Washington and Lee Women's Basketball Game Notes (Week 7)

W&L (5-6. 4-4) vs. Lynchburg (7-3, 3-4) 1/17/01 7:00 pm Lynchburg, Va.
W&L (5-6, 4-4) vs. Hollins (4-5, 1-4) 1/19/01 7:00 pm Hollins, Va.
W&L (5-6, 4-4) vs. Roanoke (6-4, 4-2) 1/20/01 4:00 pm Roanoke, Va.

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5 - Number of threes needed by Sarah Michaels to break W&L single-season record
104 - 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
43 - Points needed by Jessica Mentz to become W&L's third 1,000-point scorer

POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 20.9 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Jessica Mentz - 11.4 rpg.
STEALS: Megan Babst - 2.2 spg.
ASSISTS: Carter Thomas - 2.7 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.4 bpg.
FG %: Jessica Mentz - 53.4 %

Kelly Smith scored a game-high 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds and added five steals and four assists to lead Emory & Henry to a 63-38 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Va. W&L trailed 19-18 at the half before the Wasps took control of the game with a 13-2 run over the first 5:17 of the second half and cruised to the 25-point victory. The Generals were led by junior center Megan Babst, who scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high 12 boards. Junior forward Sarah Schmidt added 11 points and five rebounds. Emory & Henry was led by Smith and Erin Connelly who tallied 12 points and eight rebounds. The Wasps shot 34.4 percent (21-of-61), while holding W&L to 30.2 percent (13-of-43). Washington and Lee was outrebounded 41-30, including a 15-2 advantage for E&H in offensive rebounds.

Lynchburg now holds a 8-5 all-time record over the Generals after its 59-49 victory in Lexington on November 29. W&L holds a 12-1 advantage all-time against Hollins and has won the last 12 meetings. The last Hollins win came in W&L's first varsity season, 66-62, on Feb. 9, 1994. Washington and Lee is still looking for its first-ever win over Roanoke. The Maroons lead the series 12-0, including a 72-58 win last season in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament.

Washington and Lee returns home from its three-game road swing on Tuesday, January, 23, as it hosts Guilford in a 7:00 pm contest.

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. 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. Head Coach Richie Waggoner (Roanoke '92) is in his second season at the helm for the Hornets and holds a 15-20 overall record, 1-2 against the Generals. Karen Harvey (Roanoke '91) is in her sixth season as head coach for Hollins, holding a 19-109 overall record. In her 20th season at Roanoke, Susan Dunagan (Radford '70) has taken her Maroons to the NCAA Tournament 10 times in the past 11 years. She currently holds an overall record of 397-125.

Heading into last week, two members of the Washington and Lee frontcourt were amongst the leaders in Division III in four different categories. Megan Babst was ranked 11th in the nation in rebounding (11.9 rpg.) and 18th in blocked shots (2.1 bpg.). Jessica Mentz was the nation's 13th leading scorer (22.4 ppg.), 16th leading rebounder (11.7 rpg.) and 20th in free throw percentage (.867).

Although Jessica Mentz is only in 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 (15.4), 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 (.544), 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 209 points in her next two seasons and needs just 43 points to become W&L's third 1,000-point scorer.

It appears after only nine 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 (24). She also now holds the record for most three-point field goals attempted in a game after her 14 attempts from beyond the arc in the victory at Eastern Mennonite. Michaels has made 2.2 three point shots per game.

Junior point guard Carter Thomas is leading the team heading into this week in assists with 2.7 per contest. Thomas has passed Amber Hinkle (1995-98) into fifth place on the all-time career assist list with 142. She needs 16 assists to pass Allison Hull (1993-96) to move into fourth place and can become W&L's career leader with 87 helpers over her next season and a half. Jessica Morton currently holds the record after graduating last year with 228 career assists.

Junior center Megan Babst is now W&L's all-time leader in blocks with 106. She broke the record in a win earlier this year at Eastern Mennonite. On the season, Babst has been solid on the defensive end adding 11.2 rebounds and collecting team-highs with 2.4 blocks and 2.2 steals per game.

Since the inception of the W&L women's basketball program in the 1993-94 season, the Generals are 27-10 when scoring 70 or more points, including a 12-2 mark over the last two seasons. This season, Washington and Lee is 4-1 when scoring 70 or more points with the only loss coming at Shenandoah in overtime, 74-72. On the flip side, W&L is 2-14 over the past three seasons when allowing 70 or more points.

The frontcourt duo of Megan Babst and Jessica Mentz have been reaking havoc for opponents all season. The Babst-Mentz combination is averaging 34.1 points, 22.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.1 blocks per contest this season. The duo comprises nearly 56 percent of the team's scoring and 58.7 percent of the squad's rebounds.

LAST TIME VS. LYNCHBURG (LC 59, W&L 11/29/00):
Sophomore center Erika Whitten scored 13 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and posted six steals as Lynchburg defeated Washington and Lee, 59-49. The game was plagued by turnovers with the two teams combining for 64 miscues, including 34 by W&L. Washington and Lee also had trouble from the field, making 29.6 percent if its shots (16-54). The Hornets led at the half 24-21 with Whitten tallying eight points and five rebounds. In the second half, Lynchburg jumped out early on a 14-4 run to give the Hornets a 38-28 lead. The Generals cut the lead to five with 1:54 to play after two consecutive three-point baskets by junior guard Alison Kudlacik, but W&L could close no further. Junior forward Jessica Mentz led Washington and Lee with 13 points and 18 boards, while junior center Megan Babst added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The Hornets enter this week after dropping their last three contests. Over the weekend, Lynchburg lost at Va. Wesleyan on Saturday, 76-67, and at Randolph-Macon, 54-51. Johari Bass leads the team with 10.3 points per game in a reserve role. Bass is shooting nearly 49 percent from the floor. Erika Whitten is averaging 8.8 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds per contest.


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