Case Western Reserve University head women's basketball coach Jennifer Reimer has announced the five members of the team's incoming freshman class, which will join the squad on the court for the 2016-17 season.
"We are thrilled to welcome the women's basketball class of 2020," said Reimer. "We're looking forward to all the different ways they will contribute to our success both on and off the court over the next four years."
Slated to join the squad for the upcoming season are Jordan ElHindi (Willoughby Hills, Ohio / Hathaway Brown), Alicia Gonzalez (McLean, Va. / Bishop O'Connell), Emma Hock (Pataskala, Ohio / Watkins Memorial), Kendall McConico (Detroit, Mich. / University Liggett School), and Marissa Muth (Wexford, Pa. / Vincentian Academy). The five will join a squad that featured 10 underclassmen last season, including All-University Athletic Association selections in junior Jessica McCoy and sophomore Kara Hageman.
Jordan ElHindi – Guard – Willoughby Hills, Ohio / Hathaway Brown
ElHindi served as Hathaway Brown's team captain during her junior and senior years, helping lead the squad to the Division II State Championship in 2013 and to a Final Four appearance in 2016. She was a Northeast Lakes All-District Team honorable mention, and was selected to the Division II Academic All-Ohio Team in 2016. In addition to her efforts with the basketball team, she was a two-year member of the varsity soccer team, helping the team to a State Final Four appearance in 2013. Academically, ElHindi received High Academic Honors throughout her high school career, won the Scholastic Art and Writing Award: Silver Key in Poetry, and was a four-year high school ambassador.
Alicia Gonzales – Guard – McLean, Va. / Bishop O'Connell
Gonzales was a two-year team captain for Bishop O'Connell High School, and won the team's Coach's Award during the 2014-15 campaign. She was a Ronald McDonald All-American nominee and a WCAC Honorable Mention her senior season, while also earning 2014 National Title IX Tournament and WCAC All-Academic First Team honors over her career. Academically, she was a member of numerous National Honor Societies in high school, while also serving as a member of the Student Council and the Young Women's Executive Council. Gonzales volunteered as a youth assistant basketball coach and with St. James Food Distribution, and was a committee member for the Super Dance for Cystic Fibrosis during her high school career.
Emma Hock – Forward – Pataskala, Ohio / Watkins Memorial
Hock was named the Most Valuable Player for the Watkins Memorial High School team, while also earning All-League Second Team honors and an All-District Honorable Mention during her junior season. She was her high school's Valedictorian, and received both the OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award and the President's Award of Education Excellence. In addition, Hock was named Watkins Memorial's Student of the Quarter during her junior year, and was an Agonis Club Scholar Athlete. She served as the Vice President of the National Honors Society, was the Senior Yearbook Editor, and was a member of the varsity soccer team. Hock also spent time as a member of the Youth Leadership Council of Licking County, was the Senior Rotary Representative, and was a part of the Licking County Mentorship Program.
Kendall McConico – Guard – Detroit, Mich. / University Liggett School
McConico was a four-year member of the University Liggett School basketball team, serving as a team captain during her senior year. She helped lead the team to a 2014 MHSAA Class C State Final Four appearance in 2014, while also pacing the squad to two regional championships and four district and conference titles. Over her high school career, she has been selected as her team's Most Valuable Player, named to the All-State and All-State Academic Teams, and the MIAC First Team. Academically over her high school career, she has been presented with the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, University Liggett Class of 1944 Honors & Service Cup, and the University Liggett Betty Ellis Honors & Service Cup, and was named a 2016 Gates Millennium Scholar. McConico also volunteered at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, and as an Athletic Training Assistant and Junior Peer Counselor at her high school.
Marissa Muth – Guard – Wexford, Pa. / Vincentian Academy
Muth helped lead Vincentian Academy to state titles during her sophomore and junior seasons, while also claiming four section championships and four WPIAL District 7 titles. She led the team in three-point shooting during her senior season, and received the Digit Telly Sportsmanship Award. She was a member of the National Honors Society, received High Honors each semester, and won the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association Award. In addition to her achievements on the court and in the classroom, Muth is a practiced cellist, having played with numerous youth orchestras in Pittsburgh, and received the Pittsburgh Symphony North Music Scholarship. Muth also volunteered with Living for Liberty and the North Hills Community Outreach.