Washington and Lee Women's Basketball Game Notes (Week 8)

W&L vs. Guilford (10-4, 8-2 ODAC) 1/23/01 7:00 pm Lexington, Va.
W&L vs. Bridgewater (12-2, 9-1 ODAC) 1/26/01 7:00 pm Lexington, Va.
W&L vs. Villa Julie 1/27/01 2:00 pm Lexington, Va.

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8 - Number of home games W&L has remaining on the 2000-01 schedule
16 - Combined number of double-doubles for Jessica Mentz and Megan Babst this season
7 - Number of Generals averaging 18 minutes or more per game
158 - Points needed by Jessica Mentz to become W&L's all-time leading scorer

POINTS: Jessica Mentz - 20.1 ppg.
REBOUNDS: Megan Babst - 11.5 rpg.
STEALS: Megan Babst - 2.0 spg.
ASSISTS: Carter Thomas - 2.7 apg.
BLOCKS: Megan Babst - 2.4 bpg.
FG %: Jessica Mentz - 50.6 %

Roanoke jumped out to a 28-5 lead it would never relinquish in the game's first 13:21 and defeated Washington and Lee, 63-45, in ODAC women's hoops action on Saturday afternoon in Salem, Va. The Maroons took a 39-19 halftime lead, forcing 19 turnovers by the Generals. W&L tried to claw its way back into the ballgame by starting the second half on a 14-3 run that cut the Roanoke lead to 42-33 with 15:08 to play. However, Crystal Barrett scored eight of her team-high 22 points in the final 10 minutes to clinch the 18-point victory. Barrett also pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. Jill Quesenberry was the only other Maroon in double figures with 10 points. W&L was led by junior forward Jessica Mentz, who scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Mentz also became the third player in W&L history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau and now has tallied 1,008 career points. Junior center Megan Babst added 15 points, seven boards, three assists and three blocks. The Generals shot 50 percent from the floor (19-of-38), while holding the Maroons to just under 42 percent (27-of-65). Roanoke outrebounded W&L, 33-28, and caused 35 Washington and Lee turnovers.

Guilford holds a 12-1 all-time record against the Generals. The lone W&L win came on Jan. 23, 1996, with the Generals taking a 63-61 victory in Greensboro, N.C. Bridgewater now holds a 11-2 advantage all-time after a 68-41 victory over the Generals earlier this season on Jan. 6. W&L and Villa Julie have met four times over the years with Washington and Lee taking all four contests. The Generals travelled to Stevenson, Md., last season and came home with a 70-47 win.

Washington and Lee continues its three-game home stand this weekend as it entertains Bridgewater on Friday evening at 7:00 pm and non-conference foe Villa Julie at 2:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.

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. Guilford is led by eighth-year head coach Barb Bausch (Cal-State Fullerton '87). Bausch enters this week with a 143-78 overall record and a 12-1 record against Washington and Lee. Jean Willi (Bridgewater '80) has been a part of the Bridgewater women's basketball program for 21 years and is in her fourth season as the head coach. Willi is 101-25 overall and holds a 11-2 mark vs. the Generals. Head Coach Chris Ramer (Towson St. '70) leads Villa Julie in his sixth season at the helm.

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 (.536), field goal percentage in a season (.557), free throws made in a season (105), 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 158 points over her next two seasons.

In the month of January, junior forward Sarah Schmidt has stepped up her play, averaging 7.7 points and 5.9 rebounds in 35.1 minutes of action per contest. The co-captain has also accumulated seven steals and assists in the new year.

While Washington and Lee has struggled to a 4-7 record in the first half of conference play, Jessica Mentz and junior center Megan Babst have both averaged double-doubles. Mentz is averaging 18.6 points and 10.3 rebounds in conference play, while Babst is averaging 13.1 points and 11.9 rebounds. On the season, the inside duo has produced 16 double-doubles with Babst (9) leading the way. Over their careers, Mentz and Babst have combined for 41 double-doubles (Mentz - 21, Babst - 20).

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 150. She needs eight assists to pass Allison Hull (1993-96) to move into fourth place and can become W&L's career leader with 79 helpers over her next season and a half. Jessica Morton currently holds the record after graduating last year with 228 career assists.

Megan Babst is now W&L's all-time leader in blocks with 111. 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 11.5 rebounds and collecting team-highs with 2.4 blocks and 2.0 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 34.7 points, 22.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 3.8 steals and 3.1 blocks per contest this season. The duo comprises exactly 58.7 percent of the team's points and rebounds.

LAST TIME VS. GUILFORD (GC 70, W&L 55 -- 1/29/00):
Washington and Lee held a 33-30 halftime advantage, but couldn't hold on as Guilford posted a 70-55 win over the Generals. W&L shot 52.4 percent from the floor in the first half, but could manage only 36 percent in the second half allowing the Quakers to pull away. Guilford led by just three points with 7:05 remaining in the game before surging on a 10-0 run over the next 2:18 to take a commanding 61-48 lead in cruising to the win. Jessica Mentz led the Generals with 16 points, while Megan Babst tallied 11 points, eight rebounds, and two blocked shots. Jessica Morton chipped in with 11 points and three assists. Guilford was led by Arden Miller, who scored 17 points and notched a game-high nine rebounds. Megan Barlow scored 16 points, while Marlo Biernacki tallied 12 points and Amy Evans totaled 11 points.

LAST TIME VS. BRIDGEWATER (BC 68, W&L 41 -- 1/6/01):
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. The Eagles 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.

LAST TIME VS. VILLA JULIE (W&L 70, VJC 43 -- 1/23/00):
The Washington and Lee women's basketball team shot 44 percent from the field and forced 28 turnovers in defeating Villa Julie College, 70-43. The Generals held Villa Julie to just one field goal over a 13-minute stretch of the first half en route to a 30-15 halftime advantage. Jessica Morton led W&L with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor. Jessica Mentz tallied 13 points and six rebounds, while Megan Babst notched nine points and five rebounds. Villa Julie was led by Delena DeShields' 23-point performance on 9-of-15 shooting. Toni Sumpter gathered a game-high eight rebounds and six assists in the losing effort.

Guilford enters this week in third place in the ODAC with a record of 10-4, 8-2 in the conference. The Quakers are led by 1999-2000 ODAC Player of the Year Arden Miller, who is averaging 10.8 points and 7.6 boards per game. Miller also earned honorable-mention All America status a season ago. Guilford has used a balanced scoring attack this season with seven players averaging five or more points and game. Head Coach Barb Bausch has also relied heavily on her bench with 11 players playing at least 10 minutes per game. Amy Evans is also averaging 7.5 points and a team-high 3.4 assists per game.


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