Waverly, Iowa, Dec. 29, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball team fell 66-36 to No. 3 University of St. Thomas (Minn.) in the opening round of the Wartburg Holiday Tournament Saturday afternoon in the Levick Arena.
St. Thomas improved to a perfect 10-0 on the season, while WashU fell to 5-5. The Bears will face North Central College in the consolation game Sunday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. The Tommies will play tournament host and No. 23 Wartburg in the championship game at 3 p.m.
WashU outscored St. Thomas 15-14 in points off of turnovers, but the Tommies outshot the Bears with a 43.9-shooting percentage to 25.5-percent. St. Thomas held the Bears to a game-low 11.1-percent shooting in the third quarter which WashU totaled four points to the Tommies 15.
WashU's bench nearly held pace with St. Thomas, scoring 17 points to the Tommies 19. Freshman forward Samantha Weaver led the Bears with eight points off the bench. Senior Madeline Homoly secured a team-high five rebounds. Freshman guard Isabelle Hren finished with two assists and two steals.
The Tommies rushed to a 5-0 lead before senior guard Becca Clark-Callender hit a three-pointer to cut the lead. Weaver converted back-to-back layups to keep WashU within five points, 12-7 with 5 minutes left in the first quarter.
Senior forward Stephanie Botkin and Sondag also had consecutive baskets for the Bears to close the gap to within one. The Tommies closed out the first quarter with the final eight points.
WashU opened the quarter with the first five points on baskets by Weaver and senior guard Rachael Sondag. Sondag hit a three-pointer to draw the game within 20-16 at the 9-minute mark of the second quarter but the Tommies went on a 7-0 run over the next four minutes to take a double digit lead.
The Bears made one final run to keep the deficit within single digits, but St. Thomas held a 36-23 advantage at the break.
St. Thomas outscored WashU 15-4 in the third quarter and the Tommies increased the gap to north of 20 points. The Bears were once again held to less than 10 points in the final quarter, being outscored 15-9, ultimately falling 66-36.
Kaia Porter led the Tommies with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, while Hannah Spaulding added 16 and Bobbi Brendefur tallied 10 off the bench. Lucia Renikoff and Spaulding corralled a game-high seven rebounds apiece.
The Bears will return to action tomorrow against the 3-9 Cardinals of North Central at 1 p.m. in the Levick Arena. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.