Sports updates Jan. 3

Women’s basketball splits pair in Ohio

The No. 4 women’s basketball team split a pair of games at the Ohio Wesleyan University Bishop Classic Dec. 29-30 in Delaware, Ohio.

WUSTL fell to second-ranked Hope College, 49-47, in a rematch of the 2010 NCAA Division III national championship game won by the Bears last March by a score of 65-59.

The team trailed Hope by seven points at the half, but used a 10-3 run to start the second half to knot the score at 33-33. No more than two points separated the two teams until Hope pulled ahead by four with less that a minute to play.

The Bears closed within two thanks to an Alex Hoover lay-up, but sophomore Kristin Anda’s baseline jumper with three seconds remaining rimmed out and Hope held on for the two-point win.

WUSTL bounced back with a 71-59 win over Bluffton University in the Bishop Classic consolation game. Anda finished the game with a career-high 14 points, 10 of which came during the second half. Junior Bethany Morrison also reached a new career-high in scoring, with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, and senior Kathryn Berger led all scorers with 15 points, and was also named to the All-Tournament Team.

WUSTL (9-2) returns to action at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, to commence its 2011 University Athletic Association campaign at the University of Chicago.

Brown earns all-America accolades

Senior cornerback Brandon Brown earned first-team All-America honors by, as announced by the website.

Brown is the first WUSTL student-athlete to garner football All-America honors since Drew Wethington was a third-team All-America selection in 2006, and is the 35th student-athlete in school history to earn the distinction.

Additionally, Brown is the ninth first-team All-American selection in WUSTL football history, and the first in 11 years; Tim Runnalls was the Bears’ last first-team All-American in 1999.

Brown also was a first-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) and All-South Region Team selection in 2010.

Also the UAA Defensive Player of the Year, Brown made 40 tackles and had two interceptions as a senior. He was tops in the UAA with 16 passes defended.

Other honors include: a first-team preseason all-America selection and a Consensus Draft Services preseason second-team all-American in 2010; a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII selection and a member of the UAA Presidents Scholar Athlete Team in 2009.

A three-time academic all-UAA selection, Brown has a 3.70 grade point average will graduate in May with a degree in mechanical engineering. Brown started all 40 games at cornerback in his career, making 160 tackles with 12 interceptions — tied for seventh-most in school history.

Men’s basketball returns to action after winter break

Following 16 days off, the men’s basketball team returns to action with two games this week.

The Bears host Benedictine University at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, followed by a road game at the University of Chicago at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.