Women's basketball starts season with two wins

Team beats Louisville, IUPUI over weekend, while men's team tips off season on Tuesday | November 24, 2003

The women’s basketball team is off to a successful start, winning its first two games of the season over the weekend, a 72-64 win over the University of Louisville on Friday night in Louisville, and a 64-48 victory over IUPUI on Sunday at the Cintas Center.

It was the fifth year in a row the team won its season opener, and the 12th season in a row it won its home opener.

In the season opener against Louisville, four Musketeers scored in double figures, including three players— Kristy Wallner, Tara Boothe and Michele Miller—to score 15 points each. The 15 points was a career high for Wallner, who also recorded her first career double-double by grabbing 10 rebounds, as well as for Miller, a freshman. Sophomore Mandy Geryak also set career highs in the game with 12 points and 10 assists. It was also her first career double-double.

The team hit 10 of its 21 three-point shots in the game and sealed the game by scoring eight of its final 10 points from the free throw line.

On Sunday, Boothe took control of the game. Last year’s Atlantic 10 rookie of the year and Freshman All-American Team member scored 21 of the team’s 64 points. The team got 32 points from its bench players, led by 15 from senior Aida Sarajlija.

The team is idle until Sunday, Nov. 30, when it hosts the University of Cincinnati in the annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout at 1:30 p.m. at the Cintas Center. That game will be the second in a five-game homestand for the Musketeers.

The men's basketball team, which started its season 3-0 by sweeping the Dell Black Coaches Association Tournament, begins a four-game road trip on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. The game against Ball State and the following game against Indiana University in the John Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis are homecomings for four players and coach Thad Matta, all of whom are from Indiana.

Also over the weekend, the volleyball team ended its bid for another A-10 championship with a 1-3 loss in the semifinals of the A-10 Tournament to Temple University. The team falls to 14-15 on the season with two games left in a Thanksgiving tournament at Temple on Nov. 29.