The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will host its final two home games of the 2017-18 season this weekend, welcoming the 20th-ranked University of Rochester to Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday, February 9th at 6:00 p.m., and taking on Emory University on Sunday, February 11th at 1:00 p.m. In addition, the Spartans will hold a special 'Senior Day' ceremony prior to the start of Sunday's game, as the team will honor its graduating player, Kara Hageman.
Friday, February 9th vs. Rochester (6:00 PM)
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Sunday, February 11th vs. Emory (1:00 PM)
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Case Western Reserve will enter their final home weekend of the season with an overall record of 4-15, including a 2-6 mark in home contests. The Spartans are 1-8 in University Athletic Association play this season, including a split at home last weekend, topping Brandeis 73-70 at home on Friday night and falling to New York University on Sunday, 67-62. The team has averaged 56.5 points per game this season on 35.3% shooting overall and 28.4% shooting from behind the three-point line, and allowed 72.3 points per contest. CWRU had been led by junior forward Hillary Hellmann, who is averaging 16.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Kendall McConico has added 10.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists 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 280-245 during her 21-year career as a collegiate head coach, including a 124-145 mark during her 11 seasons with the Spartans. Reimer is assisted by CWRU alumnae Brooke Orcutt and Erin Gdaniec.
#20 Rochester Yellowjackets
Rochester is ranked 20th in the latest D3hoops.com poll and 18th in the WBCA Top-25 released this week. The team stands at 16-4 overall on the year, including a 7-2 record in road games. However, the Yellowjackets have lost three-straight contests, including a pair on the road last weekend to Washington (71-52) and Chicago (80-70), that dropped the team into a tie for second place in the UAA with a 6-3 conference ledger. Rochester is averaging 69.8 points per game on 40.1% shooting overall and 27.9% shooting from three-point range, while allowing 58.5 points per contest. The team is led by senior forward and preseason All-American Alexandra Leslie, who has scored 14.6 points and collected 7.4 rebounds per game this season, while senior forward Lauren Deming has added 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest.
The Yellowjackets are coached by Jim Scheible, who has a 501-225 record during his 27 seasons as a head coach, including a 360-154 mark during his 19 seasons at Rochester. He is assisted by Lindsey Burke and Morgan Crawford.
The two teams played earlier in the season with the Yellowjackets coming away with an 84-41 win in Rochester, New York, despite an 18-point effort off the bench from freshman guard Emily Todd. Rochester leads the all-time series with CWRU 34-15. Last year, the Spartans dropped both meeting against the Yellowjackets, falling 77-68 at home on January 22nd and 79-70 in Rochester on February 19th.
Emory will be looking to turn around a four-game losing streak that has dropped the team to 10-10 overall, including a 5-4 road record and a 4-5 mark in UAA play, good for a tie for fifth place in the league. Last weekend, the Eagles dropped a pair of road games, losing to Chicago 72-63 on Friday night and Washington 75-63 on Sunday afternoon. Emory has averaged 64.3 points per game on 39.8% shooting from the floor, including a mark of 25.6% from behind the three-point line, and has allowed 63.5 points per game. The Eagles are led by junior center and preseason All-American Ashley Oldshue with 15.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, while junior guard Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod has scored 12.7 points per game with 5.9 rebounds, and sophomore forward Erin Lindahl has averaged 11.7 points and 5.8 rebounds. In addition, sophomore guard Lindsey Tse leads the UAA and is 12th in Division III with 6.0 assists per game.
The Eagles are under the guidance of Interim Head Coach Misha Jackson, who is in her first year with the team. She is assisted by Lauren Rothfeld and Chuck Melito.
Earlier in the year, CWRU suffered a 64-47 setback to Emory in Atlanta, Georgia. Freshman forward Emma Cain led all Spartan players in the game with 12 points and collected six rebounds, while Hillary Hellmann scored nine points and notched nine rebounds. In a series that dates back to the start of the UAA during the 1986-87 season, the Spartans hold a 26-23 advantage all-time against the Eagles. Last year, the Spartans suffered a pair of losses to the Eagles, falling 79-65 at home on January 20th and 79-67 at home on February 17th.
- The Spartans will be recognizing the lone senior on their roster, Kara Hageman, prior to Sunday's game against Emory. Despite missing the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign due to injury, Hageman ranks 12th in school history in career points (1,034), 19th in rebounds (460), 20th in assists (141), fifth in blocked shots (94), ninth in field goal percentage (.452) and 13th in three-point field goals made (73). In addition, her 2016-17 campaign ranks as one of the best in the program's history, when she earned All-UAA First Team honors after setting a program record with 502 points. She also holds the program single-game record with 41 points against Washington University last year, and the conference record with 16 made field goals in the game. Hageman has served as the team captain for the Spartans throughout the year.
- Kendall McConico matched her career-high with 23 points during the Spartans' win over Brandeis last Friday, and averaged 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds over the team's two games last weekend. McConico made 12-of-17 shots from the floor during the weekend (70.6%) and leads the team with a 44.5% mark from the floor overall this season. Her career 45.1% shooting percentage ranks as the 11th-best all-time by a Spartan player.
- Hillary Hellmann recorded her fourth double-double of the season and the 10th of her career with a 16-point, 13 rebound effort against Brandeis on Friday. The 13 rebounds also marked a career-high for Hellmann, surpassing her previous career-best mark of 12, set earlier this season against John Carroll and during her freshman year against Elmira.
- Hellmann ranks third in school history with 161 made three pointers, and will enter the weekend 18 three-pointers shy of the program record of 179, currently held by both Evy Iacono (2009-13) and Jasmine Rowan (2000-04). Hellmann is ninth among active Division III players with a career 40.6% mark from behind the three-point line, and is 22nd with 2.33 three-pointers made per game.
- Hellmann became the 15th player in program history to score 1,000 career points, reaching the milestone against Washington on January 19th. She is currently 10th in school history with 1,077 career points (112th among active Division III players) and is 27 points away from matching Terry Chester (1993-97) for ninth in school history.
- Hellmann is the only Spartan to start each of the team's 19 games this season. Freshmen guards Jasmine Floyd and Emily Todd and freshman forward Rebecca Rowlands have also played in all 19 games this season, while McConico has played in and started 18 of the team's contests in 2017-18.
- Todd leads all UAA freshmen with 9.0 points per game this season, and is third among conference freshmen with 1.4 assists per game. Emma Cain is fourth among conference first years with 6.8 points per game, third with 4.2 rebounds per game, and second with 1.3 steals. Rowlands is second among conference rookies with 4.5 rebounds, and Floyd is second with 1.5 assists per game.
- Freshmen have accounted for 456 of the Spartans' 1,073 points this season, good for 42.6%. Leading freshmen scorers for CWRU include Todd (9.0), Cain (6.8) and forward Megan Shanosky (3.6).