The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team suffered a 99-61 setback to the Washington University (Mo.) Bears on Friday evening in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Spartans dropped to 4-18 overall and 1-11 in the University Athletic Association with the loss, while the Bears improve to 17-6 and 8-4 in conference play.
Junior forward Hillary Hellmann led the Spartans with a team-high 19 points, while bringing down a team-high five rebounds. Freshman guard Emily Todd contributed 17 points by shooting an efficient 5-6 (83.3%) from behind the arc, with a team-high four assists. Junior guard Alexis Amburgey added 10 points and four rebounds.
Wash U. shot 57.9 percent from the field in the first half and 57.1 percent from behind the arc, taking a 29-point lead, 59-30, into the break. After the Spartans jumped out to a 7-5 lead with 7:34 left in the first quarter after a jumper from Hellmann, the Bears launched a 25-15 run that saw them end the first quarter with an eight-point lead.
The Bears jumped out to a 36-22 lead to start the second quarter, but freshman forward Megan Shanosky cut into the lead after knocking down a three-pointer with 7:42 remaining in the quarter. Wash U. continued its surge and was able to take a 59-30 lead over the Spartans going into halftime.
The Bears expanded their lead to as many as 36 points in the third quarter and carried a 31-point lead, 74-43, into the final quarter. Washington pushed its lead to 39 points in the fourth, en route to the win.
The Spartans will return to action on Sunday, February 18th in Chicago, Illinois for a 2:00 p.m. EST game against the 11th-ranked University of Chicago.