No. 10 WashU Travels to DePauw for Midwest Challenge

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

No. 10 WashU (1-1) vs. Illinois Wesleyan (2-1)
Saturday, Nov. 25 • 2 p.m. (ET)
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No. 10 WashU (1-1) at No. 15 DePauw (3-0) / Rose-Hulman (2-1)
Sunday, Nov. 26 • 2/4 p.m. (ET)
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MIDWEST CHALLENGE No. 10 WashU heads to Greencastle, Ind. for the Midwest Challenge hosted by DePauw University. This marks the 25th year for what originally started as a tipoff tournament with hosting rotating amongst DePauw, Illinois Wesleyan and Washington University in St. Louis. The Bears have won three consecutive Midwest Challenge Championships and 14 overall. DePauw and Illinois Wesleyan are tied with four apiece. 

MIDWEST OPPONENTS The Midwest Challenge has all four teams mentioned in the top-25 poll as the Bears (1-1) lead the way with a No. 10 ranking while DePauw (3-0) ranks No. 15, Illinois Wesleyan (2-1) No. 25 and Rose-Hulman is receiving votes. In previous meetings WashU holds a 20-8 record against DePauw, a 20-5 record against Illinois Wesleyan and a 3-0 record against Rose-Hulman.

PAUL F. KNUEPPEL ALL-TOURNAMENT Junior forward Madeline Homoly and senior guard Natalie Orr were named to the Paul F. Knueppel All-Tournament team as WashU posted a 1-1 record during its opening weekend of play. Homoly scored 20 points in the opening night win over Luther and ultimately averaged 15 points per game. Orr contributed her first career double-double in last Friday's win with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

• RETURN TO DIVISION III Head coach Randi Henderson returned to the Division III sideline to pick up her first victory since the 2014-15 season at Coe College. Some or Henderson's colllegiate highlights include:

                  * 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 (172-102 Overall Record) with one season at Minnesota-Morris (2005-06) before nine at Coe (2006-2015) and her first at WashU
                  * 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.