The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will complete their 2017-18 campaign on Saturday, February 24th at 2:00 p.m. against Carnegie Mellon University at 2:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Live Stats: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2017-18/boxscores/20180224_qk49.xml
The Spartans will come into their final game of the season with a 4-19 overall record, including a 2-10 record in road contests. Following setbacks against Washington (Mo.) and 11th-ranked Chicago last weekend, CWRU sits in seventh place in the University Athletic Association with a 1-12 conference record. The Spartans are scoring 55.7 points per game on 35.0% shooting overall and 28.9% shooting on three-point attempts, and have allowed 73.9 points per game. Junior forward Hillary Hellmann leads the team with 15.9 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per contest, while sophomore guard Kendall McConico has added 10.4 points per game, and freshman guard Emily Todd has averaged 8.8 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 280-249 during her 21-year career as a collegiate head coach, including a 124-149 mark during her 11 seasons with the Spartans. Reimer is assisted by CWRU alumnae Brooke Orcutt and Erin Gdaniec.
The Tartans are 9-15 overall on the season and 2-8 at home this year. Carnegie Mellon has lost 12-consecutive games, falling to 1-12 in UAA contests, and is tied with the Spartans for seventh in the league. Last weekend, the squad dropped a 70-51 game to 11th-ranked Chicago on Friday, and suffered an 86-66 setback against Washington on Sunday. The Tartans have scored 63.9 points per game this year on 37.3% shooting overall and 30.6% from behind the three point line, while allowing 64.6 points per game. Sophomore guard Makayla Filere leads the team with 17.7 points per game, sophomore forward Katherine Higgins has added 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, and sophomore guard Laurel Pereira has scored 10.8 points per contest.
Carnegie Mellon is coached by Jacquie Hullah, who has gone 97-84 during her seven years with the team and 254-239 overall during her 19 year career as a collegiate head coach, which includes stops at Dartmouth and Arizona State. She is assisted by Samantha Crough.
The Spartans are 33-16 all-time against Carnegie Mellon, in a series that dates back to the 1987-88 season. Earlier in the year, CWRU dropped a 69-57 decision in Cleveland to the Tartans, with Hillary Hellmann leading the Spartans with 25 points and eight rebounds. Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon split their series last season, with the Spartans winning 87-78 in Pittsburgh behind a 35-point outburst from Hellmann, and falling 72-65 in Cleveland despite 18 points from former Spartan Jess McCoy, and 11 from Alicia Marie Gonzales.
- Hillary Hellmann is 25th among active Division III players with 2.29 three pointers per game and 13th with a 40.0% shooting mark from long range over her career. She has made 167 three pointers over her career as a Spartan, and is just 12 away from the program record of 179, currently held by both Jasmine Rowan (2000-04) and Evy Iacono (2009-13). Her 48 made three-pointers this season ranks as the seventh-most in a single season in program history, and she has recorded three of the top-10 single-season three-point marks in program history, including a school record 73 as a sophomore.
- Hellmann has moved into a tie with former Spartan Jess McCoy (2013-17) for eighth place in program history with 1,134 career points. She is now 31 points away from Jasmine Rowan (2000-04) for seventh place in school history. The mark is the 114th-highest among active Division III players and the 412th-best among active players across all three NCAA divisions.
- Hellmann is the only CWRU player to have started all 23 games this season, and has started 55-consecutive games for the Spartans dating back to the 2015-16 campaign. Todd, Floyd and Rowlands have also played in all 23 games this season.
- Emily Todd matched her season-high for three pointers in a game, shooting five-for-six from long range against Washington on Friday night.
- Three Spartans tallied career-highs in rebounds against Chicago last Sunday – freshman forward Emma Cain (nine), sophomore forward Emma Hock (six) and freshman guard Jasmine Floyd (five).
- Freshman forward Rebecca Rowlands notched a season-high three assists in the Spartans' game against Chicago last Sunday.
- Todd leads all UAA freshmen with 8.8 points per game, and is second among conference first-years with 1.7 assists per game. Freshman guard Jasmine Floyd is third among UAA freshmen with 1.6 assists per game. Rowlands is currently second among UAA freshmen with 4.8 rebounds per game. She is averaging 5.4 rebounds per game in her 14 starts this season, and 6.2 per game over her last nine games, including a career-high 11 rebounds effort against Rochester on Friday, February 9th.
- Emma Cain is fourth among all UAA freshmen with 6.8 points per game, fourth with 4.5 rebounds per game, and second with 1.2 steals per game.
- Kendall McConico is eighth among Spartan players all time with a career 45.6 shooting percentage. Her 45.6 shooting percentage this season leads the team and ranks as the 13th-best mark among UAA players this season. She also has paced the squad with 41 assists this season.