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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

Game 26• W&L (9-16, 6-14) vs. Eastern Mennonite (21-3, 17-3) •Thurs., Feb. 26• 12:30 p.m. • Salem, Va.

PROBABLE STARTERS: 2003-04 Stats
#10 Sarah Otey, Fr., G, 5-6 8.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg
#12 Louisa Feve, So., G, 5-8 13.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.9 spg
#24 Bethany Dannelly, Jr., G, 5-5 5.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.8 spg
#32 Jessica Hunsinger, Fr., F, 6-0 14.3 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 1.9 bpg
#44 Sarah Michaels, Sr., F, 5-8 14.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.7 apg

ON THE BENCH:
#22 Emily Barker, Jr., F, 5-11 3.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg
#42 Peggy Altman, Jr., G, 5-7 0.2 ppg, 0.3 rpg
#34 Ashley Brown, So., G, 5-2 1.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg
#20 Amy Volkmann, Fr., G, 5-6 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
#30 Sarah Williamson, So., G, 5-5 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg

COMMANDING THE GENERALS:
Mandy King (Southern Maine ‘98) is in her first season as head women's basketball coach at W&L. King came to W&L after serving as the assistant women's basketball coach at Bloomsburg University for two seasons. She also was a graduate assistant coach at the College of New Jersey for two seasons following graduation from the University of Southern Maine where she earned a bachelor of science in sports medicine in 1999. During her time at Bloomsburg, King helped the Huskies achieve a 36-17 overall record and two berths to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament. The 2001-02 squad finished the season 21-6 overall and was ranked as high as second nationally in Division II. As assistant coach, King served as recruiting coordinator and was responsible for on-court coaching, scouting and game preparation. This season marks Erin Shaw's (Southern Maine ‘02) first as an assistant women's basketball coach at W&L. Shaw, a 2002 graduate of Southern Maine, comes to Lexington after serving as the assistant women's basketball coach at her alma mater last season. Amy Forbes (Salisbury ‘01) enters her second season as an assistant for the Generals. Forbes is also the assistant women’s soccer coach, and helped W&L win its second-straight ODAC title this season, and advance to the NCAA South Region Championship.

OPPOSING COACH:
Richard McElwee (EMU ‘83) is in his first year as the head coach at Eastern Mennonite. McElwee takes over the Royals after coaching both boys and girls basketball at Auburn High School. He is assisted by Jason Lutz and Charity Tyree.

ALL-TIME SERIES:
The Generals are meeting with Eastern Mennonite for the 22nd time. The Royals lead the all-time series with W&L, 13-8, and have won the last six meetings with the Generals. Washington and Lee last defeated EMU on Feb. 7, 2001, with an 80-69 decision.

LAST TIME OUT (2/22/04):

Guilford hit 32-for-61 (52.5%) from the field, including 10-for-20 (50.0%) from three-point range to subdue Washington and Lee, 85-56, on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center. Trailing by as many as 16 points in the first half, the Generals went on a 13-4 run in final 5:49 before the break to pull to within 37-30 of the Quakers. Following halftime, senior forward Sarah Michaels hit a three-pointer to pull W&L within 37-33, but the home team would get no closer as Guilford steadily pushed its lead out to double digits and as many as 31 points before the end of the contest. Michaels co-led the Generals with 16 points and drained a trio of three-pointers to become W&L’s all-time leader for three-pointers in a career (92). Sophomore guard Louisa Feve also scored 16 points, while freshman forward Jessica Hunsinger reached double-digits with 10 points. Freshman guard Sarah Otey scored eight points and dished out a game-high six assists.

W&L VS. EMU: ROUND ONE (1/6/04):

In the Generals’ first meeting with Eastern Mennonite this season, the Royals used a 38-35 first-half advantage to down the Generals, 68-65, on January 6 at the Warner Center. W&L pulled to within one point of the visiting Harrisonburg squad with 66-65 showing on the scoreboard and 24 seconds remaining in the contest, but would get no closer. Senior forward Sarah Michaels led W&L with 19 points and finished second on the squad with nine rebounds. Freshman guard Sarah Otey contributed 13 points, dished out five assists and led the Generals with 11 rebounds for her first career double-double, while freshman forward Jessica Hunsinger scored 13 points and grabbed eight boards. EMU sophomore guard Laura Ludholtz led all scorers with 27 points and grabbed a game-high six steals, while sophomore guard Carrie Grandstaff and sophomore forward Amanda Renalds scored 14 and 13 points, respectively. Washington and Lee sank 24-of-65 (36.9%) from the field while the Royals managed to connect on 29-of-65 (44.6%).

W&L VS. EMU: ROUND TWO (1/27/04):

Eastern Mennonite used a 21-3 run over 7:18 of the first half in cruising to a 98-59 win over W&L on January 27 in Harrisonburg, Va. The Royals held a slim 16-12 lead with 12:01 remaining in the first half, but saw the lead balloon to 23 points by halftime. The Royals shot 53.0 percent for the game and forced 22 W&L turnovers in leading by as many as 42 points in the second stanza. The 98 points were also the most ever scored against a W&L women’s basketball team. The Generals, who shot just 25.7 percent (9-35) in the first half, were paced by sophomore guard Louisa Feve’s 22 points on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Senior forward Sarah Michaels added 11 points. Sophomore guard Carrie Grandstaff paced five Royals in double-figures with 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting from three-point range. Sophomore forward Amanda Reynolds scored 18 points and sophomore guard Laura Ludholtz contributed 13 points and nine rebounds.

W&L’S LAST TOURNAMENT GAME (2/24/00):

Washington and Lee saw its season end as the Generals were defeated by Emory & Henry, 75-58, in the opening round of the ODAC Tournament at the Salem Civic Center. Emory & Henry, the No. 3 seed, raced out to a 34-23 halftime advantage and never looked back in winning its 14th straight game and school-record 22nd contest. The Generals, the No. 6 seed, were led by senior forward Jessica Mentz, who tallied 29 points and tied a career-high with 18 rebounds. Senior center Megan Babst notched 14 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Sarah Schmidt recorded 13 points and four assists.

SCOUTING THE ROYALS:

Eastern Mennonite compiled a 21-3 overall record and a 17-3 mark in the ODAC on their way to the number-one seeding in the ODAC tournament. Sophomore guard Carrie Grandstaff ranks second in the ODAC with a team-high 17.8 points per game, while sophomore guard Laura Ludholtz is second on the squad with 14.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Amanda Renalds is averaging 12.1 points per game, while sophomore forward Stephanie Mathews leads the team with 9.3 rebounds per game and averages 11.8 points per game. The Royals are shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 31.2 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent from the charity stripe.

W&L IN THE ODAC TOURNAMENT:

W&L has played six ODAC Tournament games in its 10 years of eligibility for the postseason tournament. The Generals have compiled an all-time record of 1-5 and have never met Eastern Mennonite in the ODAC Tournament. In the tournament, W&L has averaged 52.3 points per game, while its opposition has averaged 66.0 points per game. The following is a breakdown of how W&L has fared against members of the ODAC in the tournament:

Guilford (0-1) Randolph-Macon (0-2) Emory & Henry (0-1) Roanoke (0-1) Virginia Wesleyan (1-0)

PUT HER ON THE FOUL LINE:

Junior guard Bethany Dannelly has been stellar for the Generals at the charity stripe. Ranked second on the team after hitting 74.3 percent (55-73) from the free throw line, she assembled the team’s longest streak with 18 consecutive made charity tosses. On the season, she has been perfect from the line nine times and since returning to the court after New Year’s, Dannelly has drained 44-of-51 (86.3%) looks from the foul line.

RAISING ARIZONA:

Freshman forward Jessica Hunsinger came to Lexington from Mayer, Ariz., and has made an immediate impact in the paint. Hunsinger has scored in double-figures in 22 of the Generals’ 25 games and grabbed double-digits in rebounds 14 times. She leads the Generals with 13 double-doubles and currently leads the ODAC with 10.6 rebounds per game.

ODAC EXPERIENCE:

Junior point guard Bethany Dannelly is the only member of this year’s Generals squad that has been to the ODAC tournament. As a freshman, she recorded two points, two assists and a block as W&L fell to Emory & Henry, 75-58, in the opening round of the 2002 ODAC Tournament.

WINNING AT THE HALF MEANS WINNING:

This season the Generals have compiled a 7-1 record in games in leads at the half, and a 2-14 record in games it trails at the break. Moreover, in the last four seasons, the Generals are 21-3 in games they lead at halftime, and 2-48 in games they don’t lead at the break.

ONE MORE THING:

While we’re mentioning junior point guard Bethany Dannelly, let us note she is currently the all-time assist leader for W&L. During her three years on the team, Dannelly has dished out 321 assists and leads the Generals’ second-most prolific assist leader by 93 assists.

DIRTY HALF DOZEN:

While this isn’t WWII and the Generals aren’t military criminals sent behind enemy lines, W&L’s six primary players take on a seemingly impossible mission every night. Senior forward Sarah Michaels, junior guard Bethany Dannelly, junior forward Emily Barker, sophomore guard Louisa Feve, freshman forward Jessica Hunsinger and freshman guard Sarah Otey have combined for 4,855 of a possible 5,026 minutes this season.

ODAC SELECTIONS:

Senior forward Sarah Michaels and sophomore guard Louisa Feve have both earned all-ODAC recognition for their 2003-04 campaigns. After being named Honorable Mention All-ODAC as a junior, Michaels was named Second Team All-ODAC this season. She leads the team with 14.4 points per game and is second with 7.7 rebounds per outing. Feve received Honorable Mention recognition for her contributions this season. She ranks third on the team in both points per game (13.8), rebounds per game (6.8), made three-pointers (34) and assists per game (3.2), while leading the squad with 1.9 steals per outing.

SENIOR PERFORMANCE:

Senior forward Sarah Michaels currently leads the Generals with 14.4 points and is second with 7.7 rebounds per outing. She also leads the Generals from the foul line, hitting a team-high 90 foul shots for 76.3 percent. For her career, she has appeared in 67 games and earned 39 starts. She ranks third all time with a career 11.9 points per game average, and has scored 818 career points, while grabbing 366 career rebounds for 5.4 rebounds per game. In W&L’s loss to Guilford on Sunday she drained a trio of three-pointers to set the school record for triples in a career with 92. She has exceeded the 20-point plateau on eight occasions during her career, including a career-high 29 points in a 56-35 win over Virginia Wesleyan last season. This year she has scored a season-high of 28 points twice, and set a career-high with 17 rebounds in a 70-49 win over Virginia Wesleyan.

POTOMAC POWER:

Sophomore guard Louisa Feve came to Lexington from Potomac, Md., and quickly made a name for herself in the Generals’ basketball program. In just two seasons with W&L, Feve ranks 10th all-time for points in a career (650), and is currently second for career points per game (13.2). Starting all 49 possible games during her career, she claims career-highs of 25 points (vs. R-MC), 12 rebounds (vs. RMWC), seven assists (vs. Southern Va.), and six steals (at Lynchburg). During her two seasons, she has led the team in scoring 17 times, rebounding seven times and recorded five double-doubles.

ODAC LEADERS:

Several players from W&L were ranked among the conference leaders at the end of the season. Below is a list of those who were ranked in the top-10:

Points per game - Sarah Michaels (14.4 ppg), 7th; Jessica Hunsinger (14.3 ppg), 8th; Louisa Feve (13.8 ppg), 9th
Rebounds per game - Jessica Hunsinger (10.6 rpg), 1st; Sarah Michaels (7.7 rpg), 7th Louisa Feve (6.8 rpg), 10th
Assists per game - Bethany Dannelly (3.7 apg), 7th; Louisa Feve (3.2 apg), 10th
Steals per game - Louisa Feve (1.9), 9th
Blocked shots - Jessica Hunsinger (1.9 bpg), 2nd
Three-pointers per game - Sarah Michaels (1.5 bpg), 8th
Assists/Turnover Ratio - Bethany Dannelly (1.33), 5th

WHO’S IN?:

Out of the 11 teams in the league, only eight qualified to participate in the conference tourney. Below is a breakdown of the tournament bracket and schedule. The tournament champion will receive the ODAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.

QUARTERFINALS

Game #1: Thursday, February 26, 12:30 pm
No. 1 Eastern Mennonite vs. No. 8 Washington and Lee
Game #2: Thursday, February 26, 2:30 pm
No. 4 Guilford vs. No. 5 Emory & Henry
Game #3: Thursday, February 26, 6:00 pm
No. 2 Bridgewater vs. No. 7 Roanoke
Game #4: Thursday, February 26, 8:00 pm
No. 3 Randolph-Macon vs. No. 6 Lynchburg

SEMIFINALS:

Game #5: Friday, February 27, 1:00 pm
Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Game #6: Friday, February 27, 3:00 pm
Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner

FINALS:

Game #7: Saturday, February 28, 2:00 pm
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner




 


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