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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

Game 5 • W&L (1-3, 1-1 ODAC) vs. Randolph-Macon (1-5, 1-3 ODAC) • January 2, 2003 • 7:00 pm

Game 6 • W&L (1-3, 1-1 ODAC) vs. Roanoke (4-1, 2-0 ODAC) • January 4, 2003 • 12:30 pm

PROBABLE STARTERS: 2002-03 Stats
#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

OFF THE BENCH:
#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
#42 Peggy Altman, So., G, 5-7 N/A
#10 Casey Sharpe, So., G, 5-3 N/A
#30 Sarah Williamson, Fr., G, 5-5 N/A

COMMANDING THE GENERALS:
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.

OPPOSING COACHES:
Carroll LaHaye (University of Maine-Machias ‘77) is in her 21st season as the head coach at Randolph-Macon. For her career, she has compiled a 285-234 record overall. For the last nine years, her teams have averaged 18 wins per season. LaHaye is joined on the bench by Assistant Coach Ana Litton, who assisted the Generals from 1998-2000.

Head Coach Susan Dunagan (Radford ‘70) is in her 22nd season at Roanoke. The six-time ODAC Coach of the Year is one of seven Division III women’s coaches to have compiled 400 victories (427-141). Dunagan is assisted by Lynn Richmond and Jim Robinson.

ALL-TIME SERIES:
The Generals have taken the court with the Yellow Jackets 18 times, with R-MC holding a 14-4 series advantage. Last year, each team won on its home court. W&L knocked the Yellow Jackets off, 76-71, in double overtime in the Warner Center, while R-MC earned a 74-59 victory in Ashland, Va.

W&L and Roanoke have met 16 times, with the Maroons holding a 16-0 lead in the rivalry. Last season, Roanoke won, 71-62, in overtime in Salem, Va. and 71-57 in Lexington, Va.

THE LAST MEETING:
Randolph-Macon established a 37-24 halftime lead over the Generals and then used a 12-4 run to start the second half to open up a 21 point advantage (49-28) before holding on for a 74-59 win in Ashland, Va. The Generals were led by forward Jessica Mentz who tallied game-highs with 28 points and 17 rebounds. Center Megan Babst also recorded a double-double with 21 points and 13 boards. Three players from Randolph-Macon reached double figures in points, led by Megan Mariani who totaled 17. Lindsay Carroll added 15 points and seven assists, while Allison King chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds.

Then-junior guard Katrina Williams scored 10 of her 17 points in the first 5:10 as the Maroons jumped out to a 14-2 lead and defeated W&L, 71-57, last Feb. 1 in the Warner Center. To go along with her 17 points, Williams also had five rebounds, five steals and four assists. The Generals were led by center Megan Babst who notched a game-high 24 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. Forward Jessica Mentz tallied 15 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and three steals.

ON TAP:
The Generals begin a busy week on Wed., Jan. 8, when they travel to Eastern Mennonite for a 6:00 pm game. On Fri, Jan. 10, W&L will host Virginia Wesleyan (7:00 pm tip off) and on Sat., Jan. 11, W&L will take the court against Lynchburg at 2:00 pm.

LAST TIME OUT:
The Generals fell in their home-opener, 60-30, to Bridgewater on Dec. 2. After freshman guard Louisa Feve hit a jumper with 8:41 left in the first half cutting the Bridgewater lead to two (14-12), the Eagles outscored the Generals, 18-2, over the remainder of the period to open a 32-14 advantage at the half. Then, in the second stanza, Bridgewater scored 28 points to W&L’s 16 to cruise to the final 60-30 margin. Junior forward Sarah Michaels paced W&L with nine points and seven boards. Sophomore guard Bethany Dannelly totaled five points, seven rebounds, three assists and five steals.

SCOUTING RANDOLPH-MACON:
After opening the season with five straight losses, the Yellow Jackets handed Eastern Mennonite a three-point loss (82-79) in Harrisonburg, Va. on Dec. 7. Senior forward/guard Allison King (21 points, six rebounds) led four Yellow Jackets in double figures. Sophomore forward/center Emily Crider had 15 points and nine boards, freshman guard Megan Silva totaled 13 points and a game-high 11 assists and sophomore forward/guard Jennie Carter had 12 points.

SCOUTING ROANOKE:
Roanoke won its home-opener, 59-58, against Randolph-Macon on Dec. 6 when freshman guard Lindsay Reynolds hit two free throws with just two seconds remaining. Reynolds finished the contest with 12 points, while senior guard Katrina Williams led the Maroons with 17 points and eight assists. Sophomore forward Kayce Smith finished with 13 points, six rebounds, and three steals.

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 runs 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 and rebounding. This season, she is averaging 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

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 14.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest. In just her second collegiate game, Feve topped 20 points, totaling 23 in W&L’s 74-69 loss to Elmira.

A CALLOW CREW:
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).

HOOPIN’ AND HORSIN’ AROUND:
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 the freshman hoopster exhibited great promise, averaging 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. When not raining threes and collecting rebounds, Michaels often horses around -- as a member of the W&L riding team. At the James Madison/Bridgewater Invitational, Michaels took top honors in the novice fences. Despite not having played organized hoops in over a year, Michaels has hit the ground running this season, posting averages of 11.8 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game. Against Elmira (11/23), she recorded career-highs in both points (24) and rebounds (9).

IRON MAIDEN:
No, sophomore point guard Bethany Dannelly is not a member of the British heavy metal band. Rather, thus far, she’s been the women’s-basketball-playing equivalent of the famed Iron Horse (Lou Gehrig), who played in 2,130 consecutive games for the New York Yankees. For her career, Dannelly has played in all 30 games, earning 27 starts. This season she is logging an average of 40.5 minutes per game, including a 45-minute night against Elmira (11/23). As a freshman she established 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. She checks in with averages of 11.0 points, 6.5 boards and 2.5 assists. For her play in the Diversified Invitational, Dannelly was named to the all-tournament team.

BARKER KNOWS:
Barker knows basketball. Barker knows soccer. Barker knows lacrosse. This year, Barker knows track. Reminiscent of Bo Jackson, sophomore forward Emily Barker is a true multi-sport athlete. The leading returning scorer (6.2 ppg) and rebounder (3.0) from last year’s team, Barker also is (women’s basketball, soccer), has been (lacrosse) or will be (track) a participant in several other sports at W&L. As an Honorable Mention All-ODAC goalie for the ODAC-champion W&L women’s soccer team, she posted a 0.62 goals-against average in making 60 saves for a .845 save percentage and six shutouts. As a midfielder for the lacrosse team a year ago, she tallied three goals, but plans to put her athleticism on display this spring as a member of the Generals’ track team. Through four games this season, Barker is averaging 7.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

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. This year, she has posted per-game averages of 2.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Her 1.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio is tops on the team.

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