Washington University Has Six Named UAA Athlete of the Week
St. Louis, Mo., March 5, 2012 – Washington University in St. Louis had six student-athletes earn University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week honors, as announced Monday by the Association.
Senior pitcher Olivia Cook and freshman infielder Adrienne White of the softball team, freshman forward Melissa Gilkey of the women’s basketball team, freshman first baseman Zack Kessinger of the baseball team, senior Elizabeth Phillips of the women’s indoor track and field team and senior guard Dylan Richter of the men’s basketball team each earned the honor.
Cook picked up three wins on the mound and posted a 2.17 ERA as Washington U. began the season with four wins at the Warrior Spring Fling in Conway, Ark. She allowed three earned runs in six innings in the Bears’ season-opening 13-9 win against host Hendrix College on Saturday. On Sunday, Cook posted a pair of victories in the circle for Washington U. She tossed a complete-game four-hit shutout in a 12-0 win against Spalding University in game one, and then came out of the bullpen to pitch five innings, allowing two earned runs in a 15-6 win over Hendrix.
Gilkey averaged 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and five blocks per game in a pair of NCAA Tournament games for the Bears. She shot 10-of-22 (.454) from the field in the two games, while hitting 9-of-10 at the free-throw line. Gilkey had 16 points, nine rebounds and tied a single-game school record with seven blocks in WU’s 79-64 win over Ferrum College on Friday. She followed that performance by leading the Bears with a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds, while also blocking three shots, in Washington U.’s 57-55 second-round loss at No. 22 Centre College. Gilkey’s 10 blocks in the NCAA Tournament games brought her season total to 38, which ranks ninth on Washington University’s all-time single-season list.
Kessinger batted .526 (10-for-19) with two doubles and a triple in five wins for Washington University last week, including two victories each over No. 13 ranked College of St. Scholastica and No. 16 Buena Vista University. He had a .737 slugging percentage on the week and also drew five walks to finish with an on-base percentage of .625. In the Bears’ 21-8 win over Buena Vista on Friday, Kessinger went 4-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and three runs, while also drawing two walks. He also finished the week with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, while recording 41 putouts and three assists.
Phillips broke her own school record in winning the women’s mile run at the NCC Last Chance Meet in Naperville, Ill., on Friday. She crossed the line in 4:54.15, which bettered her previous Washington University record of 4:55.32 set in 2010. Phillips’ time also ranks third among the qualifiers for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships next weekend.
Richter averaged 16 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 blocks per game in the two NCAA Tournament games for Washington University last week. He scored 18 points and added five rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists in a 71-59 first round win over Buena Vista University on Friday. Richter followed up that up with 14 points, four rebounds and three steals in a 72-68 loss to No. 23 ranked North Central College on Saturday. He drained eight three-pointers over the weekend to move into sixth place in school history with 152.
White hit .588 (10-for-17) with three doubles, a triple and a team-leading nine RBIs in the Bears’ season-opening four wins at the Warrior Spring Fling in Conway, Ark. She had multiple-hit games in all four victories for the Bears, including a 3-for-4 performance with four RBIs in a 12-0 win over Spalding on Sunday. White also went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in a 13-9 season-opening victory against the host Hendrix on Saturday.