Case Western Reserve University took an early lead and never looked back in an 80-64 win over John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio on Saturday afternoon that made Jennifer Reimer the program's all-time leader in career victories by a head coach.
Reimer, who is in her 11th season at the program's helm, claimed her 121st win with the team, passing former Spartan Head Coach Kristin Hughes, who went 120-156 during her 11 seasons at CWRU.
The win raised the Spartans' record to 1-1 overall, while John Carroll dropped to 1-1 with the loss.
Junior Hillary Hellmann led the Spartans in the game, notching a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Hellmann was eight-of-18 overall from the floor, including a three-of-seven mark from three-point range.
Freshman Emily Todd and sophomore Kendall McConico each added 13 points apiece, and sophomore Alicia Marie Gonzales chipped in 10 points, five assists and three steals.
The Spartans trailed for a total of 40 seconds on Saturday, taking the lead for good on a three-pointer by Hellmann with 7:09 remaining in the first quarter that put CWRU ahead 4-2. CWRU led by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, and ended the period with a 19-8 lead.
Case Western Reserve grew its advantage to 15 by halftime, 42-27, and would go on to lead by as many as 26 points, after a layup by Todd made the score 61-35 with 3:52 to play in the third.
The Spartans will return to action after Thanksgiving, when the team travels to Claremont, California for the David Wells Classic. Play at the tournament will open on Friday, November 24th, when CWRU takes on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 8:30 p.m. ET.