Men’s basketball likes home cooking

Senior Troy Ruths scored a game-high 26 points to lead the No. 7 men’s basketball team to a 76-50 win in its University Athletic Association (UAA) opener against the University of Chicago Jan. 12.

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The win was the Bears’ 22nd consecutive at home, tying the school’s all-time record, a streak that was set from 1994-96. Ruths moved into eighth place on the University’s all-time scoring list, passing Kevin Folkl. Ruths has scored to date 1,366 points in four years on the Danforth Campus. Ruths also grabbed three rebounds, passing Fred Amos for eighth place on the WUSTL all-time rebounding list with 576. The Bears (10-2, 1-0 UAA) return to action at home 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, against Emory University.

Ward leads women’s basketball to victory

Junior Halsey Ward scored a career-high 26 points in the women’s basketball team’s 67-56 win in its University Athletic Association (UAA) opener over the University of Chicago in the WUSTL Field House Jan. 12.

The Bears overcame an early 15-5 deficit to win the game. Sophomore Zoe Unruh scored 14 points in the win, and freshman Kathryn Berger tallied 10 points, scoring in double figures for her fourth-straight game. The Bears (9-3, 1-0 UAA) return to action at home 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, against Emory University.

Swimming & diving back in competition

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams returned to action for the first time since Dec. 1 to pick up a pair of wins against Lindenwood University in the Millstone Pool Jan. 11.

The women’s squad took first place in 11 events, including both diving events. Senior Priya Srikanth swept the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events with scores of 246.15 and 269.10 respectively. The men’s squad grabbed nine victories in its win, paced by junior Kevin Leckey, who won the 200-yard IM (1:58.65) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.35).

The men’s team returned to the pool Jan 12, defeating Wabash College on the road, 172-126. Both teams return to action 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, when they will begin competition in the two-day WUSTL Invitational.

WUSTL softball spins gold in Argentina

WUSTL had two current student-athletes and two former players win the gold medal for Team USA at the 11th Annual Maccabi Pan American Games held in December in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Team USA posted a 4-1 overall record in the tournament. Senior outfielder Karli Stander captured Offensive Most Valuable Player honors of the tournament after hitting a team-best .600 (9-15) with nine singles.

Sophomore infielder Caitlyn Hoffman saw limited time at the Pan Am Games, hitting .400 (2-5) with a double and a triple.

Jamie Kressel, a 2007 graduate, picked up Most Valuable Player honors, hitting .429 with two doubles, two triples and three RBIs.

Monica Hanono, a 2006 graduate, was also a bright spot for Team USA, batting .444 (8-18) with a triple and a team-leading five RBIs.