2015-16 CWRU Women’s Basketball Season Recap

2015-16 CWRU Women’s Basketball Season Recap

Led by a young core of talented players, the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team finished the 2015-16 season with an overall record of 8-17, including a 3-11 mark in University Athletic Association contests.

The majority of the team's production came from four players – sophomore forward Kara Hageman, freshman guard Hillary Hellmann, junior guard Jessica McCoy, and senior forward Laura Mummey.  Hageman led the team in both scoring (13.6) and rebounding (7.6), ranking sixth in the conference in each category, and was second on the team and fifth in the conference with 1.2 blocks per game, en route to being named a UAA Honorable Mention.  McCoy, who was selected to the All-UAA Second Team, tied Hageman for the team lead in points per game, and ranked sixth in the UAA in blocks (1.2), eighth in assists (2.8) and 11th in rebounds (6.4).  Hellmann had a strong first campaign for the Spartans, scoring 13.3 points per game (eighth in the UAA) and adding 7.0 rebounds per game (ninth in the UAA), while Mummey ended her time at CWRU by ranking second in the UAA in blocks per game (1.3) and 11th in points per game (12.6), and added 5.4 rebounds per contest.

The four accounted for a combined 16 double-doubles during the season, including a team-leading six-apiece from Hageman and Hellmann.

Four other players saw significant time on the floor during the 2015-16 for CWRU.  Senior guard Emily Young played in 22 games and made 21 starts, scoring 4.6 points per game, while junior guard Alex Roth appeared in all 25 games, scoring 3.8 points per game.  Freshman guard Alexis Amburgey also saw action off the bench in all 25 contests during the year, and freshman forward Darby Kreienberg was a contributor in the post, playing in 23 games in a reserve role during her inaugural campaign as a Spartan.

The Spartans picked up their first win of the season on November 21st, defeating Elmira College 81-65 behind double-doubles from Hageman (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Hellmann (12 points, 12 rebounds).  The victory began a stretch of five wins in eight contests for Case Western Reserve, including a season-long three-game winning streak with victories over Wooster on December 2nd, Wittenberg on December 5th and Kenyon on December 19th.  On January 4th, the Spartans picked up a thrilling 80-79 win over John Carroll University, overcoming a 12-point deficit in the final nine minutes of the game.  In the victory, Hageman led the Spartans with a career-high 27 points, and McCoy added her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds.  With the win, the Spartans entered UAA play with a 5-6 record.

Case Western Reserve claimed its first UAA victory of the year at Emory University, defeating the Eagles 76-62 in Atlanta, as a program single-game record three players – Hageman (16 points, 13 rebounds), McCoy (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Hellmann (18 points, 11 rebounds) – recorded double-doubles.  Arguably the team's most impressive win came during Throwback Weekend on February 7th, when the Spartans upset seventh-ranked New York University 67-65 at Adelbert Gymnasium.  McCoy would clinch the win for CWRU in a tight-played game with a pair of free throws with 8.6 seconds remaining in the game.  Case Western Reserve added one more win during the year, completing a season-sweep of Emory with a 75-73 home win over the Eagles on Senior Day at Horsburgh Gymnasium on February 21st.

In addition to their play on the court, a number of Spartans received academic recognition as well during the campaign.  Mummey and Hageman were each named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Team during the year, the first-such honor for each player.  Hageman, Mummey, Roth and Young all received UAA Winter All-Academic recognition as well during the campaign.

The Spartans earned the following honors during the 2015-16 season:

All-University Athletic Association

Jessica McCoy

Cranford, N.J. / Cranford

Second Team

Kara Hageman

Pennington, N.J. / Hopewell Valley Central

Honorable Mention

 

CoSIDA Academic All-District

Kara Hageman

Pennington, N.J. / Hopewell Valley Central

Laura Mummey

Hudson, Ohio / Hudson

 

University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week

Hillary Hellmann

Lakeside Park, Ky. / Notre Dame Academy

Feb. 8

Jessica McCoy

Cranford, N.J. / Cranford

Feb. 15


The following were the Spartans statistical leaders during the season:

Points per game

Jessica McCoy & Kara Hageman

13.6

Assists per game

Jessica McCoy

2.84

Rebounds per game

Kara Hageman

7.6

Steals per game

Jessica McCoy

1.4

Blocks per game

Laura Mummey

1.3