Women’s basketball in line for 8th UAA crown
The No. 10 women’s basketball team picked up two conference home wins to remain in a first-place tied in the University Athletic Association race.
WUSTL upended Carnegie Mellon University, 75-47, Feb. 18 at the WUSTL Field House. Senior Hallie Hutchens recorded her second straight double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win; she has a team-best five double-doubles on the season. Classmate Kelly Manning finished with a game-high 16 points and five rebounds.
On Feb. 20, the Bears defeated the University of Rochester, 78-56. WUSTL snared 30 offensive rebounds that resulted in 30 second-chance points; the Bears’ first 15 points of the game came courtesy of second opportunities. Junior Alicia Herald notched her first career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Hutchens added 11 points and eight boards. WUSTL held a 57-25 overall in rebounding, including a 30-9 spread on the offensive glass.
The team returns to action Feb. 26 against the University of Chicago. With a win, the Bears will claim at least a share of their eighth straight UAA title. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. at the WUSTL Field House.
Track and field teams show well at Iowa
The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the University of Iowa Open in Iowa City, Iowa Feb. 18. Though no team scores were kept, the Bears turned in a number of strong individual performances.
Freshman Morgen Leonard-Fleckman broke the women’s pole vault school record with a vault of 3.51 meters (11-6 1/4). The mark also provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Additionally, sophomore Delaina Martin came within one centimeter of matching her personal best mark in the weight throw with a mark of 15.47 meters (50-9 1/4).
On the men’s side, junior David Skiba won the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.58, while the men’s distance medley relay squad came within one second (10:15.36) of provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Indoors.
WUSTL returns to action Feb. 25-26 at the UAA Championships in New York.
Men upset Rochester, stay tied for third
The men’s basketball team posted a 1-1 record to remain in a tie for third place in the UAA standings.
The Bears fell to Carnegie Mellon, 99-93, Feb. 18 at the WUSTL Field House. Junior Scott Stone led WUSTL with 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, including three 3-pointers. Senior Anthony Hollins contributed six points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
On Feb. 20, the Bears notched their biggest UAA win of the season as WUSTL posted a 62-59 win over No. 20 Rochester. The Bears won their 50th straight game when holding an opponent under 60 points.
Senior Seth Hauben finished with game-highs of 26 points and 17 rebounds for Rochester. He was the only Yellowjackets player to score in double figures.
Freshman Troy Ruths led the Bears with 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots, while Stone added 13 points.
WUSTL returns to action Feb. 26 against Chicago. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. at the WUSTL Field House.
Women’s tennis team dominates at Principia
The No. 16 women’s tennis team competed at the Principia College Invitational Feb. 18-19 in Elsah, Ill.
Senior Kacie Cook led the way with a perfect 6-0 record for the weekend. She went 3-0 at No. 1 singles, recording straight-set wins in each of those matches. In doubles play, she paired with her sister, Ashley, at the second spot and also posted a 3-0 mark. The tandem won 8-0 in the first round, 8-2 in the second and 8-6 in the final.
As a team, the Bears went 18-2 in singles play, winning five of the six singles flights. WUSTL also went 10-0 in doubles play, winning all three flights.
The team wil return to play Feb. 26 at No. 6 DePauw University.