W&L ENDS SEASON WITH A 78-54 LOSS TO ROANOKE (2/18)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Senior forward Suzanne Webb (Narrows, Va./Narrows) scored a team-high 19 points and added seven steals as Roanoke defeated Washington and Lee, 78-54, in ODAC women's basketball action on Sunday afternoon in the Warner Center.

The game was tightly contested through the first 10 minutes and W&L led, 15-12, with 11:25 left in the first half. However, the Maroons (18-6, 16-4) ripped off a 28-8 run over the next 9:38 and took a 42-28 halftime lead. Eight different Roanoke players scored in the first 20 minutes.

Roanoke opened the second half on a 12-4 run in the first 2:52 led by five points by Webb and the Maroons cruised to the 24-point victory.

Roanoke placed four players in double figures led by Webb who was 8-of-13 from the floor. Junior center Crystal Barrett (Roanoke, Va./Northside) added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Junior forward Jill Quesenberry (Willis, Va./Floyd County) and sophomore guard Katrina Williams (Salem, Va./Glenvar) tallied 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Maroons shot 47.2 percent for the game and forced 25 W&L turnovers.

Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) led the Generals with 23 points and 13 boards and tied a school record with six blocks, while junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) added 18 points and 14 rebounds. Mentz finished the season with a W&L single-season record 496 points. Junior guard Carter Thomas (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) added eight assists to finish the season with a total of 85, breaking the single-season record of 83 set by Jessica Morton during the 1996-97 season. Washington and Lee (8-16, 6-14) also set a team record for blocks in a game (11).

 

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HOLLINS CLINCHES EIGHTH SEED IN ODAC TOURNAMENT WITH WIN OVER W&L, 56-46 (2/17)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Hollins placed three players in double figures, forced 29 General turnovers and clinched the eighth seed for the ODAC Tournament with a 56-46 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Va.

W&L (8-15, 6-13) took an early lead, 10-5, with 12:23 left in the first half led by eight points from junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel). However, Hollins took a lead that it would not relinquish after a three-pointer by freshman guard Jennifer Carpenter (Covington, Va./Allegheny) to make the score 11-10 with 10:30 remaining in the first half.

HU (10-13, 7-12) outscored W&L 16-7, over the final 10 minutes of the stanza and led 27-17 at the break. Senior guard Rosse Hopkins (Roanoke, Va./Northside) led the way with nine points in the first 20 minutes of action.

Hollins kept the Generals at bay for most of the second half until freshman forward Sarah Michaels (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) nailed a pair of free throws with two minutes left to cut the lead to 50-46. Hopkins, however, hit all six of her foul shots in the final 26 seconds to lift Hollins to the 10-point victory.

Hopkins led HU with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Junior forward Mandy Nichols (Troutville, Va./Lord Botetourt) added 12 points and five boards, while sophomore guard Emily Ferrell (Roanoke, Va./Northside) chipped in with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Babst led W&L with 20 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks and three steals. Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

W&L will round out its season tomorrow afternoon as it hosts Roanoke at 2:00 pm.

 

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WASHINGTON AND LEE UPSETS VA. WESLEYAN, 56-55 (2/15)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Freshman forward Sarah Michaels (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) tied a career-high with 19 points to lead Washington and Lee to a 56-55 victory over Virginia Wesleyan in ODAC women's basketball action on Wednesday evening in the Warner Center.

Virginia Wesleyan (11-11, 11-8) held a 27-23 first-half lead, thanks in part to seven points from freshman center Tomorrow Lofton (Richmond, Va./J.R. Tucker).

The second half was tightly contested throughout as either team held no more than a four-point lead. After a made free throw by VWC sophomore forward Angelique Cavanaugh (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville) with 1:26 to play, the Blue Marlins led 51-49.

Michaels then tied the game with two free throws at the 1:06 mark and put the Generals ahead, 54-51, with a three-pointer from the top of the key. Lofton then converted 1-of-2 free throws with 21 seconds remaining to close the lead to two.

Junior guard Alison Kudlacik (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) hit both of her foul shots with 18 seconds left to bring the W&L lead to 56-52; however, freshman guard Devin Allen (Machipongo, Va./Northampton) drilled a trey seven seconds later to cut the lead to 56-55.

Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) was fouled with five seconds left, but missed the front end of a one-and-one. Lofton rebounded the miss and fired a pass downcourt to Allen, whose shot came up short and Washington and Lee (8-14, 6-12) came away with the one-point victory.

W&L was led by Michaels, who added four rebounds in 19 minutes of play, and Mentz who tallied 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) fouled out after only 24 minutes, but added nine points and seven boards.

VWC was led by Lofton and Allen who scored 12 points each. Lofton also added 10 rebounds, while Cavanaugh chipped in seven points and eight boards.

Washington and Lee will return to action on Saturday as it hosts Hollins in a 2:00 pm contest.

 

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W&L WOMEN FALL TO EMORY & HENRY, 79-66 (2/13)

EMORY, Va. -- Kelly Smith scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Emory & Henry past Washington and Lee, 79-66, in ODAC women's basketball action on Tuesday evening.

W&L junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) scored a team-high 22 points to become the school's all-time leading scorer. Mentz eclipsed the mark of 1,165 points set by Ansley Miller '00 last season. Her career total now stands at 1,172 points.

The Generals (7-14, 5-12) trailed by five points (44-39) with 13:27 remaining in the game; however, the Wasps surged on an 10-0 run over the next 2:36 to take a 54-39 lead and never looked back.

Joining Smith in double figures for E&H (18-4, 15-3) were Danielle Moore with 19 points and Erin Connelly with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) notched 17 points and nine rebounds, while junior forward Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) tallied a career-high 16 points for the Generals.

W&L will return to action on Thursday evening as it hosts Virginia Wesleyan for a 7:00 pm contest.

 

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GENERALS DEFEATED BY RANDOLPH-MACON WIN ODAC WOMEN'S HOOPS (2/10)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Junior forward Meredith Roberts (Vienna, Va./James Madison) scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Randolph-Macon to a 64-54 decision over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Va.

The game was tightly contested throughout the first half until the Yellow Jackets ended the half on a 8-0 run that sent Randolph-Macon to the locker room with a 34-26 lead. Sophomore forward Allison King (Cary, N.C./Cary) scored five of her 11 points during the eight-point stretch.

W&L (7-13, 5-11 ODAC) would cut the lead to 36-32 after a lay-up by junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) with 16:14 to play. However, R-MC scored 11 unanswered points over the game's next 3:46 to take a commanding 47-32 lead. The Generals closed to eight points twice late in the second half, but Randolph-Macon iced the game with five free throws in the final 2:33.

R-MC (11-10, 10-8 ODAC) was led by Roberts and sophomore center Cristin Ethridge (Clarksville, Md./River Hill), who tallied 10 points and grabbed four rebounds.

Babst scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Generals. Junior forward Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) added 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) was held to nine points.

The Generals will return to action on Tuesday evening as they travel to Emory, Va., to take on Emory & Henry at 7:00 pm.

 

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RECORDS FALL AS GENERALS DEFEAT EASTERN MENNONITE, 80-69 (2/7)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Eastern Mennonite sophomore guard Emily Mullet (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) scored an ODAC-record 58 points and tied her own ODAC record with 10 three point field goals, but it was not enough as Washington and Lee defeated Eastern Mennonite, 80-69, in ODAC women's basketball action on Wednesday evening in Lexington, Va.

W&L junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) scored a school-record 37 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Generals to the 11-point victory.

The Generals jumped out to an early 16-7 lead over the game's first 7:21 and led at the half, 35-27. Mentz tallied 14 first-half points, while Mullet accumulated 23 of the Royals' 27 points in the half.

W&L (7-12, 5-10) stretched the lead to as many as 20 points, 60-40, with 8:14 left in the contest only to see the Royals (3-17, 1-15) storm back with a 18-4 run over the next 4:33 to cut the lead to 64-58. Mullet drilled three treys in the 14-point run.

Washington and Lee sealed the victory by hitting 10-of-12 free throws in the final 2:18.

Mullet's 58 points marked the second-highest individual point total in Division III history, falling three points shy of the 61 points scored by Ann Gilbert of Oberlin in 1991. She also added eight rebounds.

The Generals were led by Mentz's record-setting performance as she connected on 13-of-19 shots from the floor and 11-of-13 free throw attempts. She also added five assists and three steals. Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) posted her 14th double-double of the season with 20 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. Junior forward Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) chipped in with 12 points, while junior guard Carter Thomas (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) dished out a game-high nine assists.

Washington and Lee will return to action on Saturday afternoon as it entertains Randolph-Macon at 2:00 pm.

 

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GUILFORD'S HOT SHOOTING DEFEATS GENERALS, 89-51 (1/31)

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Despite a 26-point, seven-rebound performance by junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), Washington and Lee dropped a 89-51 decision to Guilford in ODAC women's basketball action in Greensboro, N.C., on Wednesday evening.

Guilford (13-4, 11-2) built a 40-23 halftime lead, forcing 18 W&L turnovers. Erin Beacham scored 11 of her 13 points to lead the Quakers in the first stanza.

In the second half, Jennie Keichline scored 14 of her game-high 16 points and GC shot 61.1 percent to seal the victory.

W&L (6-12, 4-10) was led by Mentz and junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel), who tallied 11 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.

Washington and Lee will take a week off before hosting Eastern Mennonite next Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7:00 pm in the Warner Center.

 

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WASHINGTON & LEE DOWNS VILLA JULIE, 71-39 (1/27)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help Washington and Lee defeat Villa Julie, 71-39, in women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Va.

The Generals broke open a 13-10 lead with 8:35 to play in the first half with a 23-5 run to stretch their halftime lead to 36-15. W&L would outscore the Mustangs, 35-24, in the second half to preserve the 32-point victory.

W&L (6-11) was led by Mentz, who was 8-of-14 from the field and 13-of-16 from the foul line, and junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel), who tallied 17 points and pulled down 14 boards. Freshman guard Sarah Michaels (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) gathered nine points on 4-of-4 shooting.

Freshman guard Nicole Pugasczewski (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) paced Villa Julie (2-16) with eight points and five rebounds.

The Generals shot just over 51 percent for the game, while holding Villa Julie to 30.8 percent. W&L also forced 20 Mustang turnovers.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday evening as it travels to Greensboro, N.C., to take on Guilford College at 7:00 pm.

 

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BRIDGEWATER SURVIVES SCARE FROM WASHINGTON & LEE, 63-52 (1/26)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Bridgewater broke open a 42-39 second-half lead with 11:12 remaining, using a 9-0 run to hand Washington and Lee its sixth-consecutive loss, 63-52, in ODAC women's basketball action on Friday evening in Lexington, Va.

W&L (5-11, 4-9) started out hot from the field, jumping out to a 20-9 lead over the game's first 11:35. Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) tallied 10 points during the stretch.

However, the Eagles (14-2, 11-1) answered right back with a 18-2 stretch to end the half with a five-point lead at 27-22. Freshman guard Sarah Octavec (Pylesville, Md./John Carroll) led the Bridgewater charge with seven straight points off the bench.

The Generals cut the lead to as many as three in the second half, but could get no closer. Senior guard Amanda Osborn (Burlington Flats, N.Y./Edmeston Central) buried three treys and scored 12 second-half points to hold back the Generals.

Bridgewater posted four players in double-digits led by Amanda Osborn, who finished with 19 points and sister, Angela Osborn (Burlington Flats, N.Y./Edmeston Central), who netted 13 points and grabbed five rebounds. Junior forward Sarah Hagood (Shawsville, Va./Shawsville) added 12 points, while Octavec chipped in with 11.

Mentz led W&L with a team-high 19 points and pulled down eight boards. Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) accumulated her 11th double-double of the season by adding 14 points and 12 rebounds. Junior guard Carter Thomas (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) tied a Washington and Lee record with 10 assists.

Washington and Lee will return to action tomorrow afternoon as it hosts Villa Julie College in a non-conference matchup at 2:00 pm.

 

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GUILFORD SINKS GENERALS IN ODAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL, 70-54 (1/23)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Guilford jumped out to an early 13-point lead in the first half that the Generals could not overcome and the Quakers defeated Washington and Lee, 70-54, in ODAC women's basketball action on Tuesday evening in the Warner Center.

Senior forward Arden Miller (Landenberg, Pa./Sanford School) scored nine of her team-high 15 points in the first half to give Guilford a 34-27 lead at the break.

The Generals (5-10, 4-8) closed the lead to five points, 38-33, after a Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) lay-up at the 18:15 mark of the second half, but W&L could get no closer.

Guilford (11-4, 9-2) was led by Miller and junior guard Amy Evans (New Bern, N.C./New Bern), who tallied 12 points and added seven rebounds, six steals and three assists. Sophomore center Shannon Underwood (Niantic, Conn./East Lyme) chipped in 10 points, three rebounds and two steals.

Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) scored a game-high 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Babst added 21 points and 14 boards for Washington and Lee.

The Quakers forced 26 W&L turnovers and shot just under 47 percent (27-of-58) for the game. Washington and Lee shot 40 percent (20-of-50) from the field.

The Generals will return to action on Friday evening, Jan. 26, as they host Bridgewater in a 7:00 pm contest.

 

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MENTZ SCORES 1,000TH POINT, BUT GENERALS FALL TO ROANOKE, 63-45 (1/20)

SALEM, Va. -- Roanoke jumped out to a 28-5 lead it would never relinquish in the game's first 13:21 and defeated Washington and Lee, 63-45, in ODAC women's hoops action on Saturday afternoon in Salem, Va.

The Maroons (9-5, 7-2) took a 39-19 halftime lead, forcing 19 turnovers by the Generals.

W&L (5-9, 4-7) tried to claw its way back into the ballgame by starting the second half on a 14-3 run that cut the Roanoke lead to 42-33 with 15:08 to play. However, Crystal Barrett scored eight of her team-high 22 points in the final 10 minutes to clinch the 18-point victory. Barrett also pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.

Jill Quesenberry was the only other Maroon in double figures with 10 points.

W&L was led by junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), who scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Mentz also became the third player in W&L history to break the 1,000-point plateau and now has tallied 1,008 career points. Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) added 15 points, seven boards, three assists and three blocks.

The Generals shot 50 percent from the floor (19-of-38), while holding the Maroons to just under 42 percent (27-of-65). Roanoke outrebounded W&L, 33-28, and caused 35 Washington and Lee turnovers.

W&L returns home on Tuesday evening, Jan. 23, to host Guilford at 7:00 pm.

 

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GENERALS DROP ODAC CONTEST AT HOLLINS, 57-54 (1/19)

HOLLINS, Va. -- Mandy Nichols scored 11 of her team-high 21 points in the final 4:12 of the second half to lead Hollins to a 57-54 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action on Friday evening in Hollins, Va.

After a three pointer by Rosse Hopkins at the 10:31 mark of the second half, Hollins (5-6, 2-5) led 39-34. W&L then answered with a 14-2 run over the next 5:50 to take a seven-point lead, 48-41. Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) led the comeback with eight of her game-high 26 points during the stretch.

Hollins fought right back with an 8-0 run over the ensuing 1:43 to take a one-point lead at 49-48. Nichols' late heroics then sealed the win for HU as she hit 6-of-7 attempts from the foul line.

Hollins was led by Nichols and Hopkins, who collected 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists. HU shot just under 30 percent (20-of-67) in the game.

W&L (5-8, 4-6) was led by Babst's 26-point, 18-rebound performance. She also added two assists and went 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) added 13 points and eight rebounds. Mentz now needs 14 points to become the third player in W&L history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark.

The Generals will be back in action tomorrow afternoon as they travel to Salem, Va., to take on Roanoke in a 4:00 pm contest.

 

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GENERALS DROP CONTEST TO LYNCHBURG, 66-55 (1/17)

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Beth Carter scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds to help Lynchburg College past Washington and Lee, 66-55, in ODAC women's basketball action on Wednesday evening.

The Hornets outscored W&L 24-10 in the opening 12:31 of the game, before the Generals sliced the Hornet lead to just six points (30-24) at the half. However, Lynchburg again went on a 20-7 run over the first 9:15 of the second half to take a 50-31 advantage with 10:31 remaining. As in the first half, the Generals posted a run of their own, 17-4, over the next 7:29 to cut the Hornet lead to six points (54-48) with 3:02 remaining, but Lynchburg made each of its 10 free throws in the final 1:31 to post the win.

W&L shot 48.3 percent from the floor in the second half, but could not overcome 24.1 percent shooting in the opening period.

Joining Carter in double figures for the Hornets was Johari Bass with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Abby Pyzik, Mindy Hohing and Lehticia Deskins, who each scored 10 points.

Washington and Lee was led by junior center Megan Babst's (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) 19-point, 13-rebound effort. Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) added 16 points and eight rebounds.

W&L will be in action again on Friday as it travels to Hollins University for a 7:00 pm matchup.

 

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GENERALS FALL TO EMORY & HENRY, 63-38 (1/13)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Kelly Smith scored a game-high 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds and added five steals and four assists to lead Emory & Henry to a 63-38 victory over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Va.

W&L (5-6, 4-4) trailed 19-18 at the half before the Wasps took control of the game with a 13-2 run over the first 5:17 of the second half and cruised to the 25-point victory.

The Generals were led by junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel), who scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high 12 boards. Junior forward Sarah Schmidt (Topeka, Kan./Hayden) added 11 points and five rebounds.

Emory & Henry (10-2, 7-1) was led by Smith and Erin Connelly who tallied 12 points and eight rebounds. The Wasps shot 34.4 percent (21-of-61), while holding W&L to 30.2 percent (13-of-43).

Washington and Lee was outrebounded 41-30, including a 15-2 advantage for E&H in offensive rebounds.

W&L will travel to Lynchburg, Va., to take on Lynchburg on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.

 

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GENERALS BREAK TWO-GAME LOSING SKID AGAINST RMWC, 56-39 (1/11)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to lead Washington and Lee to a 56-39 victory over Randolph-Macon Woman's College in ODAC women's basketball action on Thursday evening in Lexington, Va.

W&L (5-5, 4-3) outscored the WildCats 32-14 in the second half to offset a sluggish first half in which the Generals trailed RMWC, 25-24.

Freshman guard Heather Coleman (Blackwood, N.J./Triton Regional) led W&L on a 20-4 run over the game's final 8:08. She finished the game with eight points and and six rebounds.

Mentz tallied her 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 from the foul line. She also added four assists and three steals.

The WildCats (1-9, 0-8) were led by sophomore guard Meg Hancock (Richmond, Ky./Madison Central), who collected nine points, three rebounds, three steals and three assists.

W&L will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 13, as it hosts Emory & Henry in an ODAC matchup at 4:00 pm.

 

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GENERALS DROP SECOND STRAIGHT, 58-50 (1/8)

NORFOLK, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan used a 13-4 run in the final 4:59 of the second half to hand Washington and Lee its second consecutive conference loss, 58-50, in ODAC women's basketball action on Monday evening in Norfolk, Va.

W&L (4-5, 3-3) trailed 30-18 at the half and 36-24 with 17:13 to play in the second half before rallying on an 18-3 run to take the lead, 42-39, with 10:52 remaining.

Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) hit a foul line jumper at the 7:44 mark of the second half to give the Generals a 46-43 lead. VWC (3-6, 3-3) answered right back after Angie Cavanuagh converted a three-point play with 4:59 to play to tie the contest, 46-46.

After Tomorrow Lofton connected one one-of-two free throws at the 4:24 mark, junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) put the Generals back on top, 48-47, after a lay-up at the 3:59 mark. Devin Allen, who led all scorers with 17 points, then put the Blue Marlins in front for good after hitting a 15-foot jump shot with 3:08 left, making the score 49-48. Virginia Wesleyan outscored W&L, 9-2, over the last three minutes.

Babst led W&L with 16 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. She also added five assists, four blocks and one steal. Mentz chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds.

The Blue Marlins were led by Allen and Janine Swanson, who posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards.

Washington and Lee will return to action on Thursday, January 11, as it hosts Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 7:00 pm contest.

 

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GENERALS FALL TO BRIDGEWATER, 68-41 (1/6)

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Bridgewater held Washington and Lee to just 31 percent shooting from the foor and forced 22 turnovers in posting a 68-41 win over the Generals on Saturday afternoon in ODAC women's basketball action.

The Eagles (8-1, 5-0) held a 29-20 lead with 2:41 remaining in the first half and then closed the half with a 7-0 run to take a 36-20 lead at the break. BC would cruise from that point on.

Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), who entered the game averaging 25.7 points and 13.0 rebounds per game, was limited to just eight points and five rebounds. Freshman forward Sarah Michaels (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) also tallied eight points, while junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) added six points and 10 rebounds.

Bridgewater was led by Sarah Hagood's 18-point performance on 8-of-12 shooting. The Eagles shot 46 percent from the field and had 11 different players enter the scoring column.

Washington and Lee (4-4, 3-2) will be in action again on Monday as it travels to Virginia Wesleyan for an 8:00 pm contest.

 

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MENTZ LEADS W&L PAST EASTERN MENNONITE, 73-64 (1/5)

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) tied her own school single-game scoring record with 35 points in leading Washington and Lee to a 73-64 win over Eastern Mennonite in ODAC women's basketball action on Friday evening.

The Generals (4-3, 3-1) opened a 31-11 lead with 7:56 remaining in the first half via a 13-0 run. However, EMU (2-6, 0-4) ended the half on a 19-0 run to cut W&L's lead to just one-point (31-30) at the break.

The teams battled back and forth for much of the second half before the Generals forged ahead by seven points with under a minute remaining and sealed the game at the free throw line.

Mentz continued her hot shooting from the foul line, hitting 13-of-16 attempts. She also collected 13 rebounds on the night. Freshman forward Sarah Michaels (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) added a career-high 19 points and junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) tallied 10 points and 20 rebounds.

The Generals hit 20-of-26 free throws in the game and outrebounded the Royals, 52-34.

Sophomore guard Emily Mullet led EMU with 29 points on 12-of-27 shooting. She leads the nation in scoring, averaging 26.3 points per game after the night's action. Mentz is third in the country, now averaging 25.7 points per game.

Washington and Lee returns to the court tomorrow as it takes on Bridgewater at 4:00 pm in Bridgewater, Va.

 

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W&L WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATS RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN'S, 80-47 (12/6)

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) scored a game-high 32 points and claimed a game-high 15 rebounds to lead Washington and Lee to an 80-47 win over Randolph-Macon Woman's College in ODAC women's basketball action on Wednesday evening.

Mentz, who was 14-of-22 from the field, scored 25 first-half points, helping the Generals (3-3, 2-1) to a 37-17 halftime lead.

Mentz was joined in double figures by freshman forward Sarah Michaels (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy), who scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out six assists and claimed four steals. Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) added 11 points and eight rebounds.

RWMC (1-5, 0-4) was paced by Amy Dameron's 15-point, 11-rebound performance. Meg Hancock added 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting.

Washington and Lee will be in action again on Jan. 5 when it travels to Eastern Mennonite for a 7:00 pm contest.

 

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GENERALS DEFEAT RANDOLPH-MACON, 70-60 (12/2)

ASHLAND, Va. -- Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) scored a game-high 24 points and claimed eight rebounds to help lead Washington and Lee past Randolph-Macon, 70-60, in ODAC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon in Ashland, Va.

Randolph-Macon (1-4, 0-2) held a 19-18 lead with 11:20 remaining in the first half, but the Generals went on a 15-9 run in the last 11:00 of the period to take a 33-28 halftime lead. The Generals then cruised to the 10-point victory.

For the game, W&L (2-3, 1-1) shot 53.2 percent.

Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) gave W&L 13 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman forward Sarah Michaels (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) notched 12 points and 10 boards.

The Yellow Jackets were led by Sarah Crider's 15 points, five rebounds and five steals. Meredith Roberts added 11 points.

The Generals will be back in action on Wednesday evening as they travel to Lynchburg, Va., to take on Randolph-Macon Woman's College at 7:00 pm.

 

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GENERALS DROP HOME OPENER TO LYNCHBURG, 59-49 (11/29)

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Sophomore center Erika Whitten (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) scored 13 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and posted six steals as Lynchburg defeated Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action on Wednesday evening.

The game was plagued by turnovers with the two teams combining for 64 miscues, including 34 by W&L. Washington and Lee also had trouble from the field, making 29.6 percent if its shots (16-54).

The Hornets (3-0, 1-0 ODAC) led at the half 24-21 with Whitten tallying eight points and five rebounds.

In the second half, Lynchburg jumped out early on a 14-4 run to give the Hornets a 38-28 lead.

The Generals (1-3, 0-1 ODAC) cut the lead to five with 1:54 to play after two consecutive three-point baskets by junior guard Alison Kudlacik (Manapalan, N.J./Manapalan), but W&L could close no further.

Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) led Washington and Lee with 13 points and 18 boards, while junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The Generals will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Ashland, Va., to take on Randolph-Macon at 2:00 pm.

 

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GENERALS FALL IN OVERTIME TO SHENANDOAH, 74-72 (11/21)

WINCHESTER, Va. -- Washington and Lee overcame a 15-point halftime deficit (38-23) to force overtime before falling to Shenandoah, 74-72, in women's basketball action on Tuesday evening.

W&L (1-2) shot just 26.9 percent in the opening half, but recovered to shoot 51.4 percent in the second half in forcing the overtime period.

The Generals led by two points (66-64) with 1:05 remaining in regulation; however, the Hornets forced overtime on a jumper by Carrie Weimer with 44 seconds left in regulation. Neither team could break the deadlock and the teams headed to overtime.

In the extra frame, the Generals took the lead (71-70) with 37 seconds remaining, but Wiemer again hit a jumper to put the Hornets ahead, this time with 16 seconds remaining. Wendy Legge extended the lead to 74-72 by hitting one-of-two free throws, but the Generals were unable to get a shot off in the final five seconds.

Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) scored a game-high 27 points and added 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) scored 13 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and dished out six assists. She was 11-of-11 from the foul line bringing her season total to 38-of-40 (.950) on the year from the charity stripe. Freshman guard Sarah Michaels (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) added 12 points and three assists.

Shenandoah (1-1) was led by Adina Trammel, who posted 12 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and six steals. Weimer scored 19 points and claimed 10 rebounds, while Legge totaled 16 points and six boards.

The Generals will be in action again on Wed., Nov. 29 when they host Lynchburg in an 8:00 pm contest.

 

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RECORDS FALL IN W&L'S 88-40 WIN OVER LESLEY (MASS.) COLLEGE (11/19)

HAVERFORD, Pa. -- Washington and Lee junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) scored a school-record 35 points and the Generals set another school record with 88 points in defeating Lesley (Mass.) College, 88-40, in the consolation game of the Haverford Classic in women's basketball action on Sunday afternoon.

Mentz's total of 35 points broke her own school record for points in a game (30) set during the 1998-99 season. The 88 points eclipsed the old record of 87 set against Mary Baldwin during the 1997-98 season.

W&L (1-1) took control of the game from the start, surging to a 17-0 lead over the first 3:26. The Generals led 59-16 at the break and cruised to the 48-point win.

Mentz went 10-of-16 from the floor and 15-of-16 from the foul line. She also collected 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals in the contest.

Junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) also put forth a sterling effort, notching 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, while freshman guard Sarah Michaels (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) tallied 15 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Lesley (0-2) was led by Tia Cleckley with 15 points and nine rebounds. The Lynx shot just 27.6 percent (16-58) from the floor and were outrebounded 50-36.

Washington and Lee will return to action on Tuesday as it travels to Shenandoah for a 5:00 pm contest with the Hornets.

 

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W&L WOMEN'S HOOPS FALLS TO COE (IOWA) IN THE HAVERFORD CLASSIC (11/18)

HAVERFORD, Pa. -- Washington and Lee junior forward Jessica Mentz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) totaled 28 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals, but it wasnÕt enough as the Generals (0-1) fell to Coe (Iowa), 61-57, in the opening round of the Haverford Classic on Saturday evening.

W&L trailed by six points at the half and by just one point (56-55) with 56 seconds remaining, but couldnÕt pull out the win over the Kohawks (1-0).

Mentz amassed her 28 points by going 8-of-11 from the floor and 12-of-13 from the foul line. Freshman guard Sarah Michaels (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) tallied 13 points and junior center Megan Babst (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) notched eight points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Jessica Lincoln led Coe with 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Emily Crook scored 12 points and gathered seven rebounds.

Washington and Lee will face Lesley (Mass.) in the consolation game at 1:00 pm on Sunday.

 

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