No. 18 WashU to Open Season with 18th Annual McWilliams Classic

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

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK WashU opens the second season under head coach Randi Henderson with the 18th Annual McWilliams Classic on Friday, Nov. 16 against No. 22-ranked University of Texas at Dallas. The Bears are also hosting Ithaca College and Blackburn College and will face one or the other in the championship or consolation game of the McWilliams Classic on Saturday, Nov. 17.

18TH ANNUAL MCWILLIAMS CLASSIC WashU is set to host the 18th Annual McWilliams Classic, one of the premiere Division III basketball tournaments throughout the country. The tournament was established by Art and Marge McWilliams.

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA SELECTION Senior forward Madeline Homoly was selected to the 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, helping WashU finish with a 19-8 overall record. She was selected to All-America Fourth Team in 2016-17.

#18-RANKED WashU women's basketball was voted on as the 18th best team to start the 2018-19 season, as polled by The Bears return 15 letterwinners from a year ago, including five student-athletes that made 10 or more starts.

DIII TEAM USA Senior forward Madeline Homoly and 2018 graduate Natalie Orr represented both Division III and the USA this summer in a trip to Brazil. WashU was one of just three teams to have multiple players selected to the team that had 12 different states represented and 14 universities.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT DURING 2018-19 There are several milestones to keep an eye out for in the 2018-19 season:
1. Head coach Randi Henderson is 10 wins shy of 200 for her career.
2. Senior guard Rachael Sondag has several 3-point marks in sight: 156 total three-pointers made which is 26 away from tying Kelly Manning (2002-06) for first and her .424 three-point field goal percentage is tops in school history - six percentage points ahead of Natalie Orr (2014-18) and Laura Crowley (2001-03).   
3. Senior forward Madeline Homoly is 130 points shy of joining the 1,000 point club. There are 13 Bears total in the women's basketball 1,000 point club with the last player to do so being Melissa Gilkey (2011-15) on Jan. 31, 2014. Gilkey concluded her career with 1,707 points, second most in school history behind Alia Fischer's (1996-00) 1,974.

CLASS OF 2022 WashU welcomes the class of 2022 from three different states: Isabelle Hren (Longmont, Colo.), Hayley Semple (Park Ridge, Ill.) and Samantha Weaver (Apex, N.C.).