Men repeat as Div. III champs, women fall short

Men’s basketball Bears are NCAA National Champions

Salem, Va., March 21, 2009 — Senior Tyler Nading scored a game-high 20 points and senior Sean Wallis added 16 points and 10 assists as the Washington University in St. Louis men’s basketball team repeated as NCAA Division III National Champions with a 61-52 victory over No. 6 Richard Stockton College on Saturday at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va.

Washington University, which won its 13th-straight postseason game, is the fourth NCAA Division III team to repeat as National Champions joining North Park University (1978-80), University of Wisconsin-Platteville (1998-99) and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

“As you have found out all year long with this team, we find ways to win,” said Washington University head coach Mark Edwards.”It’s great to be back to the city of Salem, but even greater to walk out of here with the big trophy.” More >>

WUSTL women fall to George Fox in national Div. III title game

Holland, Mich., March 21, 2009 — Senior Jaimie McFarlin led the No. 5 Washington University in St. Louis women’s basketball team on a frenzied second-half comeback attempt that fell just short as the Bears lost, 60-53, to No. 3 George Fox University in the 2009 NCAA Division III National Championship game on Saturday, March 21, at the DeVos Fieldhouse in Holland, Mich.

Washington U. (26-5)trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half before using a 15-2 run to cut its deficit to just one point. However, the Red and Green could never tie or take the lead in the waning moments of the game as George Fox (32-0) held on to win the first women’s basketball national championship in school history. More >>