CWRU Women’s Basketball Looks to Extend Winning Streak against Emory & Rochester

CWRU Women’s Basketball Looks to Extend Winning Streak against Emory & Rochester

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will aim to build on back-to-back wins last weekend, when the team travels to Atlanta, Georgia and Rochester, New York for its final road trip of the 2016-17 season.  The Spartans will face the Emory University Eagles on Friday, February 17th at 6:00 p.m. and the University of Rochester Yellowjackets on Sunday, February 19th at 2:00 p.m.

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Friday, February 17th at Emory

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Sunday, February 19th at Rochester

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Friday, February 17th

6:00 PM: CWRU at Emory
6:00 PM: Carnegie Mellon at Rochester
6:00 PM: Chicago at Brandeis
7:00 PM: #7 Washington (Mo.) at NYU

Sunday, February 19th

2:00 PM: Carnegie Mellon at Emory
2:00 PM: #7 Washington (Mo.) at Brandeis
2:00 PM: CWRU at Rochester
2:00 PM: Chicago at NYU

CWRU Spartans

The Spartans improved to 13-9 overall with a pair of wins over NYU (64-60) and Brandeis (71-68) last weekend, and are 6-3 overall in road games this season.  Case Western Reserve is second in the University Athletic Association and 24th among Division III teams with 75.3 points scored per game, while allowing 76.0 points per contest.  In addition, the Spartans lead all conference teams with 8.6 three-point field goals per game (eighth in Division III) and have the second-fewest turnovers in the UAA and 40th-fewest in Division III with 14.6 per game.

The Spartans have been led by junior forward and co-captain Kara Hageman who has scored 20.7 points and collected 6.2 rebounds per game this season, while also leading the team with a 52.4% mark from the floor and 2.0 blocks per game.  Sophomore Hillary Hellmann has added 18.0 points and 4.6 rebounds, and leads all NCAA Division III players with a 48.1% mark from long range.  Senior co-captain and guard Jess McCoy has scored 14.7 points per game, and leads the team with 6.8 rebounds, 3.1 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 277-226 (.551 winning percentage) during her 20-year career, and her 120 wins at CWRU are tied for the program's all-time record.  She is assisted by Alexandra Dellas and Erin Gdaniec.

Emory Eagles

Emory will enter the weekend having lost four-straight games, including road contests at #7 Washington University (82-78) and Chicago (77-56) last weekend.  The Eagles have an overall record of 13-9, including records of 4-7 in conference play and 7-1 in home games.  The team has averaged 73.7 points per game, the fourth-most in the UAA and 34th-most in Division III, while allowing 62.7 points per contest.  The Eagles are also second in the UAA and 24th in Division III in team field goal percentage (43.8%).

The Eagles have a pair of scorers averaging double figures this season in sophomore center Ashley Oldshue (16.3 ppg) and senior guard Shellie Kaniut (14.3 ppg).  Oldshue also leads the team with 7.1 rebounds per game and a 56.3% mark from the floor (third in the UAA, 23rd in Division III), and freshman guard Lindsey Tse leads the UAA in assists (4.5 per game) and assists turnover ratio (2.51).

The Eagles are under the leadership of 14th year Head Coach Christy Thomaskutty, who has a 185-164 career record with Emory, good for a .530 winning percentage.  She is assisted by Misha Jackson, Kim Coleman and Savannah Morgan.

The Spartans are 26-21 all-time against Emory in a series that dates back to the 1986-87 season, and have won three of the last six meetings.  Earlier this year, the Spartans fell to the Eagles 79-65 in Cleveland, despite 20 points on a six-of-10 shooting performance from behind the three-point line from Hillary Hellmann and a double-double from Jess McCoy (11 points, 12 rebounds).  Last season, Kara Hageman (16 points, 13 rebounds), McCoy (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Hellmann (18 points, 11 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles, en route to a 76-62 win in the first meeting with Emory in Atlanta during the 2015-16 season.  Case Western Reserve 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

Rochester has an overall record of 15-7, including marks of 7-3 at home and 6-5 in conference play, and will host Carnegie Mellon on Friday before facing the Spartans on Sunday.  The Yellowjackets, ranked third in the NCAA East Region rankings last week, have dropped three of their last four contests, including a pair of road losses last weekend at Chicago (72-53) and seventh-ranked Washington (80-77).  Rochester has averaged 71.6 points per game and allowed 62.7 points per contest, while leading the UAA in field goal percentage defense (36.0%) and three-point field goal defense (26.4%).

The Yellowjackets are led by preseason All-America selection and junior forward Alexandra Leslie, who ranks second in the UAA in points per game (21.8, 12th in Division III), field goal percentage (56.6%), and rebounds per game (10.0 per game).  Junior guard Lauren Deming has added 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and has paced the squad with 2.4 assists per contest.

The Yellowjackets are coached by Jim Scheible, who has a 341-148 record (.697 winning percentage) during his 18 season at Rochester, and is 482-219 overall during his 26-year career, which includes stops at Clarkson and Elmira.  Scheible is assisted by Kaitlin Donahoe, Amy Woods and Ally Zywicki.

Earlier in the season, Case Western Reserve suffered a 77-68 setback to Rochester in Cleveland, despite a 24-point effort from Hillary Hellmann and 17 points from Kara Hageman.  Last year, the Spartans dropped both matchups against Rochester, falling 66-55 on the road, and suffering a 75-69 overtime setback at home.  Hageman scored 13 points and collected seven rebounds in the first matchup, with 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 Jess McCoy scoring 11 points with nine boards. Rochester leads the all-time series, which dates back to the 1987-88 season, 32-15.

Hageman Approaching Scoring Record & 1,000 Career Points

Kara Hageman is rapidly approaching a pair of milestones, and has an opportunity to reach both this weekend.  She has scored 455 points this season, the second-most in a single season in program history, and is nine shy of the school record of 464 set by Erin Rogalski during the 1999-00 season.  In addition, she will enter Friday night's game against Emory just 13 points away from becoming the 14th player in school history with 1,000 career points.  Earlier in the season, Hageman set program single-game records with 41 points and 16 made field goals (also a UAA game record) against Washington.  The team co-captain has also set a school single-season record for free throws made (119), and her 45 blocks this season are the sixth-most ever by a CWRU player. 

Hellmann Sets Three-Point Record

With four three-pointers made against Brandeis on Sunday, Hillary Hellmann set a new program record for three-pointers made in a season with 65, surpassing the previous record of 61, set by Jasmine Rowan during the 2002-03 season.  She leads all Division III players this season and is fifth among all NCAA players with a 48.1% three-point shooting mark, on pace to pass the previous school-record mark of 38.0% set by Jess McCoy last season.  Hellmann also leads the UAA in three-point field goals per game (2.95, 15th in DIII).

Reimer Matches Program Win Record

Case Western Reserve's Jennifer Reimer collected her 120th win with the Spartans during the team's victory over Brandeis on Sunday, matching the program's record for wins by a Head Coach.  She matched the record previously held by Kristin Hughes, who coached the Spartans for 11 seasons from 1993 through 2004.   Reimer reached the mark in 29 fewer games than Hughes.

Spartan Notes

 Kara Hageman was named the UAA Athlete of the Week for women's basketball for the second time this season after averaging 21.0 points and 5.0 rebounds during the team's two wins last weekend… It was the fourth time this season that a CWRU player has been named the UAA with Hillary Hellmann claiming the honor on November 28th and January 9th… Hellmann's 397 points are the seventh-most in a single season in school history… Jess McCoy has scored 1,073 points over her career, the ninth-most ever by a Spartan player, and is 31 points away from matching Teri Chester (1993-97) for eighth place… McCoy has also appeared in all 97 games over her career, and should she play in the final three, would become one of just eight Spartans to play in 100 or more games with the program… McCoy has started 91 games, the fifth-most ever by a Spartan… CWRU has used the same starting lineup for their last 21 games – McCoy, Hageman, Hellmann, freshman guard Alicia Marie Gonzales and sophomore guard Alexis Amburgey… McCoy, Hageman, Hellmann and Gonzales have each started all 22 games this season for CWRU… Freshman guard Kendall McConico has come off the bench in 19 of the team's 22 games, and leads all Spartan reserve and is fourth on the squad overall with 7.2 points per game… Four CWRU players – Hageman (52.4%), Hellmann (44.8%), McCoy (48.7%) and McConico (47.1%) are shooting 44% or higher from the floor this year... The Spartans have scored 1,657 points this season, and are on pace to break the school's 25-game record of 1,804 points in a season, set by the 1995-96 team… The program's all-time record for points in a year is 1,916, recorded by the 2001-02 team over a 27-game stretch... The Spartans have already set team records for three-pointers made (189) and attempted (552) in a year, and are on pace for a record field goal percentage (43.3%) and currently have the second-best three-point percentage (34.2) in program history.