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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

WEEK 7 NOTES

Game 16 • W&L (8-7, 6-5) vs. Guilford (13-2, 10-1 ODAC)
January 23, 2002 • 7:00 pm

Game 17 • W&L (8-7, 6-5) at Bridgewater (13-1, 10-0 ODAC)
January 26, 2002 • 4:00 pm

PROBABLE STARTERS: 2001-02 Stats
#22 Emily Barker, Fr., F, 5-11 7.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.8 apg
#24 Bethany Dannelly, Fr., G, 5-5 4.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.7 apg
#34 Megan Babst, Sr., C, 6-1 19.2 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.9 bpg
#40 Sarah Schmidt, Sr., G, 5-7 4.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.6 apg
#44 Jessica Mentz, Sr., F, 5-9 20.2 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 1.5 spg

OFF THE BENCH:
#10/14 Alison Kudlacik, Sr., G, 5-8 0.9 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 0.2 apg
#12 Peggy Altman, Fr., G, 5-6 0.0 ppg, 0.3 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 0.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.3 spg
#42 Carter Thomas, Sr., G, 5-8 0.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.3 apg
#50 Austin Calhoun, Jr., F, 5-10 0.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.2 spg

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 16-23 (.410) 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. Barb Bausch (Cal State-Fullerton ‘87) is in her eighth season as the head coach at Guilford. She has compiled an all-time record of 155-71 (.686) during her tenure, including a 14-1 mark against W&L. Bridgewater is coached by Jean Willi (Bridgewater ‘80), who is in her sixth season at the helm of her alma mater. Willi claims a career record of 120-30, including a 9-2 mark against the Generals.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Guilford leads the all-time series with W&L, 15-1, including a 62-47 victory at home back in December. W&L last defeated the Quakers (63-61) on Jan. 23, 1999, at Guilford. Bridgewater claims an all-time record of 13-2 against W&L. The Eagles knocked off W&L, 63-47, on Jan. 5 at the Warner Center. The Generals last defeated Bridgewater on Feb. 9, 1999, by a score of 66-57.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Generals will host three games next week. On Wednesday, W&L will take on Randolph-Macon Woman’s College at 5:00 pm. On Friday, W&L will look to avenge its 71-62 overtime loss to Roanoke when it entertains the Maroons for a 7:00 pm game. The Generals will then take a break from conference action on Sunday when they host non-conference foe Shenandoah at 2:00 pm.

LAST TIME OUT: Washington and Lee saw its five-game winning streak snapped as it fell to Roanoke, 71-62, in overtime on Sunday afternoon at the Bast Center. The Generals held the lead on several occasions in the second half, however, neither team could manage a lead larger than three points in the final 15:48 of regulation. W&L trailed 59-57 until senior center Megan Babst nailed a pair of free throws with 31 seconds remaining in regulation. RC junior guard Katrina Williams missed a layup with six seconds remaining and the teams headed to the extra frame. Roanoke led the overtime from the start, outscoring the Generals, 12-3 in the period. W&L was led by senior forward Jessica Mentz, who tallied 25 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Babst notched 19 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and four blocks, while freshman forward Emily Barker recorded 13 points and seven boards. Williams led Roanoke with 24 points and five steals.

LAST TIME VS. GUILFORD: Guilford held W&L without a field goal for the first 8:23 of the game and defeated the Generals, 62-47, on Dec. 2, 2001. The Quakers stormed to an 18-9 lead with just under eight minutes to play and led 23-17 at halftime. Guilford began the second half with an 8-0 spurt to open a 31-17 lead and W&L would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way. W&L committed a season-high 37 turnovers, which Guilford turned into 33 points. Senior forward Jessica Mentz led the Generals with 24 points and 12 boards. The Quakers were led by senior guard Erin Beacham, who notched 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Senior forward Jessica Mentz and senior center Megan Babst have combined to cause opponents headaches this season. Mentz is leading the team in points (20.2 ppg) and rebounds (11.3 rpg), while Babst chips in with 19.2 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game. The duo has combined to post 21 double-doubles this season with Mentz tallying 12 and Babst notching nine.

MAKING A POINT: Freshman point guard Bethany Dannelly set two W&L records last week. In Wednesday’s 62-37 victory over Lynchburg, Dannelly dished out a school record 11 assists. Dannelly then broke the W&L single-season record for assists as she handed out 10 helpers in Saturday’s loss at Roanoke. That gave the 5-foot-5 Dannelly 86 assists for the season, breaking the old mark of 85 set last season by now senior guard Carter Thomas. Dannelly currently leads the ODAC with 5.7 assists per game.

FIVE FOR FIVE: Freshman forward Emily Barker was instrumental in helping W&L tie a school record with five straight victories. In those five games, Barker averaged 7.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.

FREE OF CHARGE: Senior guard Sarah Schmidt has nailed 16-of-18 (.889) free throws this season. If she had enought attempts to qualify, Schmidt would be leading the ODAC in free throw percentage.

SCOUTING GUILFORD: Guilford enters the week with an overall mark of 13-2, including a 10-1 mark in the ODAC which puts them one-game behind conference-leading Bridgewater. The Quakers, who have won 12 of their last 13 games, are coming off a 75-46 victory over Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday. In the victory, freshman guard and reigning ODAC Player of the Week Courtney Hill connected on 14-of-16 shots to score a career-high 30 points. Hill also grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds. For the season, Guilford is led by senior guard Erin Beacham who is averaging 12.3 points and 4.0 assists per game. Hill chips in with 10.8 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game. As a team, the Quakers shoot 42.0 percent from the floor and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. They have forced 349 turnovers, an average of 23.2 per game.

SCOUTING BRIDGEWATER: Bridgewater enters the week as the 26th ranked team in Division III. The Eagles will travel to Hollins on Tuesday evening before hosting W&L on Saturday. For the season, Bridgewater is led by senior forward Sarah Hagood who tops the squad in scoring (16.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 rpg). Junior guard Megan Forster is averaging 9.7 points per game, while sophomore guard Sarah Oktavec has dished out a team-high 52 assists. As a team, the Eagles are shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 73.2 percent from the charity stripe.

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