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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MAROONS DOWN W&L, 66-49 (2/12)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Roanoke College jumped to an early 31-9 lead and never looked back in racing past Washington and Lee by a score of 66-49 in women's basketball on Saturday evening.

The Maroons (16-6, 13-5 ODAC) shot 46.7 percent from the floor during the game, and attempted 11 more shots than the Generals. Leading the Maroons was Cheryl Rhodes with a game-high 13 points, while Crystal Barrett chipped in with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Sophomore center Leslie Fischbeck (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills) came off the bence to pace W&L (12-10, 9-9 ODAC) with 11 points and 10 rebounds, the first double-double of her career. Sophomore forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) added 11 points, while sophomore guard Carter Thomas (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) tallied eight rebounds and four assists. W&L committed 27 turnovers in the loss.

The Generals will return to action on Monday when they travel to Norfolk to face the Blue Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan. Tip-off is set for 6:00 pm.

 

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WASHINGTON AND LEE BLOWS BY HOLLINS, 77-42 (2/10)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee hit its first 10 shots of the game in running past Hollins University by a score of 77-42 in women's basketball on Thursday in the Warner Center.

The Generals (12-9, 9-8 ODAC) shot 58.8 percent from the floor in the first half, opening a 25-4 lead just 5:54 into the game. W&L took commanding 52-16 lead into the halftime break. Hollins opened the second half on a 9-0 run, but could never close the gap below 25 points.

Senior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) hit for 16 points and tallied four assists in the final home game of her career. Sophomore center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) notched her ninth double-double of the season, amassing 16 points and 10 rebounds in just 16 minutes of action. Also in double-figures for the Generals was sophomore forward Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) with 13 points.

Junior guard Rosse Hopkins (Roanoke, Va./Northside) notched 16 points to lead Hollins (4-16, 1-15 ODAC).

For the game, W&L connected on 44.8 percent of its shots from the floor, while holding Hollins to just 27.6 percent. The Generals also took care of the ball, committing a season-low 12 turnovers.

W&L will return to action on Saturday, February 12, when it travels to Roanoke College for a 5:00 pm contest.

 

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YELLOW JACKETS STING W&L WOMEN, 70-62 (2/8)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior center Renee Zando (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) erupted for 16 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks, and six steals in leading the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets to a 70-62 win over Washington and Lee in the Warner Center.

R-MC (12-8, 11-5 ODAC) jumped out to an 11-0 lead just 4:11 into the contest. From there, W&L never recovered. The closest the Generals would come was within one point (33-32) with 17:28 remaining. That rally was quickly quieted by a three-pointer by senior guard Beth Richard (Fredericksburg, Va./James Monroe). W&L would never seriously challenge the Yellow Jackets again.

Zando connected on 7-of-15 shots from the floor en route to her 16 markers. Also scoring 16 points was senior forward Bren Elliott (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro). The only other Yellow Jacket player in double-figures was Richard with 11 points.

The Generals (11-9, 8-8 ODAC) placed four players in double-figures. The contingent was led by senior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) with 17 points, including 8-of-8 from the charity stripe. Sophomores Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) and Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) tallied 14 and 12 points in the post for W&L. Sophomore guard Carter Thomas (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) chipped in 10 points.

Washington and Lee hit 40 percent of its shots from the floor, but was not able to take care of the ball, committing 26 turnovers. Randolph-Macon shot 44.3 percent on the evening.

W&L will return to action on Thursday, February 8, when it hosts Hollins University in a 7:00 pm contest.

 

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W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO EMORY & HENRY, 53-42 (2/5)

EMORY, Va. -- Emory & Henry held W&L to just 29 percent shooting from the floor in posting a 53-42 win over the Generals on Saturday afternoon in Emory, Va.

The Wasps (12-6, 11-3) shot 37 percent for the game, but scored 14 points off of 18 Washington and Lee turnovers.

The Generals (11-8, 8-7) were led by sophomore forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), who totaled 15 points and 13 rebounds. Senior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) tallied seven points and two assists.

Emory & Henry was led by Kelly Smith, who scored 19 points and collected six rebounds. Jenny Gibson tallied 10 points and seven rebounds in the win.

Washington and Lee will return to action on Tuesday as it hosts Randolph-Macon in a 7:00 pm contest.

 

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W&L UPSETS BRIDGEWATER, 60-57, IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (2/3)

LEXINGTON Va. -- Senior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) hit for a team-high 17 points in leading the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to a 60-57 upset of ODAC-leader Bridgewater College on Thursday night in Lexington.

W&L (11-7, 8-6 ODAC) jumped out to a 23-20 halftime lead, but trailed by as many as four points (48-44) with 7:07 remaining in the contest. The teams battled back and forth until sophomore Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) hit a running layup with 1:51 remaining to give the Generals a 53-51 lead which they would not relinquish. Senior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) connected on 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to nail down the Generals' upset win.

Miller tallied her 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-3 from behind the three-point arc. Sophomore center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) notched 14 points and three blocks for the Generals, while Morton ended up with 13 points.

Bridgewater (14-4, 11-3) was led by senior center Amanda Kyger (Timberville, Va./Broadway), who amassed game-highs in points (23) and rebounds (10). Other Eagles in double figures included sophomore guard Lindsay Coleman (Buena Vista, Va./Parry McCluer) with 11 points, and Angela Osborn (Burlington Flats, N.Y./Edmeston) with 10.

Washington and Lee shot nearly 49 percent from the field during the game, including a scorching 52.2 percent in the second half, while holding the Eagles to just 28.8 percent. W&L outrebounded Bridgewater by a count of 35-31.

W&L will return to action on Saturday, February 5, when it travels to Emory & Henry for a 4:00 pm contest.

 

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W&L DOWNS R-MWC FOR THIRD TIME THIS SEASON, 64-39 (2/1)

LEXINGTON Va. -- Washington and Lee stormed to a 34-19 halftime lead en route to a 64-39 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lexington, Va., on Tuesday evening. The win was the third of the season for the Generals against the Wildcats.

W&L, now 10-7 overall and 7-6 in the ODAC, was led by sophomore center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel), who tallied team-highs in points (12), rebounds (8), and blocks (3). The Generals placed only one other player in double figures, as sophomore guard Carter Thomas (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) tallied 11 points. Sophomore forward Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) added nine points and four rebounds.

Randolph-Macon Woman's College (1-15, 1-13 ODAC) was led by senior center Tara Carleton, who connected on 11-of-16 shots for a game-high 24 points. Carleton and freshman forward Melissa Wadford led the Wildcats with seven rebounds apiece.

Washington and Lee shot 47.2 percent from the field during the game, while holding the Wildcats to just 33.3 percent. The teams combined to commit 60 turnovers in the contest.

W&L will return to action on Thursday, February 3rd, when it plays host to ODAC-leader Bridgewater College. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm.

 

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GUILFORD DEFEATS W&L, 70-55, IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (1/29)

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Washington and Lee held a 33-30 halftime advantage, but couldn't hold on as Guilford posted a 70-55 win over the Generals in women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C.

W&L (9-7, 6-6) shot 52.4 percent from the floor in the first half, but could manage only 36 percent in the second half allowing the Quakers (11-4, 8-3) to pull away.

Guilford led by just three points (51-48) with 7:05 remaining in the game before surging on a 10-0 run over the next 2:18 to take a commanding 61-48 lead in cruising to the win.

Sophomore forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) led the Generals with 16 points, while sophomore center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) tallied 11 points, eight rebounds, and two blocked shots. Senior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) chipped in with 11 points and three assists.

Guilford was led by Arden Miller, who scored 17 points and notched a game-high nine rebounds. Megan Barlow scored 16 points, while Marlo Biernacki tallied 12 points and Amy Evans totaled 11 points.

Washington and Lee will be in action again on Tuesday as it hosts Randolph-Macon WomanÕs College in a 7:00 pm contest.

 

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W&L SURVIVES AGAINST LYNCHBURG, 61-60 (1/27)

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Washington and Lee senior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) hit one-of-two free throws with five seconds remaining to give the Generals a 61-60 win over Lynchburg on Thursday evening in Lynchburg, Va.

W&L (9-6, 6-5) shot 51.9 percent in the opening half en route to a 36-17 halftime advantage. However, the Hornets (4-10, 2-8) stormed back in the second stanza to take a 58-53 lead with 3:00 remaining.

Sophomore forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) then tied the score at 60-60 on a lay-up with 43 seconds remaining, setting up Morton's free throws on the Generals' next possession.

W&L was led by Mentz, who scored a season-high 26 points on 7-of-11 shooting. She also collected a team-high eight rebounds. Senior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) provided some drama of her own on the evening, scoring 11 points and breaking the W&L career scoring record. She now claims 1,084 points, surpassing the former record of 1,080 held by Chrissy Burghardt '99.

Lynchburg was paced by Beth Carter, who scored 18 points, many coming in the Hornets' second half comeback.

Washington and Lee will be in action again on Saturday afternoon as it travels to Guilford for a 2:00 pm contest.

 

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W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATS VILLA JULIE, 70-43 (1/23)

STEVENSON, Md. -- The Washington and Lee women's basketball team shot 44 percent from the field and forced 28 turnovers in defeating Villa Julie College, 70-43, on Sunday afternoon in Stevenson, Md.

The Generals (8-6) held Villa Julie to just one field goal over a 13-minute stretch of the first half en route to a 30-15 halftime advantage.

Senior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) led W&L with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor. Sophomore forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) tallied 13 points and six rebounds, while sophomore center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) notched nine points and five rebounds.

Villa Julie (2-13) was led by Delena DeShields' 23-point performance on 9-of-15 shooting. Toni Sumpter gathered a game-high eight rebounds and six assists in the losing effort.

Washington and Lee will be in action again on Thursday as it travels to Lynchburg for a 7:00 pm contest.

 

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RANDOLPH-MACON DEFEATS W&L, 64-51, IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (1/22)

ASHLAND, Va. -- Randolph-Macon broke a 51-51 tie with 4:31 remaining in the game and never allowed W&L to score again, in posting a 64-51 win over the Generals in Ashland, Va.

The Yellow Jackets held W&L to just 28 percent shooting for the game and forced 24 Generals' turnovers.

Beth Richard led the Yellow Jackets (10-6, 9-3) with 12 points, including nine of the team's final 15 points. Renee Zando and Meredith Roberts each tallied 10 points, with Zando also blocking five shots.

Washington and Lee (7-6, 5-5) was led by sophomore forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), who scored 15 points and senior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill), who scored 12 points. Sophomore center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) tallied 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Generals will be in action again on Sunday as they travel to Villa Julie College for a 2:00 pm contest.

 

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W&L DOWNS RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN'S COLLEGE, 69-44 (1/20)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Sophomore center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) scored 17 points to help lead Washington and Lee to a 69-44 win over Randolph-Macon Woman's College on Thursday evening in Lynchburg, Va.

The Generals (7-5, 5-4) led just 21-20 late in the first half before outscoring the WildCats 8-0 over the final minutes to take a 29-20 halftime advantage. W&L would cruise from that point on.

Sophomore forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) tallied16 points followed by senior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) with 15 points and sophomore forward Carter Thomas (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) with 12 points.

Randolph-Macon Woman's College (1-10, 1-8) was led by senior forward Tara Carleton's 19-point effort. Senior guard Kai Felton tallied 14 points.

W&L will return to action on Saturday afternoon as it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 2:00 pm game with the Yellow Jackets.

 

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GUILFORD DROPS W&L, 91-83, IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (1/15)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Junior forward Arden Miller (Landenberg, Pa./Sanford School) connected on a school-record seven-of-eight three-pointers en route to a career-high 31 points in leading Guilford College to a 91-83 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball.

Washington and Lee (6-5, 4-4 ODAC) opened the game on a 14-2 run, but the Quakers (7-4, 4-3 ODAC) were able to regroup and stake claim to a 42-38 halftime lead, thanks in large part to the shooting of Miller. She entered the half with 16 points, including four-of-four from behind the arc.

W&L, however, refused to die, tying the score at 75-75 with 5:26 remaining. From that point on, Guilford seized control of the contest, securing the win with clutch free throw shooting, connecting on 20-of-24 on the afternoon.

Washington and Lee senior Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) led the Generals with 22 points, including 9-of-10 from the foul line. Other Generals in double-figures included sophomores Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md/Centennial) and Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden), each with 15 points, and center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel), who added her seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Guilford also placed two other players in double figures. Sophomore forward Megan Barlow (Bethesda, Md./Chevy Chase) tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds, while junior guard Kerrie Campbell (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) notched 16 points.

Of note, Washington and Lee made 89.5 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe (17-of-19). Guilford received a game-high eight assists from sophomore guard Erin Beacham (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School).

W&L will return to action on January 20, when it travels to Randolph-Macon Woman's College for a 7:00 pm contest.

 

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EMORY & HENRY SQUEAKS BY W&L, 56-54, IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (1/11)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Sophomore guard Kelly Smith (Duffield, Va./Rye Cove) canned a 15-foot jumper with just two seconds left on the clock to propel the Emory & Henry women's basketball team to a 56-54 victory over Washington and Lee on Tuesday night in the Warner Center.

Trailing 32-27 at the break, Washington and Lee (6-4, 4-3 ODAC) opened the second half on a 13-2 run to take a 40-34 lead with 14:20 remaining. The Wasps, however, were able to regroup and come back for the narrow victory.

Smith tallied a game-high 18 points in the win. Other players in double-figures for the Wasps (5-4, 4-1 ODAC) were sophomore guard Karen Pursifull (Floyd, Va./Floyd County) who scored 11 points, and freshman center Lindsay McKnight (Chuckey, Tenn./Greeneville) with 10.

Washington and Lee senior Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) led the Generals with 17 points, including three-of-six from from behind the three-point arc. Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md/Centennial) and Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) each tallied 10 points in the loss. In addition, Mentz grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

Of note, Emory and Henry did not attempt a free throw throughout the entire contest. W&L shot 49 percent (24-of-49) for the game, but was hindered by 24 turnovers. On the game, Emory & Henry shot 37 percent (24-of-65), but canned 8-of-15 three-pointers for 53 percent.

W&L will return to action on January 15, when it hosts Guilford in a 2:00 pm contest.

 

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ROANOKE NIPS W&L, 61-59, IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (1/8)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Roanoke College rode a 40-point second half scoring outburst to a come-from-behind 61-59 win over Washington and Lee on Saturday afternoon in the Warner Center.

Junior forward Suzanne Webb (Narrows, Va./Narrows) poured in a game-high 21 points to lead the Maroons to their sixth conference victory against just one loss. Sophomore forward Jill Quesenberry (Willis, Va./Floyd County) was the only other Maroon player in double figures, tallying 12 points.

Washington and Lee senior Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) recorded a team-high 16 points. Her first basket of the night catapulted her above the 1,000-point plateau for her career. Miller is only the second General in school-history to reach the milestone.

W&L's inside duo of sophomores Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa/Fox Chapel Area) and Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md/Centennial) each posted double-doubles in the loss. Babst led the Generals on the boards, posting a game-high 16 rebounds to go with her 12 points. Mentz also finished with 12 points. Senior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) chipped in 16 points, including two three-pointers. The Generals outrebounded the Maroons 43-26, but committed 27 turnovers in the contest.

W&L will return to action on January 11, when it hosts Emory and Henry in a 7:00 pm contest.

 

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W&L THUMPS HOLLINS, 85-40, IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (1/6)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) hit 6-of-7 three-point attempts en route to a game-high 20 points to lead Washington and Lee to an 85-40 win over Hollins on Thursday evening in Roanoke.

Miller's total leaves her just two points shy of becoming the second women's basketball player in W&L history to score 1,000 career points.

W&L (6-2, 4-1) poured it on from the start, cruising to a 43-19 halftime advantage. The Generals shot 55 percent from the floor and 92 percent from the foul line in posting 85 points, just two points shy of tying the W&L record for points in a game.

Sophomore forward Sara Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) tallied 14 points and sophomore guard Carter Thomas (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) notched 13 points. Sophomore forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) scored 12 points and claimed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Hollins (1-5, 0-4) shot just 24 percent from the floor and was led by Mandy Nichols with 13 points.

Washington and Lee will return to the court on Saturday as it hosts arch-rival Roanoke in a 2:00 pm contest.

 

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GENERALS RACE PAST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN, 77-59, IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (1/2)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee went on an 18-4 run over the final eight minutes of the first half en route to a 77-59 victory over the visiting Blue Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan College on Sunday evening.

W&L's inside duo of sophomores Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa/Fox Chapel Area) and Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md/Centennial) controlled play in the paint while senior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) provided a scoring threat from the perimeter. Mentz led the Generals (5-2, 3-1 ODAC) with a game and season-high 24 points and 15 rebounds. Babst recorded her fifth double-double of the year with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Morton chipped in 19 points, matching her season-high.

Virginia Wesleyan (2-5, 1-3 ODAC) was led by junior forward Erin Duckett (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) who, with 15 points, was the only Blue Marlin in double figures. Junior forward Kristin Leake (Richmond, Va./J.R. Tucker) tallied eight points and a team-high eight rebounds in the contest.

For the game, the Generals connected on 22-of-25 free throw attempts for a season-high 88 percent. W&L also hit 41.5 percent of its shots from the floor while holding Virginia Wesleyan to just over 31 percent. The Generals outrebounded the Blue Marlins 54-40.

W&L will return to action on January 6, when it travels to Hollins University. The game is set to begin at 7:00 pm.

 

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W&L WOMEN DROP CATHOLIC, 73-62 (12/8)

LEXINGTON, Va. --The Washington and Lee University women's basketball team survived a scare by the Catholic Cardinals at home tonight, but held on to win, 73-62. When trailing 52-48 with 7:17 remaining in the game, W&L went on a 17-2 run to clinch their fourth victory of the season.

W&L's inside tandem of sophomore Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa/Fox Chapel Area) and sophomore Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md/Centennial) controlled play in the paint late in the game and led the Generals (4-2) to the win. Babst tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Mentz added 15 points and nine boards. Senior co-captains Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) and Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) added ten points apiece in the backcourt for W&L.

Catholic (2-4) was led by guard Meg Hagarty who scored a game high 25 points including three 3-pointers. Center Carol Schnepp added 16 points to mount the Cardinals' charge.

Catholic only connected on 37 percent of their shots from the floor, whileW&L made 40 percent of their field goals. The difference proved to be performance from the free-throw line as the Generals made 73 percent of their free-throws, while Catholic only connected 42 percent of the time from the charity stripe.

W&L will return to action on January 2, when it hosts Virginia Wesleyan. The game is set to begin at 5:00 pm.

 

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BRIDGEWATER DOWNS WASHINGTON AND LEE, 68-55, IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (12/6)

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Sophomore forward Sarah Hagood scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help lead Bridgewater past Washington and Lee, 68-55, in ODAC women's basketball on Monday evening.

W&L trailed 34-27 at the break, but climbed back into the game as sophomore center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) hit a jumper with 7:24 remaining to pull the Generals (3-2, 2-1) within four points at 49-45.

However, Bridgewater would pull away after that point, holding the Generals to just five points in the final five minutes to post the 13-point win.

W&L was led by Babst, who scored 17 points, claimed nine rebounds, and blocked one shot. Sophomore forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds.

Joining Hagood in double-figures for Bridgewater (6-1, 4-0) was Angela Osborn with 13 points, Megan Forster with 11 points, and Amanda Kyger with 10 points.

The Eagles outrebounded W&L, 43-34, and held the Generals to 35.1 shooting for the game.

Washington and Lee will return to the court on Wednesday as it hosts Catholic University of America in a 5:00 pm contest.

 

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W&L WOMEN EDGE EASTERN MENNONITE, 75-71, IN BASKETBALL (12/3)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Sophomore center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) tallied a career-high 28 points, five blocks, and a school-record 21 rebounds in leading the Washington and Lee womenÕs basketball team to a 75-71 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over the visiting Eastern Mennonite Royals on Friday evening in Lexington, Va.

The Generals (3-1, 2-0 ODAC) began the game on an 18-8 run and appeared to have the game well in hand throughout the first half. They entered halftime with a comfortable 42-28 lead over the Royals (0-5, 0-3 ODAC). Babst, who played all 40 minutes, scored 20 of her 28 points and hauled in 13 boards before the break.

W&L pushed its lead to 54-34 before the momentum took a sharp turn in the RoyalsÕ direction. EMU guards Emily Mullet (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) and Tara Froese (Inman, Kan./Inman) took control of the contest, leading the Royals on a furious comeback over the next 12:04. Froese, who posted 21 points on the evening, canned a three-pointer with 4:03 remaining, giving the Royals their first and only lead of the game at 69-66. W&L, however, fought back and reclaimed the lead on a Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) jumper with 2:22 remaining, putting the Generals back ahead at 70-69. From there, W&L cashed in on some clutch free throw shooting, including four-of four by Schmidt, to hand the Royals their fifth consecutive loss.

For the game, EMU shot 64 percent from behind the three-point arc. Mullet canned four three-pointers on her way to a team-high 26 points. Also in double figures for the Royals were Froese with 21 points and Mandy Knight (Singers Glen, Va./Turner Ashby) with 12.

Schmidt finished the game with 15 points, including 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. Also of note was senior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill), who tallied eight points and three assists on the game.

W&L will look to extend its ODAC record to 3-0 when it travels to Bridgewater College on Monday, December 6th. The game is set to begin at 7:00 pm.

 

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W&L WOMEN TOP LYNCHBURG, 76-59, IN BASKETBALL

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women's basketball team opened its conference schedule Wednesday night with a 76-59 victory over visiting Lynchburg College.

The Generals (2-1, 1-0 ODAC) led 26-15 with eight and a half minutes remaining in the first half, when the Hornets (1-3, 0-1 ODAC) took advantage of the Generals' foul trouble and scored 12 unanswered points to take the lead 27-26 with three and a half minutes left in the half. W&L managed to regain the lead by halftime, 36-33. After falling behing 37-36 at the start of the second half, W&L outscored Lynchburg 33-10 over a span of 13 minutes to take a commanding lead which it did not relinquish.

The Generals were led by sophomore center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel Area) and sophomore forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) both of whom tallied double-doubles. Babst tallied 14 points, 14 rebounds, and a school-record six blocks, while Mentz added 11 points and pulled down 12 boards. Senior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) led the Generals in scoring with 19 points. She also chipped in four rebounds and three assists. Also in double figures for W&L was senior captain Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) with 10 points.

Lynchburg was led by sophomore guard Lehticia Deskins who scored a game-high 20 points, along with five rebounds and four assists. Mindy Hohin and Johari Bass each scored 8 points for the Hornets.

The Generals will take on Eastern Mennonite on Friday, December 3, at 7:00 pm in Lexington.

 

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W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS SEASON AT WELLESLEY

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- The Washington and Lee women's basketball team opened its season over the weekend by competing in the Wellesley Invitational Basketball Tournament. The Generals were defeated in the opening round by Wellesley (2-0), 71-53. W&L took the lead early in the contest, but the Blue rallied for a 34-27 lead at the break which they would not relinquish. Leading the Generals in scoring were senior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill), and sophomore forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), with 14 points apiece. Amy Barao led Wellesley with 13 points.

In the consolation final, W&L (1-1) rallied for its first victory of the young season, triumphing over the Wildcats of Randolph-Macon Woman's College by a score of 60-49. Sophomore guard Carter Thomas (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) led W&L with a career-high 17 points. Also providing scoring punch for the Generals were sophomore guard Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) and sophomore center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel), posting 12 and 11 points, respectively. Babst also tallied a career-high 19 rebounds to lead the Generals on the boards. Tara Carleton led RMWC (0-2) with 17 points and nine rebounds.

W&L will take the week off for Thanksgiving break before returning to the court on December 1 in Lexington against ODAC foe Lynchburg College. Gametime is slated for 7:00 pm.

 

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