Men’s basketball drops two on the road

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The Bears dropped a pair of games on the road last week, losing at No. 3 University of Rochester, 73-70, in overtime Feb. 1, and then falling flat at Carnegie Mellon University, 86-55, Feb. 3. WUSTL led Rochester 60-54 with two minutes remaining in regulation, but the Yellowjackets closed on a 9-3 scoring run and forced overtime with a 12-foot bank shot as time expired.

The men’s team returns to action 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, against Carnegie Mellon in the Field House. Also this weekend, both the men’s and women’s team will host a Youth Day doubleheader Sunday, Feb. 10, against the University of Rochester. The day will include team poster giveaways, autograph sessions, face painting and NCAA mascot JJ Jumper performing at halftime. The men tip-off first at 11:30 a.m. followed by the women at 1:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball hosts ‘pink out’

The women’s team split its two road games last week, falling at No. 10 University of Rochester, 58-55, in overtime Feb. 1, and winning at Carnegie Mellon University, 54-47, Feb. 3. Sophomore Zoe Unruh scored 10 second-half points to power WUSTL to victory against Carnegie Mellon.

The next game is 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, vs. Carnegie Mellon in the Field House, a “pink out” event for breast cancer awareness in which fans are encouraged to wear pink in a show of support.

Softball ranked No. 24 in preseason poll

The softball team is ranked No. 24 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Preseason Top 25 Poll.

Third-year head coach Leticia Pineda-Boutte guided WUSTL to a 35-7 overall record in 2007 and a runner-up finish at the College World Series.

The Bears return 11 letterwinners, including 10 position players and one starting pitcher. The season begins Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m., against the University of Texas-Tyler at the Easton Classic in Tyler, Texas.

Another week, another pole vault record

The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Titan Open Feb. 2 in Bloomington, Ill. The women’s team took fourth at the event with 68 points, and the men’s squad picked up 20 points to grab seventh place. Senior Morgen Leonard-Fleckman broke a school record in the pole vault for the second consecutive week, posting a leap of 3.74 meters. Senior Abbey Hartmann took home the other first-place finish, winning the 5,000-meter run.

The men’s team continued to post impressive 4×400 relay times, placing second in the event. Both squads will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 9, returning to Bloomington, Ill., to compete in the Bob Keck Invitational.

Men’s tennis defeats UMSL in opener

The No. 7 men’s tennis team opened the 2008 spring season with a 9-0 win against Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis Feb. 1 at Sunset Tennis Center.

The Bears have won 13 straight matches at home and 30 of their past 31. WUSTL won all six singles matches in straight sets. Sophomore John Watts (No. 1), junior Charlie Cutler (No. 2), sophomore Danny Levy (No. 3), freshman Max Woods (No. 4), junior Chris Hoeland (No. 5) and freshman Isaac Stein (No. 6) each picked up victories. The team (2-0) returns to action Saturday, Feb. 16, at 1:30 p.m. at Division I Illinois State University.