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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

Game 9• W&L (4-4, 2-2) Eastern Mennonite (7-1, 4-1) • Tuesday, January 6• 7:00 p.m. • Lexington, Va.
Game 10• W&L (4-4, 2-2) Randolph-Macon (7-4, 5-1) • Friday, January 9• 7:00 p.m. • Lexington, Va.
Game 11• W&L (4-4, 2-2) Virginia Wesleyan (2-5, 1-3)• Saturday, January 10• 3:00 p.m.• Lexington, Va.

PROBABLE STARTERS: 2003-04 Stats
#10 Sarah Otey, Fr., G, 5-6 9.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.7 apg
#12 Louisa Feve, So., G, 5-8 13.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg
#24 Bethany Dannelly, Jr., G, 5-5 4.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.8 spg
#32 Jessica Hunsinger, Fr., F, 6-0 14.2 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg
#44 Sarah Michaels, Sr., F, 5-8 16.2 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.5 apg

ON THE BENCH:
#22 Emily Barker, Jr., F, 5-11 3.8 ppg, 2.6 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
#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:

Richard McElwee is in his first year as the Head Coach at Eastern Mennonite. McElwee, a 1983 EMU graduate, takes over the Royals after coaching both boys and girls basketball at Auburn High School. He is assisted by Jason Lutz and Charity Tyree. Carroll LaHaye is in her 22nd season at the helm of Randolph-Macon’s defending ODAC Championship women’s basketball program. LaHaye was named the Virginia state Coach of the Year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and entered the season with a 304-239 (.560) overall record. She is assisted by Ana Litton. Stephany Dunmyer is in her first season as the Head Coach at Virginia Wesleyan. She takes over the Marlins after a year at the Division I level, proceeded by two years at the Division II level. Dunmyer is assisted by Allie Graf and Josh McElheny.

ALL-TIME SERIES:
Washington and Lee’s match-up with Eastern Mennonite marks the 20th meeting between the Generals and the Royals. Eastern Mennonite leads the all-time series 11-8, including a 61-46 victory in the teams’ last meeting on January 28, 2003. The Generals last defeated the Royals on February 7, 2001, with a 80-69 victory. W&L’s meets both Randolph-Macon and Virginia Wesleyan for the 21st time in program history. The Yellow Jackets lead the Generals 16-4 in the all-time series, while the Marlins hold an all-time edge of 12-8 over W&L.

LAST TIME OUT:
In its last contest, W&L overcame a 15-point deficit to send its ODAC matchup with Roanoke into overtime on Saturday afternoon, only to see the Maroons take the win with a 67-65 decision. Senior forward Sarah Michaels led W&L with a season and game-high 28 points, while sophomore guard Louisa Feve added 16 points to the Generals’ offensive efforts. Freshman forward Jessica Hunsinger recorded her third double-double of the season, combining 11 points with a game-high 16 rebounds.

UP NEXT WEEK:
Washington and Lee wraps up its four-game home stand next week when the Generals host Hollins on Tuesday. W&L then travels to Virginia Wesleyan on Friday, Jan. 16 before finishing its weekly schedule with a stop in Lynchburg on Saturday, Jan. 17.

SCOUTING THE ROYALS:

Eastern Mennonite also takes to the court today following a loss to Roanoke. The Royals suffered their first defeat of the season after falling to the Maroons, 64-52, on Sunday. Sophomore guard Carrie Grandstaff led EMU with 12 points and five assists, while sophomore forward Amanda Renalds scored nine points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Stephanie Mathews was also among the Royal leaders with nine points and a game-high four steals. Grandstaff leads the team with 19.0 points per game, while sophomore guard Laura Ludholtz is contributing 17.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Mathews averages 11.5 points per game leads the squad with 9.1 boards per contest, while Renalds rounds out the Royals double-digit scorers with 10.3 points per game.

SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS:

Randolph-Macon enters the week with a 7-4 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the ODAC after defeating Emory & Henry, 73-57, on Sunday. Leading the Yellow Jackets was sophomore guard Megan Silva with a game-high 21 points, plus four steals and three assists. Junior center Emily Crider had 19 points, six rebounds, and a game- and career-high seven blocked shots. Sophomore center Michelle Orton totaled 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Silva currently leads the Yellow Jackets with 20.3 points per game, while Crider and Orton each average double-figures with 16.8 and 12.2 points per game, respectively. Randolph-Macon will take on Bridgewater on Tuesday before traveling to Lexington.

SCOUTING THE MARLINS:

Virginia Wesleyan enters the week with a 2-5 overall record and a 1-3 mark in the ODAC after dropping a 68-61 decision to Guilford on Sunday. Freshman forward Monique Williams led four Marlins in double-figures with 13 points, while senior guard Shauntell Dandridge was second on the team with 12 points. Freshman guard Pookie Johnson scored 11 points and grabbed a team-best nine rebounds, while senior guard Devin Allen added 10 points. Allen currently leads Virginia Wesleyan with 12 points per game, freshman guard Michelle Dove is second on the team with 9.7 points per game and sophomore forward Kim Harmon leads the squad with 6.6 rebounds per game. The Marlins travel to Lynchburg on Tuesday and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College on Friday before playing the Generals this Saturday.

BIG WIN:

Washington and Lee’s victory over Southern Virginia gave the Generals’ a three-game winning streak and eclipsed last season’s win total. The streak marks W&L’s longest since the Generals’ won five straight between January 8 and January 18, 2002. In addition, W&L’s 21-point scoring margin over the Knights marked the Generals’ largest victory since they defeated Virginia Wesleyan, 56-35, on January 18, 2003.

TOUGH LOSS:

The loss at Roanoke marks the Generals third defeat by two-points or less this season.  It also marked W&L’s first overtime game since the Generals lost to Elmira, 74-69, on November 23, 2002.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES:

Freshman forward Jessica Hunsinger leads the Generals with three double-doubles, while senior forward Sarah Michaels and sophomore guard Louisa Feve have each recorded a pair of double-doubles this season. Hunsinger notched double figures in points and rebounds against Emory & Henry (17 pts, 16 reb), Southern Virginia (14 pts, 18 reb) and Roanoke (11 pts, 16 reb) while Michaels spurred the Generals to wins over St. Mary’s (Md.) (26 pts, 16 reb) and Southern Virginia (23 pts, 17 reb). Feve recorded her double-doubles against RMWC (13 pts, 12 reb) and Emory & Henry (13 pts, 10 reb).

WINNING AT THE HALF MEANS WINNING:

In all four victories this season, the Generals have led the game at halftime. In addition, across the last four years, W&L has a 25-3 record in games it leads at the halftime break.

WINS VERSUS LOSSES:

In wins, the Generals are averaging 66.5 points, 38.3 percent from the field (94-245), 21.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc (12-55) and 66.6 percent from the foul line (66-99). By comparison, in losses the Lexington squad averages 55.3 points, 34.4 percent from the field (81-235), 30.6 percent from three-point range (19-62) and 64.5 percent from the charity stripe (40-62). In addition, the Generals are winning with an average point margin of 14.25, while losing by an average of 5.8 points.

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 1,622 of a possible 1,625 minutes this season. Despite possible fatigue, the Generals outscore their opposition in the second half, 256-229.

SHOOTING .500:

Washington and Lee hasn’t shot 50 percent from the field since the Generals connected on 28-of-54 (.518) in a 73-65 loss vs. Emory & Henry on February 12, 2002. All told, W&L has recorded only six 50 percent shooting performances in its last 81 contests.

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