Sports update Feb. 7

Women’s basketball continues on a hot streak

The No. 7 women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to eight games with a pair of road wins at Carnegie Mellon University (73-37) Feb. 4 and Case Western Reserve University (69-47) Feb. 6.

Senior Hannah Cusworth tied a career-high with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the win at Carnegie Mellon, while senior Alex Hoover also scored in double figures with 10 points.

Hoover followed up Friday’s performance with a game-high 17 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the three-point range and 4-of-4 shooting from the free-throw line at Case. Junior Claire Schaeperkoetter tied a season-high with 13 points, while classmate Dani Hoover filled up the stat sheet with nine points, four rebounds and four assists.

The Bears (17-3, 8-1 University Athletic Association) wrap-up their four-game road trip at Emory University Friday, Feb. 11, and at No. 18 University of Rochester Sunday, Feb. 13.

Men’s basketball splits pair on the road

The men’s basketball team split a pair of games on the road last weekend at Carnegie Mellon University and Case Western Reserve University to drop its record to 5-4 in the University Athletic Association.

Junior Dylan Richter scored 22 of his team-high 24 points in the first half but it was not enough as the Bears dropped a 78-65 decision at Carnegie Mellon Feb. 4. Richter was 9-of-15 from the field for the game, including 6-of-12 from three-point range. Senior Spencer Gay (10 points) and sophomore Ben Hoener also scored in double figures for the Bears.

The Bears rebounded with an 80-71 win at Case Western Feb. 6. Senior Caleb Knepper scored a season-high 19 points on five three-pointers in the win, while Gay and junior Dylan Richter added 16 points each.

The Bears (11-9 overall) wrap up their four-game road trip at Emory University on Friday, Feb. 11 and at No. 18 University of Rochester Sunday, Feb. 13.

Harmon’s pentathlon performance qualifies for nationals

The men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams each placed fifth overall at the Illinois Wesleyan University Bob Keck Invitational Feb. 4-5 in Bloomington, Ill.

The weekend was highlighted by senior Ben Harmon’s performance in the Bob Keck Pentathlon Feb. 4. Harmon finished first with a final score of 3,634 points, which is a provisional qualifying score for the 2011 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships March 11 and 12.

Harmon’s tally ranks first among five NCAA provisional qualifiers nationally through this weekend’s competition. Harmon earned All-America honors in the pentathlon in 2009, when he placed third at the NCAA meet.

For the women’s team, junior Liz Phillips enjoyed another strong meet. She won the mile with a time of 5:05.74, just 1.74 seconds off the NCAA provisional qualifying mark, and also placed fifth in the 800-meter with a WUSTL season-best time of 2:17.56.

For the men’s team, junior Dan Davis grabbed the top finish in the 55-hurdles (7.61) and was also the runner-up in the 200-meter (22.78). Freshman Paul Garcia finished third in the mile (4:20.18).

Both teams return to action Saturday, Feb. 12, for the Monmouth College Fighting Scot Invitational.

Women’s tennis shocks Drury

The No. 16 women’s tennis team opened its 2011 spring season with a 7-2 victory over NCAA Division II No. 19 Drury University Feb. 6 in Springfield, Mo.

WUSTL swept through doubles play to build a commanding 3-0 lead. Junior Natalie Tingir and sophomore Kate Klein (No. 1, 8-5), freshmen Evelyn Qin and Betsy Edershile (No. 2, 8-6) and senior Elise Sambol and freshman Theresa Petraskova (No. 3, 8-4) each picked up victories for the Bears.

In singles play, Edershile lost just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Abbey Sharpe at No. 3, followed by a 6-4, 6-3 win by Qin over Valentine Lambrechts at No. 4. Petraskova defeated Alana Bellinger at No. 5, 6-4, 2-1, retired, and then Sambol picked up the other singles victory, a 6-2, 6-3 win over Ellen Bennett at No. 6.

The Bears (1-0) face another ranked opponent at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, when they take on No. 4 University of Chicago in Belleville, Ill.

Men’s tennis falls to Drury

The No. 6 men’s tennis team dropped a 6-3 decision to NCAA Division II No. 18 Drury University Feb. 6 in Springfield, Mo.

The Bears jumped out to a 2-1 lead in doubles following victories from junior Cameron Chiang and sophomore Kareem Farah at No. 2 (8-4) and sophomores Gary Parizher and Adam Putterman at No. 3 (8-5).

Sophomore Bryan Haywood posted the lone singles victory, a 6-3, 7-6 win over Danny Loza at No. 6 singles.

WUSTL (0-1) returns to action at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, against the University of Southern Indiana in St. Charles, Mo.