Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 24, 2014 - The No. 2-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball team shot 44 percent from the field and limited Case Western Reserve University to a season-low 25.8 percent shooting as the Bears rolled to a 71-37 win over the Spartans in University Athletic Association (UAA) action Friday night.
Case took an early 5-2 lead in the first minute of the game, but back-to-back baskets by senior forward Jordan Rettig and a putback by junior forward Melissa Gilkey put the Bears on top 8-5 with 17:07 to play in the first half. After a basket by the Spartans cut the lead to 8-7 with 15:42 to play, Washington U. limited Case to just two baskets over the next 11:09 as the Bears opened up a 27-11 lead after back-to-back threes by sophomore guard Jordan Thompson and junior guard Maddy Scheppers. Case scored the next six points to trim the lead to 27-17, but a driving layup by Thompson and a pair of free throws by junior guard Alyssa Johanson pushed the lead to 31-17 at halftime.
The Bears held Case to just one field goal in the first 9:05 of the second half as Washington U. extended its lead to 50-19 on a layup by junior center Steph Vukotic. A putback by Vukotic with 8:51 left in the game gave the Bears their largest lead of the game at 63-27 before finishing with the 34-point win.
Washington U. finished 28-of-64 (43.8 percent) from the field in the game and 11-of-13 (84.6 percent) at the free-throw line. Case shot just 25.8 percent (16-62) from the field, including 1-of-16 from three-point range, and was 4-of-4 at the free-throw line. The Bears finished with a 36-16 advantage in points in the paint, and outrebounded the Spartans 47-36.
Gilkey and Rettig combined to score the first 14 points of the game for the Bears. Gilkey finished with a game-high 17 points and four rebounds, while Rettig had eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Johanson also scored in double figures for Washington U., finishing with 13 points and equaling her season-high of six rebounds off the bench. Vukotic added a season-high eight points and five rebounds, while Thompson recorded seven points, two assists and a career-high two blocked shots.
Washington U. (14-1, 4-0 UAA) continues its weekend roadtrip by traveling to Pittsburgh, Pa., to take on Carnegie Mellon University at 2 p.m. (ET) Sunday. The Tartans lost to the University of Chicago 88-69 Friday to drop to 10-5 overall and 1-3 in the UAA.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series against Case 40-1 … WUSTL has outrebounded 37 of its last 43 opponents, including 13 out of 15 this season … Eleven players scored for Washington U., marking the ninth time 10 or more players have scored in a game … Gilkey has scored in double-figures in 55 career games, including the last 10 in a row.