WILMINGTON, Ohio – Junior wing Brooke Orcutt (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge) scored a career-high 23 points and led a key second-half run as the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team defeated Wilmington College, 76-68, in the opening game of the 2013 Fred Raizk Tournament.
With the win, the Spartans move to 3-1 overall and will take on the winner of Fairleigh Dickinson University (N.J.) and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Ind.) in tomorrow's championship game at 3:00 p.m. The Quakers fall to 1-2 and will play in the consolation game at 1:00 p.m.
Orcutt's 23 points were accompanied by four rebounds, two assists and three steals. The third-year Spartan scored seven of her points during a 13-0 run in the second half that made the score 67-56 with 4:33 left in the game.
Sophomore post Laura Mummey (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) and junior forward Berit Eppard (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek) also had solid days statistically. Mummey contributed 12 points, four rebounds and two blocks, while Eppard posted nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
In the first half, Case jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead as junior guard Chelsea Steen (Newark, Ohio/Newark), Eppard and Orcutt all scored before the Quakers got on the board.
At the 11:23 mark, freshman guard AuBree LaForce (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) hit a three-pointer to give the Spartans a nine-point lead, 13-4. Case would lead by as many as 10 in the first half and went to the locker room ahead, 38-30.
Orcutt led all scorers in the first half with 11 points, while LaForce and junior forward Erin Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) each contributed six.
In the second half, Wilmington came out hot with a 13-6 run to pull within one, 44-43, as Brittaney Jefferson hit a layup with 15:06 left to play. The Quakers later grabbed their first lead of the game, 53-52, following a Courtney Tucker three-point play at the 9:54 mark.
Then, trailing 56-54, Case exploded offensively with the deciding 13-0 run. Orcutt hit two three-pointers during the stretch and accounted for the final two points on free throws.
The Spartans defended well over the final minutes and didn't allow their lead to dip below eight.
Wilmington placed four in double-figures led by Spencer Robles with 16 points and Haley Howard with 14.