No. 24 WashU Set for Wydown Showdown with Fontbonne

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

at Fontbonne (5-4, 2-1 SLIAC) – Tuesday, Dec. 12 - 6 p.m.
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ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK No. 24 WashU travels across Wydown Blvd. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. to face the Fontbonne University Griffins (5-4). The Bears and Griffins square off in doubleheader action as the men's programs compete at 8 p.m. 

HISTORY VS. OPPOSITION WashU and Fontbonne's history dates back to the Bears inaugural season of 1979-80, when the Bears defeated the Griffins twice. Altogether WashU holds a 37-4 record against Fontbonne in their all-time meetings and have won 16 straight.

FROM DOWNTOWN Junior guard Rachael Sondag has dominated from beyond the arc in the Bears first eight games, hitting 30-of-62 shots from downtown. Her 30 threes made rank first in the University Athletic Association (UAA) and fifth in Division III, while her 48.4-percent success rate ranks second in the UAA and 20th in the country.

TOP-10 OFFENSIVE RANKINGS As a team the Bears offense ranks within the top-10 of multiple offensive categories including second in 3-point field goal percentage (43.8%), third in assists per game (20.8), seventh in field goal percentage (47.3%) and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.32).

• A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS A look at the numbers reveals that early season indicators towards Bears success are rebounds and shooting percentage. The Bears are unbeaten with a 4-0 record when they outrebound opponents and have also won all five games in which they have shot better than 45-percent from the field.

EXCLUSIVE 800 CLUB The Bears celebrated their 800th win in program history over the last weekend of November and are one of just seven teams to accomplish that feat in Division III. Ultimately the Bears are 804-198 (.802). Other programs also with 800 wins are Husson, Elizabethtown, St. John Fisher, Southern Maine, Scranton and Hope. The Bears also celebrated their 400th victory on the Danforth Campus with an 83-56 win over Greenville. WashU has an all-time 400-37 (.915) home record.

DOLING OUT ASSISTS Junior guard Becca Clark-Callender led the Bears in assists during the 2016-17 season with 93 off the bench, and she is on pace to surpass that total as she has tallied 40 thus far in 2017-18. Senior guard Shelby Mann has also set a personal-best with 26 assists this season.

• 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. She has an overall record of 177-103 (.632) in Division III as a head coach, previously serving at Minnesota-Morris and Coe. She led Coe to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths (2010-11 and 2011-12).