CLEVELAND – Despite a career-high 17 points from junior forward Berit Eppard (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek), the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team dropped its 2013-14 home opener versus Kenyon College by a score of 81-52 on Tuesday evening at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
The Spartans (3-3) have now lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, while the Ladies (3-2) win two in a row for the first time.
Eppard scored eight of Case's first 10 and 13 of her 17 in the first half. Junior point guard Amanda Germer (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) was Case's next highest scorer with seven points. Sophomore post Laura Mummey (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) added six points and a game-high seven rebounds.
The game's shooting figures were lopsided as Kenyon hit 54% of its field goals, including 47% (8-of-17) from three-point range. The Spartans were limited to 32% from the field with only two triples. The Ladies' hot shooting didn't stop in the field, however, as the visitors were 17-of-18 from the charity stripe. Turnovers were also key as Case committed 18 compared to Kenyon's 13.
Three Ladies scored in double-figures, led by Maureen Hirt with 21 points and five three-pointers.
Despite trailing most of the way, the Spartans led 10-4 early on following an Eppard layup at 16:04, but Kenyon took over with a 10-0 run that ended in a Miranda Diesz jumper with 12:10 on the clock. The Ladies' lead grew to 11 (26-15) following back-to-back three-pointers from Hirt at 7:45 and 7:07, then to 14 (39-25) at halftime thanks to a Hirt runner in the lane with nine seconds remaining.
Overall in the first half, Kenyon was 5-of-11 from three-point range compared to 0-of-3 for the Spartans.
In the second, the Ladies' advantage ballooned to 28 when Autumn Anderson hit two free throws that put the score at 60-32 with 10:22 left to play. The Spartans were unable to get closer than 23 the rest of the way as Kenyon's lead reach as many as 30 (81-51) in the final minute.
The Spartans return to action with a third-straight weekend of road tournament action at the Denison Classic in Granville on Saturday and Sunday, November 30-December 1. Allegheny College (Pa.) waits as Case's first opponent at 3:00 p.m. on day one. Host Denison University is the opponent on day two at 3:00 p.m.