It was a disappointing two hours for Washington University basketball as both the No. 2 men’s team and No. 5 women’s team lost in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament Friday night. Both teams were favored to advance, but slow starts and foul trouble in the front court plagued both teams. The men fell 83-75 at home against No.
For just the second time in program history, the No. 2 Washington University’s men’s basketball team finished the season with an undefeated record in University Athletic Association play. The Bears enter the NCAA Division III tournament on an 18-game winning streak (23-2 overall) with six of those wins coming by four points or fewer.
With a pair of double-digit road conference victories, the Washington University men’s basketball team continued its torrid stretch of play and pushed its winning streak to nine games. The Bears relied on a multitude of players to defeat Case Western Reserve University 77-64 and Carnegie Mellon University 94-81.
In a battle between two frequent Division III championship contenders and top-10 teams, No. 5 Illinois Wesleyan University routed the No. 8 Washington University men’s basketball team 98-73 on Saturday night in Bloomington, Ill.
An annual rivalry will get another go-around this Saturday evening at the Field House as Washington University and Illinois Wesleyan University will square off in the second round of the NCAA Division III men’s national championship tournament. The teams already faced off once this year, back on Dec. 1, with then-No. 10 Wash. U. beating then-No.
Key players Alan Aboona, No. 10, junior guard, First Team all-conference Point guard Aboona has taken arguably the largest leap of any Bears’ player over the past year, transforming from a solid complementary player into a poised team leader. Aboona’s confidence is evident through his daring passes and catch-and-shoot three-pointers launched without hesitation.
Through 39:50 of his team’s contest at conference rival Emory University, Washington University junior Alan Aboona already had a game for the record books. His nine three-pointers thus far tied a University Athletic Association record, and his 32 points were a career high. Aboona did one better. With nine seconds on the clock and Wash. U.
Women’s Basketball: Wash. U. 71, Millikin 42. The No. 5 Washington University women’s basketball team defeated Millikin University 71-42 on Wednesday night in the Field House, never trailing in the contest and leading by double-digits for the final 30 minutes of the game.
Maybe it was all in the mustaches. With four of five starters still sporting their looks from No-shave November, the No. 10 Washington University men’s basketball team remained undefeated after a 67-57 win over No. 7 Illinois Wesleyan University on Saturday, claiming its 13th-straight victory in games in the Lopata Classic.
Alan Aboona and Tim Cooney, two freshman guards, have answered that call and displayed their skill sets in the past few weeks, significantly impacting the team dynamic. “You have to maintain your focus all the time and you have to keep your intensity level up, and I think they bring that to the team,” head coach Mark Edwards said. “I think they are smart basketball players, so they are able to step into the team scheme and really make a contribution.”
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