Spartans Aim to Extend Win-Streak on Road at Denison & Wooster

Spartans Aim to Extend Win-Streak on Road at Denison & Wooster

With wins in four of their last five games, including two-straight, the Case Western Reserve University Spartans will begin a season-long stretch of eight-consecutive road games this week, when the team travels to Denison University on Wednesday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m. and the College of Wooster on Saturday, December 3rd at 2:00 p.m.

Live Coverage
Fans can follow the action on Wednesday night against Denison with live video at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/denison/portal.htm?eventId=318857&streamType=video and statistics at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/denison/stats.htm?eventId=318857&streamType=video.

For Saturday's game at Wooster, live video is available at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/wooster/ with live stats at http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2016-17/boxscores/20161203_n7jr.xml.

CWRU Spartans
The Spartans are coming off a 2-1 home stand last week, including a 95-87 win over John Carroll on Sunday, as the squad has opened the campaign with a 4-2 overall record and a 2-0 mark away from home.  For the season, Case Western Reserve is averaging 79.8 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, including a 33.3% mark from beyond the three-point arc.  The team is surrendering 81.8 points per game, while notching 36.3 rebounds per contest, and has a -4.2 rebounding margin and a -0.2 turnover margin.

Sophomore guard/ forward Hillary Hellmann leads the team and is third among all University Athletic Association players with 21.8 points per game this year, shooting 45.0% from three point range and 45.2% from the field overall, while adding 5.0 rebounds per contest.  Junior forward Kara Hageman has scored 21.3 points per contest on a team-leading 53.2 field goal percentage, has a team-best 2.3 blocks per game, and is tied for the team lead with senior guard Jess McCoy with 7.5 rebounds per game during the year.  McCoy has added 13.2 points per game, and leads all Spartan players with 2.5 steals and 3.7 assists per game.  Other CWRU players averaging at least 20 minutes per game this year include freshman guard Kendall McConico (7.5 points, 2.7 rebounds), sophomore guard Alexis Amburgey (3.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals) and freshman guard Alicia Marie Gonzales (3.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists).

Case Western Reserve is under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who is in her 10th season with the Spartans.  She holds an overall record of 268-219 (.550 winning percentage) during her 20-year career, and her 111 wins at CWRU are just nine shy of the program's all-time record.  She is assisted by Alexandra Dellas and Erin Gdaniec.

Denison Big Red
Denison has opened its 2016-17 season with a 1-5 record, including a 1-1 mark at home, while already facing three opponents that are ranked in the top-20 nationally.  The Big Red are coming off a 66-59 loss at fifth-ranked Thomas More College on Sunday.  For the season, the team is averaging 53.3 points per game on 38.3% shooting from the field and 25.6% from beyond the arc.  Denison is allowing 57.8 points per game and has collected 36.7 rebounds per contest, while recording margins of -1.8 rebounds and -4.4 turnovers per game.

The Big Red are led by senior post Jordan Holmes, who is averaging 10.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, 5.8 blocks (first in DIII) and 1.5 steals per game this year.  Freshman guard Alison Schafer has added 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, and senior guard Gabrielle Nottage 8.7 points and 2.5 assists per contest.

Denison is led by Head Coach Sara Lee, who is now in her 28th season with the program.  She has a 429-286 ledger with the Big Red and a 431-310 overall mark during her career, which includes a one-year stint at Lake Erie College.  Lee is assisted by Kayla Gordon, Mike Workman and Craig White.

The series between CWRU and Denison dates back to the 1983-84 season, with the Big Red holding a slight-edge, 20-19, in the matchup's history.  Last year, the two teams played their season-opener against each other in Granville, Ohio, with Denison coming away with a 63-57 victory.  For CWRU, Hageman scored 11 points and added 11 rebounds, and Hellmann tallied 11 points and four rebounds, while Denison's Jordan Holmes finished with 30 points, 21 rebounds and six blocks.

Wooster Fighting Scots
After opening its season with a win, Wooster has dropped three-straight games to fall to 1-3 overall, including an 0-3 record in home games.  Prior to facing the Spartans on Saturday, the Fighting Scots will be at Oberlin on Wednesday.  The team has scored 58.5 points per game this season on a 29.1% effort from the floor, including a 21.4% mark from three-point range.  Wooster has allowed 74.2 points per game this season, averaged 43.0 rebounds per contest, and has notched margins of -2.0 rebound and +2.5 turnovers per game during the year.

Sophomore guard Anna Gibbs leads the team with 10.5 points per game, while freshman forward Aubri McKoy has scored 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds this year.  Sophomore forward Christina Vukovich leads the team with 6.0 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 2.8 steals per game, and has chipped in with 7.3 points per game.

Wooster is coached by Lisa Panepento, who is now in her second season at the team's helm.  She has gone 7-22 with the Fighting Scots and 28-44 overall during her coaching career, which includes a two-year stretch with Kalamazoo College.  Panepento is assisted by Nicole Marshall and Mike Gallagher.

The Spartans are 23-23 all-time against Wooster, in a series that began during the 1984-85 season.  Case Western Reserve has won the last 14 meetings in the matchup, dating back to the 1998-99 campaign.  Last season, the Spartans picked up a 73-58 win over Wooster at Horsburgh Gymnasium, behind a 24 points and 14 rebounds from Hageman, 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists four steals and six blocks from McCoy, and 14 points and nine rebounds from Hellmann.

Spartan Notes
Through games played on November 27th, Case Western Reserve leads all NCAA Division III teams in points scored (479), and is ranked second in free throws made (99), ninth in three-point field goals made (46), 10th in blocked shots (31)… The Spartans are also ranked 25th in scoring offense (79.8 points per game), 36th in field goal percentage (44.2%) and 44th in free throw percentage (74.4%)… The Spartans scored 95 points in their win over John Carroll on Sunday, the most by the team since scoring 97 against John Carroll on November 28, 2012… CWRU shot 70.0% from three-point range in the game (14-of-20), the highest percentage from long range in a game in program history… In addition, the 14 total three-pointers made were the most in a single game in program history… Hillary Hellmann made six three-pointers on nine attempts in the game, matching her career-high and falling just one short of the program record for three pointers in a game, which was set by former Spartan Mary Herendeen against Rochester on January 27, 2008... Her 31 total points in the game were the most since Evy Iacono scored a program record 38 against Carnegie Mellon on January 5, 2013… Hellmann has now scored at least 20 points in each of her last four games, the longest stretch of her career… Hellmann will begin the week rankled first in Division III in total points (131), fourth in three-pointers made (18), and 26th in points per game… With 19 points in the win over John Carroll, Jess McCoy moved into 20th-place in school history with 828 career points… She is two points shy of Sharon Heeley (1981-85) for 19th place in school history… McCoy is also the program's all-time leader in career free throw percentage (.848), seventh in blocks (73), 10th in both field goal percentage (.445) and three-point field goals made (105), 14th in assists (176) and ninth in games played (75)… Kara Hageman is currently sixth in school history in career free throw percentage (.767), eighth in blocked shots (58), and 16th in field goal percentage (.436)… Hageman's 41 free throws made this year are the most among DIII players, and she ranks 11th in DIII in blocks (14) and 30th in points per game… Hellmann is 13th in school history with 64 made three pointers over her career.