WSTL
Schaeperkoetter

WAVERLY, Iowa -- Claire Schaeperkoetter and Annie Sayers scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, to lead No. 10 Washington-St. Louis to a 61-48 win against Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Thursday. The victory came in the opening game of the Wartburg Holiday Tournament.

Four different players scored to put Washington U. up 10-0 in the first four minutes of the contest. The Bears stretched their lead to 16 with a pair of free throws by Sayers to make it 27-11 with 5:32 left in the half.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh made two free throws to get to within 27-13 before Washington U. closed the half on an 8-0 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Schaeperkoetter.

The Bears held Wisconsin-Oshkosh to just 12 percent shooting (3-24) in the first half, as the Green Knights scored six of their 13 points from the free-throw line.

In the second half, a layup by Schaeperkoetter extended Washington U.’s lead to 24 points. Wisconsin-Oshkosh went on a 15-6 run to make it 43-28 with 13:26 remaining.

A 3-pointer by Schaeperkoetter and a pair of free throws by Jenna Sackman quickly extended the Bears’ lead back to 20 points.

The Green Knights cut the deficit to single digits at 53-44 with 3:25 left in the game, but the Bears outscored Wisconsin-Oshkosh 8-4 to finish the game with the win.

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No. 1 Amherst 109, WPI 39
No. 8 Lebanon Valley 73, Frostburg State 43
No. 9 DePauw 75, Alma 50

Schaeperkoetter finished one point shy of her career high with 17 points, including a career-best 5-8 from 3-point range. Sayers added 15 points and five rebounds, while freshman Melissa Gilkey just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Gilkey also had a team-high four blocked shots in the game. Dani Hoover finished with a career-high six assists, while also recording six points and three steals for the Bears.

Washington U. (9-1) shot a season-best 45 percent from the field in the game (21-46), while holding Wisconsin-Oshkosh (6-5) to 28 percent shooting (15-52). The Bears made six 3-pointers and finished 13-17 from the free-throw line.

The Green Knights made three 3-pointers, while finishing 15-24 from the free-throw line. Wisconsin-Oshkosh out-rebounded Washington U. 38-34 in the contest.