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Big Red falls to Case Western Reserve

Jordan Holmes
Jordan Holmes

GRANVILLE -- The Denison women's basketball team suffered a 63-48 setback to Case Western Reserve on Wednesday night at Livingston Gymnasium.

After the Big Red opened the game with bucket by Jordan Holmes, the Spartans engineered a 13-0 run to take their largest lead of the quarter. Now trailing 18-7, Denison went on a 7-0 surge to shrink the deficit to four. Jess McCoy closed out the opening period with an old-fashioned three-point play to push the CWRU lead back to seven.

The Spartans held a double-digit lead for the majority of the second quarter en route to taking a 39-26 lead into the intermission. After two scoreless minute to open the third, Denison scored six unanswered points over the course of 66 second to close the margin to 39-32. Case Western Reserve built their largest lead of the game with a 15-6 run that resulted in a 54-38 advantage.

The Big Red put together an 8-1 run to open the final period, closing the gap to 57-48. However, a six-straight points over the final 3:30 secured the Spartan win.

Denison converted 37 percent (20-for-54) from the field while Case Western Reserve shot 39 percent (27-for-69) from the floor. The Big Red held a 43-33 advantage on the glass. The Spartans committed just four turnovers compared to DU's 18 and held a slim 32-30 edge in scoring in the paint.

Holmes led all scorers with 22 points on 10-of-12 from the field and a 2-for-3 showing at the charity stripe. She also grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked nine shots. Freshman Addie Buzas dished out three assists, while Alison Schafer corralled 10 boards, all on the defensive end.

Kara Hageman finished with 20 points, while Hillary Hellmann and Jess McCoy chipped in 18 and 15 points, respectively.  McCoy also grabbed eight rebounds, while Alexis Amburgey handed out five assists.

Denison falls to 1-6 on the year, while the Spartans improve to 5-2. The Big Red opens North Coast Athletic Conference play on Saturday (Dec. 3) when they host the Kenyon Ladies. Tip-off from Livingston Gym is slated for 1 p.m.

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