Game 7 W&L (1-5, 1-3 ODAC) at Eastern
Mennonite (7-2, 3-2 ODAC) January 8, 2003 6:00 pm
Game 8 W&L (1-5, 1-3 ODAC) vs. Virginia
Wesleyan (3-3, 2-2 ODAC) January 10, 2003 7:00 pm
Game 9 W&L (1-5, 1-3 ODAC) vs. Lynchburg
(6-3, 4-1 ODAC) January 11, 2003 2:00 pm
PROBABLE STARTERS: 2002-03 Stats
#12 Louisa Feve, Fr., G, 5-8, 14.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.2 spg
#22 Emily Barker, So., F, 5-11, 6.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.5 bpg
#24 Bethany Dannelly, So., G, 5-5, 10.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.7 apg
#32 Elizabeth Igo, Sr., F, 5-8, 4.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.0 apg
#44 Sarah Michaels, Jr., F, 5-8, 11.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 78.6 FT%
OFF THE BENCH:
#50 Austin Calhoun, Sr., C, 5-11, 2.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.7 bpg
#20 Heather Coleman, Jr., G, 5-8, 2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 2.0 spg
#42 Peggy Altman, So., G, 5-7, 1.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 0.5 apg
#34 Ashley Brown, Fr., G, 5-2, 0.7 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.5 spg
#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 womens coach
the last two seasons, aiding the development of last years 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 womens
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.
Head Coach Mike Dunavant (Bridgewater 77) enters his second
year at the helm of the Eastern Mennonite womens basketball
team. He has amassed a career mark of 168-143 overall, and has contributed
to three NCAA Tournament teams, won six conference championships and
been named a coach of the year six times. He is assisted by Mike Ely
and Garret Brink.
Joanne Renn (Old Dominion 76) is in her sixth
season as the leader of the Virginia Wesleyan womens hoop team
where she has a career mark of 65-64. She is joined on the sideline
by Don Proehl and Kendra Robbins.
Fourth-year Head Coach Richie Waggoner (Roanoke 92)
has compiled a 35-48 career mark at Lynchburg. In 2000-01 he led the
Hornets to a 13-12 record and their first berth in the ODAC Tournament
in five years. Joining him on the bench are Assistant Coaches Warner
Dyke, Lauren Hedden and Brian Puckett.
EMU holds a slim 9-8 edge over W&L in their all-time series. Last
season the Royals took both meetings, winning, 56-52, in the Warner
Center, and 66-54 in Harrisonburg, Va.
Virginia Wesleyan claims an 11-7 series advantage over
the Generals in their 18 prior showdowns. A year ago, W&L swept
the season series with wins in Norfolk, Va. (59-44), and in the Warner
This weeks Lynchburg-W&L matchup will break
the all-time head-to-head deadlock (8-8). The teams split last season,
with Lynchburg picking up a 66-56 win in Lynchburg, Va., and W&L
recording a 62-37 decision in the Warner Center.
THE LAST MEETING:
Eastern Mennonite opened up a 17-point halftime advantage (35-18)
before holding on for a 66-54 win in Harrisonburg, Va., last Feb.
6. Pacing the Royals was then-freshman Jenny Cline, who scored a career-high
21 points and grabbed five rebounds. Then-juniors Emily Misak (17
points, 11 boards) and Emily Mullet (11 points) joined Cline in double
figures. Senior guard Sarah Schmidt led W&L with a team-high 14
points, including four three-pointers. Senior center Megan Babst notched
a double-double with 10 points and 18 rebounds, while senior forward
Jessica Mentz chipped in eight points and 14 boards.
W&L clinched an ODAC Tournament berth with a 60-53
win over VWC in its last home game of the season last Feb. 14. Senior
center Megan Babst led the Generals attack by recording game-highs
in points (32), rebounds (18) and blocked shots (4). Senior forward
Jessica Mentz also had a double-double, tallying 16 points and 11
boards. Then-sophomore guard Devin Allen scored a team-high 18 points
for Virginia Wesleyan, while then-junior guard Angelique Cavanaugh
contributed 12 points.
Then-freshman point guard Bethany Dannelly established
a new school-record with 11 assists as the Generals defeated Lynchburg,
62-37, last Jan. 16 in the Warner Center. Senior forward Jessica Mentz
led the Generals with 29 points and 13 rebounds, while senior center
Megan Babst chipped in with 13 points and four rebounds. Then-freshman
forward Emily Barker tallied 11 points. Senior forward Erika Smith
paced the Hornets with eight points and three rebounds.
W&L hits the road for three away games on Tues., Jan. 14, when
it travels to Hollins for a 7:00 pm game. The Generals then play at
Randolph-Macon (Fri., Jan. 17 at 7:00 pm) and at Virginia Wesleyan
(Sat., Jan. 18 at 5:00 pm).
LAST TIME OUT:
The Roanoke womens basketball team used a 14-2 blitz to open
up a 44-13 advantage with 15:00 remaining in the second half and coasted
to a 72-30 win over Washington and Lee on Saturday afternoon at the
Warner Center. The Generals were led by junior forward Sarah Michaels
who finished with a team-high 10 points. Senior forward Elizabeth
Igo corralled a game-high 11 rebounds.
SCOUTING EASTERN MENNONITE:
Eastern Mennonite outscored Roanoke 7-3 over the final 2:29 to pull
out a 60-56 win on Sunday in Salem, Va. Freshman center Amanda Renalds,
who totaled 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, led four
Lady Royals in double-digits. Senior forward Emily Misak, freshman
guard Carrie Grandstaff and freshman guard Laura Ludholtz scored 11
points apiece, and Misak finished the game with six rebounds while
Grandstaff and Ludholtz each recorded four steals.
BABY WE WERE BORN TO RUN:
The Boss probably wasnt 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 years roster.
Minus last seasons 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 4.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
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 14.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.2 steals
per contest. Feve scored a career-high 25 points in a losing effort
against Randolph-Macon (1/2).
A CALLOW CREW:
Seven of the 11 players on W&L are sophomores or freshmen. There
are four sophomores (Peggy Altman, Emily Barker, Bethany Dannelly
and Casey Sharpe) and three freshmen (Ashley Brown, Louisa Feve and
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 11.2 points and a team-high
7.0 rebounds per game. So far this season she has recorded career-highs
in points (24 against Elmira) and rebounds (11 versus Randolph-Macon).
No, sophomore point guard Bethany Dannelly is not a member of the
British heavy metal band. Rather, thus far, shes been the womens-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 32 games, earning 29 starts. This season she is
logging an average of 39.7 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 10.2 points, 5.0 boards, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals
per contest. For her play in the Diversified Invitational, Dannelly
was named to the all-tournament team.
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 years team, Barker
also is (womens 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
womens 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 6.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game.
Fitting that the one sporting the highest number is also the tallest
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 2.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists. Her 1-to-1 assist-to-turnover
ratio is tops on the team.
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