Women’s Basketball Drops 88-71 Contest at Washington

Isabella Mills takes the ball upcourt for the Spartans

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team suffered an 88-71 loss against Washington University (Mo.) in Saint Louis on Friday night.

The loss was the third-straight for the Spartans, who dropped to 10-11 overall on the season, and fell back to .500 in University Athletic Association games with a 5-5 league record. The Bears improved to 12-9 overall, while improving to 5-5 in the conference.

Sophomore guard/ forward Abbey Lawrence led the team with 20 points, shooting seven-of-16 from the floor, while collecting seven rebounds and dishing out three assists. First-year guard/ forward Isabella Mills notched her team-leading fifth double-double of the season, scoring 13 points and securing 10 rebounds. Graduate student forward Melissa Heath added 13 points on Friday, while both senior guard Kendall McConico and first-year guard McKenna Gross scored nine apiece.

The game was played tight throughout the opening quarter, with neither team taking more than a four-point lead during the frame. Mills hit a jumper with 18 seconds left in the period that knotted the score at 16-16, heading into the second.

Threes on back-to-back possessions by Gross helped the Spartans even the score at 28-28 with 5:43 to play in the half, but the Bears followed with a 7-0 run to take their largest lead of the game to that point. Washington extended its lead to as many as 11 during the second quarter, before a layup by Heath and a three by Lawrence trimmed the lead back to six, 46-40. However, the Bears would hit a basket in the closing seconds and take an eight-point lead, 48-40, into the break.

The Spartans pulled back within five points early in the second half after a three by Mills and a layup by Lawrence cut the Bears' lead to 50-45 with 8:46 left in the quarter. Later in the period, a three by McConico got CWRU back within three points, 55-52, with 5:35 on the clock. That would be as close as CWRU would get though, as the Bears pulled away at the end of the third, closing the period on a 13-4 run to expand their lead to 13, 73-60, entering the fourth quarter. Washington maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game to secure the win.

Case Western Reserve finished the game shooting 40.3% from the floor, but struggled from long range, hitting just six-of-22 (27.3%) three-point attempts. The Spartans finished with an edge in rebounds (45-40) and bench points (22-15), but allowed 20 points off their 16 turnovers, while scoring just four off the Bears' 10 turnovers on Friday.

CWRU will be back in action on Sunday, traveling to Chicago, Illinois to face the University of Chicago. The Spartans trail the Maroons (who are currently tied with NYU for first place in the league) by two games in the UAA standings. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET.