PREVIEW: No. 6 WashU Travels to Greenville And Hosts Millikin

PREVIEW: No. 6 WashU Travels to Greenville And Hosts Millikin

Tuesday, Dec. 13 - Nonconference (Greenville, Ill.)

    Game 8: at Greenville (7-2)        7 p.m.
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Saturday, Dec. 17 - Nonconference (St. Louis, Mo.)

    Game 9: vs. Millikin (5-3)        5 p.m.
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UPCOMING WashU enters the week at 7-0 and will face Greenville College (7-2) on the road Tuesday at 7 p.m. before returning home in a nonconference match against Millikin University (5-3) on Saturday at 5 p.m.

NATIONAL POLLS WashU remained No. 6 in the latest rankings thanks to a 7-0 start on the season. Previously the Bears were listed as No. 9 in the preseason poll and No. 7 after the first week of play. The Bears have been in the top-10 for 171 consecutive polls, dating back to the 2001-02 preaseason poll.

HIGH OCTANE OFFENSE The Bears have exceeded 80 points in five of seven games, including 94 points in their most recent contest against Fontbonne. Four Bears reached double figures in the win while senior Zoe Vernon led the way with a season-high 14 points. WashU averages 82.4 points per game this season, while seven players average more than seven points per game.

HISTORY WashU and Greenville have met 11 times previously in the school's histories, as the Bears hold the 6-5 advantage after defeating the Panthers last season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears are 13-9 in previous encounters with Millikin, including a Bears victory early on last season.

DOMINANT UAA The UAA is dominating the beginning of the NCAA Division III season. Prior to association play, every team has a winning record including three teams that remain undefeated. Carnegie Mellon (8-0), New York Univ. (8-0) and WashU (7-0) remain undefeated. No team in the UAA has more than three losses.

WINNING TRADITION WashU ranks third on the all-time winningest NCAA Division III list with an .802 winning percentage (782-193) in 39 seasons. The Bears are fifth in DIII history with 782 wins.

UNDEFEATED There are 36 teams that remain undefeated in NCAA Division III play. Four teams lead the way while remaining undefeated after eight games a piece. Seventeen teams are tied with 7-0 records (including WashU), 10 teams at 6-0, two at 5-0, and three at 4-0.

DISTRIBUTION EQUALS WINS On the season, WashU has won every game with ball distribution remaining a major factor. In each win, the Bears have finished with more assists than the opposition. The Bears 19.1 assists per game average is 10th best in the country and WashU ranks 11th in shooting percentage (46.2).


• Greenville is off to a 7-2 start, including wins over two of WashU's 2016-17 opponents - Westminster and Millikin. The Panthers are second in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) with a 2-1 record. Most recently the Panthers exploded for a 112-52 win over St. Mary Woods. The 112 points set a new school record.

• Head coach Roy Mulholland is in his 19th season with the Panthers and has helped the school reach its first NCAA Tournament while approaching the school record for victories and tenure.

• Laura Goodnight (16.6) and Wesley Woodard (12.4) lead the Panthers in scoring and are the only two averaging in double figures while three others average more than eight points per game. Goodnight also leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game and 1.9 blocks per game.

• Expected starting lineup: Laura Goodnight, Kelly Lenz, Taylor Paulin, Claire Schmitt, and Wesley Woodard.


• The Big Blue are 5-3 on the season, including a loss to WashU's Tuesday night opponent Greenville. Millikin is currently sixth in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) with a 1-2 conference record.

• Yanni Saddler (16.6), Emily Schultz (15.6) and Devin Curry (11.6) averages are in double-figures. Rachael Weber and Cassie Somers average more than nine points per game too. Lauren Moses leads the team in rebounding at 7.6 rpg.

• Expected starting lineup: Yanni Saddler, Rachael Weber, Emily Schultz, Cassie Somers and Lauren Moses.