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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

WEEK 6

Game 13 • W&L (6-6, 4-4) vs. Lynchburg (4-9, 2-6 ODAC) • January 16, 2002 • 7:00 pm

Game 14 • W&L (6-6, 4-4) vs. Hollins (5-5, 2-4 ODAC) • January 18, 2002 • 7:00 pm

Game 15 • W&L (6-6, 4-4) at Roanoke (5-5, 4-2 ODAC) • January 19, 2002 • 5:30 pm

PROBABLE STARTERS: 2001-02 Stats
#22 Emily Barker, Fr., F, 5-11 6.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.9 apg
#24 Bethany Dannelly, Fr., G, 5-5 4.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.9 apg
#34 Megan Babst, Sr., C, 6-1 19.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.8 bpg
#40 Sarah Schmidt, Sr., G, 5-7 4.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.7 apg
#44 Jessica Mentz, Sr., F, 5-9 19.2 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 1.4 apg

OFF THE BENCH:
#10/14 Alison Kudlacik, Sr., G, 5-8 1.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 0.3 apg
#12 Peggy Altman, Fr., G, 5-6 0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 0.0 apg
#20 Heather Coleman, So., G, 5-8 0.4 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 0.5 apg
#32 Elizabeth Igo, Jr., G, 5-6 0.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.4 spg
#42 Carter Thomas, Sr., G, 5-8 0.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.3 spg
#50 Austin Calhoun, Jr., F, 5-10 0.4 ppg, 1.6 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 14-22 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. Richie Waggoner (Roanoke ‘92) has compiled a 25-37 record in three years at Lynchburg. He claims a 3-2 record against W&L. Hollins is led by seventh-year Head Coach Karen Jenkins Harvey (Roanoke ‘91), who claims an all-time record of 30-124, including a 2-10 record against W&L. Susan Dunagan (Radford ‘70) is in her 20th season at the helm of Roanoke. She has compiled an all-time record of 415-133, including a perfect 14-0 mark against the Generals.

ALL-TIME SERIES: The Generals claim an all-time record of 7-8 against Lynchburg after losing to the Hornets (66-56) in the ODAC opener this season. W&L sports an all-time record of 12-3 against Hollins. However, Hollins won both meetings a year ago. After defeating W&L twice last season, Roanoke leads the all-time series, 14-0.

NEXT WEEK: The Generals will be in action two times next week. On Wednesday, the Generals will host Guilford at 7:00 pm. W&L will travel to Bridgewater at 4:00 pm on Saturday.

LAST TIME OUT: Senior center Megan Babst tallied a career-high 34 points and 12 rebounds to lead Washington and Lee past Emory & Henry, 77-62, on Saturday afternoon. The Generals assumed a 19-13 lead with 10:30 remaining in the opening period with Babst scoring 17 of the team’s 19 points during the stretch. W&L pushed its advantage to 36-25 with 4:03 remaining on another Babst basket. For the 6-foot-1 Babst, the hoop marked her 1,000th career point. Emory & Henry rebounded from a 43-31 halftime deficit to cut the Generals lead to 57-53 with 8:38 remaining, however, the Generals immediately used a 7-0 run to take a 64-53 lead and cruised to the win. Babst went 13-of-19 from the field and 8-of-9 from the foul line. Senior forward Jessica Mentz added 20 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman guard Bethany Dannelly claimed 10 points and nine assists.

LAST TIME VS. LYNCHBURG: Lynchburg handed the Generals a 66-56 setback in the ODAC opener for both teams on Nov. 28, 2001. The Generals led 24-23 at the half behind 16 points from senior center Megan Babst. W&L opened a seven-point edge (35-29) with 12:55 left in the game before the Hornets fought back. Lynchburg went on a 10-0 run in the next minute and a half, sparked by five points from sophomore forward Whitney Yates and a three-point play from senior Johari Bass to take a 39-36 advantage. Babst led all scorers with 25 points, hitting on 11-of-19 attempts from the floor.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Senior forward Jessica Mentz and senior center Megan Babst have been dominating foes throughout the season. Through the first 12 games, both are averaging double-doubles. Mentz is scoring 19.2 points per game and grabbing a team-high 11.0 rebounds per game, while Babst leads W&L in scoring at 19.8 points per game and is grabbing 10.0 rebounds per game. The duo has combined for 16 double-doubles this season, with Mentz tallying nine and Babst notching seven.

PASS IT TO ME!: Freshman point guard Bethany Dannelly is quietly making a name for herself in the ODAC. At the beginning of the week, Dannelly led the conference in assists at 4.9 assists per game. In Saturday’s victory over Emory & Henry, Dannelly dished out a career high nine helpers. For the season, Dannelly is averaging 4.9 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game and a team-high 1.8 steals per game.

A STRONG WEEK: Senior center Megan Babst was named the ODAC Player of the Week for helping the Generals to a 3-0 record. In the three games, Babst totaled 76 points, 38 rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots. In Saturday’s win, she tallied a career-high 34 points, including 27 in the first half. Babst also became the fourth W&L player to record 1,000 career points when she nailed a jumper with 4:03 to play in the first half against Emory & Henry.

ROAD WARRIORS: All three of W&L’s victories last week came on the road, marking the second consecutive season the Generals have won three straight away from the Warner Center. W&L will be going after a school record fourth straight road triumph on Saturday.

SCOUTING LYNCHBURG: Lynchburg enters the week at 4-9 overall, 2-6 in the ODAC. The Hornets have lost six straight after a season-high three-game winning streak. Lynchburg is led by sophomore guard Abby Pyzik who averages 10.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. She is complemented by junior center Erika Whitten who is averaging 6.8 points per game and leads the team with 6.9 rebounds per game. As a team, the Hornets shoot 36.1 percent from the floor and 58.0 percent from the free throw line.

SCOUTING HOLLINS: Hollins enters the week with an overall record of 5-5, 2-4 in the ODAC. Last week, Hollins lost to Randolph-Macon and defeated Agnes Scott. Hollins is led by senior forward Mandi Nichols, who leads the squad in scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg). Freshman guard Brandi Cochran is ranked in the top-10 in the ODAC in assists (2.6 apg) and steals (2.1 spg). As a team, Hollins is shooting 37.8 percent from the floor and 63.8 percent from the free throw line.

SCOUTING ROANOKE: Roanoke enters the week at 5-5 overall, 4-2 in the ODAC. Junior guard Katrina Williams leads the squad at 14.1 points per game. She is also tops in the ODAC in steals (3.2 spg) and is second in assists (4.8 apg). Senior center Crystal Barrett averages 13.7 points per game and leads the ODAC with 11.2 rebounds per game. She also leads the conference in field goal percentage (.581). As a team, the Maroons shoot an ODAC-best 43.5 percent from the field and 65.3 percent from the charity stripe.

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