St. Louis, Mo. – Sophomore forward Melissa Gilkey recorded her third double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 5 Washington (Mo.) to a 77-57 win at Webster on Saturday.
The Bears got off to a slow start, missing their first seven shots from the floor, as Webster jumped out to a 9-4 lead. Washington found its groove and a second-chance shot by freshman guard Katybeth Biewen gave the Bears their first lead of the game at 10-9. Biewen followed with a layup to make it 12-9 before Webster hit its second of eight 3-pointers in the game to tie the score at 12.
Junior guard Lucy Montgomery drained a 3-pointer to give the Bears the lead back for good at 15-12 with 10:13 remaining in the first half. Webster pulled to within 15-14 on a basket before another 3-pointer by Montgomery sparked an 8-0 run by Washington during the next two minutes. A second-chance layup by Gilkey extended the Bears’ lead to 27-17 and Washington U. stretched its lead to 17 points (45-28) on another second-chance basket by Gilkey in the final minute of the half.
Webster cut the lead to 11 (45-34) early in the second half, but was unable to get to within single digits as the Bears maintained their lead the remainder of the game. A layup by sophomore center Steph Vukotic gave Washington its largest lead of the game (73-53) with 4:45 left, before finishing with the 77-57 win.
Washington shot 39.7 percent from the field (29-of-73) in the game. The Bears also shot 15-of-21 from the free throw line, including 12-of-14 in the first half. Webster finished the game shooting 31.1 percent from the field, including 8-of-19 from beyond the arc. The Gorloks also finished 11-of-13 from the free-throw line, including 9-of-10 in the second half. The Bears, who held a 28-14 rebounding advantage at halftime, finished with a 52-41 edge on the glass in the game.
Washington took advantage of 15 Webster turnovers to outscore the Gorloks 17-4 in points off turnovers, and the Bears also outscored the Gorloks 21-9 in second-chance points.
Gilkey equaled her season-high with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Biewen scored 11 of her career-high 13 points in the first half, and also pulled down a career-high five rebounds. Biewen was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line in the first half. Montgomery also finished in double figures for the Bears with 10 points, including three 3-pointers.
Senior forward Kristin Anda added nine points and six rebounds, while junior forward Jordan Rettig finished with six points, 11 rebounds and a career-high three blocked shots. Freshman guard Jordan Thompson accounted for six of the Bears’ 12 assists in the game.