Four Bears Earn UAA Weekly Honors

Four Bears Earn UAA Weekly Honors

St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 4, 2017 – Washington University in St. Louis had four student-athletes honored as University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week, as announced by the conference office Monday evening.

Senior diver Laura Barber of the No. 10-ranked women's swimming & diving team, sophomore pole vaulter Brandon Hutchison of the men's indoor track & field team, junior forward Madeline Homoly of the No. 13-ranked women's basketball team and senior forward Andrew Sanders of the No. 9-ranked men's basketball team were each honored for their respective accomplishments this past week.

Barber led the way for the WashU diving team at the Grinnell Pioneer Classic with a third place finish in the one-meter dive totaling 384.10 points on Saturday while also placing third with 345.15 points in the three-meter dive Friday. Barber was selected as the UAA Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this season and fifth in her career. 

Hutchison cleared 4.55m in the opening track & field meet of the year to place second at the Titan First Chance hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University. His height nearly matched his top indoor mark of a year ago (4.66m) which ranked third in the UAA. Hutchison was named the UAA Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career.

Homoly nearly averaged a double-double on the week as she led the Bears to the championship game of the 17th Annual McWilliams Classic. The Bears posted a 1-1 record on the week, as the junior forward averaged 20.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks all while shooting 53.1-percent from the floor. In a 90-79 win over Oglethorpe, Homoly scored more than a point per minute as she totaled 24 points in 23 minutes played which she followed up with a double-double scoring 17 points while securing 11 rebounds against Austin. The Kansas City, Mo.-native earned the UAA honor for the first time this season and fourth in her career.

Sanders had a season-high 26 points and eight rebounds in WashU's 96-86 win at Alma Sunday. Sanders was 11-of-16 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line in the victory. He eclipsed 900 career points in the win, and is 77 points shy of 1,000. Sanders was named the UAA Athlete of the Week for the fourth time in his career.