WashU Prepares for NCAA Tournament in Holland, Mich.

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

vs. Wheaton (Ill.) (22-5, 14-2 CCIW)
Friday, March 2 – 5:30 p.m. (ET) – Holland, Mich. (@Hope College)
Live Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fixmlJjOd8  
Live Stats: http://washubears.com/sports/wbkb/2017-18/boxscores/20180302_csl8.xml
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29TH-STRAIGHT NCAA APPEARANCE WashU was selected as an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament, marking the 29th consecutive season which the Bears will represent WashU in the Tournament. The Bears will travel to Holland, Mich. to play Wheaton (Ill.) in the First Round matchup on Friday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m. (ET).

THUNDER IN HOLLAND WashU will face Wheaton (Ill.) in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season after hosting the Thunder in the Second Round of 2017, pulling out an 83-74 win. During this season's tournament, WashU women's basketball will travel to Holland, Mich. to face Wheaton. The WashU men's basketball team competed at Hope College during last season's NCAA First and Second Rounds.

NCAA HISTORY The WashU women's basketball team leads Division III with 71 tournament victories and five National Championships. In her first season at the helm, head coach Randi Henderson helped guide the Bears to the NCAA Tournament. She previously led Coe College to back-to-back tournament bids (2011, 2012).

HISTORY VS. OPPOSITION Including the Bears 2017 NCAA Tournament win over Wheaton (Ill.), WashU is 7-0 all-time against the Thunder. Junior forward Madeline Homoly finished with a double-double in the 83-74 victory when she totaled 26 points and 11 rebounds, while senior guard Natalie Orr added 12 points with six rebounds.

FOUR ALL-UAA HONORS Senior guard Natalie Orr and junior forward Madeline Homoly were selected as First Team All-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors, while junior guard Rachael Sondag garnered Second Team accolades with junior forward Stephanie Botkin earning honorable mention. Orr has posted career-high figures this season in scoring (13.0 ppg), rebounds (6.7 reb/g) and assists (2.6 ast/g), while Homoly leads the Bears in scoring (16.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 reb/g).

ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT V Senior guard Natalie Orr was selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District V on Feb. 22. In addition to career-high numbers on the court, Orr has a cumulative grade point average of 3.77 in biomedical engineering.

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 (152) and junior guard Rachael Sondag (150) rank third and fourth 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 – 152, 2014-

                  4.              Rachael Sondag – 150, 2015-

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 sixth in DIII in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.65) which also leads the UAA. Mann has started 13 consecutive games and averaged 4.2 assists per game with a 3.5 assist-to-turnover ratio during that span.

SHOOTING FOR HISTORY Junior guard Rachael Sondag is having a season to remember. The Webster Groves, Mo.-native has drained 73 three-pointers which ranks second all-time in school single season history behind Laura Crowley's 87 in 2002-03.

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 (.613).

LEADING THE DECADES The 2017-18 WashU women's basketball team is currently averaging 78.7 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.