The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team has a pair of games on the docket for Thanksgiving Week, traveling to Denison University in Granville, Ohio for a 6:00 p.m. game on Tuesday, November 20th, before returning to Cleveland, Ohio for its home-opener against John Carroll University on Sunday, November 25th at 2:00 p.m.
at Denison (Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6:00 PM)
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vs. John Carroll (Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2:00 PM)
Live Stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20181125_hpqc.xml
Case Western Reserve started its 2018-19 season a pair of wins at the Greg Richards Memorial Tournament in Meadville, Pennsylvania, defeating host Allegheny 69-60, followed by a 74-69 win over Chatham. CWRU is averaging 71.5 points her game on 37.2% shooting from the floor and 26.2% from behind the three-point line, while allowing 64.5 points per game. Senior guard Hillary Hellmann has been the team's leading scorer in both games this season, averaging 20.5 points and 8.0 rebounds, while graduate student forward Kara Hageman has scored 16.0 points per game and added 11.5 rebounds. Freshman guard Alyssa Hyland has come off the bench to add 9.0 points per game.
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who is now in her 126-150 during her 12 seasons with the team and 283-251 overall during her 22-year career. She is assisted by Kelly Muffley and Erin Gdaniec.
Denison Big Red
Denison has opened its season with a 2-1 record, with the team's only loss coming on the road to ninth-ranked Trine in its opener. This past weekend, the Big Red earned a pair of wins against Worcester State (64-52) and Hunter (100-74) at the Hunter Tip-Off Tournament. The team is averaging 72.0 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the floor overall and 35.8% from three-point range, while allowing 67.3 points per game. Denison's top scorers are senior guard Valesha Province (11.3), junior guard Alison Schafer (11.0) and junior post player Lauren Longbrake (10.7), while junior forward Shonta Lockett has a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game.
Denison is coached by Sara Lee, who is 456-310 during her 30 seasons with the team and 458-334 overall during her 31-year coaching career. She is assisted by Kayla Gordon, Craig White and Karmell Brown.
Tuesday's game will be the 42nd all-time meeting between the two teams, with the Big Red holding a slight advantage in the series, 21-20. Last year in Cleveland, Denison topped the Spartans 67-63, despite a 23-point, seven-rebound performance from junior guard Kendall McConico, and an 18-point effort by Hellmann.
John Carroll Blue Streaks
John Carroll currently stands at 1-1 on the year, and will host Pitt-Bradford on Tuesday before facing the Spartans on Sunday. The Blue Streaks earned a 64-62 win over Hiram in their season-opener on Friday, before suffering a 59-53 loss to Oberlin on Saturday. The team has averaged 58.5 points per game on 37.7% shooting overall and 29.4% shooting from behind the three-point line, while allowing 60.5 points per game. John Carroll has been led by sophomore guard/forward Nicole Heffington, who has averaged 12.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, while freshman center Olivia Nagy has come off the bench to score 8.0 points and collect 6.5 rebounds per game.
John Carroll is coached by Kelly Morrone, who has gone 73-60 during her six-year career with the team. She is assisted by Beth Andrews and Emily Taylor.
The Spartans are 12-17 all-time against John Carroll, in a series that dates back to the 1973-74 campaign. CWRU has won three-straight meetings with the Blue Streaks, including an 80-64 win on the road last season that gave Reimer her program-record 121st win with the Spartans. Hellmann led four Spartans scoring in double figures in the game with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while sophomore guard Emily Todd and McConico each scored 13 points and junior guard Alicia Marie Gonzales added 10 points.
- The Spartans 2-0 start is their best since the 2013-14 campaign. CWRU has not opened a year 3-0 since the 2012-13 season. CWRU is one of three remaining undefeated University Athletic Association teams, along with Carnegie Mellon and Chicago, which are each 4-0.
- CWRU is fourth among UAA teams in points per game with 71.5.
- Hellmann will enter Tuesday's game with 178 career made three point shots, just one shy of matching the program's all-time record, currently held by both Jasmine Rowan (2000-04) and Evy Iacono (2009-13). Should she reach the mark on Tuesday, it will come in 22 less games than it took both Rowan and Iacono to reach the mark.
- The Spartans' starting lineup features three players with over 1,000-career points. Hellmann is currently fifth in school history with 1,197 career points, and is 23 points away from moving into a tie with Jody Chattin (1992-96) for the fourth-most points in program history. Hageman is 11th in program history with 1,066 career points, and is 38 away from moving into the top-10 scorers in CWRU history. Graduate student forward Mercedes Jones, who played the first three years of her career at Hiram, has now scored 1,041 points over her career.
- The Spartans have had a player notch a 'double-double' in each of the team's first two games. In the team's season-opener against Allegheny, Hellmann totaled 19 points and 13 rebounds. After falling just a rebound shy of a double-double against Allegheny on Friday, Hageman recorded one the next day with 21 points and 14 rebounds against Chatham.
- Hageman leads all UAA players with 11.5 rebounds per game. Hellmann is second in the UAA with 20.5 points per game and a 53.8% shooting mark on three-point attempts.
- Hellmann has connected on a three-pointer in each of the team's last six games, dating back to last season.
- Hageman had now made 274 free throws over her career, the third-most in school history. She is 13 shy of the second-most in program history, and 105 off of the program's all-time record.