CLEVELAND – Lena Ethington posted career highs in points and rebounds to lead the University of Rochester to a 73-63 women's basketball victory over Case Western Reserve University at Horsburgh Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.
She finished with 23 points, 19 rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 37 minutes. Her previous point high was 21 and her rebound high was 18. Julianna Okoniewski had 17 points – all in the second half – seven rebounds, and two blocked shots. Lauren Foley had 13 points, including three three-point goals. Tessa Ludwick had nine points, four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and just one turnover in 35 minutes.
Rochester held a 50-32 advantage on the backboards and turned 21 offensive rebounds into 17 second-chance points. The Yellowjackets blocked six shots – three by Shannon Loiseau (she also had 10 rebounds), two by Okoniewski, and one by Jamie Boeheim.
For CWRU, Kara Hageman scored 20 points, had three blocks, and grabbed 14 rebounds. Hillary Hellman had 18 points and six rebounds. Emma Cain scored eight points, and Abbey Lawrence added nine points in 25 minutes off the bench.
The game was tight throughout the first half. Rochester built a lead up to eight points, 29-21, on a 10 footer by Ally Forness. CWRU finished the half on an 8-2 run with four players contributing. The Rochester basket came on a drive from Foley. It was 31-29 UR at intermission.
UR held the lead from that point on. CWRU got it down to one several times in the third period, the last at 43-42 on a Lawrence three-pointer. Foley scored five straight – a three-pointer, and then added two free throws to boost the lead to 48-42 with 2:31 left. Brenna James sank a three-pointer from the left of the key to stretch the edge to 54-46 in the last minute. It was 54-48 after three.
Case hit dry spells in the final quarter and Rochester was able to protect its advantage and stretch it on a series of perimeter jumpers and points in the paint from both Okoniewski and Ethington.
The win gives Rochester a 10-14 overall record, 4-9 in the UAA. Case Western Reserve is 14-10 overall, 6-7 in the UAA.