Women’s Basketball to Open Home UAA Slate against Emory & #23 Rochester

Women’s Basketball to Open Home UAA Slate against Emory & #23 Rochester

Returning to Cleveland from an eight-game road stretch in a five-way tie for first place in the University Athletic Association, the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will play its first conference home games of the season against Emory University at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20th, and the University of Rochester at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 22nd at Horsburgh Gymnasium.


Live Coverage

Friday, January 20th vs. Emory
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Live Stats: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2016-17/boxscores/20170120_wxgg.xml

Sunday, January 22nd vs Rochester
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Live Stats: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2016-17/boxscores/20170122_2c51.xml

UAA Standings/ Upcoming Schedule




UAA Record

Overall Record


#13 Carnegie Mellon




#23 Rochester








Case Western Reserve








#12 Washington (Mo.)








New York University



Friday, January 20th
6:00 PM: #23 Rochester at #13 Carnegie Mellon
7:00 PM: NYU at #12 Washington (Mo.)
7:00 PM: Brandeis at Chicago

Sunday, January 22nd

2:00 PM: Emory at #13 Carnegie Mellon
2:00 PM: Brandeis at #12 Washington (Mo.)
3:00 PM: NYU at Chicago


CWRU Spartans

The Spartans will enter Friday night's game with an overall record of 10-4 on the year, including marks of 2-1 in conference play and 2-2 in home games.  CWRU is coming off a split UAA road weekend, defeating 24th-ranked NYU 79-52 on Friday night, before falling to Brandeis on Sunday afternoon 81-69.  Case Western Reserve has averaged 4.0 more points than their opposition this season, outscoring other teams by an average of 77.9 to 73.9, while shooting 44.1% from the field and 34.1% from three-point range.  The Spartans have a +2.2 turnover margin during the year and average 35.3 rebounds per game, 5.4 less than their opponents.

Three Spartans have averaged double-figures this season, led by sophomore guard/forward Hillary Hellmann with 20.6 points per game and 4.9 rebounds on 47.5% shooting overall and 48.9% from behind the three-point line.  Junior forward and co-captain Kara Hageman has averaged 19.4 points per game, shooting 51.7% from the field, and has 37 blocks and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds per game.  Senior guard and co-captain Jess McCoy is tied with Hageman for the team lead with 6.6 rebounds, while averaging 15.3 points and a team-best 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals.  Rounding out the Spartans' regular starting lineup are sophomore guard Alexis Amburgey (3.3 points, 3.3 rebounds) and freshman guard Alicia Marie Gonzales (2.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists), while regular contributors off the bench include freshman guard Kendall McConico (7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 46.3 FG%), sophomore guard Kasey Yu (3.6 points), senior guard Alex Roth (3.1 points) and sophomore forward Darby Kreienberg (1.5 points, 54.5 FG%).

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 274-221 (.554 winning percentage) during her 20-year career, and her 117 wins at CWRU are just three shy of the program's all-time record.  She is assisted by Alexandra Dellas and Erin Gdaniec. 


Emory Eagles

The Eagles will enter Friday's game with an overall record of 10-4, including a 3-3 mark in road games.  The team picked up its first UAA win of the season last Sunday, topping Chicago 74-71 at home.  Emory is averaging 76.9 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field and 35.4% from long range, while allowing just 57.9 points per contest, as the team's 19.1 point differential per game is 19th in Division III and leads the UAA.  The Eagles have a +10.6 rebounding margin with 45.0 rebounds per game, and have averaged 3.3 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents.

Sophomore center Ashley Oldshue has led the Eagles with 16.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 15 blocks this season, with senior guard Shellie Kaniut adding 13.7 points.  Senior guard Fran Sweeney (8.5 points, 44.8 3PT%), freshman guard Allison Chernow (6.1 points, 3.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds) and senior guard/forward Michelle Bevan (6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds) complete the team's likely starting lineup, while freshman forward Erin Lindahl (6.6 points, 5.5 rebounds), freshman guard Lindsey Tse (5.6 points, 4.6 assists) and sophomore guard Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod (5.6 points, 4.4 rebounds) have all made significant contributions to the team as well.

The Eagles are under the leadership of 14th year Head Coach Christy Thomaskutty, who has a 182-159 career record with Emory, good for a .526 winning percentage.  She is assisted by Misha Jackson, Kim Coleman and Savannah Morgan.

The Spartans are 26-20 all-time against Emory in a series that dates back to the 1986-87 season, and have won three of the last five meetings, including both during the 2015-16 season.  In the first game of the series last season, Kara Hageman (16 points, 13 rebounds), Jess McCoy (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Hillary Hellmann (18 points, 11 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles, en route to a 76-62 win.  Case Western Reserved followed that up with a 75-73 win at home over Emory later in the season, as Hellmann finished the game with 25 points and nine rebounds, shooting six-of-nine from long range, with McCoy adding 17 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Hageman contributing with 10 points and nine rebounds.


Rochester Yellowjackets

The Yellowjackets, who were ranked 23rd in latest D3hoops.com poll, stand at 11-3 on the season with a perfect 4-0 road record.  Rochester has won five of its last six games, including a 67-53 home win over 12th-ranked Washington on Sunday, and will play at 13th-ranked Carnegie Mellon on Friday before facing the Spartans.  The team is scoring 73.3 points per game, shooting 43.3% from the field and 30.3% from long range, while allowing 60.9 points per contest.  The Yellowjackets average 43.6 rebounds per game, 7.0 more than their opponents, and have a -2.1 turnover ratio.

Rochester is led by preseason All-America First Team selection and reigning UAA Co-Player of the Year in junior forward Alexandra Leslie, who is averaging 23.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 blocks per game, while shooting 59.4% from the field.  Junior guard Lauren Deming has scored 12.0 points per game with 7.4 rebounds, with freshman guard Lauren Foley (7.4 points), freshman guard Brenna James (5.4 points, 1.5 steals), and senior guard Sarah Kaminsky (4.8 points) rounding out the starting lineup.  Likely contributors off the bench include junior guard Lizzy Atkinson (5.1 points), junior forward Mary Kronenwetter (3.7 points, 3.0 rebounds), junior forward Jillian Silvestri (2.9 points), sophomore guard Lena Ethington (2.7 points, 3.9 rebounds) and sophomore guard Shea McCartney (2.6 points, 2.9 rebounds).

The Yellowjackets are coached by Jim Scheible, who has a 337-144 record (.701 winning percentage) during his 18 season at Rochester, and is 478-215 overall during his 26-year career, which includes stops at Clarkson and Elmira.  Scheible is assisted by Kaitlin Donahoe, Amy Woods and Ally Zywicki.

Last year, the Spartans dropped both matchups against Rochester, falling 66-55 on the road, and suffering a 75-69 overtime setback at home.  Kara Hageman scored 13 points and collected seven rebounds in the first matchup, with Hillary Hellmann adding 10 points and six rebounds.  In the second game, Hellmann scored a team-leading 17 points, with Hageman finishing with a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds), and McCoy scoring 11 points with nine boards. Rochester leads the all-time series, which dates back to the 1987-88 season, 31-15.


Outstanding Offense

The Spartans are leading the UAA with 77.9 points per game this season, the ninth-best mark among all NCAA Division III teams in 2016-17.  Case Western Reserve is also 10th in Division III with 8.6 three-pointers made per game, and 17th with 121 total three's, leading the UAA in each category.  The squad averages the second-fewest turnovers per game in the conference, and the 30th-fewest in Division III (14.6).


Hellmann Chasing Three-Point Records

Hillary Hellmann is chasing a pair of program records for long-range shooting this year.  With 10 games remaining in the season, she has made 43 three-point shots, the 13th-most in school history, and just 18 behind the program record of 61, set by Jasmine Rowan during the 2002-03 season.  In addition, her 48.9% mark from beyond the arc this season (the best in the UAA and fourth in Division III) is more than 10 percentage points higher than the program's single-season record, set by Jess McCoy last year.  For her career, Hellmann has connected on 89 three-point attempts through 39 games, the 12th-most ever by a Spartan.  No other player in CWRU ranked in the top-20 in three-pointers made has played fewer than 50 games.


McCoy Approaches 1,000

Jess McCoy will enter the weekend just 37 points shy of becoming the 13th player in program history to score 1,000 points over a career.  Her 963 career points are the 13th-most ever by a Spartan player.  She also ranks sixth in school history in field goal percentage (.458), 10th in three-point field goals made (122), first in free throw percentage (.855), 12th in assists (198), eighth in blocked shots (78), and 19th in steals (117).


Block Party

Kara Hageman leads all UAA players and is 25th in Division III this season with 2.64 blocks per game, the second highest single-season per-game average in program history.  Her 37 blocks this season are already a career-best mark, and are tied for the eighth-most in a single season in program history.  As a team, the Spartans are third in the UAA and 66th in Division III with 4.4 blocks per game.


Spartan Notes

Case Western Reserve will be playing its first home game since November 27th, a stretch of eight-consecutive games away from home… The Spartans went 6-2 during the eight-game road trip… The Spartans 78.3 points per game in their three UAA contests are 4.0 more than the next closest team, and the team's 8.0 scoring margin per game is the largest in conference play this year… Case Western Reserve made 12 three-point shots against Brandeis on Sunday, marking the seventh time overall this season and the fifth time in the last seven games that the Spartans have connected on 10 or more three-point shots in a game… CWRU is 6-1 when tallying 10 or more steals in a game this season… The Spartans are 4-0 this year when shooting 50.0% or higher from the field, including a 79-52 win over NYU on Friday, during which the team shot 51.9%... Hillary Hellmann has averaged 25.3 points per game in UAA contests, leading all conference players… She has shot 68.4% from three-point range in UAA contests, the most among conference players with at least five three-pointers attempted… Jess McCoy is currently 37 points and two assists away from becoming just the fourth player in program history with at least 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 200 assists, joining former Spartans Rachel Rau (1995-99), Ashley Tondo (2006-10), and Evy Iacono (2009-13)… Hellmann is 24th among Division III players in points per game, while Kara Hageman is 39th… Hageman is averaging 33.1 minutes per game this season, the second-most among UAA players... Following this weekend's games, the Spartans will play their next two against Chicago (Jan. 27) and Washington (Jan. 29) at Adelbert Gymnasium as a part of the program's annual Throwback Weekend.