Spartans Drop UAA Contest to Chicago, 67-58

Spartans Drop UAA Contest to Chicago, 67-58

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team closed out a three-game home stand to begin University Athletic Association play with a 67-58 loss to the University of Chicago at Horsburgh Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.

The loss dropped the Spartans to 5-9 overall and to 0-3 in UAA play.  Chicago picked up its first conference win of the campaign, improving to 1-2 in UAA games and to 9-5 overall.

Sophomore Kara Hageman matched her career high with 14 rebounds and scored eight points in the game, while junior Jessica McCoy scored a team-high 14 points, and freshman Hillary Hellmann notched 12 points.  Senior Laura Mummey rounded out the team's double-digit scorers with 11 points on Sunday.

Behind six points on a pair of threes off the bench from Hellmann and four from McCoy, the Spartans jumped out a 17-15 lead after the first period.  The first 10 minutes were played close, with six ties and five lead changes in the early-going of the game.  The Spartans took a two-point lead, their largest of the quarter, on a free throw by senior Emily Young with time running out in the period.

Chicago would score 15 of the first 17 points in the second period to open an 11-point lead, 30-19, with 5:37 remaining in the half.  Back-to-back layups by Mummey and McCoy cut the Maroons' advantage back to seven, 30-23, at the 4:30 mark, but Chicago closed the half on a 6-3 run to head into halftime leading by 10, 36-26.

The Maroons boosted their lead to a 12, 46-34, with 3:13 left in the third, but the Spartans utilized an 8-0 run, including four points from junior Alex Roth to cut the advantage back to four, 46-42, with 2:01 left.  CWRU kept the game in single digits the rest of the period, ending the third down eight, 52-44.

Chicago launched another rally early in the fourth, opening the period on a 15-6 run to take a 65-50 lead with 5:04 to play, and help secure the victory.  The Spartans would twice get the lead under ten points, once on a layup by Mummey with 2:14 left and again on a jumper by Hellmann with 1:09 remaining, but Chicago would hold on for the victory.

Britta Nordstrom and Caitlin Moore each had 11 points to lead the Maroons, while Olariche Obi collected a team-high 11 rebounds.

The Spartans will open up a four game UAA road trip next weekend, when Case Western Reserve travels to the University of Rochester for a 6:00 p.m. game against the Yellowjackets on Friday, January 22nd.