with Tonia Dean (1994-98) on the all-time list with 91. This season, Babst has continued her steady defensive play by leading the team with 11 blocks (1.8 bpg.). She is also averaging a double-double with 15.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest.

After competing in a long soccer season in which Washington and Lee lost in triple-overtime in the ODAC Championship and finished 12-6, freshman Heather Coleman has gone right to the hardwood and helped the Generals to their 3-3 start. Coleman tied for second on the team in goals (8) in the fall season. As the team's backup point guard, Coleman is averaging 1.2 points, 1.5 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

The Royals enter with a record of 2-5 overall, 0-3 in the ODAC, but boast the league's top scorer in sophomore guard Emily Mullet who is averaging 25.9 points per contest. She leads the conference in three-point field goals per game (4.57) and steals per game (3.14). Last season, Mullet finished fourth in the ODAC in scoring (18.6 ppg.) and was named First-Team All-ODAC and the conference Freshman of the Year. Senior guard Christa Wittmer has also played well this season as the team's leading rebounder (6.3 rpg.) and shooting 45.2 percent from the field.


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