Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 28, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball team beat Emory University 78-64 on the road Sunday afternoon in University Athletic Association (UAA) play at the Woodruff PE Center in Atlanta.
The Bears improved to 13-5 overall and 4-3 in the UAA, while Emory dropped to 10-8 overall and 4-3 during UAA play. The win also puts the Bears in third place ahead of the Eagles in the UAA standings.
WashU hit 17-of-18 free-throws for a 94.4-percent clip while the Eagles finished 11-of-21 from the line. The Bears also finished ahead of Emory in rebounding with 40 to the Eagles 32 which led to an 18-7 advantage in second chance points.
Senior Natalie Orr finished with a team-high 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting while sophomore Kristina Schmelter (16), junior Madeline Homoly (14) and Rachael Sondag (13) also reached double figures. Orr also led the Bears with 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Senior Shelby Mann totaled a career-high six assists.
Sondag moved into a tie for sixth all-time in three-pointers at WashU after draining three on the day. Her 128 career three-pointers ties her with Zoë Unruh (2006-10), while she passed Halsey Ward (2006-09), Amy Schweizer (1994-98) and Beth Reuther (1996-2000) along the way.
Emory took an early seven-point lead, 11-4, in the first quarter causing a WashU timeout. The Bears responded with a 9-1 run and took the lead on a jumper by Orr with 3:02 to play in the opening quarter. Schmelter and junior Becca Clark-Callender scored the final four points of the quarter as WashU led 17-14.
Two-of-four free-throws by the Eagles trimmed the Bears lead to one point in the second quarter but a triple by junior Rachael Sondag pushed WashU ahead by four points.
Emory utilized an 8-2 run to pull within one with 2:14 to go in the first half, but Orr answered with a jumper to end a run of six consecutive points by the Eagles. Orr made the final Bears basket and WashU led 33-29 at the break.
The momentum continued for the Bears in the fourth quarter as Schmelter sank six free-throws while helping WashU out to a double-digit advantage. Schmelter went a perfect 6-of-6 down the stretch from the charity stripe in route to totaling 16 points. Homoly sank the final two free-throws for WashU as the Red & Green hit all of their free-throws in the fourth quarter.
Emory was led by Erin Lindahl and Ashley Oldshue's 17 points while Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod added 16 points. Lindahl also added 11 rebounds.
The Bears return home next weekend and will host No. 7-ranked University of Rochester on Friday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.