CWRU Women’s Basketball to Open UAA Play at #10/13 Carnegie Mellon

CWRU Women’s Basketball to Open UAA Play at #10/13 Carnegie Mellon

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will begin its conference schedule this weekend, when the Spartans travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to face the 10th/13th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University Tartans at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 7th.

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UAA Weekend Schedule
Saturday, January 7th
1:00 PM: #21 NYU (9-1) at Brandeis (8-3)
2:00 PM: Emory (9-2) at #22/23 Rochester (9-2)
2:00 PM: #5/4 Washington U. (10-0) at Chicago (7-4)

CWRU Spartans
The Spartans will enter conference play with an 8-3 overall record, following their 86-72 win over Olivet College last Friday.  Case Western Reserve has won six of its last seven games, and is a perfect 4-0 in road contests this season.  The team has scored 77.7 points per game on 44.2% shooting overall, including a 34.0% mark from beyond the arc, while allowing opponents to score 74.9 points per game.  The Spartans have averaged 36.0 rebounds per game and have a -4.6 rebounding margin per game, with a +0.8 turnover margin per game this season.

Junior forward Kara Hageman leads all Spartan players with 20.7 points, 6.9 rebounds per game, 2.5 blocks per game and a 54.2% mark from the field, while also adding a 2.7 assists per contest.  Sophomore forward Hillary Hellmann has scored 19.4 points per contest, shooting 45.2% from beyond the arc, with 4.6 rebounds per game.  Senior guard Jess McCoy has scored 15.1 points per game on 51.7% shooting from the field and 44.4% from three point range, and has collected 6.5 rebounds and a team-leading 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game.  Other regular starters for CWRU include freshman guard Alicia Marie Gonzales (2.6 points, 2.6 assists and 2.2 rebounds) and sophomore guard Alexis Amburgey (3.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists), with freshman guard Kendall McConico (7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds), sophomore guard Kasey Yu (3.9 points, 44.0 3PT%) and senior guard Alex Roth (3.3 points) all serving as key contributors off the bench.

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 272-220 (.553 winning percentage) during her 20-year career, and her 115 wins at CWRU are just five shy of the program's all-time record.  She is assisted by Alexandra Dellas and Erin Gdaniec.

Carnegie Mellon Tartans
Carnegie Mellon has risen to 10th in the poll and 13th in the WBCA poll, after going a perfect 11-0 in its non-conference schedule, including a 4-0 mark in home games during the year.  The team is coming off an 85-61 home win over Penn State-Behrend in its last game on Friday, December 30th, and has won 14-consecutive regular season games, dating back to last season.  The Tartans are averaging 76.4 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the field (sixth in DIII) and 28.1% from three-point range, while allowing 59.5 points per contest.  Carnegie Mellon averages 44.9 rebounds per game, 11.8 more than their opponents (the 18th-best margin in DIII), and have a -3.9 turnover margin.

The Tartans have been paced by senior center and All-American Lisa Murphy, who currently leads all Division III players with an 83.3% field goal percentage, while ranking third in the nation in points per game (25.3) and 16th in rebounds per game (12.4), and adding 1.8 blocks per contest.  Senior guard Jackie Hudepohl has scored 18.0 points per contest to go along with 8.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 blocks.  Other regular starters for Carnegie Mellon include freshman guard Makayla Filiere (9.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.5 steals), junior guard Anna Novak (5.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists) and sophomore guard Jenn Mayberger (4.2 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds), with freshman forward Katharine Higgins (7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds), freshman guard Laurel Pereira (3.5 points, 2.3 assists), and junior forward Zoe Zawisa (3.1 points, 3.6 rebounds) all contributing off the bench.

Carnegie Mellon is led by Head Coach Jacquie Hullah, who has recorded a 235-217 mark during her 18-year career, which includes stops at Dartmouth and Arizona State.  Now is her sixth season with the Tartans, Hullah has led the program to a 78-62 record during her time with the team.  She is assisted by Katy Howard.

Matchup History
The Spartans are 32-14 all-time against Carnegie Mellon, in a series that dates back to the 1987-88 season.  Last season, the Tartans won both games against CWRU, picking up an 85-61 victory in Cleveland, and an 83-49 victory in Pittsburg.  Kara Hageman averaged 15.0 points over the two games, with Hillary Hellmann adding 13.0.

McCoy Approaching 1,000
Case Western Reserve senior guard Jess McCoy will enter Saturday's game just 85 points shy of becoming the 13th player to reach 1,000-career points as a Spartan.  Her 915 career points are the 16th-most ever score by a CWRU player, and are 16 away from Robyn Risley (1994-98) for 15th place and 18 away from Dana Dempsey (2003-07) for 14th.  Should she reach the 1,000-point mark, she would become the first Spartan to reach the milestone since Evy Iancono during the 2013 season.

Block Party
The Spartans rank 39th in Division III in blocks (51) and 52nd in blocks per game (4.6), each the second-best mark among UAA teams.  Leading the way for the Spartans has been junior forward Kara Hageman with 2.55 blocks per game, leading all UAA players in the category and ranking 29th overall among Division III players.  Hageman's 28 blocks this season are already tied for the 14th-most in a single season by a Spartan, and she is on pace for 63 blocks during the year, which would rank as the second-most in school history.

Free Throw Success
As a team, the Spartans are shooting 73.4% from the free throw line, the 33rd-best mark in Division III and the second-best percentage in the UAA.  Hageman leads all Spartan players with an 83.3% mark from the free throw line, and is sixth among DIII players with 65 made free throws, while McCoy has shot 82.4% from the line this year, and her career 84.9 free throw percentage is the best in school history.

Spartan Notes
The Spartans are 17th in Division III and third in the UAA with 77.7 points per game… The team leads the UAA in made three-pointers per game (8.3, 19th in DIII), three-pointers made (91, 20th in DIII) and three-point shots attempted (268, 28th in DIII)… Hillary Hellmann (43.5%) and Jess McCoy (44.0%) are on pace to break the school record for three-point percentage in a season… McCoy owns the current school record, after shooting 38.0% from long range last season… Hellmann is currently 31st in Division III and second in the UAA in three-point field-goal percentage, and 27th in DIII and leads the UAA with 30 made three-pointers… Kara Hageman ranks 29th in Division III and third in the conference in points per game, while Hellmann is 39th in DIII and fourth in the UAA in points per game… Her 54.2% shooting mark from the field is on pace for a school record… CWRU's eight wins this season match their total from all of the 2015-16 campaign… The team is two victories shy of its winnigest season since going 16-9 in 2012-13… The Spartans have a +1.9 turnover margin in their eight wins this season, compared to a -2.0 mark in their three losses.