No. 13 WashU Hosts 17th Annual McWilliams Classic

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

No. 13 WashU (3-1) vs. Oglethorpe (3-1)
Friday, Dec. 1 • 7 p.m.
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No. 13 WashU (3-1) vs. Austin (2-4) / Pomona-Pitzer (1-2)
Saturday, Dec. 2 • 5/7 p.m.
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McWILLIAMS CLASSIC No. 13 WashU opens up action in the WU Field House this weekend during the 17th Annual McWilliams Classic. The Bears' first contest on their home court is against Oglethorpe University (3-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. The winner will head to the McWilliams Championship game on Saturday at 7 p.m. and face the winner of Friday's 5 p.m. contest between Austin College (2-4) and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (1-2). The consolation game is scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m. 

McWILLIAMS OPPONENTS WashU's history with all three programs in the 17th Annual McWilliams Classic is slim. The Bears are a combined 3-0 against the opponents, while the home-opening game against Oglethorpe will be the first meeting for both teams.  WashU defeated Pomona-Pitzer twice and Austin once.

MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIP The Bears captured their fourth straight Midwest Challenge Championship over the weekend in Greencastle, Ind., defeating two of D3hoops.com Preseason Top-25 teams. WashU defeated No. 25 Illinois Wesleyan 89-81 behind junior forward Madeline Homoly's season-high 29 points and 16 rebounds before defeating tournament host and No. 15 DePauw 77-75 on a three-pointer by junior guard Rachael Sondag in the closing seconds of the game.

• 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, during the Bears' season opener. Some of 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 11th season (174-102 Overall Record)
                  * 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 D3hoops.com Preseason All-America Second Team. Homoly led WashU in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg) in 2016-17 while primarily coming off the bench.

• SHARP SHOOTERS Senior guard Natalie Orr and junior Rachael Sondag are  two of the most prolific three point shooters in WashU history. The duo combined to make 88 three-pointers last year and have totaled 198 in their careers. Sondag hit multiple triples in the final two-minutes of play against DePauw on Nov. 26 to help the Bears clinch their 15th Midwest Challenge Championship in the tournament's 25-year history.

McWILLIAMS HISTORY The Bears have won 13 of the 15 McWilliams Championships that have featured a Championship game, including nine straight (2016-17 did not have a champion). Senior Natalie Orr returns as the Jackie Schapp MVP from last year.