Women’s Basketball to Host Chicago, #11 Washington for Throwback Weekend

Women’s Basketball to Host Chicago, #11 Washington for Throwback Weekend

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will welcome the University of Chicago and 11th-ranked Washington University (Mo.) to historic Adelbert Gymnasium as a part of the program's annual Throwback Weekend.  The Spartans will host the Maroons at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27th, and take on the Bears at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 29th

Live Coverage

Friday, January 27th vs. Chicago
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Sunday, January 29th vs Washington
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Live Stats: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2016-17/boxscores/20170129_lbc8.xml

Throwback Weekend

Throughout the weekend, the Spartans will be honoring Flora Mather College, which eventually joined with Western Reserve University and the Case Institute of Technology to form Case Western Reserve University   The Spartans will be wearing the Mather throwback uniforms for both of the games this weekend, to be held at historic Adelbert Gymnasium.

As a part of Throwback Weekend, the Spartans will be honoring the 2001-02 CWRU Women's Basketball team, which finished the season with a 20-7 overall record and qualified for the NCAA Championships, prior to the start of the game against Washington on Sunday.  In addition, halftime of Sunday's game will feature a brief youth game.

For more information on Throwback Weekend, including special events and promotions, CLICK HERE.

UAA Standings/ Schedule




UAA Record

Overall Record


#9 Carnegie Mellon








#11 Washington
















Case Western Reserve




New York University



Friday, January 27th
6:00 PM: Brandeis at Emory
6:00 PM: #8 Washington (Mo.) at Carnegie Mellon
6:00 PM: NYU at #7 Rochester

Sunday, January 29th

1:00 PM: Brandeis at #7 Rochester
2:00 PM: NYU at Emory
2:00 PM: Chicago at Carnegie Mellon

CWRU Spartans

Case Western Reserve stands at 10-6 overall this season, including a 2-4 mark at home.  The Spartans will be looking to put an end to a three-game losing streak that includes losses to Emory and Rochester at Horsburgh Gymnasium this past weekend.  The Spartans are third in the UAA with 76.4 points per game, while allowing 74.4 points per contest this season.

Sophomore guard/forward Hillary Hellmann leads the team this season with 20.8 points per game, and has added 4.6 rebounds per contest, while junior forward Kara Hageman has scored 19.0 points and collected 6.5 rebounds per game.  Senior guard Jess McCoy rounds out the Spartans' double-digit scorers with 14.6 points, and leads the team with 6.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 2.1 steals. 

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 274-223 (.551 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.

Chicago Maroons

Chicago is 11-5 overall this season, and is currently tied for first in the UAA with a 4-1 conference record.  The team has won five of its last six games, with its only setback being a loss to Emory in its last road contest, dropping the Maroons to 2-4 in road games this year.  Chicago has outscored its opponents by an average of 73.4 to 62.4 this season, and leads the UAA in steals (12.1) and offensive rebounds (15.0) per game this season.

Chicago has three players scoring in double figures this season, including senior forward Britta Nordstrom (11.1 points, 6.8 rebounds), freshman guard/forward Taylor Lake (10.4 points) and sophomore forward Olariche Obi (10.0 points, 6.8 rebounds).

The Maroons are coached by Carissa Sain Knoche, who is now in her fifth season with the team and has a career record of 67-48.  She is assisted by Olivia Lett, Morgan Hughes, Korry Schwanz and B.J. Dieterich.

The Spartans will be aiming for their first win against Chicago since sweeping the series during the 2012-13 campaign.  Last year, Case Western Reserve dropped both games in the series, falling 67-58 at home, despite 14 points from Jess McCoy and eight points and 14 rebounds from Kara Hageman, and suffering a 59-45 loss on the road, during which Hageman scored 10 points and collected seven rebounds, with McCoy adding 10 points and nine rebounds.

#11 Washington Bears

Washington is ranked 11th in the latest D3hoops.com poll and ninth in this week's WBCA rankings.  The Bears stand at 14-2, including a 5-2 road mark, and won back-to-back home games against NYU and Brandeis last weekend.  The team leads the UAA with 76.8 points per game this season while allowing 59.8.

The Bears have four players averaging in double figures this season, including senior guard/forward Jenn Dynis, who is the team's leading scorer with 11.6 points per game.  Sophomore forward Madeline Homoly has added 10.8 points per game with a team-leading 6.8 rebounds, while junior guard Natalie Orr has scored 10.4, and senior forward Zoe Vernon has scored 10.1 per contest.

The Bears are led by Head Coach Nancy Fahey, who holds a 725-132 all-time record during her 31-year career, all spent at Washington.  She is assisted by Steve Cochran, Dianna Pasley, Andrew Althage, Annitre Edison and Ben Levine.

The Spartans dropped both games of their season series with Washington last season, falling 64-55 at home and 78-59 on the road.  McCoy averaged 21 points over the two games, including a 27-point performance on an 11-of-13 shooting effort in the second game.  Case Western Reserve last beat Washington during the 2012-13 season topping the Bears 72-68 in the game.

McCoy Closing in on 1,000

Jess McCoy will enter the weekend just 18 points shy of becoming the 13th player in program history to break the 1,000-point mark over a career.  Her 982 points currently rank 13th in school history, and should she reach the 1,000-point plateau, she would become just the fourth player in program history with 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 Leading Division III

Hillary Hellmann leads all NCAA Division III players and is fourth among NCAA players from all three Divisions with a 51.4% mark from three point range this season, including a 66.7% tally (24-of-36) during the team's five UAA games this season.  Her three-point percentage is over 13% higher than the school's single season record, and her 54 three-pointers made this season are just seven shy of the school record of 61 (set by Jasmine Rowan during the 2002-03 season) with nine games left on the schedule.  Hellmann has 100 career made three-pointers, the 12th-most in school history and 79 behind the program's career record.

Hageman's Block Party

Kara Hageman is ranked second in the UAA and 31st in Division III with 2.56 blocks per game this season.  It is the second-highest single-season average in program history (behind only Elaine Cotronakis' 2.9 blocks per game during the 1987-89 season) and her 41 total blocks this year are tied for the seventh-most in school history, 26 behind the school record.  She currently ranks sixth in school history with 85 career blocks, and is five behind former Spartan Laura Mummey (2012-16) for fifth in school history. 

Spartan Notes

 The Spartans have made 10 or more three-point shots in seven of their last 10 games, and eight times overall this season… CWRU is 6-1 when collected 10 or more steals in a game this season… The team is 9-1 when scoring 70 or more points in a game… Jess McCoy's .512 field goal percentage this season is the fourth-highest mark ever by a CWRU player… Kara Hageman's .500 field goal percentage this year is the sixth-highest in school history, while Hillary Hellmann's .475 mark ranks 20th… Hellmann ranks 23rd in Division III and third in the UAA with 20.8 points per game, while Hageman is 42nd in DIII and fourth in the UAA with 19.0 points per game… Hellmann's 24.0 points per game in conference play is third among UAA players this season… Hellmann is also fourth in field goal percentage (.526), third in steals (2.6) and leads the conference with a .667 three-point field goal percentage in UAA games… Hageman is second in the UAA with 2.6 blocks per game in UAA play… Alicia Marie Gonzales is seventh in the UAA with 2.8 assists per game in conference contests… CWRU's 73.6 points per conference game this season ranks second in the UAA… The Spartans +4.4 turnover margin in UAA games leads the conference, while the team's 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio is the second best.