Platteville, Wis., Dec. 3, 2016 – No. 7 Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball relied heavily on its bench while securing an 89-58 win over University of Wisconsin-Platteville on the road Saturday afternoon at Platteville's Bo Ryan Court.
The win improved the Bears record to 6-0 while the Pioneers loss dropped Platteville's record to 2-5. Sophomore Madeline Homoly led all scorers with 24 points off the bench, while WashU's bench outscored the entire Pioneers roster 65-58.
The Bears finished with just four turnovers on the day while forcing 18 from Platteville, including 11 steals. WashU also held a large advantage in rebounding, outpacing the Pioneers 41-29, including 15 offensive boards that led to 22 second chance points.
Platteville's two free throws broke the scoreless drought of nearly two minutes during the opening quarter, and worked its way to an 8-4 lead on a jumper from Morgan Horstman with six minutes on the clock.
Sophomore Claudia Smith helped the Bears turn things around by sinking two free-throws that began a 14-4 run for WashU. Homoly's jumper with under a minute to go in the first quarter helped the Bears secure an 18-13 first quarter lead.
The Pioneers shrank the gap to three points, 28-25, with 5:31 to go in the second quarter. WashU responded and took control of the game as it closed out the half on an 18-7 run. The WashU bench tallied 14 of the points on the run, including eight points and two assists by Homoly. Sophomore Stephanie Botkin chipped in four points down the stretch as WashU led 46-32 at the break.
WashU outscored the Pioneers 21-9 in the final quarter of play, which included the final three minutes of action without a Platteville basket. The Bears held the Pioneers to 34.5 percent (20-58) shooting from the floor.
Homoly set career-highs in scoring (24), assists (4) and rebounds (11) as she finished with game-high totals in all three categories. Also reaching double-figures for the Bears in scoring were sophomores Rachael Sondag (11), Botkin (10) and senior Jenn Dynis (10).
WashU is off to a 6-0 start for the first time since the 2014-15 season when the Bears began the season with 14 straight victories. The Red and Green improved to 2-0 all-time against the Pioneers, with the only other meeting coming in 1992.
The Bears return home for a basketball double-header featuring the Fontbonne University Griffins against WashU's women at 6 p.m. with the WashU men's game set to begin at 8 p.m. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.