Melissa Gilkey scored 10 points for Wash U.
Washington (Mo.) Athletics

ST. LOUIS -- No. 12 Washington (Mo.) outscored No. 20 Emory 36-14 during a 16-minute span midway through the game to take control and help the Bears to a 65-54 win on Friday in University Athletic Association (UAA) action at the WU Field House.

Washington U. (18-3, 8-2 UAA) moved into a tie for first place in the UAA standings with Emory (18-3, 8-2 UAA) and Rochester (16-5, 8-2 UAA). The Bears gave Emory both of their losses in conference play.

Emory built an early 13-5 lead in the first seven minutes of the game as Washington U. opened the game shooting 2 of 11 from the field. Back-to-back jumpers by sophomore guard Alyssa Johanson cut the Eagles’ lead to 13-9 and forced Emory to call a timeout with 9:42 left in the half. The Eagles answered with an 8-1 run to take their largest lead of the half at 22-10 with 5:38 remaining.

A three-pointer by junior guard Lucy Montgomery and a basket by junior forward Jordan Rettig forced another Emory timeout with less than five minutes left in the first half. After a layup by Emory made it 24-16 with 3:27 to play, the Bears went on a 13-2 run to finish the half and head to the locker room with a 29-26 lead. Washington U. tied the game at 26 on a second 3-pointer by Montgomery, and a second-chance jumper by Johanson on an inbounds play gave the Bears their first lead of the game with 40 seconds on the clock. During Washington U.’s run in the final 3:27 of the half, the Bears held Emory to 1 of 5 shooting from the field, and outrebounded the Eagles 7-0.

The Eagles scored the first basket of the second half to make it a one-point game, but a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Maddy Scheppers and a four-point play by sophomore forward Melissa Gilkey quickly made it 36-28 in favor of the Bears with 16:31 left. Emory pulled to within five at 41-33, before Johanson drained a 3-pointer. The Eagles again cut the lead to five on three made free throws, but Montgomery answered with her third 3-pointer of the game and a second-chance layup by Scheppers pushed Washington U.’s lead back to double digits (46-36) with 11:31 remaining.

A second-chance layup by Emory brought the Eagles within nine (51-42) with 7:52 to play, but Gilkey converted a three-point play on the Bears’ next possession to push the lead back to 12 (54-42). A fast-break jumper by sophomore guard Alexandra Keane gave the Bears their largest lead of the game (61-46) with four minutes left, and the Bears maintained the double-digit lead the final seven minutes of the game to earn the 11-point win.

After shooting 37 percent in the first half, Washington U. shot 43.3 percent in the second half to finish 23-of-57 (40.4 percent) from the field in the game. Emory shot 38.6 percent (22-of-57) from the field. The Bears were 6 of 13 (46.2 percent) from 3-point range, while Emory was just 2 of 11 (18.2 percent) from beyond the arc, including 0 of 5 in the second half. Washington U. outrebounded the Eagles 42-35, and finished with a 20-10 advantage in second-chance points. The Bears also forced Emory to commit 18 turnovers, including 11 steals.

Johanson led the Bears with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists. Gilkey also scored in double figures, finishing with 10 points. Scheppers added nine points, six rebounds and four steals, while Montgomery also scored nine points on 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Senior forward Kristin Anda had a big game off the bench for the Bears, finishing with six points, a game-high nine rebounds, including five on the offensive end, and three assists. Rettig added four points, eight rebounds and four assists.