ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Junior forward Melissa Gilkey scored a game-high 22 points and became the 13th player in school history to join the 1,000-point club as No. 3 Washington (Mo.) posted a 65-58 road win at Rochester (N.Y.) on Friday night.
Gilkey achieved the feat with 12:24 to play with a driving left-handed layup, which was part of a 9-0 run for Washington. She has scored 1,006 points in 72 career games for the Bears, for an average of 14.0 per contest.
Washington improved its overall record to 16-1, 6-0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), while Rochester fell to 7-10, 1-5 in the UAA. The Bears extended their lead in the UAA standings to two games following Carnegie Mellon’s 71-68 win at home against New York University.
Junior guard Alyssa Johanson added 13 points and tied a career-high with six rebounds off the bench for Washington, which extended its season-long winning streak to 12 games. The Bears shot 40.4 percent from the field in the win and outrebounded Rochester 38-33.
Kelsey Hurley (15), Danielle McNabb (15) and Ally Zywicki (11) all scored in double figures for Rochester, which dropped its fourth consecutive game. Loren Wagner, the leading rebounder in the UAA, had seven points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
No. T4 Tufts 56, Connecticut College 49
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Hayley Kanner had 16 points and five rebounds to help fourth ranked and undefeated Tufts erase an eight-point second-half deficit en route to a 56-49 triumph against Connecticut College on Friday night.
The Jumbos improve their record to 17-0 with a 5-0 mark in the NESCAC, while the Camels had their four-game winning streak snapped, slipping to 11-7 with a 3-1 record in conference action.
Michela North reached double-digits with 11 points for Tufts. The visitors induced 17 turnovers while committing just seven miscues.
Carlee Smith had 14 points and four assists to lead Connecticut College. Liz Malman finished with nine points and four rebounds, while Jenna Lovett with eight points and seven rebounds.
No. T4 Whitman 65, Pacific (Ore.) 55
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Fourth-ranked Whitman weren't firing on all cylinders in a 65-55 victory against Pacific (Ore.) on Friday, but showed enough moxie to improve to 18-0.
One reason that Whitman (18-0, 9-0 in conference) has 18 victories is because it can lead wire-to-wire and win with relative comfort even on off nights. The Missionaries rarely led by fewer than seven points on Friday despite shooting just 34.8 percent (24 of 69) from the floor, missing 10 of 12 3-pointers and some unusual quiet performances from essential scorers.
Start with Johns, the Missionaries' junior point guard and catalyst. She had 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 33 minutes.
Then there was White: she had 12 points, mostly on put-backs, and snagged 11 rebounds, including a game-high five on the offensive window.
Whitman held advantages in rebounding (49-43), offensive rebounding (19-12) and steals (11-6). It forced 16 turnovers while committing just 11. It got a nice bench lift from Hailey Ann Maeda, who had eight points and nine boards, and a solid contribution from Sarah Anderegg (seven points, nine rebounds, eight defensive rebounds).