Spartan Women Unable to Hit at the Buzzer, Fall at Emory 65-62

(photo by Nick Minerd)
(photo by Nick Minerd)

ATLANTA – Senior wing Brooke Orcutt (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge) and junior post Laura Mummey (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) combined to score 36 points, but the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team fell to Emory University, 65-62, in Friday night University Athletic Association action at Woodruff P.E. Center.

The Spartans (7-8, 1-3 UAA) drop their third in four games, while the Eagles (9-6, 1-3 UAA) snap a three-game losing skid.

Orcutt finished with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. Mummey also scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting and added six boards. Junior guard Jessica McCoy (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) was the third Spartan in double-figures with 11.

Turnovers (23) and offensive rebounds for the Eagles (14) were problematic for the Spartans who had multiple looks at a potential tying shot in the final seconds.

Khadijah Sayyid led three Eagles in double-figures with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dumebi Egbuna added 13 points and seven boards.

CWRU led by as many as 10 (32-22) in the game when Mummey capped a 10-2 run with a jumper at the 2:25 mark. Emory then finished the first half on a 7-2 spurt and pulled to within 34-29 with a Sarah Arington layup at the buzzer.

In the second, Emory charged ahead with an 8-2 run that put the hosts on top 37-36 as Ilene Tsao hit two free throws with 16:55 on the clock. Eleven lead changes and one tie followed before Emory moved ahead for good with a game-changing four-point play courtesy of Sayyid with 3:28 remaining.

The Eagles bumped their advantage to two possessions twice, but each time, the Spartans responded with points. Then after forcing a turnover on an inbound attempt, CWRU had open looks from beyond the arc with six seconds remaining and just after time expired.

The Spartans conclude their first of two straight UAA road weekends this Sunday, January 25 at the University of Rochester (N.Y.). Tip-off from the Louis Alexander Palestra is set for 2:00 p.m.