CHICAGO – Sophomore post Laura Mummey (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) led three in double-figures with a career-high 24 points, but the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team dropped a 79-68 tilt at the University of Chicago on Saturday afternoon at the Ratner Center.
With one game remaining for the season, the Spartans drop to 9-15 overall and 3-10 in the University Athletic Association. The Maroons move to 15-9 and 9-4 in the UAA.
Mummey added six rebounds to her career-best scoring performance.
Also in double-figures, senior guard Julie Mooney (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) continued her recent hot streak with 21 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Junior wing Brooke Orcutt (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge) stuffed the stat sheet as well with 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals. The trio accounted for all but 10 of the Spartans' points.
Four Maroons scored in double-figures led by Maggie Ely with 16 points and five boards.
The Maroons opened the game on a 10-2 run which ended in two Caitlin Moore free throws at the 16:32 mark of the first half. The Spartans battled back and rode a 19-7 run to lead by four when senior forward Lauren Elkin (Reisterstown, Md./Carver Center for Arts & Tech.) hit a layup at 7:58. An Ellie Greiner three-pointer on the next Chicago possession started a 23-12 run to end the half with the Maroons up, 40-33.
The hosts never relinquished their advantage in the second although the Spartans did get to within five as late with as 8:11 left in the game when Orcutt hit two free throws to bring the count to 57-52. From there, Chicago was able to use the three-point shot to distance itself.
The Spartans wrap up the season next Saturday, March 1 at rival Carnegie Mellon University at 3:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh.