Sports updates Jan. 10

Women’s basketball comeback falls short

The No. 5 women’s basketball team hit three 3-pointers with under a minute to play but was unable to come back from an 11-point second-half deficit in a 73-71 loss at the University of Chicago in the University Athletic Association (UAA) opener for both teams Jan. 8.

Junior Dani Hoover led the Bears with a career-high 17 points and a personal best five 3-point field goals, while sophomore Kristin Anda (13 points) and senior Kathryn Berger (13 points) also scored in double figures. The Bears trailed by eight points with under a minute to play when Hoover drilled a three to make the score 70-65 and following a pair of Joann Torres free-throws Hoover struck again, with another three to cut the Chicago lead to four.

The Maroons’ Bryanne Halfhill hit 1-of-2 free-throws to put Chicago in front by five, but the Bears came right down the court and drained another three, this time from Berger, to make it a one-possession game.

Following a timeout, WUSTL came up with the defensive stop it needed, when Berger tied up Morgan Herrick at the top of the key to create a last-chance opportunity for the Bears, but Hoover’s floater was blocked by Morgan Herrick.

The Bears (9-3, 0-1 UAA) return to action at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, hosting Emory University at the Field House.

Men’s basketball splits pair

The men’s basketball team split a pair of games last week to drop its overall record to 6-5. Freshman Tim Cooney recorded the first double-double of his career with 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to lead the Bears to a 67-52 home victory over Benedictine University Jan. 4. Cooney was one of four players to score in double figures for Washington University.

Junior Dylan Richter led the Bears with 17 points, also recording four assists, two blocks, two steals and two rebounds. Senior Spencer Gay scored 16 points with eight rebounds while swatting four shots and junior Alex Toth added 11 points while pulling down six boards.

On Jan. 8, the Bears suffered a 79-77 loss at the University of Chicago in the University Athletic Association (UAA) opener for both teams. Gay recorded his second double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore Ben Hoener (13 points) and Cooney (13 points) also scored in double figures. The Bears shot 49.1 percent (28-57) in the loss, and made a season-high 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) from 3-point range.

WUSTL (6-5, 0-1 UAA) plays its final nonconference game of the season at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Webster University.

Swimming and Diving returns to action

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams returned to action after their winter break hiatus to compete against Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and Lindenwood University Jan. 7.

Both teams captured an event win in the three-team meet. For the men’s squad, junior Chris Valach won the 1,000-meter freestyle (9:57.69) and for the women freshman Chi Pham was victorious in the 400-yard individual medley (4:41.51).

The men’s team returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, when it hosts Wabash College at the Millstone Pool. Both teams will be in competition this weekend for the Washington University Invitational.

Beddo earns honors

Men’s soccer senior back Harry Beddo was tabbed as a 2010 NCAA Division III third-team All-American in the website’s inaugural postseason award announcement Jan. 7.

As one of the primary backfield defenders in 2010, Beddo helped anchor a defensive unit that ranked sixth in Division III with a 0.42 goals against average and 16th with a 0.6 shutout percentage, recording 12 shutouts in 20 games while yielding just nine goals against.

Beddo was a four-time All-University Athletic Association (UAA) selection, earning first-team all-conference accolades in 2009 and 2010. He was a second-team NSCAA all-central region selection a year ago, but earned first-team honors for the first time in his career in 2010. He ended his stellar four-year career with 17 goals and seven assists for 41 points.

The men’s soccer team finished the season with one of the best overall records in school history, posting a 14-1-5 mark before advancing to the second round of the 2010 NCAA Division III tournament.

Jewish Sports Review honors women’s soccer players

Junior midfielder Lee Ann Felder and sophomore goalkeeper Clara Jaques have been named to the 2010 Jewish Sports Review Women’s Soccer All-America Team, as announced by the publication.

Felder picks up first-team honors after earning honorable-mention accolades in 2009, while Jaques earns first-team honors for the second-consecutive season.

The Bears have had 16 Jewish Sports Review All-America selections over the last five seasons. Washington University finished the 2010 season with an 11-8-2 overall record and qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament for the fifth-consecutive season.