A 61-52 home win for the Bears over New York University Feb. 24 sets up a showdown with the University of Chicago in the regular season finale Saturday, March 1, in Chicago.
Both teams are 10-3 in University Athletic Association play and will vie for the outright conference title and an automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Division III tournament. Senior Troy Ruths celebrated senior day against NYU by scoring 31 points, becoming just the second player in WUSTL history to eclipse 1,600 points in a career.
Women’s basketball to play for league title
The No. 24 women’s basketball team won a pair of crucial home University Athletic Association (UAA) games last weekend, defeating Brandeis University, 74-56, Feb. 22, and topping New York University, 71-55, Feb. 24.
Sophomore forward Janice Evans led the Bears in both games. The victories set up a showdown at the University of Chicago Saturday, March 1, at 1 p.m. Both schools are 10-3 in conference play, and the winner of the game will win both the league title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.
Men’s tennis third at ITA championship
The No. 7 men’s tennis team upset No. 2-ranked Emory University, 7-2, to win the third-place match at the 2008 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 24 in St. Peter, Minn.
Sophomore John Watts clinched the first victory against Emory in school history with a 6-4, 6-2 win over 20th-ranked Michael Goodwin at No. 1 singles. The victory for Watts was the 50th of his career in singles, improving his overall record to 50-7 (.877). The Bears (4-2) return to action Saturday, March 1, against Luther College.
Swimming and Diving compete in UAA meet
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams finished in fourth and second place, respectively, at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships in Rochester, N.Y., Feb. 21-23.
The women’s team compiled 1,284 points while the men’s team finished with 1,142 points.
Senior diver Priya Srikanth swept the diving events for the women’s team and was named the UAA Diver of the Year for the second consecutive year. Head diving coach Meg Dierkes received UAA Diving Coach of the Year honors.
Freshman freestyle swimmer David Chao of the men’s team was named men’s Rookie of the Year. Head coach Brad Shively and assistant coach Beth Whittle were named the UAA Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year.
The women’s team heads to the NCAA championships March 13-15 in Oxford, Ohio.
Track and Field runs at Wartburg Invitational
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The men’s and women’s track and field teams ran in their final competition before the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships, placing third and second, respectively, at the three-team Wartburg Invitational in Waverly, Iowa, Feb. 23.
The women’s team won five of the meet’s 15 events, while the men picked up two wins.
The UAA Championships will be held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Friday and Saturday, March 7-8.
Women’s tennis drops spring opener
The No. 21 women’s tennis team lost its spring opener to No. 19 University of Chicago, 5-4, Feb. 23.
The Bears’ team of sophomore Allison Dender and freshman Kristin Fleming won at No. 3 doubles, 8-0, and the Red and Green were victorious at Nos. 4, 5 and 6 singles. Freshman Jaclyn Bild won at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-1; freshman Kaylee Cassady won in the No. 5 slot, 6-4, 6-1; and freshman Elise Sambol picked up the squad’s third singles win, 6-0, 6-2.
WUSTL returns to action Feb. 29 against Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.
Softball notches 2-2 record in Texas
The No. 24 softball team opened the season by splitting four games at the Easton Classic in Tyler, Texas.
The Bears posted victories over Mary Hardin-Baylor (7-1) and Texas at Dallas (7-1), while losing to Texas-Tyler (8-0) and East Texas Baptist (13-4). Freshman pitcher Claire Voris posted a 2-0 record with a 2.29 earned run average in three games pitched.