Women's Basketball Returns Home for Pair of Games

Photo by Marco Quaroni
Photo by Marco Quaroni

PAST WEEK RECAP WashU returns to the WU Field House, sporting a 4-3 record after a 1-1 road trip last week. The Bears defeated Greenville 71-55 on Monday, Dec. 3 before falling in a tightly contested matchup with Westminster (Mo.) 70-68. Westminster exited the game with a seven-game winning streak on Thurs. Dec. 6. Senior forward Madeline Homoly averaged a double-double by reaching double figures in points and rebounds in both contests, averaging 17.5 ppg and 10.5 reb/g.

CLOSING IN ON 1,000 After Homoly scored 35 points last week, she is 15 points of joining the elusive 1,000 point club. In WashU program history, the Bears have had just 13 players do so, with Melissa Gilkey (2011-2015) as the last player to do so on Jan. 31, 2014.

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK Prior to winter break, WashU will host Fontbonne University and Loras College. The Bears and Griffins will clash in the Wydown Showdown during a doubleheader of action as the women's teams will play Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. and the men's programs will commence at 8 p.m. The Griffins enter the week with a 3-4 record on the season and the Bears hold a 38-4 mark all-time. WashU will host Loras on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. The Duhawks enter the week with a 5-3 record (not including a midweek contest against Buena Vista). WashU owns a 4-1 record all-time against Loras, but the Duhawks won the most recent contest during the 2015-16 season.

STATS OF NOTE Some takeaways from the first seven games of the season include:
    - WashU is 3-0 when it makes more three-pointers than its opponent.
    - The Bears have totaled more assists than the opposition in all four of their  wins.
    - WashU's loss to Westminster snapped a perfect record of 4-0 when the Bears finished the game with a higher field goal percentage. WashU shot 47.5-percent while the Blue Jays finished with a 41-percent clip.

LEADING THE UAA WashU has several figures that rank first in the University Athletic Association (UAA): assist-to-turnover ratio (1.16), assists per game (17.8), field-goal percentage (43.8%), rebound margin (+8.8) and scoring margin (+13.5).

UAA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Homoly shared the Women's Basketball UAA Athlete of the Week with Leah Weslock (CMU) after averaging a double-double, with 17.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She has two consecutive double-doubles this season and three on the year. Homoly recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds against Westminster.

FRESHMEN IMPACT WashU's class of 2022 is made up of three individuals who have seen an increase in playing time as the season has progressed. All three are nearly averaging 10 minutes of playing time per game: Samantha Weaver (15.5), Isabelle Hren (15.2) and Hayley Semple (9.8).