Women’s Basketball Collect 19th Straight Wydown Showdown

Women’s Basketball Collect 19th Straight Wydown Showdown

St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 10, 2019 –The Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball team extended their winning streak to four with a 94-67 win over Fontbonne University in the Wydown Showdown at Mabee Gymnasium on Tuesday. 

The Bears, collecting their 19thstraight win in the rivalry, are 6-2 on the season while the Griffins are 3-5. 

The WashU offense was led by freshman Molly Gannon's career-high matching 18 points on six three-pointers. Freshman Sammi Matoush collected her second-straight double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore Samantha Weaver chipped in 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. 

Freshman Naomi Jackson tallied 11 points, with three three-pointers, while freshman Maya Arnott posted a career-high 11 points. Sophomore guard Isabelle Hren dished out seven assists, matching a career high.

The Bears battled to get their offensive game plan in action in the first quarter. Jackson hit two of her three three-pointers in the final 1:30 of the quarter, including one at the buzzer, to give WashU a 19-14 lead. 

WashU upped the tempo in the second quarter as Gannon heated up from beyond the arc, hitting three straight three-pointers to give the Bears a 30-18 lead at the 7:08 mark. The Griffins got within nine points at 42-33 with 1:45 to go in the half, but the Bears were able to use two trips to the charity stripe to take a 46-33 lead into the locker room. 

The Bears used a 12-2 run to push their lead to 23 at 58-35 on a Weaver layup at 4:15 in the third quarter and didn't look back the rest of the game. WashU held Fontbonne to only eight points in the quarter.  

WashU dished out a season-high 28 assists and matched a season-high seven blocks, three by senior Kristina Schmelter and two by Hren. The Bears also out rebounded the Griffins 49-27, the lowest total by an opponent this season. 

The Bears return to the WU Field House to host Westminster on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.