Spartans Suffer 71-54 Setback at John Carroll

CWRU's Emma Cain goes for a layup

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team suffered a 71-54 loss at John Carroll University on Tuesday night in University Heights, Ohio.

The loss dropped CWRU to 2-6 on the year, while John Carroll improved to 4-1.

A pair of first year Spartans led the team in scoring on Tuesday night, with guard/ forward Isabella Mills and guard McKenna Gross each tallying a team-best 12 points in the game.  Mills finished the game shooting four-of-10 overall and connecting on three of her seven three-point attempts, while adding five rebounds.  Gross was an efficient four-for-six from the floor during the game, with the 12 points marking her second-highest output of the season.

Junior forward Emma Cain added a 10-point effort, shooting four-of-six overall, and paced the squad with six rebounds.

The Spartans shot the ball well on Tuesday, connecting on 42.0% of their shots overall and 33.3% from three-point range, compared to John Carroll's 43.8% overall and 30.0% from behind the three-point line.  However, CWRU was hurt by the Blue Streaks' 47-24 edge in rebounds, which resulted in a 15-3 edge for John Carroll in second chance points.

John Carroll opened the game on a 14-3 run over the first five minutes of play to take an early lead, and would never trail in the game.  The Spartans trimmed the advantage back to three with an 8-0 run, capped off with a layup by Gross with 1:34 to play in the period, but a basket late in the period gave the Blue Streaks a 16-11 lead going into the second quarter.  CWRU fell behind by 15 midway through the second quarter, but back-to-back three pointers by sophomore guard Alyssa Hyland and Mills cut the lead back to single digits, 26-17, with 5:25 to play in the half.  However, the Blue Streaks increased their lead back to 18, 37-19, heading into halftime.

A quick three by Mills to start the second half, followed by a layup by sophomore guard/ forward Abbey Lawrence allowed the Spartans to decrease their deficit to 13 points less than a minute into the frame, but that would be as close as the team would get for the remainder of the game.  John Carroll maintained their lead, carrying a 53-39 lead into the start of the fourth quarter, and went on to build their edge to as large as 23 points during the final frame.

The Spartans will be back in action on Saturday, December 7th, returning to Horsburgh Gymnasium to begin a six-game home stand against Denison University.  Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.