CWRU Women to Travel to #7 Rochester & Emory this Weekend

CWRU Women to Travel to #7 Rochester & Emory this Weekend

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball will be on the road for their first University Athletic Association away contests of the 2017-18 season this weekend, traveling to Rochester, New York to take on the seventh-ranked University of Rochester at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12th and to Atlanta, Georgia to face Emory University at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 14th.

Live Coverage
Friday, January 12th at Rochester (6:00 p.m.)
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*Rochester charges a $6.95 fee for a 24-hour pass to view their webcast

Sunday, January 14th at Emory (2:00 p.m.)
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CWRU Spartans
Case Western Reserve will be looking to put an end to a five-game losing streak this weekend that has dropped the team's record to 3-8 overall, including a 2-4 road record.  The Spartans are coming off a 69-57 loss at home to Carnegie Mellon in their opening game of conference play last weekend.  The team has average 61.0 points per game this season on 35.5% shooting from the floor and 29.9% from behind the three-point arc, while allowing 71.4 points per game.  CWRU has been led by junior forward Hillary Hellmann with 18.1 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per contest this year, while sophomore guard Kendall McConico has added 11.7 points and 4.0 rebounds.

The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who became the program's all-time leader with her 121st career victory with CWRU earlier in the season.  She has a career record of 279-238 during her 21-year career as a collegiate head coach, including a 123-138 mark during her 11 seasons with the Spartans.  Reimer is assisted by CWRU alumnae Brooke Orcutt and Erin Gdaniec.

#7 Rochester Yellowjackets
The Yellowjackets, ranked seventh in the latest Top-25 and tied for sixth in the WBCA poll, stand at 11-1 overall on the season, including a 6-0 home record, and have won six-straight games.  The squad is coming off a double-overtime road win at Emory in their conference opening game, 72-68.  Rochester is averaging 69.4 points per game on 40.5% shooting from the floor and 30.0% from long range, while allowing 54.5 points per game.  Senior forward Alexandra Leslie, a preseason All-America First Team selection, leads the team with 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, while senior forward Lauren Deming has added 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest.

The Yellowjackets are coached by Jim Scheible, who has a 496-222 record during his 27 seasons as a head coach, including a 355-151 mark during his 19 seasons at Rochester.  He is assisted by Lindsey Burke and Morgan Crawford.

Rochester leads the all-time series with CWRU 33-15.  Last year, the Spartans dropped both meeting against the Yellowjackets, falling 77-68 at home on January 22nd and 79-70 in Rochester on February 19thKara Hageman averaged 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds over the two games, while Hillary Hellmann contributed 21.0 points per contest against Rochester last year.

Emory Eagles
Emory will begin the weekend with a 6-6 record, including a 3-4 home ledger, and will face Carnegie Mellon on Friday night before hosting the Spartans on Sunday.  The Eagles dropped their conference opener last weekend at home to Rochester, falling 72-68 in double overtime for their second-consecutive loss.  Emory has scored 65.1 points per game this season on 39.5% shooting overall, including a 26.3% mark from long range, and has allowed 62.9 points per contest in 2017-18.  The Eagles' are led by junior center Ashley Oldshue (a preseason All-America Fourth Team selection by with 16.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, while Erin Lindahl (12.8 points per game) and Azzairia Jackson-Sherrod (12.3 points per game) have also contributed for the Eagles this year.

The Eagles are under the guidance of Interim Head Coach Misha Jackson, who is in her first year with the team.  She is assisted by Lauren Rothfeld and Chuck Melito.

In a series that dates back to the start of the UAA during the 1986-87 season, the Spartans hold a 26-22 advantage all-time against the Eagles.  Last year, the Spartans suffered a pair of losses to the Eagles, falling 79-65 at home on January 20th and 79-67 at home on February 17thHillary Hellmann averaged 16.5 points over the two games to lead the Case Western Reserve.

Spartans Notes

Hillary Hellmann will enter this weekend 968 career points, and is 32 points shy of becoming the 15th player in program history with 1,000 career points…  Hellmann is fourth among all active Division III players and 17th among all active NCAA players with a 41.8% career mark from behind the three-point line…  With her four made three's against Carnegie Mellon last Saturday, she moved into a tie with Dana Dempsey (2003-07) for fourth in school history with 146 career made three pointers… Hellmann is three three-pointers away from Angie Zeuch (2000-04) for third in school history, and 33 away from the school record, currently held by Jasmine Rowan (2000-04) and Evy Iacono (2009-13)… She is on pace for 434 points this season, which would rank as the fifth-most in a single season in program history… Sophomore guard Alicia Marie Gonzales leads the team with 2.5 assists per game this year… She has started all 36 games of her collegiate career… Hellmann and freshman guard Emily Todd have also started each of the team's 11 games this season… Three other players – freshman forwards Megan Shanosky and Rebecca Rowlands and freshman guard Jasmine Floyd – have appeared in all 11 games this year…  Junior guard Alexis Amburgey has averaged 8.8 points per game in her four games since coming back from an injury to start the season… Freshman forward Emma Cain has scored 7.6 points per game and is second on the squad with 4.6 rebounds per game this season.