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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

WEEK 4

Game 7• W&L (2-4, 1-2) vs. Greensboro (2-3) • January 2, 2002 • 4:00 pm

Game 8 • W&L (2-4, 1-2) vs. Eastern Mennonite (4-4, 0-3) • January 4, 2002 • 4:00 pm

Game 9 • W&L (2-4, 1-2) vs. Bridgewater (6-1, 4-0) • January 5, 2002 • 4:00 pm

PROBABLE STARTERS: 2001-02 Stats
#22 Emily Barker, Fr., F, 5-11 6.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.5 apg
#24 Bethany Dannelly, Fr., G, 5-5 5.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.2 apg
#34 Megan Babst, Sr., C, 6-1 17.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.8 bpg
#40 Sarah Schmidt, Sr., G, 5-7 4.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.3 apg
#44 Jessica Mentz, Sr., F, 5-9 21.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 1.5 apg

OFF THE BENCH:
#10/14 Alison Kudlacik, Sr., G, 5-8 1.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.3 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, 0.8 rpg, 0.7 apg
#32 Elizabeth Igo, Jr., G, 5-6 0.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.0 apg
#42 Carter Thomas, Sr., G, 5-8 0.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.2 apg
#50 Austin Calhoun, Jr., F, 5-10 0.0 ppg, 0.7 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 has compiled a career-record of 10-20 in her time at W&L. The second-year head coach 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. Ann Payne (West Georgia College) is in her first season as head coach at Greensboro. In 10 years as a head coach, Payne has recorded a record of 160-84. Payne is the wife of Greensboro men’s Head Coach Eddie Payne. Eastern Mennonite is led by first-year Head Coach Mike Dunavant . Prior to being named the ninth women’s basketball coach at EMU, Dunavant coached eight seasons at Central Virginia High School in Richmond, Va. He compiled a 75-14 record and won two conference titles during his eight-year tenure. Jean Willi (Bridgewater ‘80) is in her sixth season as the head coach of her alma mater. The 2001 ODAC Coach of the Year, Willi claims a record of 115-30 at Bridgewater.

NICE TO MEET YOU: W&L’s game against Greensboro will mark the first time the two teams will ever meet.

ALL-TIME SERIES: The Generals claim an all-time record of 8-7 against Eastern Mennonite and have defeated the Royals eight straight times. W&L, which lost twice to Bridgewater last season, sports an all-time record of 2-12 against the Eagles. The Generals last defeated Bridgewater, 60-57, on Feb. 3, 2000.

LAST TIME OUT: Washington and Lee senior forward Jessica Mentz recorded her sixth double-double (20 pts., 13 reb.) in as many games to lead the Generals’ women’s basketball team to a 52-35 victory over non-conference foe Mary Washington on Dec. 4 at the Warner Center. Mary Washington held a slim 16-15 lead with 7:15 remaining in the first half, however, failed to score for the duration of the half. The Generals took advantage by using a 6-0 run keyed by a pair of jumpers from freshman guard Bethany Dannelly to take a 21-16 lead at halftime. The game was tight for the first 10 minutes of the second half as MWC trailed just 36-30 with 9:38 to play. However, the Generals pulled away using a 12-2 run over the next five minutes to take a commanding 48-32 lead with 4:34 to play. W&L senior center Megan Babst totaled nine points and 12 rebounds, while senior guard Sarah Schmidt tallied eight points, four rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals. W&L outrebounded the Eagles, 42-26.

ROYAL PAIN: W&L senior forward Jessica Mentz has feasted on Eastern Mennonite over the last three years. In six career games against the Royals, Mentz has averaged 22.0 ppg and 8.7 rpg. Last season, Mentz shredded the Royals when she scored a school-record 37 points in an 80-69 victory at the Warner Center. She also recorded 35 points in a 73-64 victory at EMU.

HONORED GENERAL: For her 20-point, 13-rebound effort in a 52-35 victory over Mary Washington on Dec. 4., senior forward Jessica Mentz was honored as the ODAC Player of the Week.

LURKING IN THE PAINT: Senior center Megan Babst has made the paint her second home while at W&L. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native is the W&L all-time leader in blocked with 148. Babst has tallied 11 blocks on the year and is ranked second in the ODAC (1.8 bpg). A solid all-around defender, Babst is also ranked second on the team in rebounding (9.3 rpg) and has notched four steals.

ON THE LINE: W&L has been getting the job done from the free throw line this season. Through the first six games, the Generals have connected on 97-of-138 (.703) charity tosses. Over the last three games, W&L has made 63-of-86 (.733) free throws.

RETURN OF THE MULLET: Eastern Mennonite junior guard Emily Mullet will make her first trip to the Warner Center since scoring an ODAC-record 58 points in an 80-69 loss to the Generals last season. The 58 points were three points shy of tying the Division III single game record of 61 points set by Ann Gilbert of Oberlin in 1991.

SCOUTING THE COMPETITION: Greensboro enters the week with an overall record of 2-3. The Pride has not played since a 63-36 victory over Salem on Dec. 4. Prior to the victory, Greensboro had lost three straight after opening the season with a 58-57 triumph over Coker. Senior guard Whittney Clendenin leads the Pride at 12.4 points per game. She has also connected on 11-of-19 (.579) treys. Senior forward Tineta McMillan is averaging 9.8 ppg and 7.4 rpg. As a team, Greensboro is shooting 41.3 percent from the floor, however, the Pride is shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Eastern Mennonite claims a record of 4-4, 0-3 in the ODAC. The Royals have been inactive since a 57-54 victory over Shenandoah on Dec. 7. Junior guard Emily Mullett leads all of Division III with an average of 32.2 ppg. Junior center Emily Misak averages 9.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the Royals. As a team, EMU is shooting 37.7 percent from the floor and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. Bridgewater begins the week with an overall record of 6-1, including a perfect 4-0 mark in the ODAC. The Eagles, who play at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College on Friday evening, were last in action on Dec. 6 when they handed Lynchburg a 49-46 setback. First Team All-ODAC performer Sarah Hagood leads Bridgewater in scoring (17.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg). The Eagles are shooting 43.6 percent from the floor and 71.1 percent from the free-throw line.

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