Spartans Top Olivet in Final Game at Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament

Spartans Top Olivet in Final Game at Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team wrapped up the 2016 portion of its schedule and its non-conference slate for the season with an 86-72 win over Olivet College in the consolation game at the 2016 Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament, hosted by Capital University.

With the win, the Spartans matched their victory total from all of last year, and will enter their University Athletic Association schedule with an 8-3 overall ledger for the year.  Olivet dropped to 0-11 with the loss.

Case Western Reserve University sophomore forward Hillary Hellmann scored 19 of her game-high 24 points in the second half of the game, while junior forward Kara Hageman and senior guard Jess McCoy added 15 points apiece.  Hageman collected nine rebounds and two blocks in the game, while McCoy finished with four assists and three blocks.

Hageman was also selected to the all-tournament team, after averaging 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.5 blocks and 2.5 steals over the two games.

The Spartans overcame a slow start, as Olivet jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game.  The Comets would lead by as many 12 during the frame, but the Spartans closed the period on a 12-2 run to cut the lead to just two, 19-17, entering the second quarter.  Case Western Reserve would take the lead for good in the game on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Kasey Yu with 8:16 to play in the half, starting a 16-0 run for the Spartans that gave the team a 36-22 lead at the 3:55 mark.  CWRU would outscore Olivet 22-12 in the second quarter, and end the half leading by eight, 39-31. 

Case Western Reserve's success continued into the third period, with the Spartans closing the period up by 17 points, 64-47.  In the fourth, an early layup by Hageman gave the Spartans a 19-point advantage, their largest of the game, and the team would go on to pick up the 14-point win.

The Spartans finished the game shooting 46.6% from the field and 42.9% from three-point range, including marks of 60.0% from the field and 57.1% from beyond the arc in the second half of the game. 

Guard Jillian Nickels led Olivet with 23 points in the game, while Kali Hancock came off the bench to score 18 for the Comets.

Case Western Reserve will now turn its attention towards conference play, starting next weekend at Carnegie Mellon University.  The Spartans will take on the Tartans on Saturday, January 7th at 3:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.