PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Three players in double-figures and another stifling defensive effort led the way as the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team defeated Elmira College (N.Y.), 66-46, on day two of the 2011 DoubleTree Classic hosted by Carnegie Mellon University at Skibo Gymnasium.
The Spartans improve to 2-1 and are back in action this Tuesday, November 22 at cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College at 7:30 p.m. at Ursprung Gymnasium in Berea, Ohio.
Junior guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame), an all-tournament team selection, scored 11 points and dished out six assists. Senior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) also contributed 11 points, while senior forward Chelsea Peck (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) scored a season-high 10 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field.
The Spartans limited Elmira (0-3) to 30.6% shooting with 21 turnovers. Through three games, Case opponents are shooting just 29.3% from the field.
Case, who never trailed, opened the game on a 10-0 run and held Elmira without a basket for the first 5:01 of the contest. The lead grew to a first-half high of 14, at 25-11, when Peck hit a layup with 7:20 left before the break. Elmira got within six with a 10-2 run that made the score 27-21 at 3:24, but the Spartans outscored the Soaring Eagles 4-3 over the duration and led 31-24 at intermission.
Elmira scored the first points of the second half to get within five, but the Spartans quickly pulled away with a 24-6 run that made the score 55-32 as Hollinger hit a layup with 6:47 left to play. During the run, the Spartans held the Eagles without a field goal for 11:55 of action.
Elmira was led by Jessica Zoltowski with 16 points.
Following Tuesday's game at Baldwin-Wallace, the Spartans open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday and Sunday, November 26-27, as hosts of the University Athletic Association/North Coast Athletic Conference Challenge. Case opens the weekend versus Kenyon College at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.