ST. LOUIS – With six players scoring 10 points or more, Rochester rolled past 12th-ranked Washington (Mo.) 93-74 at the WU Field House on Sunday. The win boosts Rochester into a first-place tie in the University Athletic Association with Emory. Both teams are 9-2 and Rochester is 17-5 overall.
Washington suffered its first defeat at the Field House this year (11-1). The Bears defeated Emory on Friday in St. Louis to pull even with Rochester and Emory in the standings at 8-2. Washington sits in third place with an 8-3 UAA mark and an 18-4 overall record.
This is only the second time that Rochester has beaten Washington in St. Louis. It is the first time that Rochester has swept Washington (UR won 56-48 in the Palestra in mid-January).
Breanna Madrazo produced her second career high in a row. She finished with 21 points, including 4 of 6 outside the arc. Madrazo had 20 points on Friday in the victory at Chicago.
Ally Zywicki scored 16 points and matched her career high with 10 assists. Katie Weiner scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench. Jackie Walker had 12 points and 10 rebouinds. Loren Wagner had 12 points and nine rebounds. Danielle McNabb scored 10 points and added five boards. Paige Aleski scored nine points and hit two of three outside the arc.
Melissa Gilkey led Washington with 24 points, including 13 of 17 from the foul line.
Rochester shot 55.4 percent from the floor (31 of 56), 57.9 percent outside the arc (11 of 19), and 71.4 percent from the line (20 of 28). Washington hit 29.9 percent from the field (19 of 68), 26.9 percent outside the arc (7of 26), and 72.5 percent from the line (29 of 40).
“Wash U. has that incredible will to win, and they never gave up,” Rochester head coach Jim Scheible said. “This was easily our best game of the year. They went after us so hard.”
The Bears drew within two at 17-15 on a 3-pointer by Rettig with 8:19 left in the first half. Rochester ran off a 10-2 spurt in less than two minutes: McNabb and Walker made layups, followed by a 3-pointer from Aleski. After Kristin Anda’s layup for Washington (24-17), Zywicki knocked down a 3-pointer for a 27-17 lead with 5:42 left in the half. The Yellowjackets closed the period on a 6-0 run during the last 2:24 to take a 38-25 lead at halftime.
Early in the second half, Madrazo and Walker hit 3-pointers as part of a 9-2 flurry that gave Rochester its largest lead 53-29 with 15:34 remaining. Another 3-pointer from Zywicki kept it at 24 with 11:47 left before Washington mounted one of its two serious second-half charges.
Thompson hit a 3-pointer and Gilkey converted a traditional three-point play. Thompson made one free throw and Katy Biewen sank both ends of a one-and-one. That got Washington within 66-48 with more than nine minutes left.
Rochester was ahead by 20 at 81-61 after two free throws by Madrazowith 4:58 on the clock. Biewen made one free throw before Thompson and Gilkey sank 3-pointers to pull Washington within 13 at the 4:23 mark. Wagner answered with a layup and Madrazo drilled a 3-pointer to extend it to 86-68 with 2:23 left. Madrazo made 5 of 6 from the foul line down the stretch to seal the victory.
“It’s really hard to play at Wash U., so this is a big win,” Madrazo said. “[Right from the start] everyone was feeling it.”