St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 27, 2017 - The Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball team had four student-athletes named to the 2017 All-University Athletic Association (UAA) Team, as announced Monday by the conference office.
Sophomore forward Madeline Homoly (Kansas City, Mo./Bishop Miege) was awarded first-team all-UAA honors while senior Jenn Dynis (Chesterfield, Mo./Visitation Academy) and junior Natalie Orr (Carmel, Ind./Heritage Christian) picked up second-team honors. Senior Zoe Vernon (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carolina Friends) was named as an honorable mention all-UAA member.
In her first season with WashU, Homoly led the Bears in scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg). She scored in double figures in 11 straight games which coincides with the Bears 11-game winning streak. During that streak she set career-highs with 33 points and 11 rebounds against Case Western on Jan. 29. The sophomore forward has received several honors this season including the Wartburg AmericInn Holiday Tournament MVP, D3hoops.com National Team of the Week (Dec. 5) and back-to-back UAA athlete of the week honors (Feb. 6 and Feb. 13).
Dynis started the season out with a bang, setting career-highs against Westminster in the first game of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds on Nov. 15 – recording her first career double-double. She also recorded 18 points and eight rebounds Nov. 27 in a win over Illinois Wesleyan for the Midwest Challenge Championship. Dynis scored in double figures 12 times this season. The Chesterfield, Mo.-native averaged 10.4 ppg while shooting 51.2 percent from the field (111-217).
Orr is the recipient of the all-UAA second team honor for the second straight season after averaging 10.9 ppg and leading the team with 28 minutes per contest. The Carmel, Ind.-native finished the regular-season out with a last second game-winning shot against Chicago in the WU Field House. With time winding down and the score tied 75-all, Orr drove towards the basket before quickly pulling up to bank in a floater to help WashU secure the 2016-17 UAA Championship. Previously on the year she earned the Jackie Schapp MVP after helping the Bears to a 2-0 record during the 16th Annual McWilliams Classic. She also earned UAA all-Academic honors this season.
Vernon has stepped up several times for the Bears this season when needed, which includes a 17-point effort against Brandeis on Feb. 19. In a low scoring 61-49 WashU win, Vernon helped the Bears with a career-high five three-pointers. She also earned all-tournament honors during both the McWilliams Classic and AmericInn Holiday tournaments. During the championship game of the AmericInn Holiday tournament, Vernon scored all 17 of her points in the second half to help the Bears hand previously unbeaten and tournament host No. 8 Wartburg its first loss on the season. The Chapel Hill, N.C.-native also earned UAA all-Academic honors this year.
WashU finished the season with a 23-2 overall record and won its 23rd UAA Championship under head coach Nancy Fahey. The Bears earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for winning the conference title.