PREVIEW: No. 9 Women's Basketball Hosts Emory, Rochester

PREVIEW: No. 9 Women's Basketball Hosts Emory, Rochester

vs. Emory (13-7, 4-5 UAA) – Friday, Feb. 10 - 6 p.m. (CT)
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vs. Rochester (15-5, 6-3 UAA) – Sunday, Feb. 12 – 1 p.m.  (CT)
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UPCOMING WashU stays at home for the second weekend in a row, this week hosting Emory University on Friday at 6 p.m. and University of Rochester on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Bears are 9-0 at home and remain unbeaten (13-0) on the Edwards-Fahey Court after the WU Field House floor was named after WashU men's and women's head coaches last season.

• UAA PLAY WashU finished the weekend 2-0 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play at home, defeating Carnegie Mellon 79-69 on Friday before a 95-66 win over Case Western on Sunday. With the two victories, the Bears maintain a tie for first place with Chicago with a 7-2 UAA record.

• UAA MILESTONE WashU recorded its 350th UAA victory and is the first program within the UAA to reach the mark. The UAA was established in 1986 and is in its 30th year.

NATIONAL POLLS WashU remains No. 9 in the national poll while moving up to No. 6 in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) poll.

• UAA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Sophomore Madeline Homoly was named the UAA Athlete of the Week on Monday, Feb. 6 after helping the Bears to a 2-0 record. Homoly averaged 20.5 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal per game over the weekend. Against Case Western on Feb. 5, she shot 10-of-11 from the field while scoring 24 points in 22 minutes of action. The Kansas City, Mo.-native has scored in double figures for the Bears in six straight games, including a career-high 33 on Jan. 29.

• SIX IN A ROW The Bears have won six-games in a row, all within the UAA. During the streak sophomore Madeline Homoly (20.5) and junior Natalie Orr (15.8) are scoring in bunches. Homoly has totaled 123 of her 264 points on the season during the run while Orr has drained 10 three pointers and is just two away from tying Sara Ettner's 97 career threes for 10th all-time in school history.

• TRICK OF ALL TRADES Senior Zoe Vernon has contributed to the Bears six-game winning streak in a variety of ways. During the six-game stretch she is averaging 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.33 assists per game. The senior forward also has added two steals and four blocks while shooting 52.2 percent from the field (24-46).

• STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE According to the winning percentage of WashU opponents, the Bears possess the fifth toughest schedule in all of Division III. WashU's opponents possess a 0.651 winning percentage. The number one and two spots on the list are WashU opponents, Illinois Wesleyan (0.679) and Chicago (0.659). Both No. 10 DePauw (21-1) and No. 13 Wartburg (20-2) suffered losses to the Bears. 


Emory enters the weekend with a 13-7 overall record and 4-5 record within UAA play but the Eagles have struggled during UAA games on the road this season. Emory is 1-4 away from home during UAA games this season, including a two-game skid. 

The Eagles are second to the UAA leading Bears in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.46-1.15), assists per game (18.2-17.5) and scoring margin (16.5-13.4).

Freshman Lindsey Tse leads the UAA in assists (90), assists per game (4.5) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.50). Her 2.50 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks ninth in Division III.

Sophomore Ashley Oldshue (16.4 ppg) is a proficient scorer, shooting 55.4 percent from the field. Her shooting percentage ranks third within the UAA.

Senior guard Shellie Kaniut led the Eagles with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists during WashU's 76-65 win in Atlanta on Jan. 13.

Expected starting lineup: Ashley Oldshue, Michelle Bevan, Lindsey Tse, Shellie Kaniut and Fran Sweeney.


• Alexandra Leslie is one of the top players in the UAA and entire country. Several of Leslie's statistics rank in the top 100 players in Division III including her 22.1 points per game (11th), 11 double-doubles (34th), 10.1 rebounds per game (69th) and 1.70 blocked shots per game (87th).

The Bears hold a 43-17 advantage in the all-time series between WashU and Rochester. However, the Yellowjackets have won the last two meetings including a 67-53 win in Rochester on Jan. 15. The Bears finished the game with a season-low 30.4 percent shooting percentage and made just 2-of-20 attempts from beyond the arc. Rochester leads the UAA in field-goal percentage defense (35.2).

The Yellowjackets are a single game behind WashU and Chicago in the UAA standings with a 6-3 record. Rochester finished last weekend on the road with a split, falling to NYU 64-61 on Friday before defeating Brandeis 77-65 on Sunday.

• Lauren Deming is the only other Yellowjacket to average in double-figures (11.5) while Lauren Foley is the third leading scorer with 7.6 points per game.

Expected starting lineup: Lauren Deming, Alexandra Leslie, Brenna James, Sarah Kaminsky and Lauren Foley.