Women’s basketball defeats Denison 71-55 in opener of NCAA tournament

Bears face rival Hope College in second round

| Senior Sports Editor

The No. 12 Washington University women’s basketball team toppled No. 10 Denison University 71-55 in the first round of the 2011 Division III NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on Friday night in Holland, Mich.

Denison entered the game undefeated on the season (28-0) but succumbed to the Bears’ hot shooting. In the first half, Wash. U. shot 57.7% (15-26) from the field and 75% (6-8) from three-point range to build a 39-26 lead at halftime. Seniors Kathryn Berger and Alex Hoover each recorded 11 points in the game, helping the Bears cruise to the second round of the playoffs.

Wash. U. will face the host and No. 4 Hope College in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday. The Flying Dutch defeated the No. 8 DePauw University Tigers 77-65 to advance to the second round of play.

The Bears lost to Hope 47-49 in a neutral site game on Dec. 29 but defeated the Fighting Dutch in the 2010 national championship game to win the fifth national championship in program history and first since 2001. Hope won the national title in 2006.

Saturday’s tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET).

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