Spartan Women Fall in Throwback Weekend Opener versus Brandeis, 63-58

Erin Reynolds scored a career-high 17 points. (photo by Ryan Baker)
Erin Reynolds scored a career-high 17 points. (photo by Ryan Baker)

CLEVELAND – Junior forward Erin Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) scored 12 of her game-high 17 points in the second half, but the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team was dealt a 63-58 loss by University Athletic Association foe Brandeis University (Mass.) on Friday evening's Throwback Weekend opener at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

As part of CWRU's ninth annual Throwback Weekend, the Spartans (7-10, 1-5 UAA) wore uniforms commemorating Flora Stone Mather College.

Played tight the entire way, the game was decided by a 12-4 run by the Judges (9-8, 3-3 UAA) that brought the visitors back from a two-point deficit with 4:32 left to play.

Reynolds' career-high 17 points included six of her team's 16 free throws. Freshman guard Jessica McCoy (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) added 11 points, five rebounds and a season-best three blocked shots.

Both defenses played tight early on, but the Spartans led 9-2 following a McCoy layup at the 14:22 mark of the first half. Brandeis then responded with a 9-0 run and led 11-9 following a Kasey Dean jumper at 9:40. Overall, the Spartans went scoreless for 7:34 during the Judges' run. More defensive play ensued before the Spartans got a combined six free throws in the final minutes from junior guard Chelsea Steen (Newark, Ohio/Newark) and senior forward Lauren Elkin (Reisterstown, Md./Carver Center for Arts & Tech.) en route to building a 24-21 halftime edge.

In the second, the Judges opened on an 11-7 run to lead 32-31 as Niki Laskaris hit a trey at 14:21. Four lead changes and three ties followed before the Spartans went ahead for the final time as junior point guard Amanda Germer (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) hit a three-pointer to make the score 49-47 with 4:32 remaining. The Judges then scored 12 of the next 16 to lead 59-51 when Samantha Mancinelli hit a layup with 58 seconds left on the clock.  

For the game, Brandeis was led by Laskaris with 15 points, and Paris Hodges with 14 points and nine rebounds.  

The Spartans wrap up Throwback Weekend versus No. 19/20 nationally ranked New York University this Sunday, February 2 at 2:00 p.m.