CWRU Women’s Basketball Drops Home UAA Contest to #20 Rochester

CWRU Women’s Basketball Drops Home UAA Contest to #20 Rochester

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team suffered an 81-49 loss to the 20th-ranked University of Rochester in their penultimate home game of the 2017-18 season on Friday evening at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

Freshman forward Emma Cain made her first five shots of the game and scored 10 of her career-high 14 points in the first half, shooting seven-of-13 overall for the evening, despite often going head-to-head with Rochester All-American forward Alexandra Leslie in the game.  Sophomore guard Kendall McConico and junior forward Hillary Hellmann added eight points apiece for the Spartans, and freshman forward Rebecca Rowlands collected a career-high 11 rebounds in the game.

In a high-paced first quarter, the Spartans trailed by five early, but recovered to tie the game at 15-15 with 3:58 left on a jumper by Hellmann.  Rochester responded with a quick 8-0 run to regain the lead, and took a 23-17 lead heading into the second period.  A layup by Cain to start the second quarter brought the Spartans back within four points, 23-19, with 9:48 remaining, but a 15-1 run by the Yellowjackets over the remainder of the quarter gave them a 38-20 lead heading into halftime.

Rochester continued to build its lead throughout the second half, and would lead by as many as 38 in the game, despite a strong fourth quarter from the Spartans, where they outscored the Yellowjackets 21-18. 

Leslie led the Yellowjackets with 22 points, while Lauren Deming adding a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The loss dropped the Spartans to 4-16 on the season overall and 1-9 in the UAA.  Rochester improved to 17-4 overall with a 7-3 league mark.

The Spartans will wrap-up their 2017-18 home schedule on Sunday, February 11th, playing host to Emory University at 1:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium.  In addition, Sunday will also mark 'Senior Day' for the Spartans, as the team will honor its lone graduating player, forward Kara Hageman, with a special ceremony prior to the start of the game.