Around the conference: A look at basketball in the UAA

Men’s Basketball

Forward Alex Stoyle couldn’t miss as he picked up UAA Athlete of the Week honors as Brandeis University topped Emory University on Friday, Feb. 1, and fell to No. 4 University of Rochester on Sunday, Feb. 3.  Stoyle shot 73.7% from the field and averaged a double-double over the weekend with 21.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks.  Stoyle and the Judges moved into a third place tie in the UAA with Washington University and Emory at 6-3 in the UAA with the 72-67 win over Emory.  Against the Yellowjackets, Stoyle had 15 second-half points, but failed to help the Judges rebound from a 14-point deficit to the then No. 1 Rochester.

No. 4 University of Rochester lost to New York University on Friday, Feb. 14, 65-51, losing its No. 1 spot in the Top 25 poll.  John DiBartolomeo had 12 total points, but the Violets had three players in triple figures as the Yellowjackets lost their first game of the season.  Rochester got out to a 6-0 lead early, but a 16-3 run by New York in the first half had the Yellowjackets playing from behind and they were never able to catch back up.  Rochester rebounded in the second game of the weekend to top Brandeis 66-59 behind 22 points from DiBartolomeo and 14 from Nate Vernon.

Women’s Basketball

Freshman Paige Womack continued an impressive debut season as she picked up UAA Athlete of the Week honors.  Womack averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game this weekend as the University of Chicago split its weekend games.  Womack was a rebound shy of a double-double as the Maroons blew by Carnegie Mellon University 76-60 on Sunday.  Two days before, Womack had 15 points, but it wasn’t enough as Chicago fell in overtime to Case Western Reserve University on Friday, 76-71.

Washington University women’s basketball team got its revenge after losing its first ever matchup against CWRU last week in Cleveland.  The No. 12 Bears fell five spots in the most recent poll, but bounced back with a pair of dominating wins this past weekend.  Washington’s defense smothered the opponents as the Bears allowed 44.5 points a game.  The Bears ran way in a 31-point victory over Carnegie Mellon in St. Louis with an 85-54 win.  The hosts then cut down the visiting Spartans, allowing just 35 points in a 58-35 win over Case.