Women’s Basketball Claims 71-55 Road Win over Greenville

Photo by Marco Quaroni
Photo by Marco Quaroni

Greenville, Ill., Dec. 3, 2018 – Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball won its second consecutive game, defeating Greenville University 71-55 Monday evening.

With the victory, WashU improved to 4-2 on the year and Greenville fell to 4-2. The Bears held Greenville to 32-percent shooting and recorded a season-high eight blocks led by freshman Isabelle Hren's personal-best three.

Senior Katie Claussner and freshman Samantha Weaver recorded multiple steals. WashU held a 10-4 advantage in steals over the Panthers.

Junior Kristina Schmelter finished with a game-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Senior Becca Clark-Callender converted 4-of-5 shots, including a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. Senior Madeline Homoly recorded her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

WashU took a 20-10 lead after the opening 10 minutes of play with senior Becca Clark-Callender and Weaver scoring six points apiece. Clark-Callender knocked down a pair of three-pointers including her first shot of the game to give WashU a 3-2 lead, while Weaver was 3-of-4 from the field.

The Bears quickly stretched their lead in the second quarter, going ahead 29-13 with 7:03 left on the clock. Clark-Callender pushed the tempo after grabbing a defensive rebound and raced up the court causing Greenville's defensive to collapse inwards towards the paint allowing her to dish the ball out to senior Caroline Ballard who quickly rerouted the ball to senior Stephanie Botkin for a triple at the top of the arc.

Greenville called a timeout following Botkin's three but junior Kristina Schmelter scored on back-to-back possessions as WashU's lead continued to swell. Schmelter made another jumper to put the Bears up 40-17 on an assist by Claussner. Greenville closed out the half on a 7-0 run and trailed 40-24.

Clark-Callender led the Bears with nine points, all three-pointers setting a personal-best mark in the first half of play. Schmelter had eight points while senior Madeline Homoly added seven points and eight rebounds after 20 minutes.

The Panthers continued to cut the Bears lead and pulled within seven, 42-35, with 8:05 to go in the third quarter. Hren hit a trey in the closing second of the third which put the Bears back ahead by double digits, 54-43.

Greenville struck first in the fourth quarter but a triple by Ballard put WashU ahead 57-45. The Bears would not relinquish the double digit advantage the rest of the way.

WashU is 10-4 all-time against Greenville and has won nine consecutive contests against the Panthers. The Bears road trip continues on Thursday, Dec. 6 at Westminster (Mo.) College. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.