WashU Has Five Named UAA Athlete of the Week

WashU Has Five Named UAA Athlete of the Week

St. Louis, Mo., March 11, 2019 – Washington University in St. Louis had five student-athletes named University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced by the Association Monday. 

Senior forward Madeline Homoly of the No. 22-ranked women's basketball team, sophomore Eka Jose of the national runner-up women's indoor track and field team, junior Nick Matteucci of the fifth-place men's indoor track and field team, senior pitcher John Howard of the baseball team and senior infielder Taylor Arends of the softball team each earned the honor.

Homoly averaged 18.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in two games at the NCAA Division III Sectional held at Thomas More in Crestview Hills, Ky. Homoly had 10 points and eight rebounds in a 63-46 win over No. 12 Mary Hardin-Baylor Friday in the semifinal, and then tied a season-high with 27 points and five rebounds in an 87-72 loss to No. 1 Thomas More in the final Saturday. She shot 46.4 percent (13-28) from the field and 83.3 percent (10-12) from the free-throw line in the two games. 

Jose won the 2019 NCAA Division III women's indoor triple jump national championship by posting the farthest jump of the 20 national qualifiers, leaping a distance of 12.16m. She also earned the first All-America honor of her career Friday in long jump, taking fourth place with a jump of 5.76m.

Matteucci earned a spot in the mile finals at the Indoor National Championship by posting a top three-time in his heat during day one before racing in the final leg of the medley relay to propel the Bears to a third-place finish. He followed the prelims run on Saturday with a runner-up finish while cutting time off the school record in the mile. Matteucci crossed the finish line 4:07.99 to take second place.

Howard picked up his second win of the year by pitching eight shutout innings Saturday that set the tempo for a three-game series sweep of Luther College. He allowed five hits while striking out a season-high nine batters. In addition to the nine strikeouts, Howard showed great command in not issuing a single walk throughout the eight shutout frames of the 7-0 win.

Arends went 6-for-8 with three RBIs in a pair of season-opening games Saturday at the Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. She was 3-for-4 with a run scored, stolen base and two RBIs in a 7-0 upset win over No. 18 Rhodes in game one, and then was 3-for-4 with an RBI in a 6-4 loss to Kean in the second game.