No. 21 WashU Travels for Final Slate of UAA Road Games

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• UP NEXT WashU enters its final weekend of University Athletic Association (UAA) road games boasting a 10-game winning streak. The Bears first travel to Atlanta to face Emory (15-5, 6-3 UAA) on Friday at 6 p.m. (ET) before heading to Rochester, N.Y. to play Rochester (9-11, 3-6 UAA) on Sunday at 2 p.m. (ET).

HISTORY  WashU is 54-6 all-time vs Emory, including a 14-game win streak. The Bears have a two-game win streak vs Rochester with a 48-16 all-time mark.

RANKINGS WashU cracked the top-25 of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Top-25 last week and moved up this week to No. 21. The Bears were also listed No. 5 in the initial NCAA Division III Central Region Rankings. WashU continues to gain steam in the D3hoops.com national poll, currently receiving 13 votes.

BEHIND THE WINNING STREAK Prior to the Bears winning streak the team averaged 68.8 points per game, but during the recent 10-game span WashU has increased that number to 80.2 points per contest with four different individuals scoring in double figures. WashU also increased its assist per game average to 21.6, a figure more than five assists per game larger. Senior guard Becca Clark-Callender nearly accounts for the entire increase with a 4.9 ast/g increase. Notes on the Bears averaging in double digits:

- Senior forward Madeline Homoly (18.5 ppg) ranks ninth all-time in Bears scoring history with 1,189 points and is seven points shy of eighth (Michele Lewis). She is one of only eight Bears to reach 1,000 points and collect 500 rebounds in their career.

- Senior guard Caroline Ballard (10.9 ppg) leads the UAA in three-point field goal percentage (42.3). She set a career-high by scoring 20 points at Carnegie Mellon on Feb. 1. Ballard posted her first collegiate double-double on Jan. 27's win over Case Western Reserve with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

- Junior center Kristina Schmelter (10.3 ppg) ranks second in the UAA in free-throw percentage with an 84.8 percent success rate. She also ranks third in the conference by shooting 48 percent from the field.

- Senior guard Rachael Sondag (10.2 ppg) recent barrage of three-pointers helped push her past Kelly Manning's 13 year old record for all-time career three-pointers. Sondag has amassed 199 triples and is tied for the third best three-point field goal shooting percentage (40.4) in program history.

200 WIN MILESTONE Head coach Randi Henderson exceeded 200 career victories this season and has an overall record of 205-114 (.640).