The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team rallied back from a double-digit fourth quarter deficit to tie the contest, but the team's late run was ultimately thwarted in a 60-54 loss to the 19th-ranked University of Chicago at Adelbert Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday night.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 12-7 overall, including a 4-4 mark in the University Athletic Association, while Chicago improved to 15-4 with the win, including a 6-2 record in conference play.
Graduate student forward Kara Hageman led the Spartans with 16 points and 10 rebounds on Friday night, shooting seven-of-17 overall, and adding three assists and three blocks. It was her seventh double-double of the season and her fourth in conference play this season. Freshman Abbey Lawrence was the only other Spartan in double figures in the game, scoring 12 in the contest on a five-of-nine shooting effort.
Chicago scored the first six points of the game on Friday, but the Spartans answered back, eventually taking a 9-8 lead with 2:36 left in the first period on a jumper by Lawrence. CWRU carried an 11-10 lead into the second period, and went ahead 20-16 on a three-pointer by Hageman with 7:08 to play in the half. Chicago closed the gap, tying the game at 30-30 with 24 second left in the second quarter, but Hageman converted an and-one with 13 second left to give CWRU a three-point lead heading into the break.
However, the momentum shifted towards the Maroons in the third quarter, as Chicago outscored the Spartans 23-8 during the period, and carried a game-high 12-point lead, 53-41, into the fourth quarter.
Down 10 points, 54-44, with 8:55 remaining, the Spartans made one more run to tie the score. CWRU held Chicago scoreless over the next seven minutes of the game, and scored 10 unanswered points during the stretch to even the game at 54 apiece. Lawrence scored six of her 12 points during the run, including layup with 3:41 remaining to knot the score.
Despite the run, CWRU could not get over the hill in the game to take the lead. The Maroons would break their cold streak with a three-pointer by Jamie Kockenmeister with 1:38 remaining, and would hit three of four free throws in the final 30 seconds of the game to put the contest out of reach and secure the win.
Olariche Obi led the Maroons with 19 points in the game, and Taylor Lake added 15 in the contest for Chicago.
Friday's game was played at historic Adelbert Gymnasium as a part of Throwback Weekend at CWRU, as the Spartans honored the history of the University by donning the traditional yellow uniforms of Mather College, one of the schools that eventually became Case Western Reserve University.
CWRU will wrap-up Throwback Weekend on Sunday afternoon, when the Spartans play host to Washington University at noon.