Saturday women: Upset Athletic Association

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Hillary Hellmann's career day helped Case Western Reserve pick up its biggest win of the season and send Carnegie Mellon to its first loss.
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Opening day in the University Athletic Association brought surprising results as Chicago topped No. 5 Washington U. and Case Western won at No. 10 Carnegie Mellon.

After going undefeated in non-conference play, Washington U. lost at travel partner Chicago 75-68 in the conference opener for both teams. Chicago (8-4, 1-0 UAA) outscored Washington U. 15-1 over a four-minute stretch in the third quarter, turning a two-point deficit into a 12-point lead. Madison Dunbar capped the run with a three-pointer that put the Maroons ahead 57-45. The Bears (10-1, 0-1 UAA) got back into the game with a 13-2 run late in the final quarter, pulling within two at 68-66. But the Maroons clamped down on defense and didn't allow a field goal for the final two minutes. Recap

Four Maroons scored double-figures, led by Turner Lake who scored 23 points on 8-for-11 shooting in 22 minutes. Zoe Vernon tied her career high with 18 points for Washington U.

Case Western Reserve was the only UAA women's team to win on the road as the Spartans went to Pittsburgh and beat No. 10 Carnegie Mellon, 87-78. Hillary Hellman scored 31 of her 35 points in the second half. Hellman scored 20 points and went 7-for-9 from the field with four 3-pointers in the third quarter for Case Western (9-3, 1-0 UAA). Lisa Murphy scored a career-high 37 points and posted 16 rebounds for Carnegie Mellon (11-1, 0-1 UAA). Recap

No. 22 Rochester defended its home court with an 84-75 win over visiting Emory. Alexandra Leslie posted 31 points and 15 rebounds for the Yellowjackets. Brandeis topped New York University 57-43 in the other UAA women's final.

Elizabethtown narrowly missed a major upset as Bridgette Mann's free throw with 22 seconds left was the difference in No. 3 Scranton's 51-50 win over the Bluejays. Elizabethtown took a 50-47 lead with 2:55 remaining but Sarah Payonk's layup and Alexix Roman's free throw pulled the Lady Royals even. After a missed Elizabethtown shot, Mann grabbed the rebound and raced up the floor, drawing the foul that set up the game-winning shot. Scranton improved to 13-0, 2-0 in the Landmark while Elizabethtown slipped to 10-2, 0-2 in conference. Recap

In the first game between last year's CCIW co-champions, Illinois Wesleyan edged Wheaton (Ill.) 66-65 at home. Amanda Kelly hit the game-winning shot for the Titans with 26 seconds remaining. Molly McGraw and Maddie Merritt combined for 44 points for Illinois Wesleyan (8-5, 3-1 CCIW), and the Titans held Wheaton star Katie McDaniels to four points on 0-for-12 shooting in 37 minutes.

The other Top 25 results from Saturday went more according to form. No. 1 Tufts improved to 2-0 in conference with a 70-58 win over Colby. Michela North scored 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting for the Jumbos. No. 17 Bowdoin bounced back from its loss to Tufts last night with a 70-58 victory at Bates. Other winners in lopsided contests included No. 6 Thomas More, No. 8 Hope and No. 21 UW-Whitewater.

Outside the Top 25, SUNY Geneseo and Gustavus Adophus kept their perfect seasons in tact. The Blue Knights had five players scored double figures in a 79-60 victory over Brockport. Miranda Rice pumped in 30 points for the Gusties in their 71-50 rout of St. Benedict.

Middlebury continued its hot start with a last-second 58-56 win at Connecticut College. Mairead Hynes hit a three-pointer with 15 seconds left for the Camels to tie the game at 56 before Sarah Kaufman scored the game winner with one second left. The Panthers improved to 10-2, 2-0 in the NESCAC.

Washington College outscored Muhlenberg 37-18 in the second half and came from behind to earn its first ever win in Allentown, 66-60. Hartwick pushed its Empire 8 record to 3-0 and its overall record to 6-5 with a 75-64 win over Ithaca.

Wisconsin Lutheran defeated Benedictine 65-54 to end the Eagles' eight-game winning streak and keep its own perfect conference record in tact. Jen Dowden paced the Warriors with 21 points and six rebounds while Maddy Elrod added 13 points and 12 boards.

Manchester dealt Rose-Hulman its first loss in HCAC play, 57-53, while Haverford used overtime to do the same to Dickinson in the Centennial Conference, 56-55. 

Moravian outlasted Susquehanna 76-69 in overtime as Camille McPherson (18 points, 15 rebounds) and Nadine Ewald (11 points, 11 rebounds) notched double-doubles for the Greyhounds. North Central (Ill.) held off North Park 88-87 despite shooting 10-for-46 from three. The Cardinals went 24-for-35 from the free throw line with 10 different players scoring from there.