Women’s Basketball to Travel to #15 Ohio Northern, Return Home to Host Wooster

Women’s Basketball to Travel to #15 Ohio Northern, Return Home to Host Wooster

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team has a pair of games on the docket for this week, facing a test on the road against 15th-ranked Ohio Northern University on Wednesday, November 29th at 5:30 p.m., before returning home to host the College of Wooster on Saturday, December 2nd at 1:00 p.m.

Live Coverage
Wednesday, November 29th at Ohio Northern
Live Stats: http://livestats.onu.edu/livestats/wbb/xlive.htm
Video: https://www.nktelco.com/index.php/nktelco-sports/

Saturday, December 3rd vs. Wooster
Live Stats: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2017-18/boxscores/20171202_qxlm.xml
Video: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/live

CWRU Spartans
The Spartans will enter the game with a 2-2 overall record, including a mark of 2-1 in road games, following a split at the David Wells Classic, falling to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 78-58 in the opening game, before a 74-73 win over Pomona-Pitzer in the second contest.  The Spartans are averaging 68.8 points per game on 38.5% shooting from the floor, including a 33.3% mark from three-point range, while allowing 70.5 points per game to their opponents.  Case Western Reserve has been led by junior guard/forward Hillary Hellmann, who has scored 20.8 points per game and collected 7.3 rebounds per contest, while sophomore guard Kendall McConico has added 14.8 points per game, and freshman guard Emily Todd has contributed 13.0 points per contest.

The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who became the program's all-time leader with her 121st career victory with CWRU earlier in the season.  She has a career record of 278-232 during her 21-year career as a collegiate head coach, including a 122-132 mark during her 11 seasons with the Spartans.  Reimer is assisted by CWRU alumnae Brooke Orcutt and Erin Gdaniec.

Ohio Northern Polar Bears
The Polar Bears were ranked 15th in the latest D3hoops.com Top-25 and 18th in this week's WBCA Coaches Poll, after opening their season with a 3-1 record.  After an opening night one point loss to Bluffton, the team has bounced back with three-straight wins over St. Mary's (Ind.), Defiance and Ohio Wesleyan.  The Polar Bears have averaged 68.3 points per game on 47.6% shooting from the floor and 30.2% from long range, while allowing just 50.0 points per contest.  Wednesday's game will be the team's home opener.  The team is led by senior center and D3hoops.com Preseason All-America Honorable Mention Amy Bullimore, who is averaging 17.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game this year, while junior guard Jenna Dirksen has added 7.5 points and 3.3 assists per game.

Ohio Northern is led by Michele Durand, who is in her 16th season with the Polar Bears, and will enter Wednesday's game with a 278-159 overall record.  She is assisted by Mark Huelsman, Jon Cook, and Cenzie Yoder.

Wednesday's game will be the fourth meeting all time between the two teams, and the fourth-straight year that the Spartans and the Polar Bears have played.  Ohio Northern holds a 2-1 advantage over CWRU in the all-time series, including an 89-64 win to open the season last year, despite a 17-point performance from Hillary Hellmann.

Wooster Fighting Scots
Wooster currently stands at 2-2 on the year (all at home), and will be looking to end a two-game losing streak when it hosts Oberlin College on Wednesday, prior to facing the Spartans on Saturday.  The Fighting Scots are averaging 64.8 points per game on 35.0% shooting from the floor and 27.4% from three point range, while allowing 73.8 points per contest.  Junior guard Kyle Croxton has come off the bench in all four games to lead Wooster with 11.8 points per game, freshman forward Maria Janasko has added 11.3 points and a team-best 5.8 rebounds, and junior guard Anna Gibbs has paced the squad with 11.0 points and a team-best 5.5 assists.

Wooster is under the leadership of Head Coach Lisa Panepento, a 1987 graduate of Wooster, is in her third season at the team's helm.  She has a record of 11-44 with the Fighting Scots, and is 30-66 overall for her career, which includes a two-year run with Kalamazoo from 1988-90.  Panepento is assisted by Nicole Marshall and Mike Gallagher.

The Spartans are 24-23 all-time against Wooster, in a series that began during the 1984-85 season, and Case Western Reserve has won the last 15 meetings in the matchup, dating back to the 1998-99 campaign.  Last year, the Spartans picked up a 97-72 win at Wooster, with Hillary Hellmann leading the way with 25 points, and Kendall McConico coming off the bench to score 13 with five rebounds.

Spartan Notes
Hillary Hellmann
will begin the week 148 points shy of 1,000 for her career… Hellmann also has moved into 10th place in school history with 130 made three point shots over her career, and is just 49 shy of the program record of 179, currently held by Evy Iacono (2009-13) and Jasmine Rowan (2000-04)… Sophomore guard Alicia Marie Gonzales leads the Spartans with 3.75 assists per game… Freshman forward Emma Cain leads the team with seven steals, followed by Hellman with six… CWRU is ranked 47th in Division III with 7.5 made three pointers per game… Hellmann is 39th among Division III players in points per game and tied for 32nd in double-doubles… Gonzales ranks 32nd in Division III with a 3.0 assist-to-turnover ratio… Kendall McConico is 40th in Division III in free throw attempts… The Spartans will be aiming for their second win over a ranked team in as many years on Wednesday, with their last victory over an opponent featured in the top-25 coming against then 10th-ranked Carnegie Mellon on January 7, 2017… The Spartans also defeated Chicago last season on January 27th, which ended the year ranked 23rd in Division III, but was unranked at the time of the game... Wednesday's game will mark the end of a stretch of four-straight road games for Case Western Reserve.