Spartan Women Rally Past Rochester in Overtime, 79-72, in Throwback Weekend Finale

Brooke Orcutt led four Spartans in double-figures with 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists. (photo by Ryan Baker)
Brooke Orcutt led four Spartans in double-figures with 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists. (photo by Ryan Baker)

CLEVELAND – Senior wing Brooke Orcutt (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge) posted 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team to a 79-72 overtime win against the University of Rochester (N.Y.) in the finale of the school's 10th Annual Throwback Weekend at Adelbert Gymnasium.

The Spartans improve to 8-16 overall and 2-11 in the University Athletic Association, while the Yellowjackets fall to 14-10, 6-7 UAA.

Orcutt led four Spartans in double-figures. Senior forward Berit Eppard (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek) posted a career-high 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the year. Sophomore guard Jessica McCoy (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) matched a season high with 17 points, and freshman forward Kara Hageman (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) added 14 off of the bench.

Alexandra Leslie paced Rochester with game highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds. Ally Zywicki added 20 points.

In a back-and-forth start to the game, the Spartans rode a 9-0 run to a lead of 23-16 as senior point guard Amanda Germer (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) hit a jumper with 13:07 on the clock. Rochester then rallied with a 10-3 run to tie the score at 26 as Leslie hit a jumper at 7:35, but Spartans scored the next five and eventually went to halftime ahead, 33-31.

In the second, the Spartans scored the first six points to lead by a game-high eight as an Eppard jumper made the score 39-31 at 17:45. Rochester then scored five straight to start an 11-3 run which ended in a Mary Kronewetter layup that tied the score at 42.

Four lead changes followed before Rochester went back on top with a 9-2 spurt that culminated in two Sarah Kaminsky free throws which made the score 62-55 with 4:17 left to play. Refusing to go away, the Spartans used a 9-2 run of their own to tie the score at 64-64 as Orcutt hit a layup with 1:20 remaining in regulation. One possession later, the Yellowjackets moved ahead with a Leslie layup with 42 seconds left. But with Rochester looking to seal the game, the Spartans played tight defense on an inbound to force a turnover. McCoy then got to the line with 5.9 seconds on the clock to hit a pair of game-tying free throws.

In overtime, the key moment came when Eppard drove to the bucket and hit a layup while being fouled for a three-point play that put the Spartans on top 75-71 with 1:09 on the clock.

As part of CWRU's 10th Annual Throwback Weekend, the Spartans wore uniforms commemorating Flora Stone Mather College for Women.

The Spartans close out the season next Saturday, February 28 against rival Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.). Prior to tip-off at 3:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium, the program will honor its seven senior student-athletes.