The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team suffered a 59-45 loss to the University of Chicago on Sunday afternoon in the Ratner Center in Chicago, Illinois.
The Spartans dropped to 7-15 overall and 2-9 in the University Athletic Association with the loss, while the Maroons raised their record to 13-9 and 5-6 in conference play.
Junior guard Jessica McCoy, senior forward Laura Mummey and sophomore forward Kara Hageman each contributed 10 points. McCoy also brought down a team-high nine rebounds and two blocks. Hageman tallied seven rebounds and a team-best three steals, while Mummey recorded six rebounds and two steals. Rachel West led all Maroons with 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Spartans took an early lead with a jumper from freshman guard Hillary Hellmann followed by a free throw from Mummey, putting the Spartans up 3-0 with 8:26 left in the first. Chicago then went on an 8-0 run and would lead by as many as eight in the first with 3:08 left to play in the period. The Spartans pulled within one, 13-12, after Mummey knocked down a three and followed with a layup off a steal from freshman Alexis Amburgey with 48 seconds remaining. But, a 7-0 run from the Maroons spanning into the second quarter, put Chicago up eight, 20-12, with 8:24 remaining in the half. CWRU pulled back within four after a McCoy layup at the 1:34 mark in the second, but a layup with 12 seconds left extended Chicago's lead to 23-17 at the half.
To open the second half, the Spartans would pull within three of the Maroons, 25-22, after a layup from Mummey and a free throw from Hellman at the 7:34 mark. Both offenses began to find their rhythm late in the third, with Hellman hitting a three-pointer with 3:29 remaining that kept the contest within five points, 32-27. However, Chicago would launch a 21-6 run over the next seven minutes, taking a game-high 20-point lead, 53-33 with 6:14 left in the game. The Spartans trimmed the lead down to 12 in the closing minute, but it would be too little too late for Case Western Reserve.
The Spartans will now return to Cleveland for their final two home games of the season where they will host the ninth-ranked University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Friday, February 19th at 6:00 p.m. and Emory University on Sunday, February 21st at 2:00 p.m. in Horsburgh Gymnasium.