CWRU Women’s Basketball to Conclude Season with ‘Senior Day’ against CMU

CWRU Women’s Basketball to Conclude Season with ‘Senior Day’ against CMU

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will wrap-up its 2016-17 season at home on Saturday, February 25th at 3:00 p.m. against Carnegie Mellon University, while also honoring its two graduating players with a special 'Senior Day' ceremony prior to the start of the game.

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Senior Day

The Spartans will celebrate the two seniors on their roster – guards Jess McCoy and Alex Roth – with a special 'Senior Day' ceremony prior to the start of Saturday's game.  Together, the duo has helped lead Case Western Reserve to 13 wins this season, while contributing to a squad that set program records for field goal percentage (.429) and three pointers made (206) in a single season.

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Saturday, February 25th

1:00 PM: Brandeis at NYU
2:00 PM: Rochester at Emory
2:00 PM: Chicago at #7 Washington
3:00 PM: Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve

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Case Western Reserve will be looking to end their season on a positive note and complete a sweep of the season series against Carnegie Mellon on Saturday.  The Spartans, 13-11 overall and 5-5 in home games this season, are coming off back-to-back road losses, falling 79-67 to Emory on Friday and 79-70 to Rochester on Sunday.  The Spartans have scored 74.8 points per game (second in the UAA and 26th in Division III) and allowed 76.2 points per contest this season, while leading the conference and ranking ninth among all NCAA Division III teams with 8.6 made three pointers per game.

The Spartans leading scorer this season has been junior forward Kara Hageman, who ranks 25th in Division III and third in the UAA with 20.4 points per game.  Hageman also leads the team with a 50.6% shooting mark from the floor and 2.0 blocks per game, while collecting 6.3 rebounds per contest.  Sophomore Hillary Hellmann has scored 17.8 points per contest, while shooting 47.0% from long range, the second-best mark in Division III this season, and senior guard Jess McCoy has scored 15.3 points, while leading the team with 6.8 rebounds, 3.0 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 277-230 (.546 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.

CMU Tartans

Carnegie Mellon will enter its final game of the regular season with a 17-7 overall record, including a 9-3 ledger in road games.  After starting the season with a 15-1 record, the Tartans have dropped six of their last eight games, including a split on the road last weekend with an 86-79 loss at Rochester and an 82-60 win at Emory.  The Tartans have scored 72.5 points per game this season, while allowing 66.2, and lead all UAA teams in blocked shots per game (5.5) and free throw percentage (75.7%).

The Tartans' lineup features one of the best players in Division III in senior center Lisa Murphy, who is averaging a conference-leading 24.2 points (third in Division III), 12.7 rebounds (13th in Division III) and 2.6 blocks per game (19th in Division III), while pacing all DIII players with a 79.6% shooting mark from the floor.  Senior guard Jackie Hudepohl is also averaging double figures this season, scoring 15.2 points per game with 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest.

Carnegie Mellon is led by Head Coach Jacquie Hullah, who has recorded a 241-224 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 an 84-69 record during her time with the team.  She is assisted by Katy Howard.

Series History

The Spartans are 33-14 all-time against Carnegie Mellon, in a series that dates back to the 1987-88 season.  The Spartans picked up a win in the first meeting of the season on January 7th, topping the Tartans, then ranked 10th in Division III, 87-78.  Hillary Hellmann scored a career-high 35 points and made six threes, including 20 points and four threes in the third quarter alone, en route to the win.  Lisa Murphy led Carnegie Mellon in the game with 37 points and 16 rebounds.  Last season, the Tartans won both games against CWRU, picking up an 85-61 victory in Cleveland, and an 83-49 victory in Pittsburgh.  Kara Hageman averaged 15.0 points over the two games, with Hellmann adding 13.0.  CWRU is 14-1 at home and 25-6 overall against CMU since the start of the 2001-02 season.

Hageman Sets Scoring Record & Reaches 1,000 Points

Friday night's game at Emory proved to be a historic one for Case Western Reserve junior forward and team co-captain Kara Hageman.  Hageman scored 15 points in the game to set a new school-single season scoring record, passing the previous record of 464, set by Erin Rogalski during the 1999-00 season, while also becoming the 14th woman in program history to reach 1,000 career points.  She will enter the final game of her junior campaign with 490 points during the season and 1,022 career points, the 11th-most ever by a CWRU women's basketball player.  Hageman has also set records for free throws made (124) and attempted (172) this season, while ranking third in school history in field goals made (166), fourth in blocks (48), fifth in field goal percentage (50.6%), 16th in three-point field goal percentage (34.3%) and 19th in rebounds (191) in a season.

One of the Best

Saturday's game will likely mark the last in one of the great careers in the program's history.  Senior guard Jess McCoy, a 2015-16 All-UAA Second Team honoree, will enter the contest ranked eighth in school history in points (1,116) and field goal percentage (45.6%), seventh in three-point field goals made (137), first in free throw percentage (84.1%), sixth in blocks (90), 10th in assists (227) and 15th in steals (139).  McCoy is also fifth in program history with 93 career starts, and will become just the eighth player in CWRU women's basketball history to play in 100 or more games with an appearance on Saturday.

Three-Point Success

The Spartans lead the conference in three-point field goals per game (8.6, ninth in DIII) and three-point field goals made (206, 14th in DIII), and are second in the UAA and 45th in Division III with a 33.9% shooting mark as a team from behind the three-point line.  Case Western Reserve's 33.9% mark from long range is second in school history only to the 34.4% mark registered by the 2006-07 squad.  Sophomore guard/forward Hillary Hellmann has set a school record with 71 made three pointers this season, while her 47.0% three-point shooting this year is second among all Division III players and on pace for a program record.

Spartan Notes

CWRU is 9-2 during the year when scoring 75 or more points in a game… The Spartans are 6-3 when making 10 or more three point shots in a game during the 2016-17 campaign… Hillary Hellmann has scored 428 points this season, the fourth-most in a single season in program history… The Spartans lineup features three of the top six scorers in the UAA this season in Kara Hageman (third), Hellmann (fourth) and Jess McCoy (sixth)… Carnegie Mellon and Emory are the only other UAA schools with two players ranked in the top-10 in the conference in scoring… The three have combined for 1,285 points overall this season, or 53.5 per game, and 72% of the team's total… Hageman finished Sunday's game at Rochester with 20 points and 10 rebounds for her 10th career double-double and her third of the season… She is tied with McCoy for the team lead in double-doubles this year… Hageman has scored at least 20 points in four of the team's last five games and 14 times overall this year… Hageman has led the team in scoring 12 times this year, while Hellmann has paced the squad 10 times... The Spartans have had a 20-point scorer in 22 of their 24 games during the campaign… CWRU is averaging 10.1 more points per game in its 13 wins, compared to its 11 losses.