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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

Game 3 • W&L (0-2) at Randolph-Macon Woman's (1-1) • November 26, 2002• 7:00 pm


PROBABLE STARTERS:
2002-03 Stats
#12 Louisa Feve, Fr., G, 5-8 16.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 87.5 FT %
#22 Emily Barker, So., F, 5-11 6.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.0 apg
#24 Bethany Dannelly, So., G, 5-5 13.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.5 apg
#32 Elizabeth Igo, Sr., F, 5-8 3.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apg
#50 Austin Calhoun, Sr., C, 5-11 3.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.0 apg

OFF THE BENCH:
#10 Casey Sharpe, So., G, 5-3 N/A
#20 Heather Coleman, Jr., G, 5-8 N/A
#30 Sarah Williamson, Fr., G, 5-5 N/A
#34 Ashley Brown, Fr., G, 5-2 1.0 rpg, 0.5 apg
#44 Sarah Michaels, Jr., F, 5-8 13.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.0 spg

THE HEAD COACHES:
Bryan Snyder (W&L ‘95) is in his first year as the Generals’ Interim Head Coach. Snyder has been the assistant women’s coach the last two seasons, aiding the development of last year’s ODAC Player of the Year (Jessica Mentz) and a Second Team All-ODAC selection (Megan Babst). In the fall, Snyder is the head coach of the W&L volleyball team. The reigning two-time ODAC Coach of the Year, he guided the Generals to their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance this season and a school-record 32-8 mark overall. Snyder is assisted by Amy Forbes (Salisbury ‘01). Forbes is also the assistant women’s soccer coach, and this year helped lead the Generals to their first ODAC Championship, first NCAA Tournament, first national ranking and a school-record 17 wins. Randolph-Macon Woman’s is guided by fifth-year Head Coach Melissa Wiggins. A graduate of Longwood University, Wiggins has been coaching in the college ranks since 1989. Wiggins is assisted by Michelle Cunningham, Melissa Lacks and Jeff Lakin.

ALL-TIME SERIES:
Tonight will be the 17th meeting all-time between the Generals and the Wildcats, with W&L holding an 11-5 edge in the series. Last year, the Generals swept the season series, winning 54-39 on the road (1/10), and 60-52 in the Warner Center (1/30).

THE LAST MEETING:
W&L snapped a three-game losing streak with a 60-52 win over visiting Randolph-Macon Woman’s in the Warner Center last Jan. 30. Senior forward Jessica Mentz paced the Generals with a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds, while senior center Megan Babst added 14 points, 10 boards and a school-record tying six blocks. Leading the way for the Wildcats was guard Amy Dameron, who recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. ON TAP: W&L plays its only two December games next week when it hosts ODAC-rivals Bridgewater on Mon., Dec. 2, and Emory & Henry on Wed., Dec. 4. Bridgewater defeated W&L twice last season, winning 63-47 in the Warner Center and 68-60 in Bridgewater, Va. The Generals and the Wasps squared off three times a year ago, with E&H taking the season series, 2-1. After each team won in the other’s gym, the Wasps won the rubber match in the ODAC Tournament by a 75-58 score.

LAST TIME OUT:
W&L fell, 74-69, in overtime to Elmira College (N.Y.) on Saturday in the consolation game of the Diversified Invitational at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pa. Trailing 58-57, sophomore point guard Bethany Dannelly was fouled as she drove the lane with 2.5 seconds remaining in regulation, and made 1-of-2 free throws to knot the game at 58-58 and force an extra frame. In the overtime, the Soaring Eagles outscored the Generals, 16-11, to earn the victory. W&L was led by junior forward Sarah Michaels who scored a career-high 24 points while collecting nine rebounds. Freshman guard Louisa Feve added 23 points in her second collegiate game.

SCOUTING RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN’S:
The Wildcats upped their overall mark this season to 1-1 with a 72-70 win over Mary Washington on Sunday in Rowan, N.J. R-MWC was led by freshman forward Meghan Stensrud (16 points, 12 boards) and junior guard Dana Ford (11 points, four assists).

STUMBLING OUT OF THE BLOCK:
W&L has dropped five consecutive season-openers. The last time the Generals opened with a win was during the 1997-98 campaign, when they defeated Marietta (73-55) in the Carnegie Mellon Tournament. This year, W&L dropped a 57-42 decision to Richard Stockton, while last season W&L lost, 75-54, to Washington University (Mo.). Previously, W&L had fallen to Coe (Iowa), 61-57, Wellesley (Mass.), 71-53 and Shenandoah, 62-53.

BABY WE WERE BORN TO RUN:
The Boss probably wasn’t crooning about this trio, but the three-some of sophomore guard Casey Sharpe and freshmen guards Ashley Brown and Sarah Williamson all were born to run. Each of them run cross country in the fall before donning hightops and streaking all over the hardwood in the winter.

LAST ONE STANDING:
Forward Elizabeth Igo (5-foot-8), a co-captain and one of two seniors on the team, is the only four-year player on this year’s roster. Minus last season’s frontcourt of ODAC Player of the Year Jessica Mentz and Second-Team All-ODAC selection Megan Babst, Igo is helping to fill the void with hard-nosed defense despite her height disadvantage and rebounding. This season, she is averaging 3.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. In the season-opening loss to Richard Stockton, she collected a team- and season-high nine rebounds.

YOUNG’UNS:
Six of the nine players on W&L are sophomores or freshmen. There are three sophomores (Emily Barker, Bethany Dannelly and Casey Sharpe) and three freshmen (Ashley Brown, Louisa Feve and Sarah Williamson).

THE FEVE-BOT:
Where Dr. Evil used the blonde Fem-Bots as a last-gasp effort to thwart the International Man of Mystery, the Generals call upon a brown-haired basketballing version to score points and rebound with robotic efficiency. So far this season, freshman guard Louisa Feve has been up to the task, averaging 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and two assists per contest. In just her second collegiate game, Feve topped 20 points, totaling 23 in W&L’s 74-69 loss to Elmira.

EARLY UN-RETIRMENT:
After a year off, sweet-shooting junior forward Sarah Michaels has un-retired her abundance of game and made herself available to the Generals. Two years ago as a freshman, Michaels showed great promise, averaging 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Despite not having played organized hoops in over a year, Michaels has hit the ground running this season, posting averages of 13.0 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game. Against Elmira, she scored a game- and career-high 24 points while collecting nine boards.

TERRIBLE TWOS:
Second-year players Emily Barker and Bethany Dannelly are the leading returnees from last year’s squad for the Generals. Barker, a 5-foot-11 forward, is the team’s leading returning scorer (6.2 ppg) and rebounder (3.0 rpg), while Dannelly, a 5-foot-5 point guard, is back after establishing a W&L single-season record for assists with 152. Her per-game average of 5.8 assists was the ninth highest in NCAA Division III. Through two games, Barker is averaging 6.0 points and 5.5 rebounds, while Dannelly checks in with averages of 13.5 points, 5.5 boards and 3.5 assists. For her play in the Diversified Invitational, Dannelly was named to the all-tournament team.
FIVE-OH: Fitting that the one sporting the highest number is also the largest player on the team. No. 50, senior center and co-captain Austin Calhoun (5-foot-11), has enlisted to protect and to guard the Generals’ paint to her utmost abilities. In two games this year, she has posted per-game averages of 3.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.5 blocks. Her 4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio is tops on the team.

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