Bears Conclude UAA Play Saturday at No. 10 Chicago

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

at No. 10 Chicago (22-2, 13-0 UAA)
Saturday, Feb. 24 - 1 p.m. – Chicago, Ill.
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ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK WashU closes out the regular season with a single University Athletic Association (UAA) game on the road at No. 10-ranked University of Chicago (22-2, 13-0 UAA) on Saturday, Feb. 24. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.

HISTORY VS. OPPOSITION WashU is 50-16 all-time against Chicago but the Maroons defeated WashU in the most recent matchup on Jan. 6. Chicago won 82-76 and has strung together a 20-game winning streak since starting the season 2-2. Last season's regular season finale featured a game-winning shot by senior Natalie Orr in the closing seconds of the game to clinch WashU's 23rd UAA title.

UAA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Senior guard Natalie Orr was named the UAA Athlete of the Week on Feb. 19. She had a stellar senior weekend in which she averaged 20.5 points, 9 rebounds, three assists and 1.5 steals per game. Orr had a double-double in a 99-61 win over Case with 18 points and 10 rebounds before scoring a season-high 23 points in the Bears senior day win over Carnegie Mellon on Sunday.

WASHU SETS UAA MARK On Feb. 9 at Brandeis, WashU set the UAA single game record with 16 three-pointers in the contest. Junior forward Stephanie Botkin (5-7) and senior guard Natalie Orr (5-7) each hit five triples during the win. On Feb. 16, WashU (11) and Case Western (13) combined to tie the all-time UAA mark with 24 three-pointers made.

SPLASH SISTERS Senior guard Natalie Orr (150) and junior guard Rachael Sondag (144) rank third and fifth in WashU's all-time history in 3PT's made.

                                    1.                                Kelly Manning - 192, 2002-06

                                    2.                                Laura Crowley - 159, 2001-03

                                    3.                                 Natalie Orr - 150, 2014-

                                    4.                                Maddy Scheppers - 147, 2011-15

                                    5.                                 Rachael Sondag - 146, 2015-

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 eighth most difficult schedule (.606).

LEADING THE DECADES The 2017-18 WashU women's basketball team is currently averaging 78.2 points which is the top figure in the past 20 seasons. The best single season team average in points all-time at WashU was 80.2 by the 1997-98 roster.

STEADY HAND In back-to-back weeks senior guard Shelby Mann set personal-bests in assists with seven at Brandeis (2/9) before nine against Carnegie (2/18) on senior day. She ranks fifth in DIII in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.75) which also leads the UAA. Mann has started 10 consecutive games and averaged 5.2 assists per game with a 4.0 assist-to-turnover ratio during that span.

SHOOTING FOR HISTORY Junior guard Rachael Sondag has converted 67 triples on the season which is tied for fifth all-time in WashU single season history. Stacy Leeds (67, 1993-94), Zoë Unruh (68, 2009-10), Kelly Manning (70, 2005-06) and Laura Crowley (87, 2002-03) are ahead of Sondag's total.