Women’s Basketball Preview – Midwest Challenge

Women’s Basketball Preview – Midwest Challenge


St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 27, 2019 –The Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball team hosts the Midwest Challenge, welcoming No. 11 DePauw, No. 21 Illinois Wesleyan and Rose-Hulman to the WU Field House on Nov. 30- Dec. 1. 

The Bears will first take on No. 11 DePauw on Saturday, Nov. 30 with tipoff at 4 p.m., while No. 21 Illinois Wesleyan will face Rose-Hulman at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The third-place game of the Midwest Classic will tip at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, with the championship contest set to go at 4 p.m.

SCOUTING DePAUW – The No. 11 ranked-Tigers (4-1) suffered their first loss of their season to Wis. Lutheran 70-63 (Nov. 23). Senior Sydney Kopp leads DePauw averaging 23.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Junior Claire Keefe is averaging 13.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals per game. WashU has a 21-8 series lead against DePauw. The Bears defeated the then ranked No. 15 Tigers, 77-75, (Nov. 26, 2017) as part of the Midwest Classic in Greencastle, Ind. 

SCOUTING ILLINOIS WESLEYAN – The No. 21-ranked Titans (4-1) opened the season with four-straight wins but dropped their first game of the season to UW-Whitewater (67-55, Nov. 23). IWU is led by junior Kendall Sosa (24.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.8 ast pg), senior Sydney Shanks (16.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.0 ast pg) and junior Riley Brovelli (11.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.2 ast pg). WashU holds a 21-6 series advantage over IWU, despite the Titans collecting a 81-63 win over the Bears in the Midwest Classic (Nov. 25, 2018).

SCOUTING ROSE-HULMAN –The Fightin' Engineers 0-2 on the season, falling to No. 23 Chicago 74-53 (Nov. 26). Senior Hannah Woody averages 13.0 points, 4.0 rebound sand 2.0 steals per game to lead RHIT.  WashU holds a 4-0 advantage in the all-time series, with the Bears picking up a 62-37 victory on Nov. 24 in the Midwest Classic.

BEAR TRACKS  – The Bears defeated Rhodes 86-80 in overtime to open their five-game home stand on Nov. 22. Sophomore Samantha Weaver hit the game-tying (71-71) bucket with less than a second left. Freshman Sammi Matoush led with seven points in the OT period while Weaver and senior Kristina Schmelter both chipped in four points. 

– Schmelter collected her second career double-double when she posted 15 points and 11 rebounds against Augustana (Nov. 16). Sophomore Isabelle Hren led the Bears with a career-high 18 points and seven rebounds against Loras. 

– After landing at No. 24 in the preseason D3Hoops.com poll (Oct. 31), WashU fell out of the top 25, but received 34 points in the Nov. 25 edition. The Bears are tied with Chicago at No. 22 in the WBCA Coaches Poll (Nov. 26).  

– WashU is 16th in the nation in three-point field goal defense, holding their opponents to 19.5% from behind the arc.

MEDIA COVERAGE– All home games will be broadcast live at no cost on the WashU Sports Network. Jay Murry will provide play-by-play coverage. Live stats will also be available on the WashU Athletics website - washubears.com.

UP NEXT – WashU hosts the 19th annual McWilliams Classic Saturday, Dec. 6 - Sunday, Dec. 7 at the WU Field House. The Bears will open the event against Greenville on Friday at 7 p.m. while Hendrix and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps tip at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Hendrix will face Greenville at 5 p.m. while WashU and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will match up at 7 p.m.