St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 31, 2020 – Senior forward Kristina Schmelter scored a career-high 28 points and added 14 boards as the Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball team posted a 79-67 victory over the University of Rochester Friday at the WU Field House in St. Louis.
Schmelter was 9-of-14 from the field and 10-of-14 from the free-throw line in the victory.The victory for head coach Randi Henderson was her 50th at WashU.
WashU improved to 9-8 and 2-4 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), while Rochester dropped to 7-10 and 1-5 in the UAA.
WashU shot 42.4 percent (28-66) from the field in the win and outrebounded Rochester 52-37.
Rochester went on an 8-0 run to end the first quarter and built a 17-12 lead. The Bears hit just 6-of-18 from the field and had six turnovers in the opening quarter.
The Yellowjackets hit a three to open the second to extend the run to 11-0 and make it 20-12. WashU went on an 8-2 run and then freshman Naomi Jackson canned a three to tie the game at 24-24 with 3:09 left.
Rochester led 30-27 at the half as Weaver led the Bears with nine points.
Matoush hit a three to put WashU put 40-34 with 5:50 left in the third, and then a three by freshman Molly Gannon with eight seconds left in the quarter pushed it to 49-43 after three.
Two free-throws by Schmelter pushed the lead to 55-47, and then a lay-up by Gannon elevated the lead to double figures (59-49) with 6:26 left.
Hannah Lindemuth (14), Tessa Ludwick (12), Shannon Loiseau (12) all scored in double figures for Rochester, which had eight blocks and 10 steals in the loss.
WashU closes out a four-game homestand against No. 25-ranked Emory on Sunday at 2 p.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Rochester 48-18, and the Bears have won the last four meetings between the two teams … The Bears are 27-9 at home under Henderson in three seasons … Schmelter is approaching 700 points for her career (690).