Hageman Scores 25 for CWRU in 95-66 Loss to #9 Washington

Hageman Scores 25 for CWRU in 95-66 Loss to #9 Washington

Case Western Reserve University wrapped up its weekend conference road trip on Sunday afternoon in St. Louis, Missouri with a 95-66 loss at ninth-ranked Washington University (Mo.).

Junior forward Kara Hageman continued her strong play against the Bears, leading the Spartans all players in the game with 25 points on Sunday, just a week removed from setting a program record with 41 points against Washington.   Hageman shot nine-of-11 from the field and three-of-three from behind the three point line, while adding a team-best five rebounds.  It was her 11th 20-point effort of the season, and her third in the last four games.

Freshman guard Marissa Muth finished the game with a career-high 12 points off the bench for CWRU, making three of her six three point attempts on the day.  Madeline Homoly came off the bench to lead the Bears with 24 points on Sunday, while Natalie Orr (16 points), Steph Botkin (13 points), Zoe Vernon (13 points) and Jenn Dynis (12 points) were also in double figures for Washington on Sunday.

With the setback, the Spartans dropped to 11-9 overall and to 3-6 in University Athletic Association play.  Washington remained tied atop the conference with a 7-2 UAA ledger, while improving to 18-2 for the campaign.

The Spartans shot the ball well from long range in the first quarter, connecting on four-of-seven three point shots over the first 10 minutes of the game.  Hageman was a perfect three-of-three from the floor in the first quarter, making both of her three point attempts, and leading the team with eight points in the stanza.  However, the Spartans were hurt by eight turnovers in the first quarter, and Washington ended the period with a three-point lead, 21-18.

The Bears scored the first nine points of the second quarter, quickly expanding their lead to 30-18 with 6:48 to play in the half.  Washington outscored CWRU 26-12 in the second period of the game, building a 17-point advantage, 47-30, by halftime.  The Spartans would be unable to pull back within single digits throughout the second half, as the Bears' lead grew to as many as 32 points late in the fourth quarter.

The Spartans will return home to Cleveland for a pair of UAA home games next weekend, starting on Friday, February 10th against New York University, with tipoff scheduled for 6:00 p.m.