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BY THE NUMBERS:
7 - Number of threes needed by Sarah Michaels to break W&L single-season record
95 - School-record number of career blocks held by Megan Babst
3 - Number of times this season Jessica Mentz has gone for 30 points or more
85 - Points needed by Jessica Mentz to become W&L's third 1,000-point scorer
POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 23.5 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Jessica Mentz - 12.0 rpg.
STEALS: Megan Babst - 2.6 spg.
ASSISTS: Carter Thomas - 3.5 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 1.9 bpg.
FG %: Jessica Mentz - 57.8 %
LAST TIME OUT:
Bridgewater held Washington and Lee to just 31 percent shooting from the foor and forced 22 turnovers in posting a 68-41 win over the Generals on Saturday afternoon in ODAC women's basketball action. The Eagles (8-1, 5-0) held a 29-20 lead with 2:41 remaining in the first half and then closed the half with a 7-0 run to take a 36-20 lead at the break. BC would cruise from that point on. Junior forward Jessica Mentz, who entered the game averaging 25.7 points and 13.0 rebounds per game, was limited to just eight points and five rebounds. Freshman forward Sarah Michaels also tallied eight points, while junior center Megan Babst added six points and 10 rebounds. Bridgewater was led by Sarah Hagood's 18-point performance on 8-of-12 shooting. The Eagles shot 46 percent from the field and had 11 different players enter the scoring column.
Va. Wesleyan holds a 10-4 advantage all-time against the Generals, however, W&L has had the Blue Marlins number of late, winning three of the last four contests. Washington and Lee now holds a 10-5 lifetime record against Randolph-Macon Woman's College after a 80-47 triumph on Dec. 6. The Generals have defeated the WildCats five straight times.
W&L continues the stretch of five games in eight days on Saturday as it hosts Emory & Henry at 4:00 pm. Washington and Lee will then travel to Lynchburg, Va., on Tuesday evening to take on the Lynchburg Hornets, who defeated the Generals, 59-49, on Nov. 29.
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. 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. Va. Wesleyan is led by fourth-year head coach Joanne Renn, who holds 45-38 overall record for the Blue Marlins. R-MWC Head Coach Melissa Wiggins is in her third season for the WildCats and enters this week with 10-47 overall record.
Not only is Jessica Mentz among the ODAC's top scorers and rebounders, but she also has opened some eyes throughout all of Division III. Heading into last week's action, Mentz was third in the country in scoring (23.5 ppg.) and rebounding (12.0 ppg.). Her free-throw percentage (.854) also ranked 10th in all of Division III. Mentz leads the Generals this season in points, rebounds, free-throw percentage and field goal percentage (.578).
LOOK OUT RECORD BOOKS:
Although Jessica Mentz is only beginning her junior season, she currently holds 12 W&L individual records. She holds or has tied the record for single-season points (393), points in a game (35), career points per game (15.5), 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 (.552), field goal percentage in a season (.557), free throws made in a season (103), free throw percentage in a game (11-11, 1.000), free throws attempted in a game (17) and free throws attempted in a season (143). Mentz can also become W&L's all-time leading scorer with 251 points in her next two seasons and needs just 85 points to become W&L's third 1,000-point scorer.
SETTING A STANDARD:
It appears after only eight career games, freshman guard Sarah Michaels will do some rewriting of her own in the W&L record books. Surprisingly, Michaels already is third all-time for career three-pointers made (22). She also now holds the record for most three-point field goals attempted in a game after her 14 attempts from beyond the arc last Friday at Eastern Mennonite. Michaels has made 2.75 three point shots per game, which ranks 17th in Division III.
Junior center Megan Babst is now W&L's all-time leader in blocks with 95. She broke the record on Friday night in the win at Eastern Mennonite. On the season, Babst has been solid on the defensive end adding 11.3 rebounds and posting a team-best 2.6 steals and 1.9 blocks per game.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA WESLEYAN:
The Blue Marlins enter with a record of 2-6 overall and currently reside in 7th place in the ODAC at 2-3. Va. Wesleyan started the new year with two losses at Emory & Henry, 64-54, and at Guilford, 60-46. Tomorrow Loftin leads the team with 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest. Kristen Leake and Angelique Cavanaugh also average double digits with 11.2 and 10.8 points per game, respectively. The Blue Marlins lead the conference, averaging 20.2 offensive rebounds per game.
LAST TIME VS. R-MWC:
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 on December 6. Mentz, who was 14-of-22 from the field, scored 25 first-half points, helping the Generals to a 37-17 halftime lead. Mentz was joined in double figures by freshman forward Sarah Michaels, who scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out six assists and claimed four steals. Junior center Megan Babst added 11 points and eight rebounds. R-MWC was paced by Amy Dameron's 15-point, 11-rebound performance. Meg Hancock added 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting.
R-MWC travels to W&L in last place in the ODAC with a record of 1-7 overall, 0-6 in the ODAC. The WildCats have been led by their backcourt duo of Meg Hancock and Amy Dameron. Hancock is the squad's leading scorer at 12.8 points per game, while Dameron is the team's second leading scorer (9.2 ppg.) and leading rebounder (7.2 rpg.). The WildCats are last in the ODAC in scoring margin at -31.5 points per game (76.0-44.5).