Women’s Basketball Set for a Weekend at Brandeis, NYU

Photo by Marco Quaroni
Photo by Marco Quaroni

at Brandeis (12-7, 4-5 UAA)
Friday, Feb. 9 - 6 p.m. (ET) - Waltham, Mass.
Live Video: http://www.brandeisjudges.com/sports/wbkb/streaming
Live Stats: 
at New York (12-8, 5-4 UAA)
Sunday, Feb. 11 - 2 p.m. (ET) – New York, N.Y.
Live Video: http://www.gonyuathletics.com/watch/?Live=249&type=Live  
Live Stats: 
Download the complete WASHU game notes by clicking HERE (PDF).

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK WashU travels this weekend to the northeast of the University Athletic Association (UAA) to face Brandeis University at 6 p.m. (ET) on Friday and New York University at 2 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.

HISTORY VS. OPPOSITION WashU is 55-4 all-time against Brandeis, but the Judges snapped the Bears' 19-game winning streak against them with a 92-84 win in the WU Field House on Jan. 12. The Red & Green have a 44-18 advantage in the all-time series with NYU including a current four-game winning streak.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE According to D3hoops.com's strength of schedule rating system which utilizes a three part system of opponents' winning percentage and opponents' opponents' winning percentage, WashU has the sixth most difficult schedule (.632). The Bears improved to 3-1 against ranked teams with their 71-52 victory on Feb. 2 over then No. 11 Rochester.

KEYS TO VICTORY WashU is 11-0 on the season when they outrebound the opponent and also 7-0 when they work their way to the free throw line more often than the opposition.

LEADING THE DECADE The 2017-18 WashU women's basketball team is currently averaging 76.2 points which is the top figure in the past 10 seasons. Only the 2016-17 (76.1 ppg) Bears team has averaged more than 75 points in the past 10 years.

SPLASH SISTERS Senior guard Natalie Orr ascended into fifth place all-time in three-pointers made at WashU in program history as she shot 4-of-6 from three-point range against NYU on Jan. 14. She has totaled 137 three-pointers in her career. Junior guard Rachael Sondag's 134 triples made ranks sixth all-time in three-pointers.

                  3.              Maddy Scheppers                     147         2011-15

                  4.              Stacy Leeds                             143         1990-94

STEADY HAND After matching a career-high performance with six assists and a single turnover in back-to-back games, senior guard Shelby Mann ranks 13th in DIII in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5) which also leads the UAA. Mann has started six consecutive games and averaged 4.8 assists per game with a 4.1 assist-to-turnover ratio during that span.

SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST During her senior season Natalie Orr is averaging career-highs with 12.3 ppg, 6.4 reb/g and 2.6 ast/g. She is also scoring at her best rate during UAA play with a 14.2 ppg average on 48.4-percent (45-93) shooting from the field.

SHOOTING FOR HISTORY Junior guard Rachael Sondag has converted 57 triples on the season which ranks eighth all-time in WashU single season history. Kelly Manning's 2004-05 total of 58 ranks seventh, while Kathryn Berger's 62 (2010-11) ranks sixth.