ST. LOUIS – Senior guard Julie Mooney (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) scored a career-high 28 points, but the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team dropped an 80-67 contest at No. 7/5 nationally ranked Washington University in St. Louis on Friday evening at WU Field House.
The Spartans fall to 9-14 overall and 3-9 in the University Athletic Association. The Bears, ranked seventh by the WBCA and fifth by D3Hoops.com, move to 21-2 and 11-1 UAA.
Mooney's game-high 28 points came on 10-of-15 shooting from the field. The senior captain also added five rebounds and two assists. Junior guard Rachel Beaty (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) and sophomore post Laura Mummey (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) also scored in double-figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Junior wing Brooke Orcutt (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge) led all players with career highs of 15 rebounds and 10 assists.
Melissa Gilkey led four Bears in double-figures with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
The Spartans trailed from start-to-finish as the Bears darted out to a 16-5 lead when Kristin Anda completed an "old-fashioned" three-point play at the 13:45 mark of the first half. CWRU twice cut its deficit to six, including at 24-18, when Mummey hit a layup at 7:59. From there, the Bears finished the half on a 23-13 run and led by 16 (47-31) when Gilkey hit a free throw with 26 seconds on the clock.
In the second half, the Spartans hung around and pulled to within seven when Beaty nailed a three-pointer to bring the score to 65-58 with 6:22 left to play. The Bears were able to answer with an 11-4 run to build their advantage back to 14, and CWRU would get no closer than nine in the final minutes.
The Spartans return to action at the University of Chicago on Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. (CT).