Lady Jackets lose in home opener to Case Western Reserve

The Waynesburg women’s basketball team hosted Case Western Reserve University for its first home game of the year Tuesday night. 

The Spartans dominated the game start to finish. At the end, Case Western came out on top 91-67.

Senior Abbey Lawrence led all scorers with 45 points on a 17-25 shooting night. 

With those 45 points, Lawrence set the record for most points scored in one game in Case Western women’s basketball history. The previous record was set in 2017 by Kara Hageman with 41 points.

Senior Brooke Fuller led all Jackets with 21 points, shooting 71% from the field. 

It was a tough game overall for Fuller and Waynesburg, especially having to deal with the size of Case Western.

“The whole roster is almost as tall as me,” Fuller said. “So that’s something I had to adjust to, and in the second half, I feel like I definitely picked it up.”

Coming into the game, head coach Sam Jones knew his team would have its hands full  dealing with Case Western’s size on and off the bench.

“Our strength is our bigs too,” Jones explained. “So, we just had to go with our strengths and do our best to contest their shots. We had times where we did that really well and times when we didn’t, but when we executed we looked alright.”

Waynesburg had an early 4-3 lead, but it was all Spartans after that. 

Case Western tied it at four apiece and proceeded to go on a 21-6 run to close out the first quarter. 

Lawrence outscored the entire Waynesburg team in the first quarter. She scored 12 points in the first frame, including going six for six from the charity stripe.

After the first 20 minutes, Waynesburg found itself in a 47-29 halftime hole. The Jackets played better to start the second half, but the tempo and scoring from multiple Spartans was just too much to handle. 

Case Western had eight different players that scored. Junior Mckenna Gross chipped in with five three pointers in the game, with three of those triples coming in the fourth quarter.

Despite the lop-sided scoring affair, both coach Jones and Fuller found the positives from the action.

“We still have fight,” Jones immediately responded. “We could’ve folded easily after that first half. Certainly not a perfect second half, but we were able to make some of those adjustments we talked about, and that’s always good.”

Fuller was impressed by freshman Madisen Dayton. The freshman from Ridgeley, W.Va., competed on defense for all 16 minutes that she was on the floor. She gathered two steals, five total rebounds and added four points.

“I definitely like playing with her,” Fuller said happily. “She’s another rebounding machine. She communicates really well, and I can’t wait to help her develop and see who she becomes in the next four years.”

The Lady Jackets drop to 0-2 on the season. They travel to Houghton on Friday, Nov. 19 to take on the Highlanders at 7 p.m.