Hoover, Berger Score in Double Figures in Loss at Division I Bradley
Saturday, Nov. 6., Peoria, Ill. – The No. 5 ranked and defending NCAA Division III champion Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball team dropped a 66-53 decision to NCAA Division I Bradley University in an exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria, Ill.
Bradley jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first four minutes of the contest as the Bears missed their first six shots of the game. A three-pointer by senior Alex Hoover at the 16:18 mark cut the Braves lead to 7-3. Bradley held onto a 20-12 lead with 7:30 remaining, before Washington U.’s mounted a comeback.
Back-to-back three-pointers by senior Kathryn Berger and junior Claire Schaeperkoetter trimmed the advantage to 20-18, and then knotted the score at 21-21 after a three-pointer by Hoover. The game was tied four times in the final six minutes of the first half, and a three-pointer by sophomore Kristin Anda with 1:01 remaining gave Washington U. a 32-31 halftime lead.
Bradley, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, held onto a 44-43 second-half lead with 9:13 remaining before the Braves went on a 10-3 run to open up an eight-point lead with five minutes remaining. Washington U. recorded just one field goal in the final nine minutes of the game, a three-pointer by Berger with 1:08 remaining.
Hoover went 4-for-6 from three-point range to score a team-high 14 points for Washington University, while Berger also scored in double figures with 12 points. Bradley’s MacKenzie Westcott led all scorers with 17 points.
Washington University opens regular season play on Monday, Nov. 15, at home against Fontbonne University. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the WU Field House.