Sports update Jan. 9: Men’s basketball wins UAA opener

Senior Dylan Richter scored 20 points and sophomore Tim Cooney tied a career-high with 19 points as the men’s basketball team opened University Athletic Association (UAA) play with a 79-72 victory over the University of Chicago Jan 7. at the WU Field House.

Richter scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half, while also pulling down a season-high nine boards. Cooney was perfect from the field (7-of-7), and hit all three from three-point range in the win. He also tied his career-high with six assists, and added four rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Chris Klimek added 13 points and seven boards in his first start since Nov. 25, after missing six games with an injury. Junior Ben Hoener had a season-high nine points and five assists off the bench.

WUSTL shot 49.1 percent (28-57) from the field, and had 22 assists and a season-low seven turnovers. The Bears also outscored the Maroons, 34-13, in bench points. WUSTL (9-3, 1-0 UAA) continues UAA play with a pair of road games next week on the East Coast. The Bears take on Case Western Reserve University Friday, Jan. 13 in Cleveland, followed by a road contest at Carnegie Mellon University Sunday, Jan. 15, in Pittsburgh.

Women’s basketball drops UAA opener to No. 2 Chicago

The No. 8 women’s basketball team came up short in its University Athletic Association (UAA) opener against No. 2 University of Chicago Jan. 7, falling to the Maroons, 65-62. The Bears took a 32-25 lead into halftime, but Chicago opened the second half with a 22-4 run to take a 47-36 lead with 13 minutes left in the game. The Bears battled back to cut the lead to 60-59 win just more than a minute remaining. Chicago made it 65-59 with seven seconds left, and WUSTL’s final shot – a three-pointer by senior Claire Schaeperkoetter – went in to make the final score 65-62.

Senior Dani Hoover finished with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead the Bears in the loss. Freshman Alyssa Johanson scored a career-high 10 points and pulled down five rebounds, while Schaeperkoetter added nine points and a season-high four assists. WUSTL shot 44.6 percent from the field, compared with 49.1 percent shooting for Chicago. The Maroons finished with nine three-pointers, while WUSTL made six shots from beyond the arc.

WUSTL (10-2, 0-1 UAA) travels to Cleveland Friday, Jan. 13, for its first UAA road game of the season against Case Western Reserve University. The Bears then travel to Pittsburgh to take on Carnegie Mellon University on Sunday, Jan. 15.

Basketball teams to host Youth Day Jan. 29

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will host Youth Day Sunday, Jan. 29. Admission to the doubleheader vs. Emory University is free to all youth campers, families, and friends.

There will be special youth oriented events throughout the games including an exclusive drawing for a camp scholarship for both a girl & a boy at half-times of the games. The men’s game starts at noon, with the women’s game to follow at 2 p.m.