Late Surge Not Enough for Spartans in 69-57 Loss to Carnegie Mellon

Late Surge Not Enough for Spartans in 69-57 Loss to Carnegie Mellon

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team cut a 19-point second half deficit down to just four late in the fourth quarter, but would ultimately fall to Carnegie Mellon University 69-57 in the teams' opening game of University Athletic Association play on Saturday afternoon at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

Junior forward Hillary Hellmann matched her season-high with 25 points, shooting eight-of-18 overall from the floor and four-of-seven from long range, while adding a team-high eight rebounds.  Junior guard Alexis Amburgey added 12 points, and freshman forward Emma Cain finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Tartans appeared to be pulling away in the first quarter, before back-to-back three pointers by Hellmann cut Carnegie Mellon's lead back to three, 12-9, with 2:56 left in the period.  The Spartans trailed by 5, 16-11, by the start of the second quarter, and remained down five, 22-17, following a pair of free throws from Amburgey with 4:07 to play in the half.  However, Carnegie Mellon closed the period on a 15-4 run to carry a 37-21 lead into the break.

A free throw and a jumper by Carnegie Mellon's Laurel Pereira to start the third quarter quickly extended their lead to a game-high 19, 40-21, before a quick 8-0 run by the Spartans, keyed by five points from Hellmann, pulled CWRU back within 11.  Case Western Reserve continued to chip away at the Tartans' lead, and a three pointer by Amburgey with 22 seconds remaining in the third, followed by a jumper from Cain as time expired, cut the Tartans' lead to just seven at the end of the third, 49-42.

Case Western Reserve continued to climb back into the game, cutting the lead down to four, 59-55, on a three pointer by Hellmann with 3:50 to go, and again on a jumper by freshman Rebecca Rowlands with 3:24 to play that made the score 61-57.  However, the Tartans would pull away in the end, closing the game on an 8-0 run to secure the victory.

The Spartans dropped to 3-8 on the year with the loss, while Carnegie Mellon improved to 9-3.

The Spartans be away next weekend for their first UAA road trip of the season, facing the 10th-ranked University of Rochester on Friday, January 12th and Emory University on Sunday, January 14th.