Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 19, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball team defeated Case Western Reserve University 78-61 Friday evening in University Athletic Association (UAA) action at the Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland.
WashU improved to 11-4 overall and 2-2 in UAA play while Case Western dropped to 3-11 overall and 0-4 within the UAA. WashU finished the game shooting 53.3-percent (32-of-60) from the field and tallied 23 assists compared to 11 turnovers.
Sophomore Kristina Schmelter led the Bears with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field while senior Natalie Orr (13), junior Rachael Sondag (13), junior Stephanie Botkin (10) and junior Becca Clark-Callender (10) also reached double figure scoring.
Botkin and Clark-Callender helped the Bears bench outscore the Spartans 27-7. WashU also held a 41-36 advantage in rebounds.
The Bears held a slim 17-15 lead after one quarter of play as Schmelter scored six of the Bears first nine points of the game. Junior Madeline Homoly converted a layup at the end of the quarter on a dish from junior Katie Claussner.
Homoly carried the momentum into the second quarter as she scored the Bears first two baskets. With 5:42 to go in the half, senior Shelby Mann drove to the basket for a contested layup which gave the Bears their first double digit lead of the contest, 28-18.
Multiple baskets from the Spartans cut into the Bears advantage but Sondag's 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the first half led WashU to a 40-29 halftime lead. Hillary Hellmann of Case Western had 11 points at the break.
WashU opened the third quarter on a 9-2 run pushing its lead to 18 points, 49-31. However, the Spartans used an 8-2 run to close out the third quarter and bring the game within nine points, 59-50.
Schmelter once again sparked the Bears offense early on with their first two baskets to regain a double digit lead. A layup from senior Hannah Koenig with 1:04 to go in the fourth gave WashU its largest lead, 78-58, but Case Western scored the final bucket of the game on a triple by Emily Todd.
Hellman led the Spartans with 21 points, while Kendal McConico (15) and Todd (12) scored in double digits.
Up next for the Bears UAA road trip is Carnegie Mellon University on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2 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.