ST. LOUIS — No. 7 Washington-St. Louis erased a 10-point second-half deficit, and a second-chance basket at the buzzer by Brianne Monahan gave the Bears a 51-49 win against New York University in UAA action on Sunday.
After trailing 21-20 at halftime, New York opened up a 10-point lead (35-25) on a steal and a layup by Bianca Storts with 14:02 left in the game. The Bears responded after a short timeout by NYU with a 10-2 run over the next four minutes cutting the deficit to 35-37.
During that run, Washington U. forced four turnovers with an aggressive full-court press. Less than a minute later, the Bears tied the score at 39-39 on a pair of free throws by Alyssa Johanson.
New York extended its lead to four (45-41), but a second-chance 3-pointer by Maddy Scheppers cut the lead to one. Washington U. forced steals on the Violets’ next three possessions, and the Bears took their first lead of the half (47-45) on a 3-pointer by Alexandra Keane with 3:10 on the clock.
The Violets tied the score at 47-47 with a layup, before Dani Hoover made a pair of free throws to give WU the lead.
New York tied the score again (49-49) with 1:01 left in the game on a free-throw by Shelby Coon, but Coon’s second attempt bounced off the rim and Monahan grabbed the rebound for the Bears.
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Washington U. missed a 3-point attempt with 35 seconds left, but Johanson came away with the offensive rebound. After a timeout by the Bears, a 3-pointer by Monahan with three seconds left was short, but Scheppers got the rebound under the basket and put up another shot.
When it didn’t fall, Monahan pulled down the rebound and laid it in the basket as time expired to give Washington U. the 51-49 win.
Washington U. shot 27 percent from the field in the game, compared to 42 percent by the Violets. The Bears finished 14-21 from the free-throw line, including 12-17 in the second half. New York finished just 4-10 from the free-throw line.
The Bears also held a 42-36 rebounding advantage, including a 19-8 advantage on the offensive end. Washington U. scored 15 second-chance points, while NYU had seven.
Hoover led the Bears with 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Scheppers added nine points and a team-high eight rebounds, while also finishing with three assists and two steals.
Johanson scored eight points for the Bears. Melissa Gilkey chipped in five points and seven rebounds, while Monahan tallied four points and six rebounds. Keane had a big day for the Bears as well, recording team-highs of six assists, four steals and two blocked shots to go with her three points and three rebounds.
Storts led all players with 19 points and nine rebounds for New York, who dropped to 9-7 overall and 1-4 in UAA play. Coon added 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals.