No. 10 WashU Opens 2017-18 Basketball Season in Wisconsin

Photo by WUSTL Photos/Danny Reise
Photo by WUSTL Photos/Danny Reise

No. 10 WashU (0-0) vs. Luther (1-0)
Friday, Nov. 17 • 5 p.m. (CT)
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No. 10 WashU (0-0) vs. Wisconsin-Lutheran (0-0)
Saturday, Nov. 18 • 3 p.m. (CT)
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UPCOMING WashU opens its 2017-18 season in Milwaukee, Wis. at the Paul F. Knueppel Classic with a 5 p.m. tip-off against Luther College. The Bears next challenger will be the tournament host Wisconsin-Lutheran. WashU has won nine consecutive season-openers with its last defeat in an opener during the 2007-08 campaign.

• WELCOME TO THE WASHU For the first time in more than 30 years, the Bears will have a new voice on the sidelines as WashU hired Randi Henderson to guide the team going forward. Henderson brings a wealth of knowledge from multiple levels of collegiate basketball, including Divsion I and Division III.

* Three-year starter for the DI Iowa Hawkeyes
* Helped guide the Hawkeyes to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths
* Concluded her playing career with 936 points and 745 rebounds
* Division III head coach for 10 seasons (155-91 Overall Record) with one season at Minnesota-Morris (2005-06) before nine at Coe (2006-2015)
* Led Coe College to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths (2010-11 & 2011-12)

• PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN Junior forward Madeline Homoly was named to the Preseason All-America Second Team. Despite starting less than 15% of the Bears games last year, Homoly led WashU in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg). She also led the squad with 37 steals while posting 52 assists and 10 blocks.

• SHARP SHOOTERS Senior Natalie Orr and junior Rachael Sondag return for the Bears and are two of the most prolific three point shooters in school history. The duo combined to make 88 three-pointers last year and have totaled 179 in their careers. Orr is tied for first in all-time in career three-point field goal percentage (.418) while ranking 10th in career triples made (102). Sondag ranks third in all-time career 3-PT FG% (.407) and her 53 triples made last year was the ninth best single season total in program history.

SINKING FREE THROWS Juniors Stephanie Botkin and Becca Clark-Callender worked their way to the free throw line often last year despite not having a single start between the two. Botkin (46-56) and Clark-Callender (37-44) combined for 100 free-throw attempts between the pair, while draining more than 80 % from the charity stripe.

QUALITY POSSESSIONS The Bears 2016-17 roster ranked as one of the most efficient in the country, ranking fourth in field-goal percentage (.460) and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.27).