Spartan Women Fall Short at No.6/9 Washington in St. Louis

Brooke Orcutt (Martin Santek Photography)
Brooke Orcutt (Martin Santek Photography)

ST. LOUIS - Senior wing Brooke Orcutt (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge) tied a season high with 23 points, but the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team lost to No. 6/9 nationally ranked Washington University in St. Louis, 71-60, in Sunday University Athletic Association action at WU Field House.

The Spartans are now 7-11 overall and 1-6 in the UAA, while the Bears improve to 17-1 and tied for first in the UAA at 6-1.

Orcutt shot 7-of-11 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point range and 6-of-6 from the foul line. In addition, senior forward Berit Eppard (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek) recorded her fourth career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Off of the bench, freshman forward Kara Hageman (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) posted nine points and four boards.

The Bears were led by Melissa Gilkey with 28 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

The Spartans got off to a hot start and led by as many as eight points at 13:45 in the first half as Orcutt knocked down a three-pointer to make the score 14-6. The Bears responded with a 14-3 run and took a 20-17 lead at 8:52 after a shot from beyond the arc by Gilkey. The Spartans later got to within 33-31 to end the half as sophomore guard Jessica McCoy knocked in a three-point shot.

In the second, the Spartans were unable to regain the lead as the Bears increased their advantage to as many as 12 on three seperate occasions. The Spartans closed the gap to two, at 47-45, as Hageman hit a three-pointer with 10:01 on the clock, but the Bears answered with a 10-0 run en route to victory.

The Spartans now return to Cleveland for a Friday night matchup with the University of Chicago on Friday, February 6 at 6:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium.