MAGICAL SEASON ENDS FOR WOMEN'S HOOPS, 56-36 (2/26)

SALEM, Va. -- Randolph-Macon (23-3, 19-1) ended Washington Lee's magical season on Friday afternoon, defeating the Generals (13-13, 11-9) 56-36 in the semifinal round of the ODAC Women's Basketball Tournament at the Salem Civic Center.

The Generals were ice cold from the floor in the first half, shooting only 19.2 percent (5-of-26), but the defense kept W&L in the game as they cut a 15-point R-MC lead to 12 at halftime (24-12).

W&L came out red hot in the second half, scoring the first 12 points and knotting the contest at 24-24 with 13:31 remaining in the game. The Yellow Jackets did not score in the second half until junior forward Bren Elliott hit a layup with 13:06 remaining in the game. The Yellow Jackets stretched their lead to 11 (39-28) with 6:38 left, before the Generals made one last run to cut the lead to five (40-35) with 4:42 remaining. Randolph-Macon then went on a 16-1 run to roll to 20-point win.

The Generals were led by freshman center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./ Fox Chapel Area), who scored nine points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./ Centennial) scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds. Senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./ Morris Hills) scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds in her final game in a W&L uniform. She ends her career with 1,080 career points, the program's all-time leading scorer.

The Yellow Jackets were led by senior guard Aimee Beightol, junior center Renee Zando, and sophomore forward Jamie Tanner, who all scored 11 points a piece.

W&L ends the season with the most overall wins (13) and ODAC wins (11) in school history. The semifinal appearance was the first in the programUs history.


W&L WOMEN’S BASKETBALL UPSETS VIRGINIA WESLEYAN, 61-49



SALEM, Va. -- Fifth-seeded W&L committed 28 turnovers, but outrebounded fourth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan 46-22 in posting its first-ever ODAC Tournament win, 61-49 on Thursday afternoon. The Generals will now face top-seeded Randolph-Macon tomo rrow at 1:00.

The Generals (13-12) assumed the lead early in the contest and went up by as many as nine points (21-12) with 8:08 remaining in the half. The Marlins (15-10) cut the W&L lead to three on a couple of occasions before the Generals pushed their advan tage back to five points (29-24) at the half.

Virginia Wesleyan surged on a 9-2 run during the first 1:59 of the second stanza to take a 33-31 lead and also led 36-34 with 15:26 remaining, but would never lead again as the Generals went on to post the 12-point win.

Junior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) posted 15 points and three assists to lead the Generals. Freshman center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds which were both career-highs. It was her second double-double of the season. Senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Hills) scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Virginia Wesleyan was paced by Nancy Mattox with 10 points.

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  • W&L ESCAPES FROM EASTERN MENNONITE WITH A 66-61 WIN (2/17)

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women's basketball team assured itself of the fifth seed in the ODAC Tournament by defeating Eastern Mennonite, 66-61, in its regular season finale on Wednesday evening. The Generals will meet either Brid gewater or Virginia Wesleyan in the #4-#5 game of the ODAC Tournament on Thursday, February 25 at 2:30 pm.

EMU (6-17, 4-14) came storming out of the gate to the tune of an 8-0 lead early on, but the Generals would fight back to outscore the Royals 30-15 in the reaminder of the half to take a 30-23 halftime advantage.

The Generals (12-12, 11-9) built their lead to as large as 15 points at 54-39, before EMU would make a furious run late in the game. The Royals chopped the W&L lead to just two points at 63-61 with 21 seconds left, but the Generals held them off fo r the win.

Freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while junior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) tallied nine points. Freshman center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) chipped in with eight points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks.

Eastern Mennonite was led by guard Lori Abbott, who scored 20 points, all of which came in the second half.

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W&L GETS ELUSIVE 10TH ODAC WIN AT HOLLINS (2/15)



Washington and Lee (11-12, 10-9 ODAC) clinched its first non-losing Old Dominion Athletic Conference season by winning at Hollins University (1-21, 0-18 ODAC), 71-52 on in women's college basketball action on Monday evening.

The Generals fell behind 9-0 with 16:13 left in the first half and 13-4 with 12:50 remaining. W&L then went on a 27-8 run during the remainder of the half to take a 31-21 lead into halftime.

Hollins cut the lead to four (40-36) with 13:14 left in the game, but the Generals outscored HU 31-16 after that point to cruise to the 19-point victory.

W&L was led on Monday evening by a trio of freshmen who rotated between the forward and center positions. Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./ Centennial) recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Megan Babst (P ittsburgh, Pa./ Fox Chapel Area) tied a career high with 11 points. Leslie Fischbeck (Pittsburgh, Pa./ Woodland Hills) set career highs in points (10) and rebounds (9). Hollins was led by senior guard Tanya Holmes (Roanoke, Va./ Northside), who scored 24 points on seven three-pointers.

The Generals shot a staggering 15-of-16 (93.8 percent) from the free throw line. The mark sets a program high for free throw percentage in a game. Nine different Generals found their ways into the scoring column on the evening.

W&L can clinch the fifth seed in next weekUs ODAC tournament with a win on Wednesday night, when they travel to Eastern Mennonite for their regular season finale. Tip-off will be at 7:00. The Generals beat the Royals in their first meeting at the W arner Center, 71-41 on Jan. 7.


GENERALS GET BEHIND EARLY CAN'T COME BACK LATE AT THE 'NOKE (2/13)



SALEM, Va. -- Washington and Lee (10-12, 9-9) cut arch-rival Roanoke's lead from 18 to six, but could get no closer as the Maroons prevailed, 74-65 in ODAC women's basketball action at the Bast Center on Saturday evening.

Roanoke (19-3, 17-1) took a quick 25-7 lead with 8:15 left in the first half. The Generals trimmed that lead to as little as eight (28-20) with 3:53 left in the half. The Maroons built the lead back up to 12 (37-25) by halftime.

The Maroons built the lead to 17 (47-30) with 15:11 left in the game. W&L cut the lead to as little as six on several occasions, but could get no closer, as the Maroons hit their free throws down the stretch and came out with the nine-point win.

Freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./ Centennial) led the Generals in scoring, with 19 points and rebounding, with nine boards. Each of Mentz's points were scored in the final 12 minutes of the contest. Her 15th point of the day was her 33 8th point of the season, giving her more points in one season than any player in the history of the program. Junior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./ Clover Hill) scored 15 points for the Generals, while freshman guard Alison Kudlacik (Manalapan, N. J ./ Manalpan) scored 11.

The Maroons were led by junior guard Toree Morris (Salem, Va./ Salem), who scored 16 points, with four three-pointers to her credit.

W&L will travel to Hollins University for a 7:00 contest on Monday night. The Generals defeated Hollins, 76-59 in their first contest on Jan. 14 at the Warner Center.


E&H SLIPS BY THE GENERALS, 70-64 (2/11)



LEXINGTON, Va. -- Emory and Henry used a 14-2 run midway through the second half to turn a six-point deficit into a six point led in defeating Washington and Lee, 70-64 in women's basketball action at the Warner Center on Thursday night.

Emory and Henry took a quick 10-2 lead with 16:30 remaining in the first half. The Generals tied the game at 19 with 7:09 left in the first half. The Wasps then built the lead back up to five (28-23) at halftime.

The Generals outscored E&H 23-12 in the first 6:11 of the second half to take a 46-40 lead and led 50-44 with 11:26 left in the game. The Wasps then went on the 14-2 run over the next 4:27 to take a six-point lead (58-52) with 7:14 left and held th at six-point lead for the remainder of the game.

W&L was led by senior forward Chrissy Burghardt, who scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in her final game at the Warner Center. Freshman center Jessica Mentz recorder her sixth double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor. Junior guard Ansley Miller scored 14 points, all in the second half.

E&H was paced by freshman guard Kelly Smith, whol led all scorers with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Freshman guard Karen Pursifull scored 16 point on 3-of-8 three-point shooting.

The Generals will look to get back into the the win column when they travel to Roanoke College in Salem, Va. for a 5:00 contest on Saturday evening.


GENERALS CLIP EAGLES' WINGS, 66-67 (2/9)



LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee's women's basketball team (10-10, 9-7 ODAC) outscored Bridgewater 20-6 in the final 7:59 of the game to defeat the Eagles (14-5, 11-4) by a score of 66-57. The win was the GeneralsU sixth in the last seven games and first ever victory in ten meetings with the Eagles.

After Bridgewater scored the first four points of the game, W&L scored the next 12 points to take a 12-4 lead with 13:57 remaining in the first half. The Generals then took a nine-point, 34-25 lead into halftime. The first half surge was sparked by 68.8 percent (11-16) shooting from the floor.

The Eagles took control early in the second half and tied the game at 40-40 with 12:33 left in the game. Bridgewater built the lead to five (51-46) with 7:59 left in the game. The Generals then went on their before mentioned run to cruise to nine-point victory.

The Generals had four players score in double figures. They were led by freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./ Centennial) who posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, her fifth double-double of the season. Senior forward Chri ssy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./ Morris Hills) also posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, her eighth double-double of the season. Junior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./ Athens Academy) and Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./ Clover Hill) sc o red 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Freshman center Sarah Hagood (Shawsville, Va./ Shawsville) scored a career-high 12 points for the Eagles. Junior center Amanda Kyger (Timberville, Va./ Broadway) chipped in with 11 points. Junior guard Heather Landes (Verona, Va./ Fort Defiance) set a career-high with 12 assists.

The win was also the first loss suffered by any of the top three ODAC teams (Bridgewater, Randolph-Macon, and Roanoke), to any but each other. It also put the Generals in sole position of fifth place in the ODAC.

W&L will look for its seventh win in its last eight games, when it hosts Emory and Henry (7-13, 7-9) on Thursday night at the Warner Center. Tip-off will be at 7:30. The game will be the last home constst in the career of Chrissy Burghardt. The Gen erals won the first meeting against the Wasps, 56-66 on Jan. 30 in Emory, Va.


MAGIC RUNS OUT AS WOMEN'S HOOPS FALLS TO GUILFORD, 83-70 (2/6)



LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee's women's basketball team (9-10, 8-7 ODAC) let a 12-point second half lead slip away and had its five-game winning streak snapped in the process of losing to Guilford (9-10, 9-7 ODAC), 83-70 at the Warner Center on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers avenged an earlier 63-61 loss to W&L on Jan. 30, in which the Generals rallied from an 18-point deficit to win.

The Generals jumped out to an early eight-point lead (25-17) with 5:13 left in the first half and carried that same eight-point lead (37-29) into halftime.

W&L built the lead to 12 (47-35) with 16:55 left in the game. The Quakers then went on a 24-6 run in the next 8:41 to take a 59-53 lead with 8:04 left to go. The Generals cut the lead to one (61-60) with 5:31 left, but the rest of the game belonged to Guilford, as the Quakers cruised to the 13-point victory.

Freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./ Centennial) paced the Generals with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./ Morris Hills) posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman forwar d Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./ Fox Chapel Area) chipped in with 8 points, ten rebounds, and four blocked shots.

The Quakers were paced by sophomore guard Kerrie Campbell (Greensboro, N.C./ Grimsley), who scored 20 points off the bench. Freshman guard Erin Beacham (Atlanta, Ga./ The Lovett School) chipped in with 19 points. Sophomore forward Arden Miller (Landenb erg, Pa./ Sanford School) scored 18 points, also off the bench.

The Generals will look to get back on the winning track when they host Bridgewater on Tuesday night at the Warner Center. The Eagles won the previous meeting, 70-53 at Bridgewater on Jan. 19.


WARNER CENTER REMAINS HOUSE OF THRILLS, MILLER PULLS OUT 55-54 WIN (2/2)



LEXINGTON, Va. -- Junior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./ Athens Academy) layed in a shot with 1.1 seconds remaining on the clock to give the Washington and Lee women's basketball team (9-9, 8-6 ODAC) a thrilling 55-54 victory over Randolph-Macon Woman's College (5-13, 3-12). The win was the fifth in a row for the Generals. Of those five wins, four of them were won in the last 30 seconds of the game. Each of those four nail-biter were won by two points or less.

Earlier in the game, senior Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./ Morris Hills) became the first W&L player in program history to score her 1,000th career point. She did so on a lay-up with 7:16 remaining in the game.

The Generals opened up a 16-3 lead in the early stages of the game and held it until 10:07 remained in the first half. At that point, the WildCats went on a 15-2 run to tie the game (18-18) with 6:48 remaining in the first half. The Generals took a 33- 29 lead into halftime.

W&L built the lead to seven (49-42) with 7:16 left in the game, but R-MWC cut the lead to one (53-52) with 1:54 left. The WildCats then took their first lead (54-53) of the game when senior guard Stephanie Marcial (Blairstown, N.J./ Blair Academy) drained a ten-footer with six seconds remaining. The Generals then traveled the length of the floor and fed the ball to Miller, who hit the lay-up with 1.1 ticks left.

Freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./ Centennial) led the W&L attack, notching her fourth double-double of the season with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Burghardt scored 12 points on the night and added five steals.

The WildCats were led by junior center Tara Carleton (Dawsonville, Ga./ Dawson), who scored a game-high 25 points. Senior guard Eryka Skore (West Hills, Calif./ Calabasas) chipped in with 12 points.

The Generals will look for their sixth consecutive win on Saturday afternoon, when they host Guilford at 2:00 at the Warner Center. On. Jan. 23, the Generals notched their first-ever win against Guilford by a 63-61 score in Greensboro, N.C.


W&L WINS ANOTHER THRILLER, BEATS EMORY & HENRY, 56-55 (1/30)



EMORY, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women's basketball team won its fourth game in a row by defeating Emory & Henry, 56-55, in ODAC women's basketball on Saturday afternoon. The four-game win streak is a new program record.

The game was tight throughout before the Wasps (6-11, 6-7) took a 53-47 lead with 3:22 remaining in the game. However, W&L then went on a 7-0 run capped by a layup by freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) to take a 54-53 adv antage with 35 seconds left.

Emory & Henry then took a one-point lead at 55-54 on a layup by freshman forward Erin Kyle (Galax, Va./Galax) with 34 ticks remaining, before Mentz hit another layup with 13 seconds left to give the Generals (8-9, 7-6) a 56-55 lead. Emory & Hen ry then tu rned the ball over with two seconds remaining and W&L walked away with the win.

Mentz led the Generals in scoring with 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor. Freshman guard Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) added eight points and freshman center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) chipped in with seven points. Senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Hills) scored four points and is just 10 points away from becoming the first W&L women's basketball player to break the 1,000 career point barrier.

Suzanne Groseclose (North Tazwell, Va./Tazwell) led Emory & Henry with 12 points.

The Generals will be in action again on Tue., Jan. 2, when they host Randolph-Macon Women's College in a 7:00 pm contest.

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MENTZ SHOWS HORNETS WHAT THE BUZZ IS ALL ABOUT; GENERALS WIN, 82-54 (1/28)



LEXINGTON, Va. -- Freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./ Centennial) broke a school record for points scored in a game with 30 as the Washington and Lee women's basketball team (7-9, 6-6 ODAC) defeated Lynchburg (4-13, 3-10 ODAC), 82-54 , at the Warner Center on Thursday evening. The victory was head coach Terri Dadio Campbell's 50th at W&L and was the third in a row for the Generals. The 82 points scored by the Generals was the most this season.

W&L got out to a quick 19-6 lead with 12:28 remaining in the first half. However, the Hornets stormed back to cut the lead to three (22-19) with 9:06 left in the first half. The Generals then went to halftime with a 36-30 lead. After Lynchburg scor ed the first two points of the second stanza, W&L outscored them 46-22 the rest of the way to roll to the 28-point victory.

Mentz led the way for the Generals with her 30 points and nine rebounds. She was 12-of-17 from the free throw line. Junior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./ Clover Hill) scored 10 points, and added six rebounds and four assists. Senior forward Chr issy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./ Morris Hills) scored nine points and led the team with 12 rebounds. Burghardt is only 14 points away from becoming the first player in W&L history to score 1,000 points in a career.

Lynchburg was led by freshman forward Erika Smith (Chesapeake, Va./ Great Bridge), who scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Freshman Joharri Bass (Roseland, Va./ Nelson County) scored eight points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked seven General shots./ P

W&L will look to win its school-record fourth game in a row at Emory and Henry on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off will be at 7:00.


MILLER SINKS TWO WITH 2.5 TICKS LEFT, AS GENERALS SLIP BY WESLEYAN, 71-70 (1/26)



Junior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./ Athens Academy) iced two free throws with 2.5 seconds remaining in the game to give the Washington and Lee women's basketball team (6-9, 5-6 ODAC) a 71-70 victory over Virginia Wesleyan (9-6, 8-4 ODAC) on Tu esday evening at the Warner Center. The win was W&LUs first in ten previous meetings with VWC.

W&L jumped out to a quick six-point lead, 11-5 with 12:34 remaining in the first half. The Blue Marlins then went on a run that put them on top by a 35-26 margin with 1:02 left in the first half. W&L then closed the gap to 35-30 going into half time.

Virginia Wesleyan stretched the lead to 10 at 41-31 with 16:34 left in the game before W&L went on a 13-4 run to cut the lead to one, (45-44) with 13:02 left. The Blue Marlins then brought the lead back to nine, 56-47 with 9:27 left. The Generals f ought back to take their first lead of the game, 65-64 with 2:40 to go. The Generals took another lead with 22 seconds left, when Miller hit two free throws to give W&L a 69-68 lead. With 11 seconds to go, Virginia Wesleyan's freshman guard Jo-Lyn Be n der (Scoharie, N.Y./ Scoharie) hit a lay-up to put VWC up by one. Miller was then fouled with 2.5 seconds remaining and hit her free throws to give the Generals the one-point victory.

W&L was led by Miller, who scored 20 points and was 9-of-11 from the free throw line. Freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./ Centennial) scored 16 points, shooting 6-of-7 from the field. Senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./ Morris Hills) scored 15 points on 4-of-5 field goal shooting and added nine rebounds. Burghardt is now 23 points away from becoming the first General to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

The Blue Marlins were led by junior guard Nancy Mattox (Glen Allen, Va./ Hermitage), who scored 17 points, 15 of which were scored in the second half. Sophomore forward Erin Duckett (Virginia Beach, Va./ Kempsville) scored 12 points.

W&L will be in action again when it hosts Lynchburg College at the Warner Center on Thursday evening at 7:00. The Generals won the previous meeting at Lynchburg by a 78-62 score on Jan. 12.


W&L EARNS FIRST-EVER WIN OVER GUILFORD IN A THRILLER, 63-61 (1/23)



GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Washington and Lee women's basketball team overcame an 18-point first half deficit to earn its first-ever win over ODAC-rival Guilford, 63-61, on Saturday afternoon.

W&L (5-9, 4-6) trailed 33-15 with 4:20 remaining in the first half, but fought back to cut the Quakers' lead to 42-28 at halftime before surmounting an incredible comeback.

The Generals came out in the begining of the second half and went on an 11-4 run to cut the deficit to just seven points (46-39) before Guilford retaliated and built the lead back to 13 points at 54-41 with 9:47 remaining.

From that point, W&L held Guilford to just seven points while scoring 22 itself to take the victory. Down 58-55 with 4:11 remaining, freshman guard Alison Kudlacik (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) hit her third three-pointer of the game to knot the scor e at 5 8-58. Following a Guilford three-pointer and three made free throws by the Generals that tied the score at 61-61, freshman guard Berry Lowden (Rome, Ga./Darlington School) nailed the winning basket on a layup with 28 seconds remaining.

The Generals shot 54.5 percent from the floor in the second half and held the Quakers (6-8, 5-5) to just 22.6 percent shooting in the second stanza in producing its first win in 10 tries against Guilford.

Kudlacik led W&L in scoring with a career-high 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting, while fellow classmate Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) tallied 16 points. Senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Hills) scored eight point s and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Freshman guard Erin Beacham (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School) led Guilford with 18 points.

W&L will be in action again on Tue., Jan.26, when it hosts Virginia Wesleyan in a 7:00 pm contest.

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BRIDGEWATER DOWNS THE GENERALS, 70-53



BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women's basketball team dropped to 4-9 on the season (3-6 ODAC) with a 70-53 loss at Bridgewater on Tuesday evening.

Bridgewater (12-2, 9-1) surged to an early 9-0 lead with 15:02 remaining in the opening half, but the Generals would go on a 14-4 run from that point to take a 14-13 lead with 9:26 remaining. The W&L lead would be short-lived, however, as the Eagle s ende d the half with a 17-5 spurt to take a 30-19 lead that they would not surrender.

The Generals outrebounded BC 31-26 and shot nearly 44 percent from the field, but couldn't overcome 27 turnovers in the game.

Junior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) paced W&L with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting and senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./ Morris Hills) recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds./ P

Bridgewater was led by Amanda Osborn's 18 points and Angela Osborn's 17 points.

The Generals will be in action again on Sat., Jan. 23, when they travel to Guilford for a 4:00 pm contest with the Quakers.

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W&L GETS STUNG BY RANDOLPH-MACON, 90-62



ASHLAND, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women's basketball team had its season-best two-game winning streak snapped in a 90-62 loss to Randolph-Macon on Saturday afternoon in Ashland, Va.

W&L (4-8, 3-5) trailed 27-14 early on, but came roaring back on a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to just three points at 29-26 before the Yellow Jackets (10-2, 9-0) went on another run to close the half with a 38-33 lead.

Randolph-Macon then shot 61.8 percent in the second half and outscored the Generals 52-29 to post the 28-point win.

W&L was led in scoring by junior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill), who was 6-for-6 from the free throw line in scoring a team-high 16 points. Freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) tallied 14 points and gath ered e ight rebounds and freshman guard Alison Kudlacik (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) scored 13 points.

Randolph-Macon was led by the sister tandem of Aimee Beightol and Allison Beightol, who scored 21 and 15 points, respectively.

The Generals will be in action again on Tue., Jan. 19, when they travel to Bridgewater for a 7:00 pm contest with the Eagles.

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W&L PULLS BIG SECOND HALF RUN, THUMPS HOLLINS, 76-59 (1/14)



LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee womenUs basketball team (4-7, 3-4 ODAC) used a 39-11 run during a stretch of 11:57 in the second half to propel themselves to 76-59 victory over Hollins University (1-8, 0-7 ODAC) at the Warner Center on Thu rsday evening.

The Generals started the game off hot, hitting five of their first six shots and building an early 12-3 lead with 15:54 left in the half. However, Hollins fought back to take the lead at halftime, by a score of 32-30 and took a 36-30 lead with 17:11 le ft in the game. The Generals then used their 39-11 run to take a 69-47 lead with 5:14 remaining and cruised to the 17-point victory.

W&L was led by senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./ Morris Hills), who recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds. She was followed closely by freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./ Centen nial), who scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The double-double was MentzUs third of the season. Junior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./ Athens Academy) had 16 points of her own.

Hollins was led by sophomore guard RoseeU Hopkins (Roanoke, Va./Northside), who posted a game-high 23 points.

On Saturday, the Generals will be looking to extend their season-best winning streak to three, when the travel to Ashland, Va., to face the defending ODAC regular season champion Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets. Tip-off will be at 2:00.


W&L DEFEATS LYNCHBURG 78-62 FOR ITS SECOND CONFERENCE WIN OF SEASON (1/12)



LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Junior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) and senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Hills) combined to score 39 points in leading Washington and Lee to a 78-62 win over Lynchburg in ODAC women's bas ketball on Tuesday evening.

The Generals (3-7, 2-4) assumed a 33-31 halftime lead and extended their advantage to 56-44 with 9:48 remaining in the second half. However, the Hornets (3-8, 2-5) would come back to cut the Generals' lead to just two points (62-60) with 4:18 remaining in the game.

W&L then went on a 16-2 run to close out the game in producing the 16-point victory. W&L shot 41 percent from the floor and hit four-of-seven three-point attempts (57%).

Miller led all scorers with 21 points in just 30 minutes of action. She hit three-of-four three-point attempts on the evening. Burghardt totaled 18 points and 12 rebounds and freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) scored 13 point s and collected six rebounds.

Lynchburg was led by a trio of players, T.C. Deskins, Julie McClure, and Johanna Peeters, who scored 15 points each.

W&L will return to action on Thu., Jan. 14, when they play host to Hollins in another ODAC match-up. Tip time is set for 7:00 pm.

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W&L FALLS TO ROANOKE, 71-56 (1/9)



LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women's basketball team (2-7, 1-4 ODAC) let an early three-point second half lead (34-31) slip away and fell to arch-rival Roanoke (7-2, 5-0 ODAC), 71-56, on Saturday afternoon at the Warner Center.

After falling behind by an 18-6 score only 5:05 into the game, the Generals went on a 23-11 run to tie the game at 29-29 with 4:07 left in the first half. The two teams went into the half tied at 31.

The Generals took a 34-31 lead with 19:09 left in the second half, but the Maroons then went on a 10-2 run to take a 41-36 lead with 15:06 left and never looked back as they cruised to the 15-point victory.

W&L was led by freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./ Centennial), who posted a double-double with a career high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman forward Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./ Fox Chapel Area) also posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./ Athens Academy) chipped in with 10 points of her own.

Roanoke was led by junior forward Cheryl Rhodes (Roanoke, Va./ Cave Spring) and senior guard Toree Morris (Salem, Va./ Glenvar), who both scored 14 points.

The Generals will look to get back on the winning track when they travel to Lynchburg College on Tuesday evening for a 7:00 tip-off with the Hornets.


W&L FALLS TO VIRGINIA WESLEYAN, 85-75 (1/2)



NORFOLK, Va. -- Senior guard Bridget Smith (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) scored a game-high 24 points to help lead Virginia Wesleyan to an 85-75 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball on Saturday evening.

Trailing 48-38 at the break, the Generals (1-6, 0-3) staged a furious comeback to cut the Marlins lead to just four points on several occasions in the second half, but W&L couldn't get over the hump as VWC (3-3, 2-1) earned the 10-point win.

Freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) led four Generals in double-figures with 17 points. Senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Hills) tallied a double-double with16 points and 10 rebounds, junior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) scored 13 points and freshman guard Alison Kudlacik (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) scored 12 points.

The Generals will be in action again on Thursday, Jan. 7, when they host Eastern Mennonite in a 7:30 pm contest.

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RMWC DEFEATS W&L, 86-79, IN WOMEN'S HOOPS (12/8)



LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Randolph-Macon Women's College WildCats defeated Washington and Lee, 86-79, in a foul-plangued game in Lynchburg on Tuesday evening.

A total of 56 fouls were called in the contest (28 each team) as the WildCats erased a nine-point deficit to post the seven-point win.

The Generals (1-5, 0-2) were led in scoring by junior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens), who tied a W&L record with 26 points. Junior guard Jessica Morton (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) scored 19 points and senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (R ockawa y, N.J./Morris Hills) posted a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

With the win, RMWC upped its mark to 3-3 overall, 1-2 in the ODAC.

The Generals will be in action again on January 2, when they travel to Virginia Wesleyan for a 5:00 pm contest.

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GENERALS DROP W&L 250th TOURNEY CONSOLATION GAME TO SKIDMORE, 65-52 (12/5)



Washington University of St. Louis's women's basketball team (6-0) captured the championship of the Washington and Lee 250th Celebration Basketball Tournament on Saturday evening at W&L's Warner Center. The second-ranked defending national cham pions did so by defeating Middlebury College, 79-68 in an exciting championship game.

Washington dominated the first half, going up by as many as 16 points on four different instances during the first half. Middlebury (3-1)drew within 39-26 at halftime.

After falling behind by 20 points with 9:40 left in the game, the Thoroughbreds went on a 22-11 run to close the score to 71-62 with 2:56 remaining. The Bears then pulled away, scoring eight of the final 14 points to go on to win by 11 points.

The Bears were led by junior center and Tournament Most Valuable Player Alia Fischer (Rochester, Minn./ John Marshall), who scored a tournament high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Tasha Rodgers (East St. Louis, Ill./ Illinois M ath and Science) also made the all-tournament team, scoring 19 points and pulling down four rebounds.

Middlebury was led by senior forward and all-tournament selection Kelly McCarthy (Nashua, N.H./ Bishop Guertin), who scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds. Senior forward Chrissy Peterson (Spokane, Wash./ Saint GeorgeUs) also made the all-tournamen t team, scoring 12 points on the evening.

Earlier in the evening, Skidmore College (2-2) defeated host Washington and Lee in the tournamentUs consolation game by a score of 65-52.

W&L led 9-8 with 13:57 left in the first half and never saw the lead again. Skidmore built 10 point leads four times during the first half and led 36-32 at halftime. The Generals cut the Thoroughbred lead to 52-50 with 8:12 left in the game. Howeve r, Skidmore scored 13 of the gameUs last 15 points to pull away with the 13-point win.

The Thoroughbreds were led by sophomore forward and all-tournament selection Sarah McEachron (Salem, N.Y./ Salem), who scored 17 points. Senior guard Heather Mitchell (Pottersville, N.Y./ North Warren) added 13 points.

Junior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./ Athens Academy) led the Generals with 15 points and an eight-for-eight performance from the free throw line. Senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./ Morris Hills) was also selected to the all-tournamen t team. She pulled down eight rebounds on the night.


MIDDLEBURY DOWNS W&L 52-40 IN W&L 250th TOURNEY (12/4)



LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee's women's basketball team (1-3,0-1 ODAC) let a five-point halftime lead slip away as they fell to Middlebury College (3-0), 52-40, in the first round of the W&L 250th Celebration Basketball Tournament.

The Generals got off to an 8-0 lead to start the game and held the Panthers scoreless for the initial 6:05 of the game. Middlebury then went on an 18-8 run to take an 18-16 lead with 6:01 remaining in the first half. W&L scored the final seven poin ts of the half to take a 23-18 lead into the break.

Middlebury scored the first eight points of the second half to take a 26-23 lead with 17:23 left in the game and never looked back as last yearUs NCAA Tournament participant rolled to the 52-40 victory. The Generals were limited to only 17 second half points.

W&L was led by freshman guard Alison Kudlacik (Manalapan, N.J/ Manalapan), who scored a career high 12 points. Senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./ Morris Hills) had 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Panthers were paced by senior forward Kelly McCarthy (Nashua, N.H./ Bishop Guertin), who accumulated a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Megan McCosker (Lafayette, Calif./ Acalanes) scored 10 points and grabbed six rebou nds.

Middlebury moves on to play defending national champion Washington University of St. Louis in tomorrow eveningUs championship game at 8:30. Washington defeated Skidmore College by an 82-50 count in FridayUs first semifinal. W&L will face Skidmore i n the consolation game at 6:00.


GENERALS FALL SHORT TO MACON, 65-59 (12/1)



LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee's women's basketball team (1-2, 0-1 ODAC) staged a furious comeback on Tuesday night at the Warner Center, cutting a 14-point Randolph Macon (2-2, 1-0 ODAC) lead to just two with 48 seconds left to play. However , the Yellow Jackets scored the final four points of the game to hold on to a 65-59 victory.

Randolph-Macon led through most of first half and by as many as seven points, but the Generals cut the lead to 35-30 by halftime. The Yellow Jackets then went on a 15-6 run in the first 9:18 of the second half to take a 50-36 lead. However, the General s surged on a 23-11 run in the next 9:54 to cut the lead to two before Randolph-Macon put the game away.

The Generals were paced by four players, who scored in double figures. Senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./ Morris Hills) posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./ Centennial) posted 14 points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Alison Kudlacik (Manalapan, N.J./ Manalapan) scored a career-high 11 points, while senior guard Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./ Athens Academy) chipped in with 10.

The Yellow Jackets were led by senior guard Aimee Beightol (Roanoke, Va./ Cave Spring), who scored 16 points. Junior center Renee Zando (Yorktown, Va./ Tabb) posted a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

The Generals will return to action on Friday evening at 8:30, when they host Middlebury College in the first round of the Washington and Lee 250th Celebration Tournament. Defending national champion Washington University of St. Louis as well as perenni al power Skidmore College will also participate in the two-day tournament.


W&L DEFEATS VILLA JULIE, 55-44, IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (11/23)



STEVENSON, Md. -- The Washington and Lee women's basketball team evened its record at 1-1 on the season with a 55-44 win over Villa Julie College on Monday evening.

The Generals held Villa Julie to just 37 percent shooting and allowed just one point in the final 6:15 of the game.

Senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Hills) led W&L with 16 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) continued her impressive play, scoring 12 points and collecting seven rebounds.

Heidi Moldenhauer paced Villa Julie (0-1) with nine points and seven rebounds.

W&L will return to action on December 1, when it hosts Randolph-Macon in a 7:00 pm contest.

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SHENANDOAH SLIPS BY W&L IN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OPENER; 62-53 (11/20)



Lexington, Va. -- Washington and Lee's women's basketball team held a six-point advantage with 8:44 remaining against Shenandoah on Friday night. However, the Generals could not hold it as Shenandoah came out on top by a 62-53 score at the Warner C enter. The game was the season opener for both teams.

Shenandoah got out to an early 20-13 lead with 3:50 remaining in the first half, but W&L was able to narrow the lead to 25-21 at halftime. The Generals outscored Shenandoah 25-15 in the first 11:56 of the second half to give W&L a six-point lea d. The Hornets then went on an 8-1 run and led 54-53 with 2:34 remaining in the game. Shenandoah scored the final eight points of the game to take the 62-53 victory.

The Generals were led by freshman center Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./ Centennial) who had a spectacular debut, scoring a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Senior forward Chrissy Burghardt (Rockaway, N.J./ Morris Hills) scored 14 point s and pulled down seven rebounds.

Shenandoah's junior center Christal Awkward (Staunton, Va./ Robert E. Lee) led all scorers with 20 points. Junior guard Jill VanGuilder (Suffolk, Va./ Nansemond-Suffolk) scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Generals will search for their first victory when they travel to Villa Julie College in Baltimore on Monday night for a 7:00 game.

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