Spartans Return to the Road to Face Chicago, #9 Wash U.

Spartans Return to the Road to Face Chicago, #9 Wash U.

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will be back on the road this weekend for a pair of conference games.  The Spartans will play at the University of Chicago on Friday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. ET, followed by a 3:00 p.m. ET game against Washington University (Mo.) on Sunday, February 5th.


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Friday, February 3rd at Chicago

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Sunday, February 5th at Washington


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UAA Standings/ Schedule




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Overall Record


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#20 Carnegie Mellon








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New York University



Friday, February 3rd
6:00 PM: Emory at Brandeis
6:00 PM: Rochester at NYU
7:00 PM: #20 Carnegie Mellon at #9 Washington (Mo.)

Sunday, February 5th

2:00 PM: Emory at NYU
2:00 PM: Rochester at Brandeis
2:00 PM: #20 Carnegie Mellon at Chicago


CWRU Spartans

The Spartans will enter the weekend with an 11-7 overall record, including a 6-1 road record during the season.  Case Western Reserve split a pair of home games last weekend, topping Chicago 80-78 on Friday, before suffering a 92-79 setback to Washington on Sunday.  The Spartans are second in the UAA and 17th among all NCAA Division III teams with 76.8 points per game, while allowing 75.6 points per contest.

Junior forward Kara Hageman leads the Spartans this season with 20.7 points per game, a 52.9% field goal percentage, and 2.3 blocks per game, while adding 6.4 rebounds per contest.  Sophomore guard/forward Hillary Hellmann has added 19.4 points per game and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 45.5% overall from the field and a Division III best 50.0% from three point range.  Senior guard Jess McCoy has rounded out the Spartans' double-figure scorers with 14.9 points per game on a 51.6% mark from the field and a 42.9% tally from long range, while leading the Spartans with 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

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 275-224 (.551 winning percentage) during her 20-year career, and her 118 wins at CWRU are just two shy of the program's all-time record.  She is assisted by Alexandra Dellas and Erin Gdaniec.


Chicago Maroons

After a split last weekend, including an 81-61 win at Carnegie Mellon, the Maroons stand at 12-6 overall and 6-1 in home games.  Chicago is 32nd in Division III and fifth in the UAA with 74.1 points per game, and has allowed 63.3 points per contest this season.

Two Chicago players are averaging double-figures this season – senior forward Britta Nordstrom (12.3 points per game) and freshman guard Taylor Lake (10.7 points per game).  Nordstrom also leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Obi Olariche has added 6.3 rebounds and a team-best 1.6 blocks per contest.

The Maroons are coached by Carissa Sain Knoche, who is now in her fifth season with the team and has a career record of 68-49.  She is assisted by Olivia Lett, Morgan Hughes, Korry Schwanz and B.J. Dieterich.


Last week, the Spartans will be aiming for their first win against Chicago since sweeping the series during the 2012-13 campaign, topping the Maroons 80-78.  Kara Hageman led the Spartans with 28 points, while Jess McCoy finished the game with 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.  Last year, Case Western Reserve dropped both games in the series, falling 67-58 at home, despite 14 points from McCoy and eight points and 14 rebounds from 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.


Washington (Mo.) Bears

Washington, ranked ninth in the poll and seventh in the WBCA rankings, has won four-straight games to improve to 16-2 overall and stands at 7-0 in home contests.  The Bears swept a pair of road games last weekend, topping Carnegie Mellon 78-72, in addition to their win at Case Western Reserve.  Washington leads the UAA and is 12th in Division III with 77.7 points per game, while allowing 61.6 points.  The team is also first in the UAA with a 1.43 assist turnover ratio (2nd in DIII), 223 turnovers (third fewest in DIII) and a 45.3 field goal percentage (ninth in DIII).

Sophomore Madeline Homoly leads the team with 12.4 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per contest, and has been the squad's high scorer in each of the last three games, including a 33 points, 11 rebound performance during Sunday's game at CWRU.  Also averaging double-figures for the Bears are senior guard/forward Jenn Dynis (11.4 points per game) and junior guard Natalie Orr (11.1 points per game).

The Bears are led by Head Coach Nancy Fahey, who holds a 727-132 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.

In last weekend's game between the Spartans and the Bears, a 92-79 win for Washington, Kara Hageman led CWRU with a program-record 41 points, the second-highest total in a conference game in UAA history.  Jess McCoy added 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Spartans.  Last year, CWRU dropped both games of its season series with Washington, 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 picked up a win against Washington during the 2012-13 season topping the Bears 72-68 in the game.


Reimer Coaching #500

Friday night's game will be the 500th game of Case Western Reserve Head Coach Jennifer Reimer's career.  Her resume includes stops as the head coach at Juniata, Mount Union and Allegheny, before spending the last 10 seasons and 243 games at the Spartans' helm.  Reimer is also just two wins shy of matching the program's all-time record by a head coach, currently held by Kristin Hughes, who accumulated 120 wins during her 11 seasons with the team (1993-2004).


Hageman Named DIII Player of the Week

Case Western Reserve junior forward Kara Hageman became the first player in program history to be named the USBWA Division III Female National Player of the Week, earning the honor on Tuesday after averaging 34.5 points over her two games last week, including a program-record 41 against Washington.  She became just the second player in UAA history to score 40 or more points in a conference game, and set program and conference records with 16 made field goals against Washington.  She broke the Spartans' single-game point and field goal records that were previously set by Evy Iacaono during a 2013 contest against Carnegie Mellon (38 points, 15 field goals).  Hageman was also named the UAA Athlete of the Week and selected to the Team of the Week for the first time in her career.


McCoy Reaches 1,000

Case Western Reserve senior guard Jess McCoy became the 13th player in school history to surpass 1,000 points over a career, reaching the milestone during the first quarter of the team's game against Washington on Sunday.  She currently ranks 12th in school history with 1,018 career points, and is two behind Caitlin Henry (2007-11) for 11th place and three behind Angie Zeuch (2000-04) for 10th place in school history.  McCoy recently became just the fourth player in school history with 1,000 career points, 400 career rebounds and 200 career assists, joining former Spartans Rachel Rau (1995-99), Ashleigh Tondo (2006-10) and Evy Iacono (2009-13).


Hellmann Leading DIII

Sophomore guard/forward Hillary Hellmann is leading all Division III players with a 50.0% mark from beyond the three-point arc this season, 3.3% better than the next closest DIII player.  She is one of just three players across all three NCAA Divisions shooting 50% or better from long range this season (with at least two made three pointers per game), along with Oregon's Lexi Bando (53.3%) and Ashland's Kelsey Peare (53.2%).  Hellmann has made 57 of her 114 attempts from long range this season, and will enter the weekend just four three-pointers shy of the school's single season record, set by Jasmine Rowan during the 2002-03 campaign.  Her 103 career three-point shots made are the 12th-most ever by a Spartan player.


Spartan Notes

The Spartans are on pace to set program records for field goal percentage (.439) and three-point percentage (.347) this season… In addition, the team's 76.8 points scored per game puts the squad on pace for 1,920 this season, which would surpass the program record of 1,916 set during by the 2001-02 team… The Spartans have made 158 three point shots this season, already the fifth-most ever by a CWRU team, and 17 shy of the program's single season record, set during the 2009-10 campaign… Kara Hageman will begin the weekend 95 points shy of 1,000 for her career, and her 905 career points are tied for the 18th-most over a career in the program's history… She has scored 373 points during the 2016-17 campaign, and is 91 points shy of the program record, set by Erin Rogalski during the 1999-00 campaign… In addition, her 42 blocks are tied for the sixth-most in a season by a Spartan, and 2.33 blocks per game are 41st among DIII players this season… Hageman's 52.9% mark from the field ranks as the third-highest ever by a CWRU player…  Jess McCoy has 130 career made three point shots, and is within nine of Caitlin Henry's fifth-place mark of 139… Her 51.6% shooting mark is the fifth-highest in school history in a single season, while her 42.9% mark from behind the three-point line is second only to Hillary Hellmann's 50.0% tally this season… Hellmann also leads the conference with 3.17 three-point field goals made per game (seventh in DIII) and 57 three-point field goals made (10th in DIII)… The Spartans have used the same starting five for their last 17 games – freshman guard Alicia Marie Gonzales, sophomore guard Alexis Amburgey, McCoy, Hellmann and Hageman… Gonzales registered a career-high 12 points during the win over Chicago, marking the first time in her career she has scored double-figures in a game.