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.
Thomas More College hosts the No. 8 Bears at 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday night with a berth in the national quarterfinals on the line, and it should be a battle. In advance of the teams’ impending Sweet 16 clash, here’s a look at 16 facts, figures and statistics to know as a pre-game scouting report.
After a surprising second-round exit last season, the Red and Green have set their sights on a deeper playoff run this time around, so take a look at what to expect from the Bears before they take the court.
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.
The last time the Washington University women’s basketball team won the University Athletic Association championship in consecutive years, it won its fifth national title.
Despite a second-half scoring barrage, the No. 7 Bears’ rally fell short against the University of Rochester in a 76-75 road defeat on Sunday, just the team’s second defeat this season.
This weekend, spectators were treated to a new scoring option in freshman guard Natalie Orr, who enjoyed a breakout weekend by scoring 32 points as the Bears beat Carnegie Mellon University on Friday, 73-49, on Friday and Case Western Reserve University, 71-60, on Sunday at the WU Field House.
Entering its weekend matchup against Loras College, the Washington University women’s basketball team had dominated its opponents, winning all of their five games by 23 or more points. Saturday’s afternoon contest proved no different as the No. 5 Bears easily handled the Duhawks in a 78-51 rout at the Field House.
In its first home games of the season, the Washington University women’s basketball team used a stifling defense to spark its offense as it nabbed two blowout victories this weekend.
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.
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