No. 2 Women's Basketball Pulls Away for 79-48 Win at Wisconsin Lutheran

Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 22, 2013 - Washington University in St. Louis junior forward Melissa Gilkey scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the No. 2-ranked women's basketball team to a 79-48 win at Wisconsin Lutheran College Friday night at the Paul F. Knueppel Classic.

After leading 41-29 at halftime, Washington U. outscored Wisconsin Lutheran 38-19 in the second half to earn the 31-point win. A three-pointer by the Warriors made the score 50-37 in favor of Washington U. with 15:07 remaining in the game, but the Bears limited WLC to just one field goal over the next nearly 14 minutes. The Bears went on a 29-6 run during that span to build their largest lead of the game at 79-43 with 1:26 left. The Warriors made the final two baskets of the game, including a three-pointer with 13 seconds left as Washington U. earned the 79-48 win.

Washington U. got off to a slow start offensively, making just two of its first 10 shots from the field, but a pair of free throws by senior forward Jordan Rettig gave the Bears the lead at 8-7 with 15:04 left in the opening half. A basket by the Warriors gave them the lead back at 9-8, but a three-point play by Rettig gave Washington U. the lead for good with 14:36 remaining in the half. A fast-break layup by Wisconsin Lutheran made the score 20-17 in favor of the Bears with 10:25 left. Washington U. went on a 17-3 run, including six points by Rettig and a pair of three-pointers by junior guard Maddy Scheppers, to open up a 37-20 lead with 3:51 left in the half. A 7-0 run by the Warriors cut the deficit to 10 (39-29) with less than a minute left in the half, but junior guard Alyssa Johanson made a pair of free throws with 46 seconds remaining to make the score 41-29 at halftime.

The Bears shot 45.2 percent (28-62) from the field in the game and outrebounded the Warriors 44-33. Washington U. also forced Wisconsin Lutheran to commit 21 turnovers in the contest, turning those into a 32-11 advantage in points off turnovers. Gilkey just missed a double-double with 22 points, on 7-of-10 from the field and 8-of-11 at the free-throw line, and nine rebounds. Rettig also finished in double figures with 13 points and six rebounds. Scheppers and Johanson added eight points each, while senior guard Lucy Montgomery scored seven. Johanson also equaled her career-high with six rebounds in the game.

Washington U. (2-0) faces Hiram College at 1 p.m. Saturday on the second day of the Paul F. Knueppel Classic. The Terriers (1-3) lost to No. 9 Hope College 84-57 Friday night.

Bear Notebook: Washington U. improved to 3-0 all-time against Wisconsin Lutheran … It was the 10th time in Gilkey's career that she topped the 20-point mark … Graduate student forward Kristin Anda scored three points to reach 500 for her career … Eleven different players scored in the game for the Bears.