CWRU Women’s Basketball to Open Season at Home against #23 Ohio Northern

CWRU Women’s Basketball to Open Season at Home against #23 Ohio Northern

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will kick off their 2016-17 season at home with an early-season test, as the Spartans will play host to 23rd-ranked Ohio Northern University at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15th at Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio.

Live Coverage
Fans unable to attend can follow the action with a live video webcast at http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/live and live-updating statistics at http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2016-17/boxscores/20161115_0zqt.xml.

CWRU Spartans
The Spartans finished the 2015-16 season with an 8-17 overall record, including a 3-11 mark in University Athletic Association play and a 4-5 mark in home contests.  The team averaged 63.2 points per game last season and shot 37.6% from the field, while allowing 68.5 points per game.  CWRU is slated to return eight players who saw action for last year's team, including senior and All-UAA Second Team guard Jess McCoy (13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists), junior forward and All-UAA Honorable Mention Kara Hageman (13.6 points, 7.6 rebounds) and sophomore guard/forward Hillary Hellmann (13.3 points, 7.0 rebounds).

Case Western Reserve is under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who will be entering her 10th season with the Spartans.  She holds an overall record of 264-219 (.547 winning percentage) during her 20-year career, and her 107 wins at CWRU are just 13 shy of the program's all-time record.  She is assisted by Alexandra Dellas and Erin Gdaniec.

ONU Polar Bears
Ohio Northern, which will also be opening its season on Tuesday night, is ranked 23rd in the D3hoops.com preseason poll, and 20th in the WBCA preseason poll.  The Polar Bears finished the 2015-16 season with a 23-5 overall record, including a 10-3 mark in road games, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championships.  The team averaged 69.6 points and allowed just 54.6 points per game last year.  Ohio Northern is scheduled to return its top two scorers from last year's team in junior forward Amy Bullimore (12.9 points, 7.9 rebounds) and senior guard Britt Lauck (10.1 points, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds).

Ohio Northern is under the leadership of Head Coach Michele Durand, who has gone 245-157 in her 15 seasons with the Polar Bears, and 366-314 overall during her 26-year career.  She is assisted by Mark Huelsman.

Matchup History
Tuesday's game will mark the third meeting all-time between the two teams, each of which has occurred over the last three seasons.  The Spartans and the Polar Bears have split the previous two matchups, with Case Western Reserve topping Ohio Northern 61-50 at home during the 2014-15 season, and Ohio Northern picking up a 72-51 win in Ada, Ohio last year.

In last year's meeting, Hageman tallied 11 points and seven rebounds in the loss, while McCoy led all Spartan players with eight rebounds and four assists.  Hellmann contributed nine points off the bench, and sophomore forward Darby Kreienberg added six points and six rebounds in a reserve role.

Spartan Notes
This will mark the first season that the Spartans have opened at home since the 2010-11 campaign, when CWRU topped Washington & Jefferson 59-49 at Horsburgh Gym… Case Western Reserve is 5-4 in season-openers under Reimer, and 20-24 overall in the program's history… The team has won five of its last six season-opening games… The Spartans are 6-2 in their last eight home-opening games, including a 73-58 win over Wooster last season… Jess McCoy will enter the season as the program's all-time leader in free throw percentage (.856)… She is also seventh in CWRU history in career blocks (63), ninth in field goal percentage (.446), 11th in three-point field goals made (89) and 19th in assists (146)… Kara Hageman is 12th in school history in career free throw percentage (.745), 13th in blocked shots (44) and 20th in field goal percentage (.418)… Hillary Hellmann is 19th in school history with 46 career three-pointers, and her 46 last year were tied for the seventh-most in a single season in program history... The Spartans led the UAA with 6.4 three-pointers made per game last year, and ranked 64th overall in Division III in the category.