W&L ENDS SEASON WITH A 78-54 LOSS TO ROANOKE (2/18)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior forward Suzanne Webb (Narrows, Va./Narrows) scored a team-high 19 points and added seven steals as Roanoke defeated Washington and Lee, 78-54, in ODAC women's basketball action on Sunday afternoon in the Warner Center.

The game was tightly contested through the first 10 minutes and W&L led, 15-12, with 11:25 left in the first half. However, the Maroons (18-6, 16-4) ripped off a 28-8 run over the next 9:38 and took a 42-28 halftime lead. Eight different Roanoke players scored in the first 20 minutes.

Roanoke opened the second half on a 12-4 run in the first 2:52 led by five points by Webb and the Maroons cruised to the 24-point victory.

Roanoke placed four players in double figures led by Webb who was 8-of-13 from the floor. Junior center Crystal Barrett (Roanoke, Va./Northside) added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Junior forward Jill Quesenberry (Willis, Va./Floyd County) and sophomore guard Katrina Williams (Salem, Va./Glenvar) tallied 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Maroons shot 47.2 percent for the game and forced 25 W&L turnovers.

Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) led the Generals with 23 points and 13 boards and tied a school record with six blocks, while junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) added 18 points and 14 rebounds. Mentz finished the season with a W&L single-season record 496 points. Junior guard Carter Thomas (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) added eight assists to finish the season with a total of 85, breaking the single-season record of 83 set by Jessica Morton during the 1996-97 season. Washington and Lee (8-16, 6-14) also set a team record for blocks in a game (11).

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HOLLINS CLINCHES EIGHTH SEED IN ODAC TOURNAMENT WITH WIN OVER W&L, 56-46 (2/17)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Hollins placed three players in double figures, forced 29 General turnovers and clinched the eighth seed for the ODAC Tournament with a 56-46 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Va.

W&L (8-15, 6-13) took an early lead, 10-5, with 12:23 left in the first half led by eight points from junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel). However, Hollins took a lead that it would not relinquish after a three-pointer by freshman guard Jennifer Carpenter (Covington, Va./Allegheny) to make the score 11-10 with 10:30 remaining in the first half.

HU (10-13, 7-12) outscored W&L 16-7, over the final 10 minutes of the stanza and led 27-17 at the break. Senior guard Rosse Hopkins (Roanoke, Va./Northside) led the way with nine points in the first 20 minutes of action.

Hollins kept the Generals at bay for most of the second half until freshman forward Sarah Michaels (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) nailed a pair of free throws with two minutes left to cut the lead to 50-46. Hopkins, however, hit all six of her foul shots in the final 26 seconds to lift Hollins to the 10-point victory.

Hopkins led HU with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Junior forward Mandy Nichols (Troutville, Va./Lord Botetourt) added 12 points and five boards, while sophomore guard Emily Ferrell (Roanoke, Va./Northside) chipped in with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Babst led W&L with 20 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks and three steals. Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

W&L will round out its season tomorrow afternoon as it hosts Roanoke at 2:00 pm.

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WASHINGTON AND LEE UPSETS VA. WESLEYAN, 56-55 (2/15)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Freshman forward Sarah Michaels (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) tied a career-high with 19 points to lead Washington and Lee to a 56-55 victory over Virginia Wesleyan in ODAC women's basketball action on Wednesday evening in the Warner Center.

Virginia Wesleyan (11-11, 11-8) held a 27-23 first-half lead, thanks in part to seven points from freshman center Tomorrow Lofton (Richmond, Va./J.R. Tucker).

The second half was tightly contested throughout as either team held no more than a four-point lead. After a made free throw by VWC sophomore forward Angelique Cavanaugh (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville) with 1:26 to play, the Blue Marlins led 51-49.

Michaels then tied the game with two free throws at the 1:06 mark and put the Generals ahead, 54-51, with a three-pointer from the top of the key. Lofton then converted 1-of-2 free throws with 21 seconds remaining to close the lead to two.

Junior guard Alison Kudlacik (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) hit both of her foul shots with 18 seconds left to bring the W&L lead to 56-52; however, freshman guard Devin Allen (Machipongo, Va./Northampton) drilled a trey seven seconds later to cut the lead to 56-55.

Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) was fouled with five seconds left, but missed the front end of a one-and-one. Lofton rebounded the miss and fired a pass downcourt to Allen, whose shot came up short and Washington and Lee (8-14, 6-12) came away with the one-point victory.

W&L was led by Michaels, who added four rebounds in 19 minutes of play, and Mentz who tallied 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) fouled out after only 24 minutes, but added nine points and seven boards.

VWC was led by Lofton and Allen who scored 12 points each. Lofton also added 10 rebounds, while Cavanaugh chipped in seven points and eight boards.

Washington and Lee will return to action on Saturday as it hosts Hollins in a 2:00 pm contest.

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