PREVIEW: #6 WashU Hosts Fontbonne in Wydown Showdown

PREVIEW: #6 WashU Hosts Fontbonne in Wydown Showdown

No. 6 WashU (6-0) vs. Fontbonne (2-4)
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 • 6 p.m. (CT) • St. Louis, Mo.

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NATIONAL POLLS WashU moved up the ranks to No. 6 in the  latest rankings thanks to a 6-0 start on the season. Previously the Bears were listed as No. 9 in the preseason poll and No. 7 after the first week of play. The Bears have been in the top-10 for 170 consecutive polls, dating back to the 2001-02 preaseason poll.

PROLIFIC BENCH WashU's depth has played a significant factor in the early season success of the Bears. Sophomore Madeline Homoly led the Bears to an 89-58 victory over University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Homoly totaled 24 points and 11 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double. In total the Bears bench outscored the Pioneers bench 55-23. The Bears bench also outscored the opposition's bench at the Midwest Challenge 63-22.

UNIVERSITIES' HISTORY WashU and Fontbonne have a long history of intercollegiate competition. The Bears and Griffins women's basketball programs first met in 1980 and most recently in 2015, as WashU holds the 36-4 advantage in the series, including 15 straight victories.

DOMINANT UAA The University Athletic Association is dominating the beginning of the NCAA Division III season. Prior to association play, every team has a winning record including three teams that remain undefeated. New York Univ. (8-0), Carnegie Mellon (6-0) and WashU (6-0) remain undefeated. No team in the UAA has more than two losses.

WINNING TRADITION WashU ranks third on the all-time winningest NCAA Division III list with an .802 winning percentage (781-193) in 39 seasons. The Bears are fifth in DIII history with 781 wins.

SENIOR CAPTAINS The 2016-17 squad is led by senior captains Jenn Dynis, Ereka Hunt, Lily Sarros and Zoe Vernon.

UNDEFEATED There are 39 teams that remain undefeated in NCAA Division III play. NYU stands alone as the only team with an undefeated record after eight games played. Six teams are tied with 7-0 records, 20 teams at 6-0, eight at 5-0, three at 4-0 and one at 3-0.

DISTRIBUTION EQUALS WINS So far on the young season, WashU has won every game and one factor that has remained consistent is ball distribution. In each win, the Bears have finished with more assists than the opposition. The Bears 18.5 assists per game average is 17th best in the country and WashU ranks 20th in shooting percentage (45.4).

BALL CONTROL The Bears have one of the best assist to turnover ratios in the country, averaging 1.42 a/to ratio, WashU ranks 7th in the country and first in the UAA.  Zoe Vernon (3.6), Claudia Smith (2.5) and Becca Clark-Callender (1.67) averages rank amongst the top-115 ratios in the country.

EDWARDS-FAHEY COURT WashU has an all-time record of 386-35 (.916) at the WU Field House, including a 369-30 (.924) mark in head coach Nancy Fahey's 31 seasons. The Bears are 7-0 after the court was ceremoniously named after WashU's men's and women's basketball coaches, Mark Edwards and Nancy Fahey.


• Fontbonne is off to a 2-4 start on the season. The Griffins last winning season was in 2011-12 when the program finished 15-11.

• The Griffins secured their first St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) win over the weekend, defeating MacMurray College 80-36. Fontbonne held the Highlanders to single digit scoring in the first three quarters of the game, while coasting to its second win.

• Fontbonne's last win over the Bears was during the 2000-01 season. The Griffins were one of just two teams to hand the Bears a loss that season as WashU went on 15-1 down the stretch to win an unprecedented and unduplicated fourth straight NCAA Division III National Championship.

• Sophomore guard Kaitlynn Walker leads Fontbonne with 6.8 rebounds and 13.3 points per game on 32.3 percent from the field. Senior guard Emily Haring manages the point and averages 6.3 assists per game.

• Expected to log significant minutes for the Griffins are Kaitlynn Walker, Emily Haring, LaurenWillis, Katie Sportsman, Rave Venegas, Emily Bay and Sarah Schraut.