Case Western Reserve University junior Kara Hageman scored 15 points to break the school single-season scoring record and surpass 1,000 points for her career during the Spartans 79-67 loss to Emory University on Friday night in Atlanta, Georgia.
Entering the game nine points shy of the school record for points in a season, Hageman netted eight in the first half, and then surpassed the previous school record of 464 points, tallied by former Spartan Erin Rogalski during the 1999-00 campaign, on a jumper to open the second half. Later in the third period, she also surpassed the 1,000-career point mark with a three-point shot with 24 seconds remaining, becoming the 14th player in the program's history (and second this season) to reach the milestone.
With the loss, the Spartans fall to 13-10 overall, including a 5-7 University Athletic Association mark. Emory raised its record to 14-9 with a 5-7 conference ledger.
Senior guard Jess McCoy led the Spartans with 24 points on an 11-of-22 shooting performance, seven rebounds and four blocks, and sophomore guard Hillary Hellmann scored 13 in the game, including 11 in the final quarter alone.
After a three-pointer by Hageman to open the game, Emory would reel off eight-straight points, and not trail again for the remainder of the half. The Spartans closed the gap to five points after a second-chance layup by McCoy with time running out in the first period cut the Eagles' lead to 14-9. However, Emory would increase its lead back to as many as nine points in the second quarter. The Spartans finished the first half strong, with McCoy capping off her 13-point effort in the first 20 minutes with a three pointer with 14 seconds remaining, pulling CWRU back within four, 35-31, by halftime.
The Spartans fell behind by as many as 13 in the third quarter, but finished the period on an 8-0 run, including back-to-back threes in the final minute by McCoy and Hageman, cutting the lead down to 52-47 by the end of the period. But, the Eagles were able to start the final quarter on a 7-0 run to expand their lead back to double figures, and Case Western Reserve could not get closer than eight points for the remainder of the game.
Emory's Ashley Oldshue led the team with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Shellie Kaniut added 16 and Fran Sweeney contributed 11.
The Spartans will be back in action on Sunday, February 19th, when the team takes on the University of Rochester in its final road game of the 2016-17 season. Tip-off on Sunday in Rochester, New York is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.