CWRU Women’s Basketball Drops UAA Opener to CMU

CWRU Women’s Basketball Drops UAA Opener to CMU

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team fell to Carnegie Mellon University in its opening game of the 2016 University Athletic Association, dropping an 85-61 decision to the Tartans at Horsburgh Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans dropped to 5-7 on the year with the loss, including a 0-1 mark in UAA games.  Carnegie Mellon remained perfect on the season with the win, improving to 12-0, with a 1-0 UAA record.

Freshman Hillary Hellmann came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points for the Spartans, while sophomore Kara Hageman and junior Jessica McCoy added 13 and 11, respectively.

Junior Lisa Murphy led all players on Saturday with 33 points and 13 rebounds for Carnegie Mellon.

Carnegie Mellon took control of the game early, jumping out to an 11-point lead, 15-4, with 5:15 remaining in the first period.  The Spartans responded with an 8-0 run, capped off by a layup by Hellmann with 2:14 left in the period that cut the advantage to 15-12.  However, the Tartans scored eight of the final 11 points of the first, ending the quarter with a 23-15 lead.

The Tartans pulled away in the second quarter, taking a 16 point lead with 53 seconds left in the period, before the Spartans ended the frame with five-straight points to pull within 11 after the first 20 minutes, 47-36.

CWRU pulled within seven on a layup by Hageman that made the score 49-42 with 7:59 remaining in the third, but Carnegie Mellon went on an 18-3 run over the next seven minutes and 20 seconds to build a 22 point lead late in the third.  The Spartans scored the final six points of the quarter on a three pointer from freshman Alexis Amburgey and a successful and-one from Hellmann to end the third down 67-51.  Carnegie Mellon continued to pull away in the fourth, outscoring the Spartans 18-10 in the frame to close out the win.

The Spartans will continue their three game home stand to start their conference schedule next weekend, when Case Western Reserve University hosts Washington University (Mo.) at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15th at Horsburgh Gymnasium.