No. 8 Women’s Basketball Comes Up Short Against No. 9 NYU

No. 8 Women’s Basketball Comes Up Short Against No. 9 NYU

St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 24, 2016 The No. 8-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball team had a nine-point fourth-quarter lead slip away as No. 9 New York University rallied for a 66-64 win over the Bears Sunday afternoon in University Athletic Association (UAA) play.

WashU dropped to 13-3 overall and 4-1 in the UAA, while NYU improved to 15-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play. The Bears continue their four-game home stand by hosting No. 7 University of Rochester and Emory University next weekend. WashU takes on Rochester at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, before hosting Emory at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31. Rochester earned a win over Carnegie Mellon University to remain in sole possession of first place in the conference standings with a 5-0 record, while WashU and NYU are tied for second.

WashU scored the final three points of the third quarter and senior Amanda Martinez made a pair of free throws and a basket early in the fourth quarter to give the Bears a 57-49 lead. After a three-pointer by the Violets, junior Lily Sarros hit a left-handed hook shot, and senior Jordan Thompson drove the baseline for a reverse layup with three seconds on the shot clock to push WashU's lead to 61-52 with 4:54 left in the game. NYU hit three of its four second-half three-pointers in the final four minutes, and took a 65-64 lead on a triple with 33 seconds remaining. The Violets hit one of two free throws with 6.3 seconds left, and WashU's last-second shot was off the mark as NYU came away with the two-point win.

NYU hit four of its first five shots from three-point range to jump out to a 14-2 lead with 4:38 remaining in the first quarter. A pair of free throws by senior Katybeth Biewen and a three by freshman Steph Botkin cut the lead in half. After two free throws by the Violets, Biewen made two more foul shots. Sophomore Natalie Orr sunk a baseline runner, then got a steal and a pullup fastbreak jumper to bring the Bears to within 16-13 with 2:53 left in the opening quarter. NYU got a basket to regain a five-point lead, but Orr drained a three with 24 seconds left to make the score 18-16 in favor of NYU at the end of the first.

The Violets scored on a layup in the first minute of the second quarter, but the Bears held NYU scoreless over the next three minutes. A basket by Sarros and two putbacks by Martinez gave the Bears their first lead of the game at 22-20 with 6:37 to play in the first half. The teams traded leads four more times in the quarter, and two more free throws by Biewen followed by a three-pointer by Thompson made it 32-28 in favor of WashU. The Bears headed to halftime with a 34-32 lead.

The two teams battled back and forth throughout the third quarter. Midway through the quarter Thompson and junior Jenn Dynis scored four points each as part of an 8-2 run that gave WashU a 50-42 lead with 4:16 left. The Violets scored the next seven points to pull to within one, but WashU held NYU scoreless over the next five minutes to take the 57-52 lead in the fourth quarter.

WashU finished with 39.3 percent (24-61) shooting from the field in the game, and was 4-of-17 from three-point range. The Bears shot a season-best 85.7 percent (12-14) from the free-throw line. NYU finished with 51.2 percent (21-41) shooting from the field, including 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) from beyond the arc. The Violets were 15-of-19 (78.9 percent) at the foul line. WashU turned 23 NYU turnovers into a 25-11 advantage in points off turnovers.

Martinez led the Bears with 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals, while Thompson added 12 points and three assists. Biewen matched her season-high with 11 points, including 7-of-8 at the free-throw line, while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out a game-high six assists. Orr added nine points, four rebounds and a career-high five assists off the bench. 

Bear Notebook: WashU is 40-18 all-time against NYU … It was the Violets' first win in St. Louis since Jan. 20, 2006 … WashU had its 24-game home winning streak ended … NYU, who entered the game leading the UAA with 13.5 steals per game, had a season-low four takeaways … Martinez scored in double figures for the 10th time this season.