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

Game 5 • W&L (1-3, 1-1 ODAC) vs. Emory & Henry (1-2, 0-0 ODAC) • December 4, 2002 • 6:30 pm

#12 Louisa Feve, Fr., G, 5-8 14.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 72.7 FT %
#22 Emily Barker, So., F, 5-11 7.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 apg
#24 Bethany Dannelly, So., G, 5-5 11.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.5 apg
#32 Elizabeth Igo, Sr., F, 5-8 5.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 apg
#50 Austin Calhoun, Sr., C, 5-11 2.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 apg

#44 Sarah Michaels, Jr., F, 5-8 11.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 spg
#20 Heather Coleman, Jr., G, 5-8 2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 2.0 spg
#34 Ashley Brown, Fr., G, 5-2 0.5 rpg, 0.3 apg
#10 Casey Sharpe, So., G, 5-3 N/A
#30 Sarah Williamson, Fr., G, 5-5 N/A

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.

Bridgewater is coached by seventh-year Head Coach Jean Willi (Bridgewater ‘80). The 2001 ODAC Coach of the Year, Willi’s Eagles squads have compiled a 110-29 record overall during her tenure. Willi is joined on the bench by seven-year assistant Cyndi Justice (Virginia Tech ‘92).

Emory & Henry is led by Joy Scruggs, a University of Tennessee graduate who has compiled a 302-221 career mark in her 21 seasons at the helm of the Wasps’ women’s basketball team. Scruggs, the reigning ODAC Coach of the Year, is joined on the sideline by assistant coach Jenny Gibson.

The Generals’ home-opener against Bridgewater marks the 17th meeting all-time between these conference rivals, with the Eagles holding a 14-2 edge in the series. The Eagles won both matchups a year ago, winning 63-47 in the Warner Center, and 68-60 in Bridgewater, Va. W&L has taken the court 17 times against E&H, with the Wasps holding a 12-5 edge in the all-time series. Last season, the two teams split in the regular season, each winning in the other’s gym (W&L won, 77-62, in Emory, Va., while the Wasps pulled out a 73-65 decision in the Warner Center) before squaring off again in the First Round of the ODAC Tournament, a game won by E&H (75-58).

Buoyed by a 13-2 run over the final five minutes of the first half, 24th-ranked Bridgewater took a 40-30 halftime lead over W&L and held on for a 68-60 win in Bridgewater, Va. Sarah Hagood (19 points) paced the Eagles, who had four players tally double figures in points. Megan Babst led the Generals with 25 points and seven rebounds, and Jessica Mentz chipped in with 21 points and nine boards.
Emory & Henry won the rubber match against the Generals, 75-58, to take the season series (2-1) and advance to the ODAC semis in Salem, Va. Kelly Smith (18 points) led four E&H players who tallied double-digits in points. In their final collegiate games, Megan Babst and Jessica Mentz combined for 43 points and 24 board as the Generals wrapped up their season with a 12-14 record overall.

W&L now breaks for the remainder of December. The Generals will be in action again on Thurs., Jan. 2 when they host Randolph-Macon for a 7:00 game.

The Generals recorded their first win of the season, 66-51, over RMWC last Tuesday in Lynchburg, Va. W&L, led by freshman guard Louisa Feve’s 17 points, placed five players in double figures for the first time since 1995. Joining Feve in double-digits were junior forward Sarah Michaels (12 points), sophomore guard Bethany Dannelly (12 points), senior forward Elizabeth Igo (11 points) and sophomore forward Emily Barker (11 points and game-high nine rebounds).

The Eagles fell to 1-2 overall with a 74-59 defeat of Gettysburg in the third day of play at the Marymount University Tip-Off Tournament. BC dropped its season-opener (66-56) to Geneseo, but rebounded to defeat Sewanee (74-59). Bridgewater is led by junior center Katie Brennan and junior guard Marie Bolton who enter play averaging 16.7 and 12.3 points per game, respectively. Brennan also is grabbing an average of 6.7 rebounds and blocking 1.7 shots a game, while Bolton averages 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Junior guard/forward Sarah Oktavec posts per game averages of 9.0 points and 6.0 boards.

After competing in the Randolph-Macon/Coca-Cola Tip-Off Tournament, the Wasps enter the Warner Center with a 1-1 record overall. In its season-opener, E&H was knocked off by Methodist (62-54) before bouncing back to hold off Goucher (69-68). Junior forward Erin Connelly (15.0 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 3.0 spg) leads three Wasps who are averaging double figures in points. Junior guard Danielle Moore (13.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg) and sophomore guard Amy Hensley (11.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 spg) join Connelly as the leading point producers for E&H.

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 runs cross country in the fall before donning hightops and streaking all over the hardwood in the winter.

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 and rebounding. This season, she is averaging 6.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Against Randolph-Macon Woman’s Igo scored a career-high 11 points.

Six of the 10 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).

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 16.7 points, 5.0 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.

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 12.7 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game. Against Elmira, she recorded career-highs in both points (24) and rebounds (9).

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 5.3 rebounds, while Dannelly checks in with averages of 13.0 points, 5.3 boards and 2.3 assists. For her play in the Diversified Invitational, Dannelly was named to the all-tournament team.

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. This year, she has posted per-game averages of 3.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Her 4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio is tops on the team.


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