Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Champs Show Bears They Still Need Work

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Champs Show Bears They Still Need Work

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Perhaps it was the lack of a fourth clover leaf on the pin Washington University basketball coach Nancy Fahey wore in Monday's night's faceoff with Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Or perhaps it was the pressure of the crowd in the Washington U. Field House, at 689 the largest at a regular-season Bears game not scheduled as a doubleheader with the men's team.

Or perhaps it was merely destiny, the defense-worthy Titans being defending National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III national champions. Whatever the case, the Bears' spotless 7-0 record was snapped by a 77-65 home loss to UW-Oshkosh, which extended its win streak to 41. In Fahey's words, the Titans (10-0) have reached the point of not knowing how to lose. "Oshkosh plays really good defense, and that kind of clogged us up," said Fahey, who has coached the Bears since 1986. Still, no time for tears. Fahey's Bears knew what they were up against and enjoyed the challenge - and the relatively hefty show of fan support. "I think we were about as fired up as we can be," said Fahey. "You can play an easier schedule and feel really good about yourself, but those are the teams to beat. "We played last year's No. 1, and what better way to start the second semester, knowing what you have to do to beat No. 1." Fahey said her team is solid but needs work on its defense and in shooting. UW-Oshkosh shot 55 percent Monday to the Bears' 35 percent. The Bears were off to their best start since 1991-92, when the team opened its season 9-0. Washington U. fell to the Titans last season 75-53 in an NCAA Tournament game as UW-Oshkosh was making its way to its first national title. Player Of The Week: The Missouri Valley Conference player of the week is Southwest Missouri senior Jessie McVay, a 5-foot-9 guard. McVay (Damascus, Ark.) led Southwest Missouri to a 73-68 victory Sunday against Drake. …

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