CWRU Women’s Basketball Falls to #8 NYU 82-70

Laura Mummey (photo by Ryan Baker)
Laura Mummey (photo by Ryan Baker)

Case Western Reserve University senior Laura Mummey matched her career-high with 24 points, and set a new career-best mark with five blocks, but it wasn't enough for the Spartans, who fell to the eighth-ranked New York University Violets 82-70 in New York, New York on Sunday afternoon.

Mummey shot 55.0% from the field (11-for-20) and collected four rebounds during the game.  Sophomore Kara Hageman shot six-for-eight from the field and converted both of her three pointers for 18 points, and finished the game with eight rebounds.  Freshman Hillary Hellmann added 16 points, eight rebounds and a career-best six assists.

The loss dropped the Spartans' record to 6-12 overall, with a 1-6 mark in University Athletic Association games.  NYU improved to 17-1 overall, and remained atop the UAA standings with a 6-1 record in conference action.

The Spartans led the Violets 10-9 at the 4:40 mark, before NYU regained the lead on back-to-back three-point plays from Kaitlyn Read, the first on a layup and a free throw, and the second on a shot from beyond the arc.  A layup from Mummey, two of her eight points during the first period, cut the Violets' lead to 15-12 with 2:21 to play, but a late basket gave NYU a 17-12 lead at the end of the first.

The Violets would increase their lead to 12, 27-15 with 6:09 left in the half, but an 8-0 run by the Spartans, including back-to-back threes by Hellmann and McCoy trimmed the lead back to four, 27-23, with 3:20 left.  NYU would build its advantage back to seven heading into the halftime break, following buzzer-beating layup by Riley Wurtz that put the score at 38-31. 

Mummey scored 11 points on five-of-seven shooting in the first half to pace a Spartan attack that hit 50.0% of its shots from the field in the frame, including 10-of-15 from inside the arc.  Hageman added eight first-half points, with Hellmann scoring seven.

The Spartans saw their deficit grow to 18 points, with the score at 61-43 at the 3:57 mark in the third.  However, a 14-4 run to close out the frame brought CWRU back to within single digits, 65-57, heading into the final period.

A quick layup by Mummey cut it to a six-point game early in the fourth, before a 5-0 NYU run put the Violets back out in front by 11, 70-59, with 7:36 to play.  CWRU would not go away, cutting the lead back to seven after a Mummey layup and a fastbreak score off a steal by Hageman made it a seven point lead again.  Later in the period, Hageman and Hellmann scored on back-to-back possessions to cut the lead back to six, 75-69, with 3:43 left.  However, two key late three pointers by NYU's Amy Harioka and strong free throw shooting by the Violets down the stretch helped the team close out the win.

The Spartans finished the game shooting 50.9% (28-for-55) from the field. 

Megan Dawe led five NYU scorers in double digits with a game-high 25 points, while preseason All-America Second Team selection Kaitlyn Read finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

The Spartans will return home from a four-game road swing for Throwback Weekend next week, when the team hosts Brandeis University on Friday, February 5th and New York University on Sunday, February 7th.  The games will be played at historic Adelbert Gymnasium, and the team will wear uniforms from the Mather College, to honor the rich history of the institution.  Tip off against Brandeis is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Friday night.