The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team fell to the 19th-ranked University of Chicago Maroons on Friday night, dropping an 83-55 game in Chicago, Illinois.
The loss dropped the Spartans' overall record to 12-5 for the season, including a 4-2 record in University Athletic Association play. Chicago improved to 13-4 overall with a 4-2 UAA mark. Both the Spartans and the Maroons ended the day tied for second in the UAA, two games behind conference leader Washington University (Mo.).
Graduate student forward Kara Hageman shot seven-of-11 from the floor to lead the Spartans with 15 points, and added seven rebounds in the game. Freshman guard Abbey Lawrence was also in double figures on Friday, scoring 12 points and adding five rebounds.
Chicago took the early lead in the game, but a jumper by senior guard/ forward Hillary Hellmann with 1:35 remaining in the first quarter capped off a 7-0 Spartans' run that gave the team its first lead of the contest, 14-13. Chicago would score the final four points of the first quarter to take a 17-14 lead into the second, and hold its advantage until back-to-back layups by Hageman and junior guard Kendall McConico put the Spartans back ahead 20-19 with 8:20 remaining in the half. The Maroons responded with a 15-0 run, but Lawrence stopped the spur with a three with 57 seconds left in the period, and a three by Hageman with 27 seconds left helped CWRU close the gap back to eight points, 34-26, by halftime.
A layup by junior forward Emma Cain early in the second half helped the Spartans cut the Maroons' lead down to six, and CWRU held Chicago without a basket for the first three minutes of the third quarter. Chicago eventually built its lead back to 13, 41-28, before a Hageman layup with 4:05 remaining in the third ended a 7-0 run by the Maroons. That would be as close as the Spartans would get in the period, with Chicago building an 18 point lead, before threes in the final minute of the period by Lawrence and sophomore guard Emily Todd in the closing minute of the period helped cut the lead to 54-40 by the start of the fourth. However, the Spartans could not get any closer in the final period, as Chicago expanded its advantage throughout the frame, en route to the win.
The Spartans will be back in action on Sunday, wrapping up their four-game road swing against conference-leading Washington University (Mo.) at 1:00 p.m. ET.