No. 22 WashU Headed to Kentucky for NCAA Sectional Semis

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

NCAA BRACKET | WASHU GAME NOTES

St. Louis, Mo., March 3, 2019 –
No. 22 Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball will travel to Crestview Hills, Ky., for the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Sectional hosted by No. 1 Thomas More University. The Bears will face No. 12 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. (ET) during the Sectional Semifinal.

WashU (21-6) and UMHB (27-3) have never met previously in program history. No. 1 Thomas More (29-0) will play No. 18 Transylvania University (27-2) at 7 p.m. (ET) Friday, March 8. The advancing teams will play in the Sectional Final on Saturday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

The Bears advanced to the NCAA Sectional Semifinal for the 19th time in program history following a pair of victories over University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (72-56) and No. 8 George Fox University (86-78) in the NCAA First and Second Rounds.

UMHB defeated Rhodes 70-56 in the First Round, before securing a Sectional Semifinal berth with a 66-57 win over No. 16 University of Texas-Dallas. The Bears opened their 2018-19 season with an 86-77 loss to UTD. UMHB earned the first trip to NCAA Division III Tournament this season as an at-large bid after winning the American Southwest Conference (ASC) regular season title but falling to UTD 63-58 in the ASC Tournament Championship.

Thomas More is the lone team remaining with an undefeated record at 29-0. The Saints schedule included six victories over Top-25 ranked teams including a Second Round victory over No. 5 Trine, 67-59. Thomas More defeated Saint Vincent in the First Round 79-54. The Saints are 33-14 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. WashU and Thomas More have previously met on five occasions with the Bears holding a 3-2 edge in the series but the Saints won the most recent contest during the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Transy earned a trip to the NCAA Sectional Semifinals by defeating Piedmont 77-67 in the opening round before eclipsing Oglethorpe 76-56 in the Second Round. Oglethorpe defeated No. 23 University of Chicago in the First Round. With the two NCAA Tournament victories, Transy evened its postseason record at 4-4. WashU and Transy previously met in the 2009 NCAA Second Round which the Bears won 83-57 en route to a runner-up finish.

• NCAA SECTIONAL – No. 22 WashU travels to Crestview Hills, Ky., for the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Sectional hosted by No. 1 Thomas More University. The Bears face No. 12 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. (ET) in the first game of the Sectional Semifinal, followed by No. 1 Thomas More (29-0) and No. 18 Transylvania University (27-2) in the second game at 7 p.m. The advancing teams meet in the Sectional Final on Saturday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

• 30TH-STRAIGHT POSTSEASON – WashU won its 24th University Athletic Association (UAA) Title in program history and the first of head coach Randi Henderson's career with the Bears this season by going 13-1 in conference play to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Bears have earned passage to the NCAA Tournament for 30 consecutive seasons and with the two wins this past weekend have earned a trip to the NCAA Division III Sectionals for the 19th time in program history.

• HISTORY – WashU and Mary Hardin-Baylor are meeting for the first time in school history; WashU and Thomas More have previously met on five occasions with the Bears holding a 3-2 edge in the series but the Saints won the most recent contest during the 2016 NCAA Tournament 88-72; WashU and Transy previously met in the 2009 NCAA Second Round which the Bears won 83-57 en route to a runner-up finish. 

• UAA CHAMPIONS – WashU completed its UAA schedule with a 13-1 mark to capture its 24th UAA Title in program history. The conference championship is the first of head coach Randi Henderson's tenure.

• ALL-UAA HONORS – After winning the conference title, WashU had several Bears honored with prestigious honors including:
            Madeline Homoly - UAA Player of the Year, First Team All-UAA
            Randi Henderson and staff - UAA Coaching Staff of the Year
            Rachael Sondag - Second Team All-UAA
            Becca Clark-Callender - UAA Honorable Mention

• HOMOLY NAMED UAA AOW – Senior forward Madeline Homoly was named the UAA Athlete of the Week after averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Bears won a pair of home games to advance to the NCAA Division III Sectional Semifinal. She had 19 points and 11 boards in a 72-56 win over Wisconsin-Whitewater Friday in the first round Friday, and then had 23 points and 11 rebounds in an 86-78 victory over No. 8 George Fox in the second round Saturday.

• MORE ON HOMOLY – Homoly became the 14th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. The three-time First Team All-UAA honoree did so in just three seasons on the Danforth Campus after transferring from NCAA Division I University of South Dakota. Homoly ranks seventh in school history in points (1,325).

 WINNING TRADITION – WashU is 74-27 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, the most victories of any Division III team in postseason play. The Bears also have a DIII leading five national championships.

• SENIOR CLASS – The senior class includes guards Caroline BallardBecca Clark-CallenderKatie Claussner and Rachael Sondag as well as forwards Stephanie Botkin and Madeline Homoly. The senior group has led the Red & Green to an 89-23 (.795) overall record with three UAA Titles and four trips to the NCAA Tournament. The Bears have compiled a 9-3 mark in the tourney while twice advancing to the NCAA Sectional Finals. 

 BLUEGRASS STATE – WashU is making its fifth trip to Thomas More since 2010, and has a 5-2 record playing at the Connor Center: 2010 - 2-0 - National Champion; 2011 - 2-0 - National Runner-Up; 2015 - 0-1 - Sweet 16; 2016 - 1-1 - Elite 8.