Orr Leads the Charge to Bears First UAA Win of the Season

Photo by Danny Reise/WUSTL Photos
Photo by Danny Reise/WUSTL Photos

St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 14, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball team defeated New York University 84-69 on Sunday afternoon in the Bears third University Athletic Association (UAA) home game of the season at the WU Field House.

The Bears improved to 10-4 overall and 1-2 within UAA play while NYU fell to 8-6 overall and 1-2 in the UAA. WashU shot 57.1-percent from beyond the arc (8-of-14) while holding NYU to 28.6-percent (6-of-21).

Senior Natalie Orr moved into fifth place all-time in three-pointers made at WashU in program history on 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range increasing her career total to 129. She moved from a tie in eighth place with Beth Ruether (125) to pass Amy Schweizer (126), Halsey Ward (127) and Zoë Unruh (128).

Orr finished with the second double-double of her season with 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Junior Madeline Homoly also finished with a double-double, her fifth of the season, with a team-high 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Also scoring in double figures for the Bears were junior Becca Clark-Callender (14) and junior Katie Claussner (10).

WashU built a 10-point lead in the first quarter multiple times including 24-14 on a layup by Claussner with 58 seconds remaining.  The Violets scored the final five points of the quarter to trim the Bears lead to 24-19.

Clark-Callender converted back-to-back baskets including a three-pointer to help the Bears out to a six-point lead, 31-25, with five minutes remaining in the second quarter. NYU's Kaitlyn Read hit a deep triple to bring the Violets back within three, but Clark-Callender once again helped the Bears with a trey in the final minute of the first half. Shaye McGoey sank a pair of free-throws for NYU to close out the first half scoring as WashU led 38-34.

The Bears turned the ball over 15 times in the first half but outrebounded NYU 24-13. WashU's bench chipped in 21 first half points. 

NYU tied the game up with a 5-0 run late in the third quarter until Orr's turn around jumper pushed the Bears ahead 52-50. The Violets answered with a jumper of their own prior to four free throws by Homoly and senior Hannah Koenig for WashU. Clark-Callender added three free-throws of her own after getting fouled on the final play of the quarter and WashU led 59-55.

Junior Rachael Sondag hit a big three-pointer with 2:20 to go in the fourth quarter that pushed the Bears lead to 73-65. Orr added another triple on a second chance basket that gave the Bears a 10-point advantage. Free-throws down the stretch by Homoly and Orr concluded the Bears scoring.

Read finished with a game-high 29 points for NYU as the only Violet to reach double figure scoring. She also tallied eight assists while Kayla Patterson finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

WashU hits the road for its next game, traveling to Case Western Reserve University Friday, Jan. 19 with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. (ET). Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.