CWRU Women’s Basketball Hits the Road for SpringHill Suites Tournament

CWRU Women’s Basketball Hits the Road for SpringHill Suites Tournament

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will be on the road for a pair of games this weekend, as the Spartans will travel to Washington, Pennsylvania for the SpringHill Suites W&J Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th.

Tournament Schedule
The Spartans will open play at the SpringHill Suites Tournament against host Washington and Jefferson College at 8:00 p.m. on Friday.  Earlier in the day at 6:00 p.m., Earlham College and La Roche College will face each other in tournament action.  On Saturday, the consolation game will be played at 2:00 p.m., to be followed by the championship game at 4:00 p.m.

Live Coverage
Fans can follow all of the action throughout the weekend with a live video webcast at http://www.gopresidents.com/watch/?Live=176  and live statistics at http://www.sidearmstats.com/washjeff/wbball/.

CWRU Spartans
The Spartans opened their 2016-17 season on Tuesday night at home with an 89-64 loss to 23rd-ranked Ohio Northern University.  Case Western Reserve sophomore Hillary Hellmann led the team with 17 points, connecting on four-of-seven three-point attempts, while junior Kara Hageman recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 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 264-220 (.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.

Washington & Jefferson Presidents
The Presidents were 24-6 last season, including a 13-2 mark in home games, and will open their 2016-17 season on Friday night against the Spartans.  Although Washington and Jefferson is losing its leading scorer from last year in Beka Bellhy (19.3 ppg), the team is scheduled to return its next six leading scorers, including junior guard Amirah Moore (10.5 ppg, 4,1 rpg, 5.0 apg), senior guard Taylor Cortazzo (10.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg)  and junior forward Rachel Bellhy (9.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg).

The Presidents are coached by Jina DeRubbo, who is entering her 13th season with the team and her 20th year as a Head Coach overall.  She holds a mark of 131-57 at Washington and Jefferson, and is 372-158 overall for her career.  DeRubbo is assisted by Vicki Staton and Maeve Gallagher.

The Spartans hold a 4-3 edge in the all-time series against the Presidents, including a 72-52 win when the teams last met during the 2012-13 campaign.

Earlham Quakers
Earlham will be opening its season Friday night against La Roche, after going 5-20 in 2015-16, including an 0-12 road record and an 0-1 mark in neutral site games.  The team averaged 66.3 points per game last year on 40.3% shooting from the field and 31.1% shooting from three-point range, while allowing 73.0 points per game.  The Quakers are slated to return eight players who saw action last season, including senior guard Hannah Franklin (13.2 ppg, 4.1 apg, 3.7 rpg), junior forward Mariah Flynn (8.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg) and senior forward Maya Luney (7.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg).

Earlham is coached by Janel Iden, who will be starting her third season with the team and has a career record of 14-36.  She is assisted by Maggie Miller.

Case Western Reserve is 12-7 all-time against Earlham.  The two teams last met during the 2010-11 campaign, with the Spartans coming away with an 80-48 victory.

La Roche Redhawks
La Roche will enter the weekend with a 0-1 record after losing its season-opener at home to 18th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University, 74-45.  The Redhawks were led in the game by senior guard Sabrina McLin, the reigning Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year, who scored 25 points off the bench in the game.  Other top-returners from last year's team, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament and finished the year 24-4, include senior forwards Mackenzie O'Donnell (15.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg)and Danasha Harris (7.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.5 apg).

La Roche is coached by Kamela Gissendanner, who is now in her fifth season with the program, and has a career record of 93-19.  She is assisted by Samuel Salih and Jaylynn Stewart.

Should the Spartans face the Redhawks, it would be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

Spartan Notes
Kara Hageman
's double-double against Ohio Northern on Tuesday night was the eighth of her career… She has now scored in double-figures in five-straight games, dating back to last season… Hillary Hellmann has made at least one three-point shot in 11-straight games dating back to last year, and in 23 of her 26 career games overall…  Hellmann also blocked a career-best four shots during the game on Tuesday… Case Western Reserve totaled eight blocked shots against Ohio Northern, the most by the team since a 10-block performance against New York University last season… As a team, the Spartans shot 40.0% (12-for-30) from three-point range on Tuesday, which would have ranked as the team's third-best performance last year from beyond the arc… In addition, the 12 three-pointers made would have matched last year's season high, recorded against Emory on February 21st… Senior guard Jess McCoy tallied three assists on Tuesday, and the 157 over her career rank 16th in school history…. Hageman is three blocks away from 50 for her career, and currently ranks 13th in school history in career blocked shots… Five Spartan players made their career debuts during Tuesday's game – sophomore Kasey Yu and freshmen Alicia Marie Gonzales, Marissa Muth, Jordan ElHindi and Kendall McConico.