No. 7 Bears Win Eighth Straight with 80-52 Victory at Fontbonne

No. 7 Bears Win Eighth Straight with 80-52 Victory at Fontbonne

St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 17, 2015 Fifteen different players scored for the No. 7-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball team as the Bears earned an 80-52 win at Fontbonne University Thursday night.

WashU improved to 9-1 with its eighth win in a row, while Fontbonne dropped to 1-5. The Bears finish non-conference play when they travel to Loras College Thursday, Dec. 31. Tip-off is scheduled for Noon in Dubuque, Iowa.

WashU grabbed an early lead, but Fontbonne made it 9-8 with 6:58 left in the first quarter after a basket and a pair of free throws. Sophomore Natalie Orr and senior Amanda Martinez combined to score the next 12 points for the Bears, including a pair of threes by Orr, as WashU opened up a 21-10 lead with 1:23 left in the quarter. The Griffins scored the final basket of the period to make it a nine-point lead for WashU heading into the second quarter.

Fontbonne's first three-pointer pulled the Griffins to within 23-16 early in the second quarter, but junior Lily Sarros made back-to-back baskets to regain an 11-point lead for WashU. Junior Ereka Hunt buried a three from the wing to make it a 32-18 lead for the Bears, before Fontbonne got its first second-chance basket of the game with 5:07 to play. WashU held the Griffins scoreless over the final five minutes of the half, and the Bears scored the final 11 points of the second quarter to take their largest lead of the half at 43-20.

A pair of free throws by Fontbonne late in the third quarter made it 59-34 in favor of WashU. The Bears then went on a 10-2 run to extend the lead to 69-36 on a pullup jumper by freshman Claudia Smith. WashU put together an 8-2 run in the fourth quarter, gaining its largest lead of the game at 77-43 on a basket by senior Liz Yucknut with 5:07 remaining. Fontbonne scored nine of the final 12 points of the game to make the final score 80-52.

WashU shot 35.7 percent (30-84) from the field in the game, while Fontbonne finished with 33.3 percent (18-54) from the field. The Bears also outrebounded the Griffins 56-37, including a 25-4 advantage in second-chance points.

Martinez led the Bears with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Sarros added with 10 points and eight rebounds. Orr, Hunt and freshman Rachael Sondag scored eight points each off the bench. Orr also equaled her career-high with five rebounds, including four on the offensive glass. Senior Jordan Thompson also dished out a season-high five assists.

Bear Notebook: WashU is 36-4 all-time against Fontbonne, and the Bears have won each of the last 15 meetings between the two teams … Thompson made a three-pointer in the opening quarter to move into a tie with Kathryn Berger (2007-11) for 10th on WashU's all-time career leaderboard with 96 … It was the sixth time this season the Bears have had at least 10 different players score … Martinez scored in double figures for the 10th time in her career and fourth game in a row.