Four Spartans scored in double figures as the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team opened University Athletic Association play with a 78-51 win over the Carnegie Mellon University Tartans on Saturday afternoon in Horsburgh Gymnasium. The Spartans improve to .500 on the season, 6-6, and are now 1-0 in UAA play. The Tartans fall to 7-5 on the season and 0-1 in the conference. For CWRU it was the team's fourth consecutive win and third in a row over its rival from Pittsburgh.
Off the bench, graduate transfer forward Melissa Heath led the squad with 13 points and sophomore guard Alyssa Hyland scored 12 points on four three-pointers. Senior guard Kendall McConico added 12 points for the third time in her last four games and sophomore guard/forward Abbey Lawrence contributed 11 points, for her ninth double-digit effort of the season.
The Spartans shot over 50% from beyond the arc, making 13 of their 24 attempts, and made 50% from the floor overall, making 26 of their 52 shots.
In the first four minutes, the Spartans opened up a 9-2 lead with Lawrence contributing five of the team's points. First-year guard/forward Isabella Mills, who had nine points in the game, drained two three-pointers as part of a 13-1 run to give the Spartans a 23-7 lead to end the quarter. CWRU clamped down on Carnegie Mellon defensively, forcing eight turnovers in the first quarter.
The Spartans led by as many as 25 points in the second quarter, holding a 41-16 advantage with three minutes to go. The Tartans used a 7-2 run to close the half, with the score 43-23 in favor of Case Western Reserve at the break.
Continuing their strong play in the second half, CWRU led by as many as 38 at the end of the third quarter, 70-32.
CWRU will look to keep their winning streak alive on Friday, January 17 when the team hosts the Bears from Washington (Mo.) University. Tipoff in Horsburgh Gymnasium is scheduled for 6 p.m.