Second Half of UAA Play Begins at No. 9 WashU This Weekend

Second Half of UAA Play Begins at No. 9 WashU This Weekend

vs. Carnegie Mellon (15-3, 4-3 UAA) – Friday, Feb. 3 - 6 p.m. (CT)
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vs. Case Western Reserve (11-7, 3-4 UAA) – Sunday, Feb. 5 – 2 p.m. (CT)
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UPCOMING WashU swaps locations with last weekend's University Athletic Associaiton (UAA) opponents and returns home. The Bears will host No. 20 Carnegie Mellon University on Friday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. and Case Western Reserve University on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. WashU pulled out a pair of clutch victories against both the Tartans and Spartans this past weekend, utilizing strong fourth quarters in which the Bears outscored the opposition 53-39.     

• UAA PLAY WashU enjoyed a 2-0 weekend of UAA play on the road, defeating CMU 78-72 on Friday before a 92-79 win over CWRU on Sunday. With the two victories, the Bears moved into a tie for first place with University of Chicago and University of Rochester. WashU, Chicago and Rochester have 5-2 UAA records.

NATIONAL POLLS WashU currently ranks No. 9 in the poll and No. 7 in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) poll. CMU dropped from top-10 to No. 20 after a 0-2 weekend, losing to WashU on Friday and Chicago on Sunday.

• NEW LEADING SCORER Sophomore Madeline Homoly moved into the WashU scoring lead after 51 points last weekend, including a career-best 33 against CWRU on Sunday. Homoly now averages 12.4 points per game and is joined by Jenn Dynis (11.4) and Natalie Orr (11.1) as the trio of Bears to average in double-figures.

• STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE According to the winning percentage of WashU opponents, the Bears possess the third toughest schedule in all of Division III. WashU's opponents possess a 0.657 winning percentage. The number one and two spots on the list are WashU opponents, Illinois Wesleyan (0.685) and Chicago (0.663).

QUALITY POSSESSIONS WashU possesses one of the top offenses in the country and the attack is boosted by a Bears knack to maintain possession. The Red and Green have given the ball away the third fewest times in the country (223). Combined with the Bears average of 17.7 assists per game, WashU has the second best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.43) in the country. The Bears offense also possesses the ninth best field-goal percentage (45.3).  WashU's 77.7 points per game average is also 12th best in Division III.

• HISTORY WashU leads the all-time series with CMU, 55-3, including a 48-game winning streak. The Bears also hold the series lead against CWRU as well with a 46-1 mark. The Bears have won eight straight games against the Spartans.


Following a 0-2 weekend, CMU fell from first place all the way down to fourth with a 4-3 UAA record (15-3 overall). 

Senior Lisa Murphy is the engine that propels the CMU offense. The senior is leading the country in points per game (25.7), field-goal percentage (81.5) and is second in free throws made (128). She is 54 points shy of bypassing NYU's Marsha Harris to becoming the all-time UAA leading scorer. She is also on pace to break the NCAA Division III field-goal percentage record of 75.2% in which she set last year.

The Tartans have the highest scoring duo within the UAA in Lisa Murphy (25.7) and Jackie Hudepohl (19.4). On Friday against the Bears, Murphy and Hudepohl combined for 57 of the Tartans 72 points in WashU's 78-72 win. The duo collectively made 21-of-30 shots (70.0%) while the rest of the team made 4-of-34 (11.8%).

In the loss to the Bears, CMU used just two players off the bench combining for nine points while WashU's reserves totaled 29 points. A total of 12 Bears entered the game. WashU held CMU's third leading scorer, Makayla Filiere (9.7), scoreless for the first time in her career.

Expected starting lineup: Katharine Higgins, Jenn Mayberger, Jackie Hudepohl, Makayla Filiere and Lisa Murphy.


• Kara Hageman was named USBWA Division III National Player of the Week after averaging 34.5 points per game. The junior forward set a school record with 41 points during CWRU's 92-79 loss to the Bears on Sunday. Hageman also scored 28 points in a victory over Chicago on Friday, Jan. 27.

• Hillary Hellmann is leading the country in three-point field-goal percentage (50.0). She also ranks seventh in threes made per game (3.17) and 10th in total threes made (57). WashU held her to three points on Friday as she shot 1-of-9 from the field and 1-of-2 from the free throw line.

• Kara Hageman (20.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Hillary Hellmann (19.4 ppg) and Jess McCoy (14.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg) lead the team in scoring. The Spartans average 76.8 ppg which is the 17th best mark in the country.

Expected starting lineup: Kara Hageman, Alexis Amburgey, Alicia Marie Gonzales, Jess McCoy and Hillary Hellmann.