The Case Western Reserve women’s basketball team dropped their final game of the season to Carnegie Mellon University 71-55. The Spartans end their season with an overall record of 4-20, and a 1-13 record against University Athletic Association (UAA) opponents.
A heated shootout started in the first quarter, as both teams made their initial shots. First-year forward Emma Cain made a jumper to take a 14-13 lead for the Spartans with three minutes left until the Tartans went on a 5-0 run to end the quarter.
Carnegie Mellon outscored CWRU 23-11 in the second quarter to ultimately seal the game. The Tartans’ second-year guard Laurel Pereira couldn’t miss as her jumpers found the net too many times.
“We [tried] to attack the rim more and get more opportunities closer to the basket as well as trying to draw fouls to get to the free throw line,” said first-year guard Emily Todd.
The Spartans cut the lead to 48-39 with a three by first-year forward Megan Shanosky, but Carnegie Mellon was able to maintain their lead and grow it to as much as 15 points.
“Carnegie shot the ball well throughout the whole game and they capitalized on our small mistakes,” Todd said. “We had great shot opportunities but they didn’t fall on Saturday.”
Third-year forward Hillary Hellmann scored 22 points on 8-18 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. Cain followed up with 12 points and eight rebounds for the Spartans.
Hellman was recently honored with being named to the All-UAA Second Team. This was her second All-UAA honor. She scored 16.1 points per game, third in the UAA, and a career-high 6.9 rebounds.
“This season was a great learning opportunity and it is definitely motivation to keep working hard so we can all come back better in the fall when we begin preparing for next season,” Todd said. “Our goal is to continue to improve individually and as a collective unit.”