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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

WEEK 2

Game 3 • W&L (0-2, 0-0) at Lynchburg (1-3, 0-0) • November 28, 2001 • 7:00 pm

Game 4 • W&L (0-2, 0-0) vs. Randolph-Macon (0-2, 0-0) • December 1, 2001 • 4:00 pm

Game 5 • W&L (0-2, 0-0) at Guilford (1-1, 0-0) • December 2, 2001 • 4:00 pm

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PROBABLE STARTERS: 2001-02 Stats
#22 Emily Barker, Fr., F, 5-11 5.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 apg
#24 Bethany Dannelly, Fr., G, 5-5 4.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.5 apg
#34 Megan Babst, Sr., C, 6-1 20.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg
#44 Jessica Mentz, Sr., F, 5-9 21.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.5 apg
#40 Sarah Schmidt, Sr., G, 5-7 0.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.0 apg

OFF THE BENCH:
#10/14 Alison Kudlacik, Sr., G, 5-8 1.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 1.0 apg
#12 Peggy Altman, Fr., G, 5-6 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, 0.0 apg
#20 Heather Coleman, So., G, 5-8 0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.5 apg
#30 Michelle Wentz, Fr., G, 5-6 0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 1.0 apg
#32 Elizabeth Igo, Jr., G, 5-6 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, 0.0 apg
#42 Carter Thomas, Sr., G, 5-8 0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.0 apg
#50 Austin Calhoun, Jr., F, 5-10 0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 0.0 apg

THE HEAD COACHES: Janet Hollack (Florida International ‘88) is in her second season at the helm of the General women’s basketball team. Hollack guided the Generals to an overall record of 8-16 last year, including a 6-14 mark in the ODAC. Hollack is assisted by Bryan Snyder, a 1995 graduate of W&L. In the fall, Snyder guided the Generals volleyball team to the NCAA South Regional Semifinals and a record of 30-5. Lynchburg is led by third-year Head Coach Richie Waggoner (Roanoke ‘92), who led the Hornets to a 13-12 record last season and has compiled an overall record of 22-31 in his time at Lynchburg. Carroll LaHaye (University of Maine-Machias ‘77) is in her 20th season as head coach at Randolph-Macon where she has amassed a record of 271-215. Guilford is coached by Barb Bausch (Cal-State Fullerton ‘77), who is in her eighth season at the helm. Bausch has compiled a record of 142-69 and claims the most victories among Guilford’s six head coaches all-time

ALL-TIME SERIES: W&L claims a 7-7 all-time record against Lynchburg, including a 1-1 mark last season. W&L sports a 3-13 record in 16 meetings with Randolph-Macon, including a split of two games last season. The Generals, who lost a pair of games to Guilford last season, are 1-14 all-time against the Quakers.

NEXT WEEK: W&L will finish its 2001 portion of the schedule with a home game against non-conference foe Mary Washington on Tuesday at 7:00 pm. The Generals will not be in action again until January 2nd due to final exams and the Christmas holiday.

LAST TIME OUT: Washington and Lee fell to 0-2 on the season with a 64-49 loss to Swarthmore College in the consolation game of the McWilliams Classic at Washington University on Sunday afternoon. The Generals trailed by just six points (29-23) at the break, but the Garnet Tide began the second half with a 22-7 run to take a 51-30 lead and cruised to the win. W&L was led by senior forward Jessica Mentz, who tallied 22 points and 12 rebounds. Senior center Megan Babst added 17 points and 12 boards, while freshman forward Emily Barker notched eight points, six rebounds and four assists. For the game, the Generals shot just 39.6 percent and committed 23 turnovers.

LAST TIME VS. LYNCHBURG: Beth Carter scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds to help Lynchburg College past Washington and Lee, 66-55. The Hornets outscored W&L 24-10 in the opening 12:31 of the game, before the Generals sliced the Hornet lead to just six points (30-24) at the half. However, Lynchburg again went on a 20-7 run over the first 9:15 of the second half to take a 50-31 advantage with 10:31 remaining. Washington and Lee was led by center Megan Babst's 19-point, 13-rebound effort.

LAST TIME VS. RANDOLPH-MACON: Junior forward Meredith Roberts scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Randolph-Macon to a 64-54 decision over Washington and Lee. The game was tightly contested throughout the first half until the Yellow Jackets ended the half on a 8-0 run that sent Randolph-Macon to the locker room with a 34-26 lead. W&L would cut the lead to 36-32 after a lay-up by center Megan Babst with 16:14 to play. However, R-MC scored 11 unanswered points over the game's next 3:46 to take a commanding 47-32 lead. Babst scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Generals.

LAST TIME VS. GUILFORD: Despite a 26-point, seven-rebound performance by forward Jessica Mentz, Washington and Lee dropped a 89-51 decision to Guilford. The Quakers built a 40-23 halftime lead, forcing 18 W&L turnovers. Erin Beacham scored 13 points to lead the Quakers.

IM“MENTZ”LY GOOD: Senior forward Jessica Mentz picked up right where she left off last season as she was named to the all-tournament team at the McWilliams Classic. Mentz led the Generals with 42 points, 22 rebounds and five assists. She connected on 14-of 27 (.519) shots from the floor and 14-of-20 (.700) free throws. Mentz recorded double-doubles in both games in St. Louis.

CENTER OF ATTENTION: Senior center Megan Babst also turned in a solid performace at the McWilliams Classic tallying a game-high 24 points against second-ranked Washington University. For the weekend, Babst recorded 41 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots, while shooting 19-of-38 (.500) from the floor.

A TALE OF TWO GAMES: W&L experienced two different shooting days this past weekend. In a 75-54 loss to Washington, the Generals connected on 24-of-46 (.522) shots. In a 64-49 loss to Swarthmore in the consolation game, W&L made only 19-of-48 (.396) shots from the floor.

“OH” NO: W&L has not lost three straight games to open the season since its inaugural season in 1993-94. The Generals have never lost four straight to open a season in their eight years of existance.

SCOUTING THE COMPETITION: Lynchburg enters play with a record of 1-3, having lost two games at the Methodist Turkey Shootout over the weekend. Sophomore guard Abby Pyzik, who was named to the all-tournament team, leads the Hornets with 13.0 ppg. Randolph-Macon sports a record of 0-2 and is led by senior forward Meredith Roberts who is averaging 14.5 ppg. Guilford is 1-1 after splitting two games at the Habersham Bank Tipoff Classic two weeks ago. The Quakers are led by junior guard Erin Beacham, who is averaging team-highs with 15.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg.

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