W&L ENDS SEASON WITH A 72-58 LOSS TO ROANOKE IN THE ODAC TOURNAMENT (2/24)

SALEM, Va. -- Washington and Lee committed 18 turnovers and shot just 29 percent in the first half en route to dropping a 72-58 decision to Roanoke in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament in Salem, Va.

The Maroons (19-7), propelled by 42 percent first half shooting and W&L's lackluster performance, cruised to a 40-21 halftime advantage.

The Generals (13-12) clawed back in the second half to cut the Roanoke lead to just 12 points (66-54) with 3:13 remaining, but could get no closer as their season came to an end.

For the game, W&L committed 26 turnovers and shot just 35 percent from the floor. Roanoke shot just 24 percent in the second half, but committed just 14 turnovers for the game.

Sophomore Honorable Mention All-ODAC forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) led the Generals with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Senior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) scored 11 points to end her career with a school-record 1,165 points, while sophomore forward Carter Thomas (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) tallied 10 points and five rebounds. Sophomore Honorable Mention All-ODAC center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) added 11 rebounds for the Generals.

Roanoke was led by Suzanne Webb with 14 points. Crystal Barrett added 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Carrie McConnell tallied eight points and a game-high six assists.

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INSIDE GAME HELPS W&L WOMEN PAST EMU, 71-54 (2/16)

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Sophomore forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) poured in 20 first-half points in leading the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to a 71-54 ODAC victory over Eastern Mennonite University on Wednesday evening.

Mentz connected on 10-of-12 first half shots en route to a game-high 22 points. She also snagged 11 rebounds. Alongside Mentz was sophomore center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel Area), who notched her 10th double-double of the season with 13 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. The Generals' backcourt stepped up as well, with senior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) chipping in 11 points and fellow senior Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) tying a school-record with 10 assists. As a team, W&L (13-11, 10-10 ODAC) dished out 21 assists while turning the ball over just 12 times.

EMU (8-14, 7-11 ODAC) was led by Tara Froese, who notched her third double-double of the year with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Emily Mullet and Lori Abbott garnered 12 points apiece in the loss.

The Generals will return to action next Thursday, February 24, most likely at 6:00 pm, as the seventh seed in the ODAC Tournament which is set to be held in Salem, Va.

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W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL IS DEFEATED BY VIRGINIA WESLEYAN, 61-52 (2/14)

NORFOLK, Va. -- Kristen Leake scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help lead Virginia Wesleyan to a 61-52 win over Washington and Lee in women's basketball action on Monday evening in Norfolk, Va.

W&L (12-11, 9-10) was led by sophomore forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), who scored 14 points. She was 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Senior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) scored 11 points, while sophomore center Leslie Fischbeck (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills) totaled 10 points. Sophomore center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) collected a game-high 11 rebounds.

Janine Swanson added 12 points in the winning effort for Virginia Wesleyan (12-9, 10-7).

The Generals will be in action again on Wednesday as they travel to Eastern Mennonite for a 7:00 pm contest with the Royals.

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