Wash.-St. Louis tops No. 5 Rochester
Gilkey scores 19 points to lead No. 13 Bears past Yellowjackets
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Freshman Melissa Gilkey scored 19 points and freshman Maddy Scheppers added 15 as No. 13 Washington-St. Louis posted a 60-55 win at No. 5 Rochester on Friday.
Washington U. improved its overall record to 16-3, 6-2 UAA, and moved the Bears into a tie for second place with Rochester in the University Athletic Association (UAA) standings. Washington U. snapped its four-game losing streak at Rochester, winning for the first time since Feb. 18, 2007.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 Amherst 75, Bates 63|
|No. 2 Chicago 79, Emory 55|
|No. 13 Washington-St. Louis 60, Rochester 55|
|No. 11 Juniata 66, Scranton 45|
|Colby 62, No. 22 Williams 56|
Gilkey had the hot hand for the Bears in the opening minutes, connecting on her first three shots of the game. Gilkey’s fastbreak layup with 15:36 to play gave Washington U. the early 10-4 lead. Senior Bethany Morrison dialed up a 3-pointer from the wing to extend the lead to six, and then a 3-pointer from senior Claire Schaeperkoetter made it 16-9.
The Bears offense went cold for the rest of the half, connecting on two field goals in the final 12 minutes. A field goal by Jodie Luther with 33 seconds left gave the Yellowjackets a 26-24 halftime lead.
Gilkey led all scorers with seven points, as Washington U. shot 33.3 percent (9-27) from the field in the first half. Washington U. forced 11 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes of play, and Rochester held a 22-18 rebounding advantage.
Gilkey and Scheppers combined to score the first 10 points of the second half for Washington U. as they regained the advantage for good. Gilkey’s second 3-pointer of the year pushed the Bears' lead to 34-30 with 16:43 to play. Washington U.’s defense limited Rochester to 2-of-8 shooting with seven turnovers in the opening seven minutes of the second half.
Gilkey’s second 3-pointer of the game got the lead to 44-39, and then a conventional three-point play by Gilkey pushed the advantage to 47-41 with 8:23 to play. Washington U. got the lead back to eight after a 3-pointer by Scheppers and a free throw by freshman Alexandra Keane, but a pair of three throws and a 3-pointer by Danielle McNabb cut it to three (54-51).
Senior Dani Hoover’s floater pushed the lead to five (56-51), and then after a bucket by Rochester, she nailed a pair of three throws to seal the victory for the Bears. Washington U. shot 52.2 percent from the field in the second half (12-23), and drilled 4-of-6 3-pointers. Scheppers had 13 in the second half to lead the Bears, and also finished with 10 boards for her first career double-double.
Laney Ming was the lone Yellowjackets to score in double figures with 13 points and eight assists. Rochester (17-2, 6-2 UAA) shot 35 percent (21-60) from the field and had 22 turnovers in its first loss of the season at home.