Women's Hoops Hosts Millikin in Midweek Game

Photo by Joe Angeles/WUSTL Photos
Photo by Joe Angeles/WUSTL Photos

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ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK WashU returns to the WU Field House, sporting a 2-2 record as both losses have come at the hands of Top-25 ranked opponents. The Bears will host Millikin University, who is off to a 1-4 start on the year but picked up its first win of the season on Sunday. The Big Blue defeated Illinois College 82-79.

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA SELECTION Senior forward Madeline Homoly was selected to the D3hoops.com Preseason All-America Fourth Team on Oct. 25. She led the Bears in scoring (16.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 reb/g) a season ago, and currently leads the Bears with 13.3 ppg and 6.5 reb/g. She was selected to D3hoops.com All-America Fourth Team in 2016-17.

UAA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Senior forward Madeline Homoly was named the UAA Athlete of the Week on Nov. 19 after helping the Bears to a 1-1 record during the season-opening 18th Annual McWilliams Classic. She was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 22 points and eight rebounds per game. Homoly is 77 points shy of becoming just the 14th Bear to join the 1,000-point club and the first since Melissa Gilkey joined the club on Jan. 31, 2014.

MCWILLIAMS CLASSIC RECAP WashU faced No. 22 Texas-Dallas in the opening round of the 18th Annual McWilliams Classic, and led for three quarters of play but UTD powered ahead in the fourth quarter on its way to winning the tournament. The Bears drew Blackburn in the consolation game and had 15 players score at least a point in the 101-43 defeat of the Beavers.

MIDWEST CHALLENGE RECAP WashU faced the Midwest Challenge host Rose-Hulman in the opening game of the tournament and held the Fightin' Engineers to 23.3-percent shooting from the field during the 62-37 victory. Freshman forward Samantha Weaver was the lone Bear to reach double figures in scoring during the 81-63 loss to No. 12 Illinois Wesleyan in the championship game, scoring a season-high 11 on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. WashU is 16-6 all-time when it advances to the Midwest Challenge Championship game, including 6-4 against IWU in the title game.

APPROACHING 200 Head coach Randi Henderson is in her second season leading the Bears. She needs eight wins to reach 200 for her career after previous stints at Minnesota-Morris (2005-06) and Coe (2006-2015). Henderson has a 192-111 (.634)career record in 12 seasons: one-plus at WashU (21-10), nine at Coe (155-91) and one at Minnesota Morris (16-10).

BEYOND THE ARC Senior guard Rachael Sondag ranks second in school history in all-time career three-pointers with 162. The all-time leader is Kelly Manning (2002-06) who converted 192 shots from beyond the arc.