The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team struggled on the road against the seventh-ranked University of Rochester on Friday night, falling 84-41 to the Yellowjackets in Rochester, New York.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 3-9 on the year overall, including a 0-2 mark in University Athletic Association play, while Rochester improved to 2-0 in the conference and to 12-1 overall.
Freshman guard Emily Todd led the team with 18 points, making four three pointers in the game, and junior forward Hillary Hellmann finished the game with 11 points and a team-leading five rebounds, moving within 21 points of becoming the 15th player in school history with 1,000-career points. Freshman guard Jasmine Floyd collected a career-high six assists on Friday.
The Yellowjackets never trailed in the game, and secured a 31-2 lead by the end of the first period. The Spartans played a stronger second quarter, failing to turn the ball over during the period, and registering 16 points behind a nine-point frame from Hellmann and seven points from Todd, but still trailed 52-18 at halftime. Todd would go on to score 11 of her 18 points in the second half, and help spur an 11-0 run by the Spartans midway through the fourth period, but Rochester would hold a comfortable lead for the entirety of the final two quarters, en route to the victory.
Lauren Deming led the Yellowjackets with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the game, eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for her career during the first half of action.
The Spartans will continue their UAA road weekend on Sunday, January 14th, traveling to Atlanta, Georgia to face the Emory University Eagles at 2:00 p.m.