Taking its 10-5 overall record and its 3-3 conference mark on the road last weekend, the UR women?s basketball team lost both games against University Athletic Association powers Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Chicago.
In St. Louis
The three-time defending national champion Washington Bears proved too much for the Yellowjackets, putting UR away 72-49 last Friday.
None of the UR players were able to score in double figures, as senior forward Jill Strebel led the Yellowjackets with nine points in 19 minutes of action, Washington?s Jennifer Rudis led the Bear?s potent scoring attack with 11 points of her own.
The Bears proved to have tremendous depth in their team ? 11 players for Washington contributed at least one point to keep Washington undefeated at 7-0 in the UAA.
?We played the No. 1 team in the country,? said Coach Jim Sche-ible. ?We played well early but we are just too young at this point.?
The Bears? overall record moved to 16-1 after their victory over the Yellowjacket women. The win for Washington marked its 53rd consecutive victory at home.
On to Chicago
The Yellowjackets traveled to Chicago for its second of four straight road games last Sunday.
Junior forward Jen LaBuda and sophomore forward Sarah Sullivan provided solid offense, scoring 13 and 12 points respectively for the Yellowjackets.
Despite good performances, the Yellowjackets? efforts fell short again as Chicago handed UR a 50-48 defeat.
The loss was the third straight for the Yellowjackets who now find themselves at 10-7 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
The key to the game may have been the difference in the two teams? three-point shooting percentages.
Chicago made 57 percent of its 3-point field goal attempts, while UR was only able to convert 20 percent of its attempts from behind the arc.
Chicago?s offense was led by Anne Lippert, Liz Corken and Angle Korer, each scoring 10 points on their way to Chicago?s fourth UAA win. This victory brings the Bears? record to 12-5 overall, 4-4 UAA.
Rebound from losses
The Yellowjackets will be looking to come back from its losing streak when they travel to Emory University Friday and Carnegie Mellon University Sunday.
The games will be important for UR who will need to win both games to climb back to .500 on the season in the UAA.
The Yellowjackets will be home again Tuesday, Feb. 6th against their crosstown rival, the Rochester Institute of Technology.