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WASHINGTON AND LEE BASKETBALL RELEASE

Game 3 • W&L (2-1) at Bridgewater College (3-0) • November 30, 2004 • 7:00 pm

Game 4 • W&L (2-1) at Randolph-Macon College (2-0) • December 4, 2004 • 4:00 pm

Game 5 • W&L (2-1) at Virginia Wesleyan College (0-2) • December 5, 2004 • 4:30 pm

COMMANDING THE GENERALS:
Mandy King (Southern Maine ’98) is in her second season as head women's basketball coach at W&L. She posted a 9-17 in her first year at the helm and has a career record of 11-18. King's first season resulted in a six-game improvement over the previous campaign and included a bid to the ODAC Postseason Tournament. Under her direction, two players earned All-ODAC honors and another finished second in the balloting for the conference rookie of the year award. King came to W&L after serving as the assistant women's basketball coach at Bloomsburg University for two seasons. 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. Dean’na Mitchelson (Virginia ’02) is in her first season as assistant women’s basketball coach at W&L. Prior to her arrival, Mitchelson served as head women’s basketball coach at Robert E. Lee High School during the 2003-04 season. Mitchelson captained the women’s basketball team at the University of Virginia where she was a four-year letterwinner.

OPPOSING COACHES:
Jean Willi enters her ninth season at the helm of Bridgewater and has a career record of 165-55. Carroll LaHaye has a 326-247 career record in 21 seasons at Randolph-Macon, while Stephany Dunmeyer has gone 5-22 in her career at Virginia Wesleyan.

ALL-TIME SERIES:
Washington and Lee is 2-18 all-time against Bridgewater, 4-18 all-time against Randolph-Macon, and 10-12 all-time against Virginia Wesleyan.

LAST TIME OUT:
Washington and Lee won its second straight game by at least 30 points with a 78-41 victory over Peace College on Tuesday night. The Generals led from the opening tip to the final buzzer and shot a season-best 52 percent (35-for-67) from the floor while amassing a season-best 25 assists in the win. The Generals put the game out of reach early by taking a 21-2 lead with 13:34 remaining in the first half. Junior guard Louisa Feve scored a game-high 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out six assists while freshman guard Kristin Krouchick tallied 19 points and six rebounds. Freshman forward Amanda Kane rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points and five assists. Senior point guard Bethany Dannelly handed out a season-high eight assists in the win.

UP NEXT:
The Generals return home to host Eastern Mennonite on Tues., Dec. 7 and Guilford on Thu., Dec. 9. W&L lost both regular season games to EMU, 68-65 and 98-59, last year. They also fell to the Royals, 64-61, in the quarterfinals of the 2004 ODAC Tournament. W&L dropped both contests to Guilford last season, 69-38 and 85-56.

RECORD BREAKING:
With its 69-36 win over Russell Sage and 78-41 win over Peace, W&L won back-to-back games by at least 30 points for the first time in school history. The last time the Generals won two games in a season by at least 30 points was during the 2000-01 campaign.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES:
Bridgewater, picked number two in the ODAC preseason poll, is 3-0 this season and is coming off a 65-49 win over Averett on Nov. 23. It opened the season by winning the Hunter College Alumni Tip-Off Tournament with wins over Dubuque, 70-58, and Hunter, 73-61. The Eagles are led by sophomore guard Shannon Scales (12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and senior center Krystal Hermes (12.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg). Junior guard Marsha Kinder also averages double-figures in scoring (10.7 ppg) while sophomore guard Katy Herr averages 8.7 points and a team-high 4.3 assists per game.

SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS:
Randolph-Macon, picked to win the ODAC Championship this year, is 2-0 on the young season. It knocked off North Carolina Wesleyan College, 92-58, and Shenandoah University, 98-91, to win the Coca-Cola Tip-Off Classic. Junior guard Megan Silva, the reigning ODAC Player of the Year, leads the team with 28.0 points and 5.0 steals per game while her 6.5 assists per game rank second. Silva is getting alot of help from senior forward Emily Crider (13.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and junior forward Michelle Orton (12.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg) while sophomore guard Salem Shaffer averages 8.0 points and 7.0 assists per game.

SCOUTING THE MARLINS:
Virginia Wesleyan, picked to finish 10th in the ODAC this season, is 0-2. It lost 66-60 to Springfield College and 67-58 to Chowan in the Tyson Tip-Off Tournament. The Marlins are led by sophomore guard Michelle Dove (11.5 ppg) and sophomore forward Lindsey Churchill (10.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg). Freshman forward Allison Wheeler averages 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while sophomore center Nicole Thurston averages 7.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

LAST MEETING VS. BRIDGEWATER (2/18/04):
Bridgewater closed out the first half with a 13-2 run en route to a 66-46 victory over W&L. The Generals were led byJessica Hunsinger, who recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Louisa Feve notched 12 points and Sarah Michaels chipped in with 10 points. Sarah Otey collected a game-high eight steals. The Eagles got double-doubles from Krystal Hermes (15 pts., 11 reb.) and Katie Herr (12 pts., 10 reb.). Herr also had six steals.

LAST MEETING VS. R-MC (2/13/04):
W&L’s Jessica Hunsinger scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the Generals fell, 79-61, to Randolph-Macon. The Yellow Jackets surged out to a 21-9 lead and held a 42-28 advantage at halftime. The Generals also got 17 points and seven rebounds from Louisa Feve. R-MC was led by Megan Silva, who tallied 20 points, seven assists, and seven steals. Kristen Morgan added 13 points.

LAST MEETING VS. VWC (1/16/04):
The Generals trailed 27-16 at halftime, but outscored Virginia Wesleyan, 33-17, in the second half to pull out a 49-44 win. Louisa Feve led the Generals with 13 points and nine rebounds while Sarah Michaels had 12 points and nine rebounds. Jessica Hunsinger rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points. The Marlins got 15 points and four rebounds from Devin Allen and 11 points, six rebounds, and three blocks from Nicole Thurston.

GETTING DEFENSIVE:
Defense has helped the Generals to a 2-1 start this season. They have held their opponents to just 46 points per game on 27 percent shooting (50-for-184). In the 69-36 victory over Russell Sage on Nov. 20, the Gators were just 13-for-64 (.203) from the field, including 4-for-31 (.129) in the first half. In the 78-41 win over Peace last Tuesday, the Pacers shot 25.9 percent (15-for-58) from the field and were only 7-for-30 (.233) in the second half.

QUICK HANDS:
The Generals have swiped 34 steals in three games this season (11.3 spg), including a season-best 16 in the win over Peace. Junior guard Louisa Feve has a team-high 13 steals and has collected five steals in a game twice.

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