Despite a career-high 27 points from junior guard Jessica McCoy, the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team suffered a 78-59 setback to the 10th-ranked Washington University (Mo.) Bears on Friday evening in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Spartans dropped to 7-14 overall and 2-8 in the University Athletic Association with the loss, while the Bears improve to 17-4 and 8-2 in conference play.
McCoy set her career high for points and matched the high-water mark by a Spartan this season by shooting an efficient 11-13 (84.6%) from the field, while bringing down four rebounds. Freshman guard Hillary Hellmann and senior forward Laura Mummey each contributed nine points, with five and four rebounds, respectively. Senior guard Emily Young added seven points and a team-high four assists.
Natalie Orr led the Bears with 23 points and three rebounds, while Amanda Martinez tallied 14 points and three steals in the game.
Wash U. shot 55.6% from the field in the first half and 62.5% from behind the arc, taking a 17-point lead, 45-28, into the break. After McCoy hit the first basket of the game, the Bears launched an 18-4 run that saw them take a 12-point lead with 3:20 remaining in the first quarter. A McCoy layup with 39 seconds remaining in the first brought the Spartans back within nine, 22-13, to end the period.
The Bears took a first-half high 19-point lead, 45-26, with a minute left in the second quarter. Mummey cut into the lead, knocking down a jumper with two seconds left, as the Spartans closed the half trailing 45-28.
Despite 10 points in the third alone by McCoy, the Bears expanded their lead to as many as 21 points in the period, and carried a 20-point lead, 64-44, into the final quarter. Washington pushed its lead to a game-high 24 points with 3:53 remaining in the fourth, en route to the win.
The Spartans shot 51.2% from the field (22-for-43), the second-best mark of the season for the team. It marked the third time this season and the second time in the last four games that CWRU has shot over 50% from the field.
The Spartans will return to action on Sunday, February 14th in Chicago, Illinois for a 3:00 PM EST game against the University of Chicago.