W&L WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO EMORY & HENRY, 75-58, IN ODAC TOURNAMENT

SALEM, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team saw its season end on Thursday evening as the Generals were defeated by Emory & Henry, 75-58, in the opening round of the ODAC Tournament at the Salem Civic Center.

Emory & Henry (22-4), the No. 3 seed, raced out to a 34-23 halftime advantage and never looked back in winning its 14th straight game and school-record 22nd contest.

The Generals (12-14), the No. 6 seed, were led by senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), who tallied 29 points and tied a career-high with 18 rebounds. The ODAC Player of the Year, Mentz finishes her career with a school-record 1,742 points. Senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) notched 14 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Ken./Hayden) recorded 13 points and four assists.

Senior guard Kelly Smith paced the Wasps with 18 points and four assists. Junior forward Jenny Gibson tallied 16 points, while sophomore forward Erin Connelly finished with 14 points and 18 rebounds.

Emory & Henry advances to face second-seeded Bridgewater in the semifinals on Friday afternoon.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CLINCHES SIXTH SEED IN ODAC TOURNAMENT WITH 58-56 WIN AT HOLLINS

ROANOKE, Va. – The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team clinched the sixth seed in next week’s ODAC Tournament with a 58-56 victory at Hollins on Saturday afternoon.

W&L’s victory, combined with Eastern Mennonite’s overtime loss at Virginia Wesleyan, means the Generals earned the No. 6 seed in the tournament and will face third-seeded Emory & Henry at 8:00 pm on Thursday evening at the Salem Civic Center.

The Generals, who claimed a 30-29 lead at halftime today, found themselves down nine points (45-36) with 11:06 to play in the game after Hollins began the second half on a 16-6 run. W&L used a 15-0 run over the next seven minutes of action to assume a 51-45 lead.

Hollins managed to cut its deficit to two points with 22 seconds to play. After a missed free throw by W&L, Hollins had a chance to send the game into overtime, however, a baseline jumper at the buzzer came up short.

The Generals (12-13, 9-11 ODAC) were paced by senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) who tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds. Senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) added 15 points and five boards, while senior guard Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) added 11 points and five assists.

Hollins was led by Brandi Cochran who scored a game-high 21 points.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CLINCHES BERTH IN ODAC TOURNAMENT WITH 60-53 VICTORY OVER VIRGINIA WESLEYAN

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team clinched a berth in the ODAC Tournament with a 60-53 victory over Virginia Wesleyan on Thursday evening at the Warner Center.

Senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) led the Generals attack by recording game-highs in points (32), rebounds (18) and blocked shots (4).

The Generals (11-13, 8-11 ODAC) jumped out to 17-10 lead eight minutes into the game behind 13 points from Babst. However, the Marlins clawed back with an 8-0 run to take an 18-17 advantage with 7:20 to play in the first stanza. W&L would outscore Virginia Wesleyan, 13-8, over the remainder of the first half to assume a 30-26 lead at halftime.

W&L claimed its largest advantage of the evening at 44-35 with 11:30 to play in the game. The Marlins chipped away at their deficit and managed to cut it to four points (46-42) with 7:41 to play. However, that was as close as Virginia Wesleyan got the rest of the game.

Babst recorded her 32 points by making 15-of-26 shots from the floor. Senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) tallied 16 points and 11 boards for the victors.

The Marlins (6-17, 5-14 ODAC) were paced by sophomore guard Devin Allen (Machipongo, Va./Northampton) who totaled 18 points. Junior guard Angelique Cavanaugh (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville) added 12 tallies in the losing cause.
|
The Generals return to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Hollins for their regular season finale at 2:00 pm.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOSES TO EMORY & HENRY, 73-65

LEXINGTON, Va. – Despite a career-high 22 points from senior guard Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) the Washington and Lee women’s basketball team was defeated by Emory & Henry, 73-65, on Tuesday evening at the Warner Center. The victory was the Wasps 12th straight and 18th in their last 19 games.

The Generals (10-13, 7-11 ODAC) fell behind 27-17 midway through the first half, however, clawed back to trail by only five points (39-34) at halftime.

W&L grabbed its first lead of the second half (46-45) on a three-pointer from Schmidt with 13:01 to play. The Wasps used a 15-7 run over the next nine minutes of action to assume a 60-53 lead with 4:14 left. The Generals managed to cut the deficit to three points (66-63) on another three-pointer from Schmidt with 1:04 to play in the game. However, on the ensuing possession E&H’s Dawn Chewning (Roanoke, Va./William Byrd) nailed a three-pointer and the Wasps converted 4-of-4 free throws down the stretch to ice the victory.

Schmidt tallied her 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. Senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) recorded 16 points and six rebounds, while senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) notched 14 points, six boards and three blocked shots.

Four players from Emory & Henry (20-4, 16-3 ODAC) reached double figures in points led by senior guard Kelly Smith (Duffield, Va./Rye Cove) who scored 18 and grabbed eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Erin Connelly (Morgantan, N.C./Freedom) tallied 15 points, eight boards and four steals, while sophomore guard Danielle Moore (Fort Chiswell, Va./Fort Chiswell) chipped in with 15 points. Senior forward Jenny Gibson (King & Queen, Va./King & Queen) was the other Wasp to record double figures with 12 points.

The Generals return to action on Thursday evening when they host Virginia Wesleyan for a 6:00 pm game.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO RANDOLPH-MAOCN, 74-59

ASHLAND, Va. – The Washington and Lee women’s basketball squad slipped to 10-12 overall, 7-10 in the ODAC with a 74-59 setback at Randolph-Macon on Saturday afternoon in the Crenshaw Gymnasium.

The Yellow Jackets (11-12, 10-8) grabbed an 18-8 lead seven minutes into the game and extended their lead to 13 points (37-24) at halftime.

Randolph-Macon began the second half on a 12-4 run to open up its largest advantage of the afternoon at 21 points (49-28). However, the Generals chipped the Yellow Jacket lead to eight points with 8:29 to play after going on a 15-2 run over a six minute span.

Following a timeout, the Yellow Jackets put the game out of reach by scoring five straight points for a 13 point lead.
The Generals were led by senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) who tallied game-highs with 28 points and 17 rebounds. Senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) also recorded a double-double with 21 points and 13 boards.

Three players from Randolph-Macon reached double figures in points led by Megan Mariani who totaled 17. Lindsay Carroll added 15 points and seven assists, while Allison King chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds.

W&L returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Emory & Henry for a 6:00 pm game.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS AT EASTERN MENNONITE, 66-54

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Eastern Mennonite sprinted out to a 35-18 halftime lead and cruised to a 66-54 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC women’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at University Commons.

The Royals grabbed their first double-digit lead of the night (26-15) on a layup from Jenny Cline with 3:15 to play in the first half. A 9-3 run to close the first half provided EMU with its 17-point margin at the break.

EMU (11-10, 7-9 ODAC) held its double-digit lead until W&L senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) nailed a jumper with with 10:47 to play that cut the lead to eight points (45-37). From there, EMU went on a 7-2 run over the next 2:30 to assume a 52-39 advantage with 8:00 to play.

The Generals (10-11, 7-9) were paced by senior guard Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) who tallied a team-high 14 points, including four three-pointers. Senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) notched a double-double with 10 points and 18 rebounds, while Mentz chipped in eight points and 14 boards.

EMU was led by Cline who scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. Emily Misak recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards, while Emily Mullett tallied 11 points for the victors.

W&L returns to action when it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 4:00 pm game on Saturday.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATS SHENANDOAH, 65-45

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team connected on 17-of-22 (.773) shots in the second half and evened its overall record at 10-10 with a 65-45 victory over non-conference foe Shenandoah on Sunday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The Generals, who held a one-point halftime lead (22-21), still clung to the one-point advantage (26-25) three minutes into the second half. However, W&L used a 27-9 run over the next nine minutes of play to break open a 53-34 lead. The Generals pushed their advantage to as many as 25 points in the second half in cruising to the 20-point victory.

W&L (10-10) senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) recorded game-highs in points (29) and rebounds (14). Senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) tallied 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the victors.

Shenandoah (4-15) was led by sophomore center Shannda Gaskins (Falls Church, Va./McLean) who notched 14 points and 13 boards.

For the game, the Generals shot 48.1 percent and held the Hornets to 38.0 percent shooting.

W&L returns to action when it travels to Eastern Mennonite for a game at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening

.-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO ROANOKE, 71-57

LEXINGTON, Va. – Roanoke junior guard Katrina Williams (Salem, Va./Glenvar) totaled 17 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists to lead the Maroons to a 71-57 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC women’s basketball action on Friday evening at the Warner Center.

The Maroons jumped out to a 14-2 advantage 5:10 into the contest behind 10 points from Williams. Roanoke extended its lead to as many as 16 points in the first stanza and claimed a 32-17 lead at halftime.

Roanoke grabbed its largest advantage of the game (51-32) with 9:47 to play in the game on a layup from freshman forward Kayce Smith (Chattanooga, Tenn./The Baylor School). The Generals did manage to cut the deficit to 12 points, however, could get no closer as the Maroons forced 25 W&L turnovers and held the Generals to a 36 percent shooting for the game.

W&L (9-10, 7-8 ODAC) was paced by senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) who notched a game-high 24 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. Senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) tallied 15 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and three steals.

Roanoke (10-7, 9-4 ODAC) junior guard Meredith Evans (Floyd, Va./Floyd County) was the only Maroon other than Williams to reach double-figures in points as she scored 10.

The Generals will return to action on Sunday when they host non-conference foe Shenandoah for a 2:00 pm game.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATS RMWC, 60-52

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team broke a three-game losing streak with a 60-52 victory over Randolph-Macon Woman’s College on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Generals (9-9, 7-7) jumped out to a 21-6 advantage with 7:45 to play in the first half behind nine points from senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial). The WildCats then used an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to cut the lead to 21-14 with 4:19 to play in the first stanza.

W&L, which held a 25-15 lead at halftime, used a 10-3 run over the first four minutes of the second half to assume a 17 point lead (35-18). The Generals led by double digits until the 3:06 mark of the second stanza when RMWC cut the deficit to 50-42. However, that was as close as the WildCats would get as the Generals claimed the eight point victory.

Mentz led W&L with a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds. Senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) tallied 14 points, 10 rebounds and tied a school record with six blocked shots. Freshman guard Bethany Dannelly (Raleigh, N.C./William G. Enloe) notched nine points and nine assists.

The WildCats (1-17, 0-14) were led by sophomore guard Amy Dameron (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland) who tallied a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The Generals return to action on Friday evening when they host Roanoke at 7:00 pm.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS AT BRIDGEWATER, 68-60

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Twenty-fourth ranked Bridgewater used a 13-2 run over the final five minutes of the first half turn a one point deficit into a 40-30 halftime advantage and defeated Washington and Lee, 68-60, in ODAC women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Nininger Hall.

The Eagles (15-1, 12-0 ODAC) extended their halftime lead to as many as 15 points with 14:30 to play on a layup from senior Sarah Hagood. However, the Generals would cut the deficit to four points (61-57) with 1:09 left on a jumper from senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel). On the ensuing possession, the Eagles put the game out of reach on a three-point play from Hagood.

Bridgewater connected on 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute to preserve the victory.

W&L (8-9, 6-7 ODAC) was led by Babst who tallied 25 points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) notched 21 points and nine boards, while senior guard Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) scored 10 points.

Four Bridgewater players tallied double figures in points, led by Hagood with 19. Megan Forster added 15 points, while Marie Bolton chipped in with 12. Sarah Oktavec was the fourth Eagle in double figures with 11 points.

W&L returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Randolph-Macon Woman’s College at 5:00 pm.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO GUILFORD, 60-41

LEXINGTON, Va. – Guilford broke open a seven point halftime advantage with a 27-10 run over the first 13 minutes of the second half and defeated Washington and Lee, 60-41, in ODAC women’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

The Quakers, who led 20-13 at intermission, opened up their first double digit lead (23-13) of the evening on a free throw from senior guard Erin Beacham (Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School) with 17:41 to play.

Guilford would extend its lead to as many as 26 points on two separate occasions in the second half. However, the Generals used a 16-0 run over a four minute span to cut the Quaker lead to 10 points (49-39) with 2:03 left.

The Quakers (14-2, 11-1 ODAC) sealed the victory by hitting 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch.

W&L (8-8, 6-6 ODAC) was paced by senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) who recorded a double-double with game-highs in points (18) and rebounds (10).

The Quakers, who forced 33 W&L turnovers, placed four players in double figures. Senior guard Amy Evans (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) led the way with 14 points and seven boards. Beacham and sophomore forward Jennie Keichline (Cary, N.C./East Chapel Hill) each tallied 12 points, while freshman guard Courtney Hill (Kannapolis, N.C./North Rowan) notched 10 markers.

The Generals return to action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Bridgewater for a game at 4:00 pm.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO ROANOKE, 71-62, IN OVERTIME

SALEM, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team saw its five-game winning streak snapped as it fell to Roanoke, 71-62, in overtime on Sunday afternoon at the Bast Center.

The Generals, who were looking for their first win against the Maroons in 15 chances, held the lead on several occasions in the second half, however, neither team could manage a lead larger than three points in the final 15:48 of regulation. W&L trailed 59-57 until senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) nailed a pair of free throws with 31 seconds remaining in regulation. RC junior guard Katrina Williams (Salem, Va./Glenvar) missed a layup with six seconds remaining and the teams headed to the extra frame.

Roanoke (7-6, 6-3) led the overtime from the start, outscoring the Generals, 12-3 in the period.

Washington and Lee (8-7, 6-5) was led by senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), who tallied 25 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Babst notched 19 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and four blocks, while freshman forward Emily Barker (Clifton, Va./Mount Vernon) recorded 13 points and seven boards. Freshman guard Bethany Dannelly (Raleigh, N.C./Enloe) dished off 10 assists. She now holds the W&L season record for assists (86), breaking the record of 85 set last season by now senior guard Carter Thomas (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster).

Roanoke was led by Williams, who totaled 24 points and five steals. Senior center Crystal Barrett (Roanoke, Va./Northside) chipped in with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Washington and Lee will be in action again on Wednesday as it hosts Guilford for a 7:00 pm contest.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMAN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATS HOLLINS, 57-33

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee woman’s basketball team tied a school record with its fifth consecutive victory by defeating Hollins, 57-33, at the Warner Center on Friday evening.

The Generals (8-6, 6-4 ODAC) grabbed a 10 point advantage (29-19) at halftime as senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) scored 11 points and grabbed 10 boards in the first stanza.

W&L then used an 11-4 run to open the second half and grabbed a 40-23 lead with 12:10 to play on a jumper from senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel).

W&L finished 23-of-48 (.479) from the field, while Hollins shot only 12-of-52 (.231) from the floor. The Generals also outrebounded Hollins, 39-28.

The Generals were led by Mentz, who finished with 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Babst also notched a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards. Freshman point guard Bethany Dannelly (Raleigh, N.C./Willaim G. Enloe) scored six points and dished out a game-high six assists.

Hollins (5-7, 2-6 ODAC) was led by junior guard Lauren McKee (Vinton, Va./Roanoke Valley Christian) who scored eight points and grabbed six boards.

W&L returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Roanoke for a game at 5:30 pm.

-- GENERALS --


W&L KNOCKS OFF LYNCHBURG, 62-37

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee freshman point guard Bethany Dannelly (Raligh, N.C./William G. Enloe) set a school record with 11 assists to help lead the women’s basketball squad to a 62-37 victory over Lynchburg on Wednesday evening at the Warner Center.

For the Generals, it marked their fourth consecutive victory.

The Generals (7-6, 5-4 ODAC) grabbed a 19-8 lead with 7:27 to play on a layup from senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and never looked back.

Lynchburg (4-10, 2-7 ODAC), which found itself trailing 28-12 at halftime, did manage to cut the W&L lead to 13 points (31-18) with 18:04 to play, however, saw the Generals go on an 18-4 run to grab a 49-22 advantage with 10 minutes to play in the game.

Mentz led the Generals with 29 points and 13 rebounds, while senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) chipped in with 13 points and four rebounds. Freshman forward Emily Barker (Clifton, Va./Mount Vernon) tallied 11 points. Dannelly also contributed seven boards.

Lynchburg was paced by senior forward Erika Smith (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) who notched eight points and three rebounds.

W&L will return to action on Friday when it hosts Hollins at 7:00 pm.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN’S BASKETBALL UPSETS EMORY & HENRY, 77-62

EMORY, Va. -- Senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) tallied a career-high 34 points and 12 rebounds to lead Washington and Lee past Emory & Henry, 77-62, in ODAC women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

The Generals (6-6, 4-4) assumed a 19-13 lead with 10:30 remaining in the opening period with Babst scoring 17 of the team’s 19 points during the stretch. W&L pushed its advantage to 36-25 with 4:03 remaining on another Babst basket. For the 6-foot-1 Babst, the hoop marked her 1,000th career point.

Emory & Henry (8-4, 5-3) rebounded from a 43-31 halftime deficit to cut the Generals lead to 57-53 with 8:38 remaining, however, the Generals immediately used a 7-0 run to assume a 64-53 lead and cruised to the win.

Babst went 13-of-19 from the field and 8-of-9 from the foul line. Senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) added 20 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman guard Bethany Dannelly (Raleigh, N.C./Enloe) chipped in with 10 points and nine assists. For the game, the Generals shot 55.1 percent (27-49) from the field and hit 22-of-23 (.957) free throw attempts.

The Wasps were led by Kelly Smith, who totaled 16 points and seven rebounds. Erin Connelly added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

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

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATS RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN’S COLLEGE, 54-39

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Washington and Lee started the game on an 8-0 run and never looked back in defeating Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, 54-39, in ODAC women’s basketball action on Wednesday evening in Lynchburg, Va.

The Generals (5-6, 3-4) led 30-15 at the half and pushed their advantage to 44-22 with 8:38 remaining in the contest in cruising to the 15-point win.

Senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) led W&L with 20 points and 12 rebounds. She is now just 25 points from becoming the fourth W&L women’s basketball player to eclise 1,000 points for her career.

Senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) added 15 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman forward Emily Barker (Clifton, Va./Mount Vernon) chipped in with 11 points.

The WildCats (0-9, 0-7) were paced by sophomore guard Amy Dameron, who tallied 18 points.

Washington and Lee will be in action again on Saturday afternoon as it travels to Emory & Henry for a 4:00 pm contest.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATS VIRGINIA WESLEYAN, 59-44

NORFOLK, Va. -- Senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Wasington and Lee to a 59-44 win over Virginia Wesleyan in ODAC women’s basketball action on Tuesday evening.

The Generals opened the game on a 10-4 run keyed by eight points from senior guard Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden). However, the Marlins would battle back to take a 21-20 lead with 4:30 remaining in the opening period.

From there, W&L outscored the Marlins 21-7 in the closing minutes of the first half and opening minutes of the second half to assume a 41-28 lead that it would not relinquish.

For the game, the Generals shot just 31.4 percent (16-51) from the floor, but hit 24-of-31 (.774) free throws. The Marlins (2-8, 1-6) went to the foul line just 11 times, connecting on six attempts.

For W&L (4-6, 2-4), Schmidt and senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) each tallied 12 points. Mentz also added eight rebounds.

Sophomore guard Devin Allen led the Marlins with 14 points.

Washington and Lee will be in action again on Thursday as it travels to Randolph-Macon Woman’s College for a 7:00 pm contest.

-- GENERALS --



W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATED BY BRIDGEWATER, 63-47

LEXINGTON, Va. – Bridgewater used a 13-0 run over a seven minute span in the second half to break a tie game and defeat Washington and Lee, 63-47, in women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.

W&L (3-6, 1-4 ODAC) grabbed its final lead of the game with 16:18 to play as senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) converted a layup off an assist from freshman guard Bethany Dannelly (Raleigh, N.C./William G. Enloe).

On the ensuing possession, Bridgewater (8-1, 6-0 ODAC) senior forward Sarah Hagood (Shawsville, Va./Shawsville) knotted the game at 28-28 with a layup and sophomore guard Marie Bolton (Leesburg, Va./Loudon County) gave the Eagles the lead for good (30-28) when she hit a jumper with 14:59 left in the game.

W&L was paced by senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) who scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Babst recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 boards.

The Eagles were led by Hagood who tallied team-highs in points (17) and rebounds (9). Junior forward Megan Forster (Shawsville, Va./Shawsville) chipped in with 11 points, four rebounds and three steals.

W&L returns to action on Tuesday evening when it travels to Virginia Wesleyan for a 7:00 pm game.

-- GENERALS --


W&L FALLS TO EASTERN MENNONITE, 56-52

LEXINGTON, Va. – Eastern Mennonite freshman forward Jenny Cline (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Royals to a 56-52 victory over Washington and Lee on Friday afternoon at the Warner Center.

The victory snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Generals over EMU. The Royals last defeated W&L on Feb. 4, 1997.

The Royals grabbed their biggest lead of the first half (20-14) with 4:53 to play after junior center Lisa Bergey (Goshen, Ind./Bethany Christian Hesston) converted a layup off an assist from junior guard Emily Mullet (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite). The Generals (3-5, 1-3 ODAC) closed the first half on an 8-2 run to tie the score at 22-22 at halftime.

EMU (5-4, 1-3 ODAC) grabbed the lead for good with 15:55 to play on a layup from junior center Emily Misak (Hutchinson, Kan./Chaparral Hesston).

The Generals, who found themselves trailing 54-47 with 1:09 to play, did manage to cut the Royal lead to as little as two points (54-52) with 19 seconds to play. However, sophomore guard Heather Maslauskas (Hedgesville, W.V./Hedgesville) nailed two free throws with 13 seconds left to ice the victory.

W&L senior guard Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) tied her career-high with 16 points. She also tallied four assists and three rebounds. Senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) recorded her seventh double-double in eight games with 13 points and 12 boards. Senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots.

Misak scored 14 points and notched six rebounds for the victors. Mullet, who came in leading all of Division III at 32.2 points per game, was held to a career-low four points on 1-of-7 shooting.

W&L returns to action when it hosts Bridgewater at 4:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.

-- GENERALS --


BABST SCORES CAREER HIGH 30 POINTS AS W&L DEFEATS GREENSBORO, 71-40

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) scored a career-high 30 points as the Generals defeated Greensboro, 71-40, in women’s basketball action on Wednesday afternoon at the Warner Center.

Babst, who connected on 13-of-27 shots from the field and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe, also grabbed eight rebounds, blocked four shots and tallied four assists for the victors.

W&L (3-4) seized control of the game early as freshman forward Emily Barker (Clifton, Va./Mount Vernon) scored eight points in the first 4:03 of the contest to give the Generals a 12-2 advantage. A jumper by Babst gave W&L a 20-4 lead with 13:02 to play in the first half.

The Generals, who held a 35-18 lead at halftime, extended their lead to as many as 31 points when Babst converted a layup off an assist from senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) with 7:47 to play.

Mentz just missed recording her seventh double-double in as many games as she totaled 22 points and nine boards. She also added four steals. Barker had a solid all-around game as she tallied 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Freshman guard Bethany Dannelly (Raleigh, N.C./William G. Enloe) dished out a career-high eight assists for the Generals.

Greensboro (2-4) was paced by senior forward Tineta McMillan (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) who scored eight points and snatched three rebounds.

W&L will return to action on Friday afternoon when it hosts Eastern Mennonite at 4:00 pm.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMAN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATS MARY WASHINGTON, 52-35

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) recorded her sixth double-double (20 pts., 13 reb.) in as many games to lead the Generals’ women’s basketball team to a 52-35 victory over non-conference foe Mary Washington on Tuesday evening at the Warner Center.

Mary Washington held a slim 16-15 lead with 7:15 remaining in the first half, however, failed to score for the duration of the half. The Generals took advantage by using a 6-0 run keyed by a pair of jumpers from freshman guard Bethany Dannelly (Raleigh, N.C./William G. Enloe) to take a 21-16 lead at halftime.

The game was tight for the first 10 minutes of the second half as MWC trailed just 36-30 with 9:38 to play. However, the Generals pulled away using a 12-2 run over the next five minutes to take a commanding 48-32 lead with 4:34 to play.

W&L (2-4) senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) totaled nine points and 12 rebounds, while senior guard Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) tallied eight points, four rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals.

Mary Washington (1-6) was paced by senior guard Caitlin Wilkinson (East Greenwich, R.I./Greenwich) who scored a team-high 11 points.

W&L outrebounded the Eagles, 42-26.

The Generals will not be in action again until Jan. 2 when they host Greensboro.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS AT GUILFORD, 62-47

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Guilford held the Washington and Lee woman’s basketball team without a field goal for the first 8:23 of the game and defeated the Generals, 62-47, in ODAC women’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Ragan-Brown Field House.

The Quakers stormed to an 18-9 lead with just under eight minutes to play, however, the Generals used a 7-2 run capped by a layup from junior guard Elizabeth Igo (Claymont, Del./Archmere Academy). to cut the lead to five points at 20-15 with 4:47 to play. Guilford led 23-17 at the half.

Guilford (4-1, 3-0 ODAC) began the second half with an 8-0 spurt to open a 31-27 lead. The Quakers extended their lead to as many as 17 points (39-22) with 12:25 to play. W&L then went on a 7-0 run keyed by a traditional three-point play from senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) to cut the lead to 39-29.

W&L (1-4, 1-2 ODAC) would get no closer the rest of the way, as Guilford held the Generals to just 10 made field goals on 35 attempts for the entire afternoon. The Generals connected on 26-of-34 (.765) free throws.

W&L committed a season-high 37 turnovers, which Guilford turned into 33 points.

Mentz led the Generals with her fifth double-double in as many games this season as she tallied 24 points and 12 boards. Senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Quakers were led by senior guard Erin Beacham, who scored 16 points. She also grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists.

The Generals will be in action again on Tuesday evening when they host Mary Washington at 7:00 pm.

--GENERALS--


W&L DEFEATS RANDOLPH-MACON, 76-71, IN HOME OPENER

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team overcame a 28-21 halftime deficit and posted its first victory of the season on Saturday afternoon as it defeated Randolph-Macon in double-overtime, 76-71, at the Warner Center.

It was only W&L’s fourth victory in 17 games against the Yellow Jackets.

The Generals (1-3, 1-1 ODAC) forced overtime when senior guard Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) split a pair of free throws with 20 seconds to play in regulation. The Yellow Jackets had a chance to win, however, junior guard Lindsay Carroll (Salem, Va./Salem) missed a jumper with four seconds remaining.

In the first overtime period, W&L grabbed a 68-66 lead with 1:24 on the clock when senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) nailed a pair of free throws. Yellow Jacket senior forward Meredith Roberts (Vienna, Va./James Madison) missed a layup with 20 seconds to play, however, sophomore forward Sarah Crider (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) converted the put-back to send the game into its second overtime.

In the second overtime, W&L grabbed a 71-69 lead with 3:43 to play on a layup by Mentz and never relinquished the lead. The Generals iced the victory by making four free throws in the final minute. Randolph-Macon, who only dressed seven players due to injuries, played the final minute with only four players as three Yellow Jackets fouled out.

W&L was led by senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) who tallied her fourth consecutive double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) added 20 points and 13 boards, while freshman forward Emily Barker (Clifton, Va./Mount Vernon) scored a career-high 14 points and added four rebounds, three steals and two assists before fouling out. Schmidt also reached double figures in scoring with 12 points.

The Yellow Jackets were led by Crider who posted 21 points. Carroll added 18 points and 12 steals, while Roberts and senior guard Megan Mariani (Winters, Calif./Winters) tallied 12 points each.

W&L shot 23-of-60 (.383) from the field, but converted 30-of-41 (.732) free throws. The Generals committed 28 turnovers. Randolph-Macon (1-3, 1-1 ODAC) shot 26-of-67 (.388) from the field and 16-of-26 (.615) from the charity stripe.

--GENERALS--


W&L FALLS TO LYNCHBURG, 66-56, IN ODAC OPENER

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Washington and Lee woman’s basketball team lost its third straight game as Lynchburg handed the Generals a 66-56 setback in the ODAC opener for both teams on Wednesday evening.

The Generals led 24-23 at the half behind 16 points from senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel). W&L opened a seven-point edge (35-29) with 12:55 left in the game before the Hornets fought back.

Lynchburg went on a 10-0 run in the next minute and a half, sparked by five points from sophomore forward Whitney Yates (Roanoke, VA/William Byrd) and a three-point play from senior Johari Bass (Roseland, VA/Nelson County) to take a 39-36 advantage.

The Hornets led the rest of the way, but were only ahead one point with 2:28 on the game clock. Senior Jess Hott (Beaverdam, VA/Patrick Henry) drilled a key three-point basket and Lynchburg made seven of eight free throws down the stretch to ice the game.

Babst led all scorers with 25 points, hitting on 11-of-19 attempts from the floor, and added 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) posted 18 points and 13 boards for Washington and Lee (0-3, 0-1 ODAC).

Yates had a team-high 14 points for the Hornets, and sophomore Abby Pyzik (Westminster, MD/Mercy) added 13.

W&L returns to action when it hosts Randolph-Macon on Saturday at 4:00 pm.

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS T0 0-2 WITH 64-49 LOSS TO SWARTHMORE

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team fell to 0-2 on the season with a 64-49 loss to Swarthmore College in the consolation game of the McWilliams Classic at Washington University on Sunday afternoon.

The Generals trailed by just six points (29-23) at the break, but the Garnet Tide (3-2) began the second half with a 22-7 run to take a 51-30 lead and cruised to the win.

W&L was led by senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), who tallied 22 points and 12 rebounds. Senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) added 17 points and 12 boards, while freshman forward Emily Barker (Clifton, Va./Mount Vernon) notched eight points, six rebounds and four assists.

Swarthmore was led by Katie Robinson, who totaled 20 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists. Heather Kile added 19 points, eight rebounds and five steals.

For the game, the Generals shot just 39.6 percent and committed 23 turnovers.

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

-- GENERALS --


W&L WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, 75-54

ST. LOUIS. Mo. -- The Washington and Lee women’s basketball team opened its season with a 75-54 loss to second-ranked Washington University on Saturday afternoon at the McWilliams Classic in St. Louis, Mo.

Washington (3-0), the four-time defending national champion, jumped out to a 36-20 lead at the half. The Bears extended their lead to 20 points early in the second half, however, the Generals (0-1) fought back to cut the lead to 48-34 on a layup by senior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial). From there, Washington went on a 17-4 run over the next seven minutes and cruised to the 21-point win, its 58th in a row at home.

W&L was led by senior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel), who recorded a game-high 24 points. Mentz tallied 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting and collected 10 rebounds. As a team, the Generals shot 52.2 percent from the floor (24-46), but committed 26 turnovers.

Wash U. was led by junior forward Jennifer Rudis, who notched 14 points and six rebounds. The Bears outrebounded W&L, 40-25, for the game.

The Generals will be in action again tomorrow as they face Swarthmore College in the consolation game at 1:00 pm.

-- GENERALS --