Women’s basketball ends season 15-10 following 79-69 loss to CMU

Mills breaks single season 3-pointer record with 75


Courtesy of CWRU Athletics

In CWRU’s most recent game against CMU, fourth-year guard/forward Isabella Mills broke 1,000 career points and the program record for most 3-point shots made in a season.

Paola Van der Linden Costello, Staff Writer

The Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team fell 79-69 to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to conclude their 2022-2023 season. Their season record stands at 15-10 and 6-8 in conference play, earning 6th place in the University Athletics Association standings. This is a strong improvement from last season where the Spartans finished last with a 3-11 UAA record. 

The team shot 22-66 overall and 9-30 from 3-point range. They recorded 33 rebounds, 11 assists and 8 steals during the game. CMU almost doubled the Spartans in rebounds in 60 to go with a game-high 15 assists. Fourth-year guard/forward Isabella Mills led all players with 28 points and 11 rebounds—her fifth double-double this season and the 12th of her career. Mills cemented her place in program history after hitting her 74th 3-pointer—the most 3-pointers made in a single season. Mills also crossed 1,000 career points, giving her another incredible achievement for her last game. Third-year guard Sarah Mitchell notched the first double-double of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Second-year guard/forward Emily Plachta added 11 points as well. 

Mitchell opened up scoring with two free-throws. A subsequent 3-pointer from Plachta gave the Spartans a 5-0 lead. CMU responded with a 7-2 run, finally taking the lead with a layup. The Spartans trailed for the rest of the quarter, which ended with Mills beating the buzzer with a layup to cut the deficit to four. The Spartans’ offensive struggles continued in the second quarter, down 10 with 7:07 left in the half. A 3-pointer from Mills pulled CWRU within 8 with 1:40 left in the half. With 4 seconds left, Mills hit yet another 3-pointer to finish the half down only 39-34. 

In the third quarter, the Spartans tied the game after Mills made a layup with 29 seconds to go, taking the lead 56-54 by the end of the quarter. CWRU pushed the lead to 4 after third-year Kayla Characklis hit a jumper but CMU retook the lead with 7:13 left in the game. The Spartans never recovered and lost 79-69. Despite the loss, the game was still a memorable one for the Spartans as Mills broke a school record and achieved a career milestone. 

The team concludes this season with a 37.9% shooting accuracy from the field goal range and 33.5% from beyond the arc. The team averaged 39.6 rebounds, 69.4 points and 14.2 assists per game. Mills, Characklis, Mitchell and third-year forward/center Preet Gill were named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team, based on their achievements in the classroom and the court.