The Case Western Reserve women's basketball team will return home this weekend for its 13th-Annual Throwback Weekend games at historic Adelbert Gymnasium, as the team will don the uniforms of Mather College as it plays host to Brandeis University on Friday, February 2nd at 6:00 p.m. and New York University on Sunday, February 4th at 2:00 p.m.
Case Western Reserve University will be celebrating its annual Throwback Weekend during its games this weekend, as the Spartans will honor the heritage and tradition of the University. Additional information on the Throwback Weekend festivities is available at http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2017-18/releases/20180129ei9wsr.
Friday, February 2 vs. Brandeis (6:00 PM)
Live Stats: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2017-18/boxscores/20180202_7vgc.xml
Sunday, February 4 vs. NYU (2:00 PM)
Live Stats: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2017-18/boxscores/20180204_rslx.xml
Case Western Reserve will enter the weekend with a 3-14 overall record, including marks of 1-5 at home and 0-7 in the University Athletic Association. The Spartans are coming off a pair of losses last weekend, falling to Brandeis on Friday night and NYU on Sunday afternoon. CWRU has averaged 55.2 points per game this year on 33.8% shooting and 27.8% from three-point range, while allowing 72.8 points per game. Junior forward Hillary Hellmann leads the team with 15.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this year, while freshman guard Emily Todd has scored 9.5 points per contest and sophomore guard Kendall McConico has added 9.2 points per game.
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 279-244 during her 21-year career as a collegiate head coach, including a 123-144 mark during her 11 seasons with the Spartans. Reimer is assisted by CWRU alumnae Brooke Orcutt and Erin Gdaniec.
Brandeis swept a pair of conference games last weekend, defeating Carnegie Mellon 55-52 at home on Sunday after their Friday night victory over CWRU to improve to 11-6 overall and 3-4 in the UAA. The Judges will be back on the road after a four game home stand, with the team having a 3-3 record away from home this year. The team has averaged 62.8 points per game on 37.6% shooting overall and 27.3% from behind the three point line, while allowing 56.6 points per game. Sophomore guard Katie Goncalo leads the team with 10.6 points per game this year, while sophomore forward Hannah Nicholson has averaged 9.6 points and a team-leading 8.8 rebounds per game.
The Judges are under the leadership of Carol Simon, who is in her 31st season with the team and has a career record of 433-349. Rounding out her staff are Associate Head Coach Scott Foulis and Assistant Coach Ceara McNamara.
The Spartans suffered a 63-42 setback to the Judges in Waltham, Massachusetts last weekend, despite a team-leading 15 points from Hillary Hellmann and a career-high 14 points on a perfect six-for-six shooting effort from freshman guard Jasmine Floyd. The Spartans split their two games with Brandeis last year, falling 81-69 on the road before bouncing back with a 71-68 in Cleveland. Case Western Reserve is 17-32 all-time against Brandeis, in a series that dates back to the 1987-88 campaign.
The Violets are 10-8 on the season, including a 4-3 road record and a 3-4 mark in UAA contests, and will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Friday before facing CWRU on Sunday. The team ended a three-game losing streak with a pair of home victories, topping Carnegie Mellon 78-58 on Friday night, before their win over the Spartans in New York last Sunday. NYU has averaged 68.6 points per game this season on 40.1% shooting overall and 31.8% from behind the three point line, while allowing 61.7 points per game. The team has been led by graduate student guard Kaitlyn Read, who averages 19.9 points per game and ranks ninth in Division III with 4.0 steals per contest, with senior forward Kayla Patterson adding 11.9 points and a team-best 10.1 rebounds per game this year.
NYU is coached by Lauren Hall-Gregory, who is in her sixth season at the team's helm, and has accumulated a career record of 95-55. She is assisted by Mary Kate Tierney and Michelle Bilek.
The Spartans suffered a 72-30 loss to NYU in New York last weekend, which ended a three-game winning streak by Case Western Reserve against New York University, including a sweep of the season series last year. CWRU defeated NYU 79-52 on the road in 2017, and followed with a 64-60 home victory. The Spartans are 12-38 all-time series against NYU, which dates back to the 1986-87 campaign, and have won 11 of the last 21 meetings between the two teams.
- Case Western Reserve senior Hillary Hellmann moved into 11th place in school history with 1,038 career points, and is 27 points away from matching former Spartan Rachel Rau (1995-99) for 10th place in the program's record book. She ranks 117th among active NCAA Division III players in career points, and is 446th among active NCAA players across all three Divisions.
- Hellmann is also in third place in program history with 155 made three pointers over her career, and is now just 24 made three pointers away from the program's career record, currently held by both Jasmine Rowan (2000-04) and Evy Iacono (2009-13). Hellmann is the only player among the top-12 in made three-pointers in program history to have played fewer than 95 games (Hellmann has played in 67 over her career). She is 21st among active NCAA Division III players with 2.31 three point shots made per game, and seventh among active DIII players with a 40.8% mark from three-point range over her career.
- CWRU freshman guard Emily Todd leads all UAA freshmen with 9.5 points per game this season (1.9 points more per game than the next closest conference freshman) and is fourth with 1.4 assists per game. Freshman forward Emma Cain is fourth among conference freshmen in points (6.7 ppg), and second in both rebounding (4.5 rpg) and steals (1.4 spg). Freshman guard Jasmine Floyd is second among all UAA freshman in assists (1.5 apg) and freshman forward Rebecca Rowlands is third among freshmen in rebounds (4.1 rpg).
- Rowlands matched her career high with seven rebounds against NYU on Sunday, and has averaged 6.3 rebounds per game over her last three contests, the most among Spartan players during the stretch.
- Hellmann is the only CWRU player to have started all 17 of the team's games this season. McConico and Todd have started 16 games apiece. Hellmann, Todd, Floyd and Rowlands have all appeared in each of the team's 17 games during the year.