No. 11 WashU Set to Travel to No. 9 Carnegie Mellon, Case

No. 11 WashU Set to Travel to No. 9 Carnegie Mellon, Case

at No. 9 Carnegie Mellon (15-1, 4-1 UAA) Friday, Jan. 27 – 6 p.m. (ET)
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at Case Western Reserve (10-6, 2-3 UAA) – Sunday, Jan. 29 – 2 p.m. (ET)
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UPCOMING WashU heads to the Eastern Time Zone with University Athletic Association (UAA) games on Friday against No. 9 Carnegie Mellon University at 6 p.m. (ET) and Case Western Reserve University on Sunday at 2 p.m. (ET). CMU moved into top-10 for its highest ranking in school history after defeating Emory and Rochester to improve to 4-1 within the UAA and grab hold of first place. Meanwhile, CWRU has lost three straight UAA games but is the lone team to defeat CMU (87-78 on Jan. 7).

• UAA PLAY WashU enjoyed a 2-0 home weekend of UAA play, defeating New York University 80-48 on Friday before a 70-54 win over Brandeis University on Sunday. With the two victories, the Bears stayed within a single game of CMU and University of Chicago's leading 4-1 conference record.

• FAHEY'S 725th WIN Head coach Nancy Fahey became just the fourth individual to reach 725 career wins in Division III women's basketball history. All 725 of her victories are with WashU, which ranks 10th all-time for a coach-team combination at all divisions.

• ORR FOR THREE Junior Natalie Orr possesses the third best three-point shooting percentage (41.2) in the UAA and is closing in on the top-10 in career triples made at WashU. The Carmel, Ind.-native has made 88 threes in her career on 204 shots from beyond the arc (43.1). Orr's career three-point field-goal percentage is the top mark and she is currently 10 threes made from moving into 10th all-time.

NATIONAL POLLS WashU currently ranks No. 11 in the poll and No. 9 in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) poll. CMU is ranked No. 11 in the WBCA.

QUALITY POSSESSIONS WashU possesses one of the top offenses in the country and the attack is boosted by a Bears knack to maintain possession. The Red and Green have given the ball away the fewest times in the country (203). Combined with the Bears average of 18.1 assists per game, WashU has the second best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.42) in the country. The Bears offense also possesses the 11th best field-goal percentage (45.4), which ranks second in the UAA to Carnegie Mellon (45.5).

• HISTORY WashU leads the all-time series with CMU, 54-3, including a 47-game winning streak. The Bears also hold the series lead against CWRU as well with a 45-1 mark. The Bears have won seven straight games against the Spartans. CWRU hosts WashU during its 12th annual Throwback Weekend in the Adelbert Gymnasium. 


CMU is on top of the UAA conference with a 15-1 overall record and is 4-1 in UAA play. 

Senior Lisa Murphy was the recipient of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Division III Player of the Week after totaling 70 points, 28 rebounds and seven blocks during a 2-0 weekend for the Tartans. Murphy also surpassed 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks in her career. She is the first women's player to reach those marks within the UAA and 18th overall in Division III history. Murphy leads the country in scoring average (25.9) and field-goal percentage (82.2).

CMU lost its opening UAA game of on Jan. 7 against CWRU (87-78) but has rattled together four straight wins, including a double-digit win over Emory (93-73). Its other three UAA wins are by an average of seven points. 

• Lisa Murphy (25.9 ppg, 13.1 rpg), Jackie Hudepohl (17.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and Makayla Filiere (10.8) average double figures. Jen Mayberger (3.7), Hudepohl (3.4), Filiere (2.7) and Laurel Pereira (2.2) average multiple assists per game.

Expected starting lineup: Katharine Higgins, Jenn Mayberger, Jackie Hudepohl, Makayla Filiere and Lisa Murphy.


CWRU is 10-6 entering the weekend's UAA games and has a 2-3 UAA record. After a 2-0 start in UAA play, the Spartans have lost three games in a row. The three straight losses are by an average of 11.6 points per game.

• Hillary Hellmann is leading the country in three-point field-goal percentage (51.4). She also ranks fourth in threes made per game (3.38) and seventh in total threes made (54).

• Hillary Hellmann (20.8 ppg), Kara Hageman (19.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Jess McCoy (14.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg) lead the team in scoring. The Spartans average 76.4 ppg which is the 18th best mark in the country.

Expected starting lineup: Kara Hageman, Alexis Amburgey, Alicia Marie Gonzales, Jess McCoy and Hillary Hellmann.