Women’s basketball head coach Nancy Fahey became the fastest women’s basketball coach in NCAA history to reach 600 career wins with a 62-52 victory over Hendrix College Nov. 26 at the WU Field House.
Fahey reached the 600-win milestone in just her 706th career game at WUSTL. The previous fastest NCAA women’s basketball coaches to win 600 games did so in 716 games. Fahey became just the 23rd active women’s basketball coach in all NCAA divisions to record 600 wins. Her winning percentage of .850 (600-106) ranks fifth in NCAA history among coaches from all divisions.
Women’s basketball splits pair of games at Thanksgiving Classic
The No. 7 women’s basketball team earned that 62-52 win over Hendrix College Nov. 26 before suffering its first loss of the season, a 69-57 setback against No. 10 DePauw University Nov. 27 in the Thanksgiving Classic at the WU Field House.
In the win over Hendrix, the Bears pulled away in the second half. Nine different players scored, led by junior Kristin Anda and freshman Melissa Gilkey. Anda had 10 points and eight rebounds, while Gilkey finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.
In the loss to DePauw, Gilkey, Anda and sophomore Jordan Rettig each scored season-highs. Gilkey had a big day, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots.
WUSTL (4-1) will host the 11th Annual McWilliams Classic Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, at the WU Field House. Agnes Scott College will face Wisconsin Lutheran College at 2 p.m. Dec. 2, followed by WUSTL taking on Augustana College at 6 p.m.
Men’s basketball splits games at Rhodes College Thanksgiving Classic
The men’s basketball team posted a 1-1 record at the Rhodes College Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 25 and 26 in Memphis, Tenn.
Ohio Wesleyan University erased a 14-point first half deficit en route to a 70-67 victory over the Bears Nov. 25. Senior Dylan Richter led all scorers with 19 points, 16 of which that came in the first half. Freshman Brayden Teuscher scored 11 of his career-high 17 points in the first half, and senior Alex Toth added a season-best 10 points.
WUSTL responded with an 83-56 win over Principia College Nov. 26 in the consolation championship. WUSTL had 14-of-15 players find the scorebook, including a career-high 12 points and eight rebounds from junior Robert Burnett. Sophomore Tim Cooney and Teuscher added 11 points in the win. Toth and senior Jake Seymour and Alex added eight points apiece for the Bears, who shot 51.6 percent (32-62) from the field and hit a season-high 10 three-pointers.
WUSTL (3-2) hosts the 28th Annual Lopata Classic Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, at the WU Field House. No. 2 Augustana College takes on Wisconsin Lutheran College at 4 p.m. Dec. 2, followed by Washington U. and Whittier College at 8 p.m.
Football lands 20 on all-conference team
The football team had 20 student athletes named to the 2011 all-University Athletic Association (UAA) teams — including eight on the first team.
Senior wide receiver Easton Knott earned UAA co-offensive player of the year accolades, becoming the fourth player in school history to earn the honor.
Joining Knott on the first team was junior quarterback Dan Burkett, junior running back Chris Castelluccio, senior center Joe Rhein and senior tight end Phill Stoecker. Senior linebackers Nick Hillard and Kyle Larkin and sophomore safety Scott O’Brien earned first-team all-UAA honors on defense.
WUSTL finished the 2011 season with a 6-4 overall record and placed second in the UAA with a 2-1 record.
Swimming and diving ranked in top 15
The College Swim Coaches Association of America Division III coaches poll committee has conducted its first dual meet poll of the 2011-12 season, and both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are ranked in the top 15.
The men begin the season ranked No. 13, while the women are No. 15.
WUSTL puts its rank on the line Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, at the Wheaton Invitational in Wheaton, Ill.