Rochester, N.Y., Jan. 15, 2017 – No. 9 Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball fell 67-53 on the road to No. 23 University of Rochester in University Athletic Association (UAA) play in the Louis Alexander Palestra Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Bears fell to 12-2 overall and 1-2 in UAA play. Rochester improved to 11-3 and 2-1 within the UAA. Rochester outrebounded the Bears 51-39 and worked its way to the free throw line 26 times in total, compared to WashU's four trips.
The Bears opened the game up with an aggressive Natalie Orr finding the net four times including the first two baskets of the game which gave WashU a 4-0 lead. Good back-to-back jumpers from Orr and senior Jenn Dynis pushed WashU ahead 8-3 for its largest lead of the quarter. Orr finished the quarter with eight of the Bears 12 points while WashU entered the second with a 12-11 advantage.
Rochester quickly erased the Bears lead with a three pointer before WashU battled back to tie the score up on a good feed from senior Lily Sarros to senior Zoe Vernon for the layup. On the next possession Orr put the Bears ahead for the final time with another jumper and 16-14 WashU lead. Rochester closed out the second quarter with an 18-6 run and led 32-22 at the break.
WashU scored the first seven points of the third quarter as the Bears worked the ball around to the open shooter. Orr, Dynis and Vernon all hit shots including a three from Vernon. The run cut the Yellowjacket lead to 32-29. However, the Bears struggled to keep up the pace scoring five points in the final six minutes while Rochester scored 20.
Entering the fourth quarter WashU trailed 52-34. The Bears scored the first six points of the quarter while holding Rochester scoreless for more than two minutes. With a 14-point deficit and less than five minutes remaining, WashU used a 7-1 run to cut the Yellowjacket lead to single digits but Rochester finished the game on a 10-4 run for the final score of 67-53.
The Bears leading scorer was Orr with 18 points while Dynis added 14. Dynis finished two rebounds shy of a double-double as she grabbed eight rebounds. The Bears forced Rochester into 24 turnovers while committing 13 in total.
Rochester was led by Lauren Deming with 16 points while Alexandra Leslie finished with a double-double totaling 15 points and 10 rebounds.
WashU hosts its first pair of UAA games on the weekend of Jan. 20-22, when the Bears will face New York University and Brandeis University. NYU will be the Bears first UAA opponent at home during the 2016-17 season on Friday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.