NEW YORK — Megan Dawe scored all 17 of her points in the second half to lead NYU to a come-from-behind 67-59 victory against 13th-ranked Washington (Mo.) on Friday at the Coles Sports Center in Manhattan.
After entering halftime down 33-25, the Violets controlled the first seven minutes of the second half. NYU outscored Washington 13-4 in the first 6:49 of the period to take its first lead 38-37 since the opening minutes. The squads tied four times during the next six minutes.
Then Dawe took over offensively, scoring eight points during a 13-4 run to put NYU up 55-46 with 3:39 to play.
The Bears cut the deficit to three 55-52 with 2:13 left, but Dawe responded immediately with a three-point play. After a stop and a foul, Riley Wurtz went to the line for two shots. Wurtz made the first and missed the second, but Dawe grabbed the offensive rebound and hit a putback to seal the win.
The Violets’ (9-14, 2-10) defense shut down the Bears (18-5, 8-4), holding them to just 26 second-half points on 11-38 (28.9 percent) shooting. The Violets, meanwhile, shot 13-for-20 (65.0 percent) in the second period, led by Dawe, who went 7 of 8 from the field en route to her game-high 17 points.
The victory snapped NYU’s 12-game losing streak against the Bears, which dated back to a meeting in the 2006-07 Final Four.
A total of four Violets scored in double figures. Joining Dawe were Nicole Lem (11 points), Cassidy Jourdan (11 points) and Alexis Doherty (10 points). Maya Wasowicz added nine points and six rebounds, while Wurtz tallied seven points, seven boards and three assists.