Spartans Head to NYU & Brandeis as UAA Road Trip Continues

Spartans Head to NYU & Brandeis as UAA Road Trip Continues

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will continue a three-game conference road trip to start its University Athletic Association schedule, as the Spartans will be in New York, New York on Friday, January 13th at 6:00 p.m. to face New York University, and Waltham, Massachusetts to take on Brandeis University on Sunday, January 15th at 2:00 p.m.

Live Coverage

Friday, January 13th at NYU
Video: http://www.gonyuathletics.com/watch/?Live=134
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/nyu/wbball/

Sunday, January 15th at Brandeis
Video: https://boxcast.tv/view/womens-soccer-vs-case-western-reserve-888233
Live Stats: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2016-17/boxscores/20170115_knuf.xml

UAA Standings/ Upcoming Schedule

Place

 

UAA Record

Overall Record

1.

#23 Rochester (N.Y.)

1-0

10-2

 

Brandeis

1-0

9-3

 

Case Western Reserve

1-0

9-3

 

Chicago

1-0

8-4

5.

#15 Carnegie Mellon

0-1

11-1

 

#9 Washington (Mo.)

0-1

11-1

 

New York U.

0-1

10-2

 

Emory

0-1

9-3


Friday, January 13th
6:00 PM: Carnegie Mellon at Brandeis
6:00 PM: Washington (Mo.) at Emory
6:00 PM: Chicago at Rochester

Sunday, January 15th

1:00 PM: Carnegie Mellon at NYU
2:00 PM: Washington (Mo.) at Rochester
2:00 PM: Chicago at Emory

CWRU Spartans
The Spartans, who received a vote in the D3hoops.com poll this week, are 9-3 overall this season, including a perfect 5-0 mark in road games.  Case Western Reserve has won back-to-back games and seven of their last eight contests, including an 87-79 win over then 10th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to kick off UAA play last weekend.  The team is averaging 78.5 points per game this season, the second-best mark in the UAA and eighth in Division III, while shooting 43.9% from the field and 33.9% from beyond the three-point arc. CWRU has allowed 75.2 points per game, and averaged 35.8 rebounds per contest, 5.7 less per game than its opponents, with a +1.8 turnover margin.

Case Western Reserve features a pair of scorers averaging at least 20 points per game in sophomore guard/forward Hillary Hellmann (20.7 points) and junior forward Kara Hageman (20.2 points).  Hellmann is shooting 46.5% from the field and 46.2% from long range, while adding 4.8 rebounds per game, and Hageman is shooting 53.3% from the field (the second-best mark in school history) and leads the team with 7.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.  Senior guard Jess McCoy has averaged 15.2 points, with 6.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, while freshman guard Alicia Marie Gonzales (2.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists) and sophomore guard Alexis Amburgey (3.1 points, 3.8 rebounds) round out the CWRU starting lineup.  Key players off the bench for the Spartans include freshman guard Kendall McConico (7.4 points, 3.3 rebounds), sophomore guard Kasey Yu (3.8 points) and senior guard Alex Roth (3.2 points).

Case Western Reserve is under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who is in her 10th season with the Spartans.  She holds an overall record of 273-220 (.554 winning percentage) during her 20-year career, and her 116 wins at CWRU are just four shy of the program's all-time record.  She is assisted by Alexandra Dellas and Erin Gdaniec.

NYU Violets
The Violets, who received votes in the D3hoops.com poll and were 24th in the WBCA rankings this week, currently stand at 10-2 on the season, including a perfect 7-0 record at home, following a 67-47 win over SUNY Cortland on Monday.  NYU dropped its conference-opening game on Saturday to Brandeis, 57-43, and after winning its first eight games of the season, have gone 2-2 in its last four.  The team has averaged 68.1 points per game on 38.7% shooting from the field and 29.0% from long range, while allowing 55.5 points.  NYU averages 6.5 more rebounds per game than its opponents (42.5 total per contest) and has a +4.8 turnover margin per game.

Senior guard Kaitlyn Read, named to the D3hoops.com Preseason All-America Third Team, leads the team with 16.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this year, but has missed the last four games for the Violets.  Senior guard Amy Harioka (12.0 points, 2.2 assists, 2.5 steals) and freshman guard Shaye McGoey (10.6 points, 3.4 assists) are both averaging double-figure points per game this year, while senior forward Lindsey Oldshue (2.8 points, 3.8 rebounds) and junior forward Kayla Patterson (9.8 points, 6.2 rebounds) have also contributed for the Violets this season.

NYU is under the leadership of Head Coach Lauren Hall-Gregory, who is now in her fifth season with the team and has a career record of 81-36.  She is assisted by Patrina Blow and Mary Kate Tierney.

Last season, the Spartans split a pair of games against the Violets, including a 67-65 win at home that put an end to a five-game losing streak to NYU.  In the game, Jess McCoy led the Spartans with 16 points, and knocked pair of free throws in the closing seconds to secure the victory, while Kara Hageman and Hillary Hellmann each registered a double-double in the game.  Earlier in the season, CWRU fell at NYU 82-70, despite 18 points from Hageman and 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists from Hellmann.  The Spartans are 9-37 all-time against the Violets.

Brandeis Judges
Brandeis will enter the weekend with four-straight wins, including the home win over NYU last weekend, and will host Carnegie Mellon on Friday before facing the Spartans on Sunday.  The Judges are 6-1 in home games this season, and have allowed just 50.3 points per game, the fewest among UAA teams and 23rd in Division III.  Brandeis has scored 62.0 points per game on 37.2% shooting from the field and 26.8% shooting from beyond the arc, and has averaged 46.7 rebounds per game (9.9 more than their opponents) with a +0.6 turnover margin.

Senior forward Maria Jackson leads the team with 12.0 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per contest, and senior guard Paris Hodges has scored 11.8 points with 6.3 rebounds.  Other key contributors for the Judges include senior forward Sydney Sodine (7.7 points, 6.3 rebounds), senior guard Frankie Pinto (7.3 points) and junior guard Noel Hodges (2.6 points, 2.5 assists).

Brandeis is led by head coach Carol Simon, who is now in her 30th season with the team, and has a career record of 419-333.  She is assisted by Scott Foulis and Ceara McNamara.

The Spartans will head to Waltham looking to end a stretch of three-straight losses to the Judges.  Last season, CWRU lost in overtime on the road to Brandeis 69-66, and then suffered a 64-53 setback at home.    Jess McCoy led the Spartans with 21 points in the first matchup, while Hellmann scored 17 points and added 10 rebounds in the second meeting of the year.  CWRU is 16-30 all-time against Brandeis.

Hellmann Earns Weekly Honors
Hillary Hellmann
was named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week and was selected as the UAA Athlete of the Week for women's basketball, after scoring a career-high 35 points during the Spartans' win at Carnegie Mellon on Saturday.  She became just the second Spartan ever to be named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week, joining Evy Iacono who claimed the honor on January 7, 2013, and earned her second UAA Athlete of the Week honor of the season and the third of her career.  Hellmann fell just three points shy of the school's single-game record, set by Iacono prior to earning the D3hoops.com Team of the Week honor, and scored 31 of her 35 points in the second half of the game.  In addition, the 35 point output marked the 24th-highest in a game this season by a Division III women's basketball player, and the second-highest by a UAA player.

Two 20+ Scorers
The Spartans are the only NCAA women's basketball team (Divisions I, II or III) with two scorers currently averaging at least 20 points a game.  Hillary Hellmann is 24th among Division III players with 20.7 points per game, and Kara Hageman ranks 30th with 20.2 points per contest.

McCoy Closer to 1,000
Jess McCoy
will enter the weekend with 931 career points and is just 69 points shy of becoming the 13th player in school history with 1,000 points over a career.  McCoy is currently tied for 15th in school history in career points with Robyn Risley (1994-98) and is two points short of Dana Dempsey (2003-07) for 14th-place in school history.  She is the program's career leader with an .853 free throw percentage, while also ranking seventh in school history in career field goal percentage (.454), 10th in three pointers made (118), 12th in assists (193), seventh in blocked shots (78) and 19th in field goals made (337).

Spartan Notes
The Spartans received one vote in this week's D3hoops.com poll, marking the first time the team has received a vote in the rankings since January 3, 2010… CWRU's nine wins this season have already surpassed the team's total from last year, and are one win shy from matching their highest win total in the last four years… Case Western Reserve has connected on 10 or more three-pointers in a game on six occasions this season, going 5-1 in such contests… The Spartans are also 5-1 when they tally 10 or more steals in a game…The Spartans are 7-1 when shooting at least 40.0% from the field in 2016-17… CWRU is scoring 82.0 points per game in their nine wins, and averaging 68.0 points in their three losses…  The Spartans used just eight players in the win over Carnegie Mellon, matching the team's smallest rotation in a game this season… CWRU also used eight players in a win over John Carroll University on November 27th and a loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater on December 29th… The win over Carnegie Mellon was the Spartans' first against a ranked team since topping NYU last season, then ranked seventh in Division III… Kara Hageman is ranked 20th in Division III with 34 blocks and 22nd with 2.83 blocks per game, leading the UAA in both categories… Her 78 career blocks are tied with Jess McCoy for seventh in school history, while her 34 blocks this season are the 10th-most in a single year by a Spartan with 13 games left on the schedule… Hillary Hellmann is seventh in Division III and second in the conference with a 46.2% mark from three-point range, and leads the UAA in three-point field goals per game (3.0, 16th in DIII), three-point field goals made (36, 21st in DIII) and three-point field goals attempted (78)… Hellmann's three-point percentage ranks as the best in a single season in the program's history… Hageman is 45th in Division III in free throw percentage (84.7%), while McCoy is 50th (84.2%)… Hageman is also 13th in Division III free throws made (72) and 45th in field goal percentage (53.3%).