Women’s Basketball Preview – 19th Annual McWilliams Classic

Women’s Basketball Preview – 19th Annual McWilliams Classic

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St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 3, 2019 -The Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball team hosts the 19th Annual McWilliams Classic on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 at the WU Field House. 

The Bears will face Greenville on Friday, at 7 p.m. after No. 25 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps takes on Hendrix at 5 p.m. On Saturday, WashU will tip at 7 p.m. against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps after Greenville and Hendrix match up at 5 p.m.

SCOUTING GREENVILLE –The Panthers are 2-3 on the season and will take on Westminster in St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) play on Wed., Dec. 4. Head Coach Roy Mulholland became the all-time wins leader in GU women's basketball history with his 294th win in 92-48 win over Lincoln Christian (Nov. 26). Freshman Emily Reinneck (13.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 2.6 apg), freshman Madelyn Stephen (11.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg,1.6 bpg) and senior Brittany Lopez (11.5 ppg, 7.5 apg, 2.5 spg) pace the Greenville offense. WashU holds a 10-4 all-time series lead and won the squads last meeting 71-55 at Greenville (Dec. 3, 2018).

SCOUTING CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS –The No. 25 Athenas bring in a 5-0 record, including a 64-54 win over UAA foe Emory at home (Nov. 22). The CMS offense is led by senior Lindsay Cleary (13.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 spg), junior Kate Perrish (13.2 ppg, 11 rpg) and junior Maezelle Millan (9.0 ppg, 3.8 apg, 3.8 spg). The Bears hold a 2-0 series advantage, including a 66-49 win in the 16th Annual McWilliams Classic (Nov. 20, 2016).

BEAR TRACKS –WashU finished third in the Midwest Challenge, falling to No. 11 DePauw 69-58 on Saturday, Nov. 30 before bouncing back to collect a 67-47 win over Rose-Hulman on Sunday, Dec. 1. Sophomore Samantha Weaver matched a career-high 16 points against DePauw while freshman Sammi Matoush tallied a career-high 15 points against Rose-Hulman. 

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

– After landing at No. 24 in the preseason D3Hoops.compoll (Oct. 31), WashU fell out of the top 25, but received 3 votes in the Dec. 2 edition. The Bears are tied with Chicago at No. 22 in the WBCA Coaches Poll (Nov. 26). 

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 will face Fontbonne on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at Mabee Gymnasium on Fontbonne's campus.