Men’s basketball improves to 18-4

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The No. 7 men’s basketball team improved to 18-4 overall with two University Athletic Association (UAA) wins on the road last weekend.

Senior Troy Ruths scored a game-high 25 points, including a pair of free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining to lead the Bears to a 71-68 victory at Case Western Reserve University Feb. 15. Junior Tyler Nading had 19 points and 15 rebounds, picking up the third double-double of his career.

Two days later, Nading scored 19 points to become the 17th player in school history to score 1,000 or more points in a 78-71 overtime win at Emory University. Nading hit a 15-foot jumper with 2:17 left in overtime, pushing him over the 1,000-point plateau.

WUSTL (18-4, 9-2 UAA) opens a two-game home stand against No. 10 Brandeis University Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m.

Women’s hoops face four-way tie for first

The No. 18 women’s basketball team went 1-1 during its final University Athletic Association (UAA) road trip, defeating Case Western Reserve, 74-65, Feb. 15, but falling to Emory University, 68-66, Feb. 17.

The loss drops the Bears to 16-6 overall and 8-3 in the UAA. Washington University is now in a four-way tie for first place in the conference with Brandeis University, University of Rochester and University of Chicago.

WUSTL will have a chance to break that tie Friday, Feb. 22, when it hosts Brandeis University in the Field House at 6 p.m.

Men’s tennis suffers first loss of season

The No. 7 men’s tennis team dropped its first match of the season in a 5-2 loss at Division I Illinois State University Feb. 16.

Freshman Max Woods and junior Nirmal Choradia picked up the lone win in doubles, notching a 9-7 win at the No. 3 spot.

WUSTL picked up two impressive singles victories, as sophomore Danny Levy won at No. 4, 6-4, 6-4, while Choradia posted a 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 come-from-behind victory at the No. 6 spot. Choradia was the lone Bear to post two wins on the day, picking up his 80th career victory.

WUSTL will participate at the 2008 NCAA Division III National Indoor Championships next weekend in St. Peter, Minn. The Bears face No. 6 DePauw University Friday, Feb. 22, in the first round.

Track and field teams compete in Wisconsin

The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Open Feb. 16.

The men’s team picked up a pair of third-place finishes in the distance events.

The women’s team also ran well in the distance and middle-distance events. The Bears took the top three spots in the mile run, led by freshman Kelli Blake.