ST. LOUIS -- Second-ranked Washington (Mo.) erased a 13-point halftime deficit, but had two potentially game-tying three-pointers in the final minute bounce off the rim as Rochester held on for a 72-68 win against the Bears Friday evening in University Athletic Association (UAA) play.
After trailing by 13 at halftime, Washington U. opened the second half with an 8-0 run to pull to within 38-33 with 17:38 left in the game. A driving layup by junior guard Alyssa Johanson got the Bears to within 44-41 with 14:17 to play, but Rochester went on a 9-0 run during the next 2:47 to extend its lead to 53-41. A three-pointer by junior forward Melissa Gilkey ended the scoring drought for the Bears and sparked a 14-0 run that gave Washington U. its first lead since the 11:55 mark in the first half. Gilkey had seven points and sophomore guard Jordan Thompson had five during the run that gave the Bears the lead at 55-53 with 8:26 left in the game.
The Yellowjackets scored the next four points to regain the lead, but senior forward Jordan Rettig grabbed an offensive rebound and a baseline jumper by Johanson tied the game again at 57-57 with 6:03 to play. Rochester regained the lead and held a 66-63 advantage with 2:59 remaining before junior guard Maddy Scheppers drained her second three-pointer of the game to tie it again with 2:42 left. The Yellowjackets answered with a three, then made a pair of bonus free throws to make it a five-point lead. The Bears again pulled to within three (71-68) on a putback by Rettig with 1:39 left. Gilkey got a steal on Rochester’s next possession, but a pair of 3-point attempts by the Bears bounced off the rim and Rochester made a free throw after an offensive rebound with 11 seconds left to seal the win.
No. 1 DePauw 91, Allegheny 40
GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- Top-ranked DePauw clinched at least a share of its third North Coast Athletic Conference title in as many years after topping visiting Allegheny 91-40.
The Tigers improved to 21-0 overall and 12-0 in the NCAC with its 55th overall win and 74th consecutive in the regular season. Allegheny slipped to 12-8 overall and 6-5 in conference play.
In all, 12 Tigers scored led by Emma Ondik's 14 and Alex Gasaway's 13. Savannah Trees and Hannah Douglas each scored 12. Alison Stephens hauled down 14 rebounds, while Ondik dished out four assists and Gasaway totaled four steals.
Jessica Mrdjenovich paced Allegheny with eight points with Aubri Caslin grabbing four rebounds and Makenzie Zidek handing out four assists.
DePauw connected on 46.2 percent of its field goal tries to Allegheny's 29.8 percent. The Tigers also his 10 three-pointers and canned 21-of-22 free throws.
No. 6 Tufts 72, Hamilton 41
CLINTON, N.Y. -- Tufts' Michela North had a game-high 14 points off the bench and the Jumbos cruised to a 72-41 NESCAC win against Hamilton at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Friday night.
Kelsey Morehead chipped in 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals for Tufts. Caitlin McClure and Liz Moynihan added nine points apiece as 12 players scored for the Jumbos. Tufts made 8 of 20 shots from 3-point range, enjoyed a 41-25 advantage on the glass and blocked eight shots.
Corinne Hom scored a career-high 10 points and was credited with three steals for the Continentals. Adrianna Pulford made all four of her attempts from the floor and tied a career-best with eight points. Carly Gruenberg also dropped in eight points and Olivia Pimm grabbed a team-high seven boards.
NOTE: No. 7 George Fox's Friday game with Pacific has been postponed until Feb. 18 due to snow.