CLEVELAND – Evy Iacono matched a career-high with 27 points and hit the game-winning shot with nine seconds remaining as Case Western Reserve upset No. 12 Rochester (N.Y.) in University Athletic Association action on Friday.
Case (13-10, 6-6 UAA) picked up its first victory against the Yellowjackets in 12 tries.
Iacono’s 27 points came on 10-17 shooting from the field, including 4-6 from 3-point range. She also recorded a season-high nine rebounds.
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Rochester scored the first four points, but Case answered with five in a row and led by one following a 3-pointer by Iacono. After a pair of ties, the Spartans moved ahead 15-10 when Erin Hollinger nailed a 3-pointer to cap a 7-0 run at 13:11.
Case’s lead grew to six, at 18-12, but U of R answered with a 10-0 spurt that spanned 5:53 and made the score 22-18.
The Spartans then scored six in a row and led 24-22 as Brooke Orcutt hit a jumper with 3:08 left in the half. Case’s lead would balloon to seven by the break (32-25) when Emily Mueller hit a jumper at the buzzer to cap a 14-3 run.
In the second half, the Spartans opened on a 9-5 run and led by a game-high 11, 41-30 following two Iacono free throws with 16:01 left to play. From there, Rochester battled back with eight in a row to start an 18-6 run that gave the visitors a 48-47 lead.
The two sides played tight from that point with two ties before the Yellowjackets moved ahead 55-52 following a Loren Wagner three-point play with 3:40 left on the clock. Case then tightened their defensive long enough to score four consecutive points and led 56-55 as Orcutt hit two clutch free throws with 51 seconds remaining.
Rochester then got to the line on its next possession and Laney Ming hit two free throws to make the score 57-56 at 00:29. Iacono then took the ball and hit a moving jumper in the paint with nine seconds left to give the Spartans the win.
For the game, Rochester had two in double-figures as Wagner and Luther scored 16 and 12, respectively.