Case Western Reserve University sophomore guard/ forward Abbey Lawrence scored a career-high 25 points, but it was not enough for the Spartans on Saturday afternoon, as the team suffered a 65-46 setback to Otterbein College at the Springhill Suites Tip-Off Tournament in Washington, Pennsylvania.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 0-4 on the campaign, while Otterbein improved to 2-0 on the campaign following the victory.
Lawrence hit seven-of-16 shots overall, including two-of-seven from behind the three-point line, and made nine-of-11 free throw attempts. Nineteen of her points came in the second half, including 13 in the third quarter alone, when she made all eight of her free throw attempts. Lawrence averaged 23.0 points per game over the two games in Washington this weekend, earning a spot on the all-tournament team.
Lawrence has led the Spartans in scoring through each of the team's first four games, and is averaging a team-best 20.5 points per game.
Junior forward Emma Cain added her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday.
The game was played close throughout the first half, with the score tied at 11-11 by the end of the opening 10 minutes. With 3:11 remaining in the second quarter, Cain hit a layup and converted a free throw after being fouled on the play to put CWRU ahead 20-18. With the game later tied at 22, Lawrence hit a three-point to put the Spartans back out in front with 1:13 left in the half, and the Spartans would eventually carry a one-point lead, 26-25, into halftime.
A three-pointer by sophomore guard Alyssa Hyland with 7:40 left in the third quarter gave CWRU its largest lead of the game at 29-25. However, the game remained close, and Otterbein tied the score at 43-43 by the end of the third quarter. The Cardinals would then open up the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run to pull away from the Spartans. Otterbein's lead would grow to as many as 13 points in the quarter, and although the Spartans closed the gap to as few as six points on a layup by senior guard Kendall McConico with 1:42 left in the game, they could not fully overcome the late deficit.
CWRU outshot Otterbein in the loss, 36.0% to 33.3%, but were outrebounded 42-26 in the game.
The Spartans will hope a return to their home court will help to turn around the team's fortunes, when Case Western Reserve University faces Waynesburg University in its first home game of the season at Horsburgh Gymnasium on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m.