Sports updates March 14

Women’s basketball reaches Final Four

The women’s basketball team will continue its amazing postseason run against No. 7 Illinois Wesleyan University in the NCAA Division III national semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, March 18, in Bloomington, Ill.

The winner will advance to the national championship game, where they will face either No. 2 Amherst College or No. 11 Christopher Newport University at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19.

WUSTL is appearing in its 22nd consecutive NCAA tournament, and has advanced to the Final Four a Division III-record 10 times. The defending national champions are participating in the Final Four for the third straight year and fourth time over the past five seasons.

The Bears have defeated four straight top-10 teams en route to their 10th Final Four appearance, including two previously unbeaten teams, No. 10 Denison University 71-55 in the opening round, and No. 1 Thomas More College, 72-53, in the sectional semifinals.

WUSTL picked up a 63-58 victory over University Athletic Association (UAA) rival No. 6 University of Chicago in the sectional final March 12 in Crestview Hills, Ky., avenging a pair of regular season losses suffered to the Maroons earlier this year.

Fan bus heading to Bloomington

WUSTL is sending a student fan bus to the championship in Bloomington, Ill. Students interested in going must bring a $20 deposit to the Residential Life Center (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) by noon Wednesday, March 16.

Students not on campus this week may e-mail either Pat Nichols at or Lora Clark at Student accounts will be debited $20 for no-shows.

The bus will be leaving at the gates of Francis Field at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 18. Transportation, hotel and game tickets are courtesy of Washington University. Students must buy their own food.

For more information, contact Pat Nichols in the Res Life office at (314) 935-5050.

Softball ends spring break on a winning note

The softball team concluded its 10-game spring break trip with a pair of victories at the National Training Center Games March 15.

The Bears had 17 hits in a 16-2 five-inning victory over Oswego State University in game one, and then posted a 6-1 win over Keene State University in the second contest.