Women's Basketball Selected to Host 1st & 2nd NCAA Rounds

Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos
Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos


St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 25, 2019 – The No. 19-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball team learned that it will play host to George Fox University, Greenville University and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater during the NCAA Division III Tournament First and Second Rounds Friday and Saturday, March 1-2.

The opening game will be played by No. 11 George Fox against Greenville Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m. The the Bears are scheduled in a First Round matchup with UW-Whitewater at 7:30 p.m. The winners of each game will meet Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. for a chance to advance to the NCAA sectionals.

Ticket prices for adults will cost $7 and $5 for seniors, students and youth. WashU undergraduate students will be admitted free with WashU issued student ID.

WashU (19-6) won its 24th University Athletic Association (UAA) championship this season to earn the league's automatic bid. The Bears are making their 30th-consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. WashU has a 72-27 (.727) all-time mark in NCAA Tournament play, while the total wins are a Division III most.

The Bears are also the NCAA Division III National Championships leader with five titles, including four-straight from 1998-2001 as well as one in 2010.

UW-Whitewater (18-9) enters the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in the past 12 seasons and the 18th overall time in program history. The Warhawks earned an at-large bid to postseason play after tying for second in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference standings and placing second in the conference tournament this past weekend.

WashU is 1-0 in its only meeting with UW-Whitewater. The Bears defeated the Warhawks 62-45 during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Senior guard Rachael Sondag and senior forward Stephanie Botkin combined to score 13 points in the victory during their freshman campaigns.

George Fox (24-3) enters the weekend on a 12-game winning streak and captured an automatic bid by winning its 13th Northwest Conference Championship. The Bruins have earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 15 of the last 19 seasons. Head coach Michael Meek was named the NWC Coach of the Year after leading the team to its ninth tournament appearance in his 10 seasons at the helm.

The Bears are 1-1 all-time against the Bruins as both programs have some of the best NCAA Tournament resumes. George Fox is fourth all-time in postseason winning percentage with a mark of 31-13 (.705) compared to the Bears second-best .727 mark.

Greenville (23-4) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by posting a 72-66 win over Spalding University to win the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Tournament. The Panthers are making their second NCAA Tournament appearance.

WashU defeated Greenville in the Panthers lone appearance during the 2016 Tournament. The Bears won 87-48 as four players from the current squad, Sondag (10), senior guard Caroline Ballard (9), Botkin (4) and senior guard Becca Clark-Callender (3) scored in the win.