For the fourth consecutive year, Washington University’s women’s basketball team ended its season with an NCAA tournament loss on the road. The No. 8 Bears (25-3 record) allowed their highest point total in head coach Nancy Fahey’s 29-year tenure against No. 1 Thomas More College (30-0) on Friday night, and Wash. U. was eliminated from the postseason with a 103-90 loss in the sectional semifinals.
They’ve lost just two home games since becoming full-time starters, they’ve lived together for two years and now a trio of seniors has added two conference titles to its friendship.
One week after scoring landslide home victories over Carnegie Mellon University and Case Western Reserve University, the No. 7 Washington University women’s basketball team rode the hot shooting of senior guard Maddy Scheppers to achieve similar outcomes with convincing 71-61 and 89-65 road wins.
Returning a number of key players from last year’s squad, the No. 10 Washington University women’s basketball team enters this season with high hopes and expectations. The Bears return their top three scorers, now all seniors, from last season’s team that won the University Athletic Association championship but bowed out in the NCAA tournament’s second round.
KEY PLAYERS Melissa Gilkey, No. 21, sophomore forward, First Team all-conference Gilkey was named to the D3Hoops.com Preseason All-America honorable mention team, and her performance has matched those lofty expectations. She leads the team in per-game averages in points (15.6), rebounds (7.2), blocks (0.92) and minutes (25.
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