March 27, 2001

W&L's JESSICA MENTZ NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE

FARMVILLE, Va. -- Washington and Lee junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) was named to the Virginia Sports Information Director's (VaSID) First Team All-State squad on Tuesday afternoon. Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) was selected to the honorable mention team.

Mentz averaged 20.7 points per game, which was second in the ODAC and 20th in NCAA Division III. She also pulled down 10.1 rebounds per game (3rd in ODAC) and added 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per contest. The junior forward finished second in the ODAC in free-throw percentage (.829) and third in field goal percentage (.520). She is W&L's all-time leading scorer with 1,223 career points and second all-time in career rebounds (666). She was a First Team All-ODAC pick this season, W&L's first-ever First Team selection.

Mentz earned Honorable-Mention All-ODAC laurels last year after earning Second-Team All-ODAC and ODAC Freshman of the Year honors during the 1998-99 season.

Babst also had a dominating season in the paint, scoring 15.7 points per game (4th in ODAC) and led the conference and placed 19th in NCAA Division III in rebounding at 11.9 boards per contest. In addition, she led the ODAC and was 18th in the country in blocks (2.4 bpg.).

She became W&L's all-time leader in blocks (137) and broke school records in field goals attempted in a season (358) and rebound average in a season (11.9), before tying her own record of blocks in game (6) in the season finale vs. Roanoke. Babst is also third all-time in career rebounds (663), three shy of Mentz.

Washington and Lee finished the season with a record of 8-16 overall, 6-14 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

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