The No. 7 Washington University women’s basketball team defeated University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 89-58, Saturday at Platteville’s Bo Ryan Court, moving to 6-0 in large part due to stellar bench play.
While it’s still playoff season for most Washington University fall sports teams, the men’s and women’s basketball teams are just getting started. In this week’s season openers, the Washington University men’s basketball team held on for a slim 60-59 victory at Webster University, while the women’s team coasted to an 83-60 win against Westminster College at the Field House.
After a pair of emphatic victories in the opening two rounds of the NCAA tournament, the Bears set their sights on Crestview Hills, Ky. where a familiar pair of foes lie in wait.
With the Bears clinging to a five-point lead one minute into the fourth quarter, senior guard Katybeth Biewen poked the ball out at half-court. The next Bears’ possession, junior forward Jenn Dynis, in just her second game back after a two-week absence, found fellow junior forward Lily Sarros for the open layup.
On Monday afternoon, about 20 members of the Washington University women’s basketball team, several varsity coaches and various athletic department personnel squeezed into the Danforth University Center Fun Room to watch the Division III women’s basketball tournament selection show.
On Friday afternoon, Zoe Vernon was feeling the love. With the Bears stampeding back from a 14-point deficit, the junior forward came off the bench to score eight points in the final two minutes of regulation. That effort lifted the No. 10 ranked Washington University women’s basketball team dramatic comeback fashion 57-54 over Carnegie Mellon University.
Typically a stingy defense is the key ingredient to earning a victory, but Friday evening happened to be an exception as the No. 9 Washington University women’s basketball team lost to No. 13 University of Rochester 56-51 in Rochester, New York.
After trailing by three points at halftime, the Washington University women’s basketball team exploded for 26 points in the third quarter en route to a 59-38 victory over No. 7 University of Rochester on Friday night at the Field House.
After clawing their way to a two-point lead through 30 minutes, the No. 8 Washington University Women’s Basketball team went ice cold in the fourth quarter, missing seven of their last eight from the field on their way to a 66-64 loss to No. 9 New York University Sunday afternoon in the Field House.
When forward Melissa Gilkey graduated last year, the Washington University women’s basketball team lost its second all-time leading scorer and third-leading rebounder. While it may be difficult for any one player to fill Gilkey’s shoes this season, the No. 11 Bears were treated to a trio of strong frontcourt performances on their way to capturing their ninth straight McWilliams Classic title.