Men’s basketball unbeaten in UAA

The men’s basketball team scored 12 unanswered points to start and never looked back en route to a 79-58 win over University Athletic Association (UAA) foe Emory University Jan. 18.

Junior Aaron Thompson moved past the 800-point mark in his WUSTL career. He now has 808 points in nearly three seasons.

It was a historic game for senior Sean Wallis, who finished the game with 11 points and eight assists, passing Matt Tabash for third place in assists all-time. Tabash had 429 career assists in four seasons (1999-2003) on the Danforth Campus.

The Bears have now won 74 consecutive games when holding an opponent under 60 points. The win was the 490th of head coach Mark Edwards’ career, and the Bears are now 42-3 (.933) at home since the 2005-06 season, including a 5-0 mark this year.

With 11 games remaining in its regular-season slate, WUSTL has clinched its school-record 25th-consecutive winning season under Edwards.

Junior Aaron Thompson (14 points), sophomore Caleb Knepper (13), senior Tyler Nading (11) and Wallis (11) each scored in double figures. With his 14 points, Thompson eclipsed 800 for his career, now standing at 808 over his three seasons on the Danforth Campus.

In an 87-77 win over Case Western Reserve University Jan. 16, Nading dropped in 21 points, and Thompson added 19.

WUSTL finished the game with a 38-25 advantage on the glass, outrebounding Case Western 25-9 in the second half.

The No. 3 Bears (13-1, 3-0 UAA) begins a four-game road trip at Rochester Friday, Jan. 23.

Women’s basketball wins seven straight

The No. 20 women’s basketball team defeated Case Western Reserve University, 76-40, and Emory University, 77-50, last weekend at the WU Field House.

With the two wins, the Bears pushed their current winning streak to seven straight games and improved to 3-0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). WUSTL has now won 21 straight conference home games dating back to the 2006-07 season.

WUSTL (11-3, 3-0 UAA) will put its seven-game winning streak on the line at top-ranked University of Rochester Friday, Jan. 23. Rochester is 14-0 and 3-0 in the UAA. The teams split their two meetings a year ago, with the home team prevailing in overtime in both cases.

Women’s swimming wins WU Invitational

The women’s swim team finished first, and the men placed second out of seven teams at the 25th Annual Washington University Invitational meet Jan. 16 and 17.

The women eclipsed NCAA provisional standards in three races over the weekend, while the men’s team met a pair of NCAA “B” cuts. The women’s squad took first in 10 events and featured 20 top three performances, and the men’s team won seven races, with 16 top three finishes.

WUSTL has one final regular-season meet before they compete at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships. WUSTL will face Principia College Friday, Jan. 23, in Elsah, Ill.

Men’s track wins Rose-Hulman meet

The men’s indoor track and field team got off to a strong start to the 2009 season, winning the Rose-Hulman Double Dual meet in its season opener Jan. 16 in Terre Haute, Ind.

The women fell to defending NCAA Division III champion Illinois Wesleyan University, 78-66, at Rose-Hulman.

The WUSTL men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will return to action Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Illinois College Snowbird Open in Jacksonville, Ill.