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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

Game 7 • W&L (3-3) at Southern Virginia (5-8) • Tuesday, Dec. 9 • 7:00 p.m. • Lexington, Va.

PROBABLE STARTERS: 2003-04 Stats
#10 Sarah Otey, Fr., G, 5-6 9.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg
#12 Louisa Feve, So., G, 5-8 12.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.5 spg
#24 Bethany Dannelly, Jr., G, 5-5 4.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.8 apg
#32 Jessica Hunsinger, Fr., F, 6-0 14.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg
#44 Sarah Michaels, Sr., F, 5-8 13.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.6 apg

ON THE BENCH:

#22 Emily Barker, Jr., F, 5-11 4.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg
#20 Amy Volkmann, Fr., G, 5-6 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
#34 Ashley Brown, So., G, 5-2 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
#42 Peggy Altman, Jr., G, 5-7 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 COACHES:

Michael Harmon came to Southern Virginia in 1998. He received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Limestone College and a master's degree in physical education and kinesiology from California State University at Long Beach. In addition to coaching the women’s basketball team he teaches a number of physical education courses and coaches the Knights’ volleyball team. Harmon is assisted by Amber Clark, who enters her fourth year as the assistant women's basketball coach and Athletic Facilities Manager.

ALL-TIME SERIES:
Washington and Lee’s match-up with Southern Virginia University marks the first-ever meeting between the Generals’ and the Knights’ women’s basketball programs.

LAST TIME OUT:
In W&L’s last contest senior forward Sarah Michaels scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to lead the Generals past St. Mary’s (Md.), 73-54, on Saturday afternoon. For the game, Michaels canned 5-of-8 three-point attempts and had three assists. Sophomore guard Louisa Feve scored a season-high 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out a team-high five assists. Freshman forward Jessica Hunsinger added 10 points and eight rebounds. With the win, W&L matched its win total from all of last season and recorded its first back-to-back victories since the 2001-02 season, when the Generals bested Virginia Wesleyan and Hollins (2/14, 2/16).

UP NEXT:
The Generals take an extended break from competition after tonight’s game, returning to action on Sat., Jan. 3, when they travel to Roanoke for a 2:00 p.m. contest.

SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS:

Southern Virginia comes to Lexington after defeating Taylor-Fort Wayne, 84-79, on Saturday in Alta Vista, Va. Senior guard Tania Moe led the Knights with 20 points, while junior center Carlie Wiechman scored 15 points and junior forward Leslie Keliipaakaua scored 14 points. Freshman guard Suzie Jex rounded out Southern Virginia’s double-digit scorers with 11 points. Moe currently leads the Knights with 15.8 points per game and 3.4 steals per game. Wiechman is also averaging double-digits with 13.4 points per game, while leading the squad with 7.4 rebounds per contest.

FIRST WIN:

Washington and Lee’s 63-51 victory over Randolph-Macon Woman’s College Tuesday, Nov. 25 marked the first win in head coach Mandy King’s career.

GENERAL ATHLETICISM:

Seven of Washington and Lee’s round-ballers are multiple-sport athletes, with junior forward Emily Barker and sophomore guards Ashley Brown and Sarah Williamson leading the way as three sport athletes. Barker is a goalie for the ODAC-Champion women’s soccer team and a thrower for the track and field program, while Brown and Williamson are distance runners for the cross country and track teams. Junior guard Bethany Dannelly is a thrower on the track and field team, sophomore guard Louisa Feve plays lacrosse, freshman guard Amy Volkmann plays field hockey and senior guard Sarah Michaels is the captain of the riding team.

ALL-TIME LEADER:

Junior guard Bethany Dannelly needed only two years to write herself into the W&L record book. She combined 84 assists last season with a program-record 152 assists as a freshman to become W&L’s all-time leader for assists in a career (236). This season she has added as team-high 23 assists through the Generals’ first six games for 3.8 assists per game.

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 her inaugural season, she was second on the team with a 12.8 points per game average that ranks her 10th all-time for points per game in a season. She took the 11th spot on the W&L all-time list for points in a season (307) and became the Generals’ all-time leader for three-pointers made in a season (37). Adding to her initial success, she has already set career-high’s this season for rebounds in a game with 12 (vs. RMWC, 11/25/03) and assists in a game with six (at Peace, 11/21/03). Against Emory and Henry she recorded her second career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP:

Senior forward Sarah Michaels offers a double-threat to the W&L opposition. She is currently second on the team with 13.2 points per game, and her 26 points against St. Mary’s (Md.) on Saturday marks the most points scored in a game by a General this season. She also grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to become W&L’s leading rebounder with 9.7 boards per contest. For her career, she has compiled 565 points for an 11.1 points per game average.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT:

Freshman forward Jessica Hunsinger and freshman guard Sarah Otey both made an immediate impact in the Generals’ ranks. Hunsinger leads W&L with 14.8 points per game after recording a career-high 20 points in the Generals’ victory over RMWC and at least 16 points in four of her six collegiate appearances. Against St. Mary’s (Md.) she set a W&L program record with eight blocks, surpassing the previous record of six set by Megan Babst ‘02 on several occasions. Otey is averaging 9.3 points per game after scoring a career-high 12 points against Bridgewater (12/1) and reaching at least 10 points in four of her six collegiate appearances.

TEAM NUMBERS:

For the season, the Generals are averaging 58.7 points per game and have hit 126-for-336 from the field for a 37.5 shooting percentage. Washington and Lee is 22-for-76 (28.9%) from beyond the three-point arc and 78-for-125 (62.4%) from the charity stripe this season. King’s squad is also averaging 41.8 rebounds per game, 14.6 assists per game, 16.5 turnovers per game and 4.1 blocks per game.

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Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
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Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-463-8670