Rochester bounces back in second half to upset No. 4 Washington (Mo.)
Sophomore Ally Zywicki scored 15 of her game-high 17 points in the second half as Rochester rallied for a 56-48 victory against fourth-ranked Washington (Mo.) on Sunday, snapping the Bears' 10-game winning streak.
Rochester improved to 10-4 overall, 2-1 in the University Athletic Association. Washington is 12-2 overall, 2-1 in the UAA.
Zywicki added four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Jackie Walker had nine points, 11 rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. Loren Wagner scored nine points, had two blocks, six rebounds and four steals.
Melissa Gilkey posted a double-double for Washington with 16 points and 14 rebounds. She had two blocked shots and one steal. Alyssa Johanson scored six points for Washington. No other player scored more than five.
In the second half, Rochester controlled the ball better (four turnovers after nine in the first 20 minutes). The Yellowjackets had seven steals in the second half off nine Washington turnovers, which led to eight points. Rochester also scored seven second-chance points in the second period.
Four Washington players contributed to a 9-2 run in the first half that gave the Bears a 24-15 advantage. Washington led 28-19 at halftime. Gilkey scored seven points in the first half and Katybeth Biewen scored four.
Two free throws midway through the second half kept Washington in front 38-36 with 9:22 left in the game. Rochester went on a 13-4 run during the next seven minutes to push ahead 49-42. Walker’s three-pointer gave Rochester its first lead at 39-38 with 9:04 left. A layup from Amy Woods gave Rochester a 41-38 lead before Johansen made consecutive layups for a 42-41 Bears lead at 6:52.
Rochester answered with eight points in a row: a mid-range jumper from Breanna Madrazo, a three-pointer by Zywicki, one free throw from Danielle McNabb and a driving layup by Zywicki after a steal.
Lucy Montgomery sank a 3-pointer from right wing to pull Washington within 49-45 with two minutes to play. Rochester sank 7 of 8 from the foul line in the last 40 seconds to seal the win. Zywicki was 4-4, Woods 2-2 and McNabb 1-2.