2017-18 CWRU Women’s Basketball Season Recap

2017-18 CWRU Women’s Basketball Season Recap

A number of individual career milestones helped highlight the 2017-18 season for the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team.

Head Coach Jennifer Reimer became the winningest coach in program history with the team's first win of the season, an 80-64 triumph over John Carroll University on November 18th.  The victory was the 121st during her 11 season with the program, as she surpassed former CWRU Head Coach Kristin Hughes for the most in the history of the CWRU women's basketball program.

In addition, junior guard/forward Hillary Hellmann became the 15th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark over a career during the team's 78-61 loss at home to Washington University (Mo.) on January 19th.  She ended her junior season with 1,156 points, the eighth-most in the program's history, while her 171 career three-point shots made are the third-most in program history and eight behind the CWRU career record.

The Spartans suffered a major hit in the preseason, when team-leader and returning all-region forward Kara Hageman suffered a season-ending injury before playing a minute in the regular season.  Despite the loss of one of its key players, the team fared well enough in the early going of the season, splitting the first six games of the year to open the campaign with a 3-3 record.  However, the Spartans would win just one of their final 18 games, finishing the campaign with a 4-20 overall record and a 1-13 mark in UAA games.

Case Western Reserve's UAA win came at home against Brandeis on February 2nd, as the Spartans highlighted their annual 'Throwback Weekend' with the victory.  Sophomore guard Kendall McConico played 39 minutes in the victory and led the team with 23 points and four assists, while Hellmann added a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. 

Hellmann was named to the All-UAA Second Team for the second-straight season, as the junior led a young squad with 16.1 points per game (third in the UAA) and 6.9 rebounds.  She was the only player to start all 24 games during the season, recording a team-leading five double-doubles, 28 steals and 18 blocks.  Her 52 three-pointers made were the sixth-most in a single season in program history, while her 387 points were the 11th-most ever by a CWRU player.

McConico added 10.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game during the year to help supplement Hellmann's scoring.  In addition, the team's roster featured some of the top freshman in the conference during the 2017-18 campaign, including guard Emily Todd (8.6 ppg, 1.7 apg) and forward Emma Cain (7.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.3 spg).  Other impactful first year players included forward Megan Shanosky (3.3 ppg), guard Jasmine Floyd (2.5 ppg, 1.7 apg) and Rebecca Rowlands (1.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg).  As a team, CWRU averaged 55.6 points per game during the 2017-18 campaign.

In addition to their achievements on the court, junior Alexis Amburgey, Hageman, Hellmann and junior Darby Kreienberg each received UAA All-Academic honors for their work in the classroom.

CWRU women's basketball players earned the following honors during the 2017-18 season:


All-University Athletic Association

Hillary Hellmann

Lakeside Park, Ky. / Notre Dame Academy



Second Team

The following were the CWRU women's basketball team leaders in 2017-18:


Points per game

Hillary Hellmann


Assists per game

Alicia Marie Gonzales


Rebounds per game

Hillary Hellmann


Steals per game

Emma Cain


Blocks per game

Hillary Hellmann