The No. 1-ranked women’s basketball team saw its perfect season come to an end as the Bears rolled past Carnegie Mellon University Feb. 21, 62-36, before succumbing to the University of Rochester, 82-73 Feb. 23. The loss put an end to WUSTL’s 54-game regular-season winning streak, but the victory over Carnegie Mellon gave head coach Nancy Fahey her 400th career victory. Senior Laura Crowley provided most of the fireworks as she set team single-game, single-season and career records for three-pointers over the weekend. She set school and league records by draining 10 three pointers to pace the attack against Carnegie Mellon. Against Rochester, Crowley knocked down five of eight attempts from long range, giving her 75 on the season and breaking her own WUSTL single-season record. The five threes gave her 147 for her career, making her the all-time leader.
The No. 1-ranked men’s basketball team pushed its teamrecord winning streak to 23 games Feb. 21 before seeing its perfect season squashed in overtime two days later. Behind Chris Jeffries’ game-high 22 points, the Bears thumped Carnegie Mellon 98-63 and wrapped up at least a share of their second straight University Athletic Association title. Then the party ended. For the second time this season, WUSTL and Rochester needed extra time to decide the outcome. This time it was the host Yellowjackets that held on. Jeffries’ dunk at the buzzer sent it to overtime, and in the extra session, the Bears trailed by one and forced a turnover in the final minute. Matt Tabash’s three-pointer at the buzzer was blocked and Rochester escaped with the 83-82 win.
The women’s tennis team kicked off the spring 2003 season with some impressive finishes at the Principia College Invitational Feb. 21-22. Laura Greenberg won the second singles flight with a trio of straightset wins.Sara Kabakoff won the No. 5 singles flight, winning all three in straight sets.
The men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams performed well as the women’s team captured the DePauw Classic title with the men’s team taking second. Junior All-American Kammie Holt set a Bears indoor record with a long jump of 18’10.5″. The leap shattered the meet record by 63 centimeters. Other winners were Lindsey Clark-Ryan (triple jump), Andrew Miller (long jump), Melanie Mikecz (3,000 meters), Lance Moen (400 meters), Maggie Grabow (5,000 meters), Greg Reindl (800 meters) and David Skiba (55-meter hurdles).