Women’s hoops stays tied for 1st in UAA

The No. 3 women’s basketball team (18-2, 8-1 UAA) picked up two UAA road wins to remain in first place in the conference race.

The Bears defeated Carnegie Mellon University, 83-58, on Feb. 3 in Pittsburgh. Senior Danielle Beehler finished the first half with 17 points and nine rebounds, as the Bears took a 49-28 lead to the locker room. Beehler finished with a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds as she recorded her eighth double-double of the season.

On Feb. 5, the Red and Green erased a 12-point halftime deficit to rally past No. 24 University of Rochester, 66-62. Tied at 58, senior Kelly Manning hit a deep 3-pointer and then a jump shot to give the Bears the lead for good at 63-58 with 1:55 remaining.

Men’s hoops loses two league road games

The men’s basketball team (13-7, 5-4 UAA) dropped two UAA road games and is now tied for third in the UAA.

The Bears’ rally fell short on Feb. 3 as WUSTL dropped a 79-72 decision at No. 18 Carnegie Mellon. The Bears had a chance to tie the game with 18 seconds left after stealing the inbounds pass, but Danny O’Boyle’s 3-pointer was off the mark.

Sophomore Troy Ruths finished with a game-high 22 points.

On Feb. 5, the Bears dropped their third straight game with a 67-55 loss at Rochester. Ruths led the Bears with 12 points and a career-high six assists as he scored in double figures for the 25th consecutive game.

Track & field teams compete in Titan Open

The indoor track and field teams competed at the Illinois Wesleyan University Titan Open on Feb. 4 in Bloomington, Ill.

The Bears women took second with 82 points, just behind host IWU (89 points). The men’s squad placed fourth with 51.33 points, while Central College (Iowa) won with 77 points.

Junior Delaina Martin had another big day for the women, winning the weight throw. Martin registered a throw of 16.57 meters, which is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. The 4×400-meter relay squad also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, clocking a time of 3:57.51.

Seniors David Skiba and Drew Martin highlighted the men’s squad. Skiba won the 55 hurdles in 7.78, while Martin took first in the shot put with a throw of 14.95 meters (49-3/4). The 4×400 relay squad also placed second in 3:23.39.