WUSTL adds women’s golf team for 2008-09

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Director of Athletics John Schael announced women’s golf will be added to the intercollegiate athletics program and begin play for the 2008-09 season.

Director of Intramurals and Club Sports Sean Curtis, who has coached the team as a club the past two seasons, will lead the squad.

With the addition of women’s golf, WUSTL boasts 19 intercollegiate athletic teams, including 10 varsity women’s programs. Women’s golf is the first new sport since softball made its debut in 2000.

Men’s basketball moves into first place

The No. 9 men’s basketball team won two conference games at home last weekend to move into sole possession of first place in the University Athletic Association (UAA).

Austin Henry, 10, of Fenton, Mo., waits for an autograph from WUSTL basketball player Ross Kelley following the Bears’ Feb. 10 victory against the University of Rochester. The event was part of Youth Day at the Field House, which included giveaways, face painting and an appearance by NCAA mascot JJ Jumper. Besides Kelley, WUSTL players giving autographs were (from far left) Tom Blount, Brett Sapp, Tyler Gordon and John Wolf.

On Feb. 9, the Bears defeated Carnegie Mellon, 79-68, behind a career-high 25 points from senior Danny O’Boyle. O’Boyle was one of three Bears to score at least 20 points; junior Tyler Nading and senior Troy Ruths both netted 20 points.

On Feb. 10, WUSTL picked up a hard-fought 54-53 victory against No. 3 Rochester. The win was the Bears’ 26th consecutive in the WUSTL Field House.

Ruths finished with a game-high 18 points, and he moved past Chris Jeffries (1999-2003) into second-place on the WUSTL all-time scoring list (1,530).

The Bears (16-4, 7-2 UAA) return to action Friday, Feb. 15, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Women’s hoops tied for league lead

The No. 22 women’s basketball team picked up two wins last weekend in University Athletic Association (UAA) action and moved into a tie for first place in the conference.

The Bears defeated Carnegie Mellon, 64-37, Feb. 8 and were led by sophomore Zoe Unruh, who scored 12 points.

WUSTL completed the weekend sweep by topping No. 7 University of Rochester, 63-61, in overtime Feb. 10. Freshman Alex Hoover drove the lane and made a layup as time expired in overtime to give the Bears a two-point victory. Rochester began the weekend 7-0 in the UAA but lost two games and left St. Louis tied with WUSTL for first place. The two schools have split two meetings this year. The WUSTL women will be back in action Friday, Feb. 15, at Case Western Reserve University.

Track team competes at Keck Invitational

The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Bob Keck Invitational in Bloomington, Ill., Feb. 9.

The women’s team took third at the event with 76 points, and the men’s squad picked up 62.5 points to grab sixth place.

Freshman Ben Harmon won the long jump with an NCAA provisional distance of 6.99 meters, and senior Jesse McDaniel took first in the mile run with a time of 4:19.91.

For the women, junior Danielle Wadlington set an NCAA mark in the triple jump, winning the event with a distance of 11.29 meters. Senior Angela Hartman was the runner-up in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:18.08.

Both teams return to action Saturday, Feb. 16, at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Open.