No. 7 Bears Host Chicago for UAA Senior Day Showdown

No. 7 Bears Host Chicago for UAA Senior Day Showdown

vs. Chicago (18-6, 11-2 UAA) – Saturday, Feb. 25 - 1 p.m. (CT)
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UPCOMING WashU returns to the Field House for its final University Athletic Association (UAA) contest of the season against University of Chicago. The 2017 UAA Championship is at stake as both WashU and Chicago possess identical 11-2 conference records. The Bears first loss of the season, came at the hands of the Maroons, 75-68, on January 7.

SENIOR DAY WashU women's basketball has five seniors that will be celebrated prior to the 1 p.m. tip-off. Team manager Meg McGuire, forward Jenn Dynis, guard Ereka Hunt, forward Lily Sarros and forward Zoe Vernon will be honored. The Bears have exceeded 20 wins in each of the past four seasons and have accumulated a 94-14 record over that span.

• COACH FAHEY After losing in two of its first four UAA games, coach Nancy Fahey's squad has won 10-straight UAA games and are one victory away from securing the UAA title. Fahey has led the Bears to 22 UAA Championships and nine straight 20+ win seasons.

• UAA ACADEMICS Seven Bears earned winter All-Academic recognition from the UAA in Katie Clausner, Ereka Hunt, Hannah Koenig, Shelby Mann, Natalie Orr, Claudia Smith and Zoe Vernon. The seven honorees were the most of any women's basketball program.

NATIONAL POLLS WashU maintained its No. 7 position in the national poll while remaining No. 6 in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) poll. Both polls had no movement in front of WashU.

• TEN IN A ROW The Bears have won 10-games in a row, all within the UAA. During the streak sophomore Madeline Homoly (19.1) and junior Natalie Orr (12.2) are the Bears leading scorers. Senior Lily Sarros (63.3) and Homoly (61.2) are shooting above 60-percent from the floor during the run, while Sarros is averaging 7.4 ppg, and 7.1 rebounds per game.

• MADELINE HOMOLY Sophomore forward Madeline Homoly has been instrumental in the Bears 10-game winning streak, scoring in double figures of every game during the streak. She has exceed 20 points three times during the streak, including a career-high 33 versus Case Western Reserve University on Jan. 29.

• STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE The Bears opponents (.637) have the sixth highest cumulative winning percentage in Division III schedules. Two of WashU's opponents have the two toughest schedules - Illinois Wesleyan (.674) and Chicago (.660).

QUALITY POSSESSIONS WashU possesses one of the top offenses in the country. The Red and Green have given the ball away the fifth fewest times in the country (313). Combined with the Bears 16th best average of 17.4 assists per game, WashU has the second best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.33) in the country. The Bears offense also possesses the fifth best field-goal percentage (46.1).

• FREE-THROW PERCENTAGES The Bears have the second best free-throw percentage in the UAA, successfully converting 72.5 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe. Sophomore Stephanie Botkin currently has the third best free-throw percentage in WashU single season history, 85.7 percent (42-49).

• EDWARDS-FAHEY COURT The Bears are 11-0 at home this season and remain unbeaten (15-0) on the Edwards-Fahey Court after the WU Field House floor was named after WashU men's and women's head coaches last season.


Chicago is currently riding a seven-game win streak dating back to Jan. 29. The Maroons have not lost in the month of February.

Chicago is the UAA leader in turnovers forced, as the Maroons average 22.63 forced turnovers per game. They also lead the conference in turnover margin (5.04).

Senior forward Britta Nordstrom is Chicago's leading scorer with 12.9 points per game on 53.3 percent shooting from the field (122-229). Nordstrom leads the Maroons in multiple categories including assists (68) and steals (53) while narrowly trailing Olariche Obi (6.8) in rebounding average (6.5).

During the previous WashU and Chicago matchup this season freshman Taylor Lake scored a career-high 23 for the Maroons. Lake has reached double figures in scoring in 10 games during her first season.

Freshman Miranda Burt has also been a significant contributor for Chicago on the season. The rookie 5-foot-9-inch guard has 42 steals, 28 assists and 17 blocks to pair with an 8.7 points per game average.

Over the weekend, senior guard Stephanie Anderson surpassed 50 assists on the year for the third time in her career. She is a St. Louis, Mo.-native and went to Whitfield High School. This season, Anderson is averaging 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

During Chicago's seven-game win streak Elizabeth Nye has reached double-digits in scoring five times. The junior guard has reached double figures 10 times on the year.

Sophomore forward Olariche Obi is the leading rebounder for the Maroons for the second season in a row. She averages 6.8 rpg and shoots 51.7 percent from the floor (8.7 ppg).

• Britta Nordstrom and Taylor Lake were both name to the 16th Annual McWilliams Clasic All-Tournament team.

Expected starting lineup: Stephanie Anderson, Elizabeth Nye, Miranda Burt, Britta Nordstrom and Olariche Obi.