PREVIEW: No. 7 WashU Travels to UW-Platteville Saturday

PREVIEW: No. 7 WashU Travels to UW-Platteville Saturday

No. 7 WashU (5-0) at UW-Platteville (2-4)
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 • 2 p.m. (CT) • Platteville, Wis.

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NATIONAL POLLS WashU moved up the ranks to No. 7 in the  latest rankings after starting the season 5-0 and being listed No. 9 in the preseason poll. The Bears have been in the top-10 for 169 consecutive polls, dating back to the 2001-02 preaseason poll. In the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) poll WashU has moved up to No. 6 after winning the Midwest Challenge.

MIDWEST CHALLENGE CHAMPIONS WashU improved to 5-0 on the season while winning its third consecutive Midwest Challenge Championship. The Bears handed DePauw University its first loss of the season with a 60-48 victory before defeating tournament host Illinois Wesleyan University 87-86 in a high scoring back-and-forth contest.

PROLIFIC BENCH WashU's depth played a significant factor in the Midwest Challenge Championship weekend as the Bears bench outscored its opponents 63-22. Sophomore Rachael Sondag led the second unit scorers with 22 points in which 18 came from beyond the arc. Sophomores Becca Clark-Callender and Madeline Homoly led WashU in assists and rebounds on the weekend as well with eight and 17 respectively.

ST. LOUIS SPORTS HALL OF FAME Head coach Nancy Fahey was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 20, 2016. The Bears Hall of Fame coach has compiled a career record of 716-130. Fahey is the second-fastest coach in NCAA men's and women's basketball history to reach 700 wins. She accomplished the feat in her 826th game, while Division I University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma did so in 822 games.

WINNING TRADITION WashU ranks third on the all-time winningest NCAA Division III list with an .802 winning percentage (780-193) in 39 seasons. The Bears are fifth in DIII history with 780 wins.

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

UNDEFEATED There are 59 teams that remain undefeated in NCAA Division III play, including five programs within the University Athletic Association (UAA). Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Emory, NYU and WashU have yet to lose a game. In addition the UAA boasts four teams in the latest poll, WashU (7), Rochester (11), Carnegie Mellon (15) and Chicago (25). NYU is also receiving votes.

BALL CONTROL The Bears have one of the best assist to turnover ratios in the country, averaging 1.28 a/to ratio, WashU ranks 17th in the country and second in the UAA.  Zoe Vernon (3.0), Claudia Smith (2.38) and Becca Clark-Callender (1.55) averages rank amongst the top-200 ratios in the country.

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.


• UW-Platteville is off to a 2-4 start on the season, while winning its first game of this week 74-70 on Wednesday night against Simpson.

• UW-Platteville was led by Morgan Horstman with 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the floor including a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc in its victory over Simpson.

• The Pioneers lineup is highlighted by 6-4 sophomore center Allison Prestegaard. Her 29 total blocks on the season rank second in the country. In a win over Blackburn, Prestegaard posted eight blocks to go along with 15 points. Following the victory, Prestegaard posted season-bests with 22 points, and 10 rebounds while adding five more blocks in a 99-90 loss to Luther. She is the lone Pioneer shooting better than 50 percent from the floor (54.3 fg-pct). Prestegaard was the only Pioneer to average points in double figures until Horstman's 22 point outpouring against Simpson. Prestegaard (11.5) and Horstman (11.3) are the two Pioneers to average in double-figures.

• Senior guard Morgan Hartman was named to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) All-Sportsmanship team last season. This season she is averaging 5.5 points per game and shooting 83.3 percent from the free throw line (5-6).

• Expected to log significant minutes: #34 Kassie Hansen, #04 Allison Prestegaard, #14 Morgan Hartman, #20 Morgan Horstman, #22 Kassie Bucholz, #42 Lexis Macomber