CLEVELAND – Junior wing Brooke Orcutt (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge) recorded her third double-double of the season, and the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team defeated Emory University (Ga.), 67-62, on Seniors' Day at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
The Spartans improve to 9-13 overall and 3-8 in the University Athletic Association, while the Eagles fall to 16-6 for the season and 5-6 in the UAA.
Orcutt totaled 18 points, a game-high 11 rebounds and four assists to lead three Spartans in double-figures. Sophomore post Laura Mummey (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) added a game-best 19 points with seven rebounds, and senior guard Julie Mooney (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, seven boards, four assists, three blocked shots and three steals.
Emory was led by Marissa Resnick and Gabi Whitmer, who each scored 10 points. The visitors shot just twice from the free throw line (0-for-2) as the Spartans committed just one shooting foul for the entire game.
The first half saw a combined 23 turnovers in 20 minutes as well as three lead changes and five ties in the opening 10. Emory grabbed a 10-8 advantage following a Gabi Whitmer layup at 12:02, but the Spartans tied the game on the following posession when Mummey scored a layup of her own at 11:39. From there, the Spartans would never trail again.
The hosts' gradual lead increase reached seven (27-20) following an Orcutt layup with 1:32 left before halftime. The Eagles then finished on a 6-2 run to put within 29-26 at the break.
The second half started with baskets from Mooney and Orcutt to extend the lead to five (33-28), but Emory would quickly tie the game at 33 at the 15:41 mark thanks to a three-pointer by Resnick and a layup by Ilene Tsao. From that stage on, the Spartans led.
Relying on a dominiating performance on the boards and a significant advantage at the free throw line, the Spartans scored seven in a row to lead 40-33 as Mummey hit a bucket at 13:28. The lead reached a game-high 10 (60-50) after two Mooney free throws with 1:25 remaining.
For the game, CWRU outrebounded Emory, 48-37, and held a +18 advantage in free throws.
The Spartans will wrap up the season with three in a row on the road. Next weekend, the team is in St. Louis and Chicago. The Spartans play Washington University in St. Louis on Friday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. (CT) then the University of Chicago at 2:00 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, Feb. 23.