No. 9 Washington U. sweeps Brandeis
Bears win 40th consecutive home game behind Berger’s 19
ST. LOUIS – No. 9 Washington University in St. Louis picked up its 20th win of the season in a 79-47 victory against Brandeis in University Athletic Association (UAA) play on Sunday afternoon. Washington University improves to 20-4 and 11-2 in the UAA, while Brandeis falls to 11-13 and 3-10 in league play.
Washington University head coach Nancy Fahey has now won at least 20 games in 21 of her 25 seasons at Washington U., which includes 14 of her last 15 campaigns. Fahey is 591-104 (.850) in 25 seasons on the Danforth Campus.
Senior Kathryn Berger led all scorers with 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting, while sophomores Kristin Anda and Annie Sayers and freshman Jordan Rettig added 10 points apiece. Senior Alex Hoover dished out six assists in the victory, upping her career total to 411. Hoover is just 16 assists away from tying the program's all-time mark of 427 set by Sarah Schell (2003 to 2007).
Berger had the hot hand early on for the Bears, as she scored 13 points on 5 of 6 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Washington U. held onto a 20-12 lead, but a 3-pointer from the corner by sophomore Brianne Monahan and then back-to-back 3s from Berger made it 29-14 with 7:42 remaining.
Berger continued to torch the nets, as her mid-range jumper and a pair of free throws extended Washington U.’s lead to 41-22. She finished the first half with 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting, as WUSTL shot 50 percent (15 of 30) from the field and had 11 assists and just five turnovers. The Bears forced 12 turnovers in the first half, and turned that into a 13-4 advantage in points off turnovers.
The Bears scored the first seven points of the second half to extend their run from the end of the first half to 11-0, as they took a 50-22 lead. WUSTL got the lead to 35 at 59-24 with 15:25 remaining following a pair of free throws and a lay-up by Anda.
Washington University limited Brandeis to just 35.3 percent shooting and 18 field goals. Washington U. held a 45-31 edge in rebounding and outscored the Judges 25-9 off of turnovers and 23-7 in second-chance opportunities.