Women’s hoops heading to NCAAs — again

The No. 3 women’s basketball team (22-2, 12-1 University Athletic Association) picked up two wins last weekend on the East Coast.

The Bears defeated Brandeis, 66-54, on Feb. 17 to win their ninth straight UAA championship and secured their 17th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Senior Danielle Beehler finished with 18 points, while Kelly Manning had 13 of her 16 points in the second half.

On Feb. 19, WUSTL upended No. 20 New York University, 66-54. Senior Katie Benson led the Bears with a career-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Men’s hoops picks up two league road wins

The men’s basketball team (17-7, 9-4 UAA) moved into a first-place tie in the UAA standings with to key league road wins.

Sophomore Danny O’Boyle scored 18 of his career-high 23 points in the second half to lead the Bears past Brandeis University, 78-68 on Feb. 17. O’Boyle was 8 of 10 from the field, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range in the win.

Two days later, the Bears used an 18-2 run midway through the second half to escape with a 63-59 victory at NYU. The Bears won for the 56th straight time when holding their opponents under 60 points.

O’Boyle led the Bears with 17 points, while senior Mike Grunst finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds

The win was the 200th victory in UAA history, making WUSTL the first team to reach that milestone.

Martin, Ehret lead indoor track and field

The indoor track and field teams competed at the Hoosier Hills Invitational on Friday in Bloomington, Ind. Though no team scores were kept, the Bears turned in a number of strong performances.

Senior Laura Ehret paced the women, winning the 800. She clocked a time of 2:19.38, which is a Bears season-best mark, and Junior Delaina Martin broke the school record in the shot put (12.22 m, 40-1).

Senior Karl Zelik highlighted the day for the men, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the triple jump. Zelik recorded a leap of 14.02 meters (46-0) for second place.

Men’s tennis team rolls at Principia

The No. 17 men’s tennis team won all six singles flights and two of four doubles flights at the Principia College Tournament on Feb. 17-18 in Elsah, Ill.

Seniors Zack Fayne (No. 5), William McMahan (No. 2), Ari Rosenthal (No. 1), sophomore Charlie Howard (No. 4) and freshmen Trevis Bowman (No. 6) and Charlie Cutler (No. 3) each won all three matches to win their respective flight.

In doubles, Rosenthal and Cutler cruised to three victories at No. 1 doubles, while senior Eric Borden and freshman Eric Pollak claimed the No. 4 doubles championship with three victories.

Basketball players named all-district

Sophomore Troy Ruths and senior Scott Stone of the men’s basketball team, and senior Kelly Manning of the women’s basketball team, garnered ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII honors for the College Division, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Ruths was a first-team selection and is now eligible for selection to the Academic All-America Team, which will be announced March 1, while Manning and Stone earned third-team honors.

WUSTL places 3 on D-III anniversary team

University alumni Alia Fischer and Tasha Rodgers and WUSTL head coach Nancy Fahey were named to the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball 25th Anniversary Team, as announced by the NCAA.

The team recognizes five student-athletes and one coach for their outstanding achievements while competing and coaching in NCAA championship competition.

Fischer, a center, and Rodgers, a forward, are two of the five players and Fahey is the only coach to be named to the team. The Bears players join Jessica Beachey (Concordia College, Moorhead), Page Lutz (Elizabethtown College), and Laurie Trow (University of St. Thomas) on the squad.