PREVIEW: Women's Basketball Preps for Midwest Challange

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball Preps for Midwest Challange

WashU (3-0) vs. DePauw (3-0) (Midwest Challenge)

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 • 1 p.m. (CT) • Bloomington, Ill.

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WashU (3-0) vs. Illinois Wesleyan (1-2) or Illinois College (2-0) (Midwest Challenge)

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 • 1 or 3 p.m. (CT) • Bloomington, Ill. 

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OPENING WEEK WashU opened the season 3-0 for the 22nd time in program history. The Bears went undefeated in the 16th Annual McWilliams Classic as Natalie Orr, Lily Sarros and Zoe Vernon were named to the All-Tournament team.

WINNING TRADITION WashU ranks third on the all-time winningest NCAA Division III list with an .801 winning percentage (778-193) in 39 seasons. The Bears are fifth in DIII history with 778 wins.

SENIOR CAPTAINS The 2016-17 squad will be led by senior captains Jenn Dynis, Ereka Hunt, Lily Sarros and Zoe Vernon.

JACKIE SCHAPP MVP During the 16th Annual McWilliams Classic, junior Natalie Orr, was honored as the Jackie Schapp MVP, an award given to the Most Valuable Player of the McWilliams Tournament. Schapp was a two sport star in her time as a student at WashU, captaining both the field hockey and women's basketball teams. Schapp was also a charter member of the W Club Elliot's Society. On the week Orr led the Bears in scoring with 17 points per game while shooting 64.5 percent from the floor.

DOUBLE-TROUBLE Seniors Jenn Dynis and Lily Sarros both registered double-doubles during the opening week of play. Dynis set career-highs against Westminster with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Sarros' double-double came against Hanover with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

IN THE PAINT WashU returns the 2015-16 Bears leading rebounder, senior Lily Sarros. She led the Bears with 182 rebounds (6.7 rpg). The senior also led the Bears in FG% (.535), converting 100-187 attempts, with no attempts from downtown.

BALL CONTROL The Bears are led by Zoe Vernon's 9.0 assists-to-turnover ratio. Vernon's mark is third best in the country. WashU ranks 13th with 1.55 as a team.

EDWARDS-FAHEY COURT WashU has an all-time record of 386-35 (.916) at the WU Field House, including a 369-30 (.924) mark in head coach Nancy Fahey's 31 seasons. The Bears are 7-0 after the court was ceremoniously named after WashU's men's and women's basketball coaches, Mark Edwards and Nancy Fahey. 


DePauw has started off the season with a 3-0 mark with defeats over Birmingham Southern, Rose-Hulman and Franklin. The Tigers are led by head coach Kris Huffman. Huffman is in her 23rd season at the helm and is the school's all-time winningest coach with a record of 522-127 entering the season.  Huffman has led DePauw to two NCAA Division III National Titles, most recently in an undefeated 34-0 effort during the 2012-13 season.

Freshman guard Sydney Kopp leads the team in scoring average with 15.3 points per game, including 29 points in 26 minutes played during the Tigers latest victory, an 84-58 win over Franklin. Kopp was 9-of-10 from the floor, including a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc.

The Tigers lineup boats two other scorers averaging double figures. Sophomore Maya Howard (12.3 ppg) and senior Taylor Howard (10.0). Maya Howard is shooting 29.3 percent from the floor but shoots effectively from the free-throw line (15-19). Meanwhile Taylor Howard is an effective scorer in the paint. She is shooting 54.2 percent from the floor.

• Expected to log significant minutes: F  #34 Taylor Howard, F  #35 Melinda Franke, G  #23 Claire Ryan, G  #30 Sydney Kopp, G  #32 Emily Budde


The Titans have opened the season 1-2 but with both losses coming by six or less points. The Titans are led by head coach Mia Smith, the all-time winningest coach in Illinois Wesleyan history. Smith led the Titans to an NCAA National Title in 2011-12. The championship team started off the season 3-4 before turning things around on its title run.

Three players average more than 11 points for the Titans in Molly McGraw (12.3), Rebekah Ehresman (11.3) and Gabrielle Holness (11.3). Ehresman nearly averages a double-double with 11.3 ppg and 9.0 rebounds per game.

The Titans are struggling with ball possession early on in the season as they have committed more turnovers (46) than they have dished out assists (39). Illinois Wesleyan also has a -1.0 rebounding margin after three games.

Opponents are shooting 43.6 percent from the floor (65-149) while the Titans are shooting at a much lower clip 36.8 percent (77-209).

• Expected to log significant minutes: #11 Molly McGraw, #4 Rebekah Ehresman, #24 Sydney Shanks, #12 Amanda Kelly, #10 Gabby Weber


The Lady Blues are off to a 2-0 start on the season. Head coach Jennifer McCormick is in her first season with Illinois College. Illinois College defeated MacMurray and Monmouth to start 2016-17.

• Brielle Greenleaf is averaging 27.0 points per game, as she has totaled exactly 27 in each of the Lady Blues victories. She is shooting 21-of-27 from the floor (77.8 percent), including 3-of-4 from long range.

• Expected to log significant minutes: G #25 Sydney Lett, G #4 Alyssa Garde, F #22 Brielle Greenleaf, F #3 Mickalah York, F #34 Carly Cameron