CLEVELAND – The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team fell to No. 3/2 nationally ranked Washington University in St. Louis, 71-37, during University Athletic Association action on Friday evening at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
The Spartans (7-8, 1-3 UAA) slip below the .500 mark for the first time this season. Ranked third in the in the USA Today Coaches Poll and second by D3Hoops.com, the Bears (14-1, 4-0 UAA) stretch their win streak to 10.
The Spartans were limited to a season low in points. Junior forward Berit Eppard (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek) led the effort with six points and nine rebounds before an injury forced the captain out of the game early in the second.
Melissa Gilkey scored 17 for the Bears, while Jordan Rettig posted eight points and eight boards.
The key stretch came after sophomore post Laura Mummey (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) hit a jumper to pull the Spartans to within 8-7 at the 15:42 mark of the first half. From that point, the Bears held the hosts to just four points over the next 11:09 as part of a 19-4 run that made the score 27-11. Maddy Scheppers hit a three-pointer to cap the run with 4:33 remaining before halftime. Neither offense did much in the final minutes, and the Spartans went into the break behind, 31-17.
In the second, the Bears' lead reached as many as 36.
The Spartans wrap up their first of two-consecutive UAA home weekends versus the University of Chicago this Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Next weekend, CWRU will hosts its ninth annual Throwback Weekend at Horsburgh Gymnasium with UAA doubleheaders versus Brandeis University (Mass.) and New York University.