The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will play its final two games before the start of Winter Break, hosting 24th-ranked Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday, December 8th at 2:00 p.m., before traveling to Gambier, Ohio to face Kenyon College on Monday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m.
vs. Baldwin Wallace (Saturday at 2:00 PM)
Live Stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20181208_86z1.xml
at Kenyon (Monday at 7:00 PM)
Live Stats: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/kenyon/
Case Western Reserve has opened the season with a 4-1 overall record, and will be wrapping up a three-game home stand on Saturday, after suffering its first setback of the season, a 71-57 loss to Ohio Northern last Wednesday. The Spartans have gone 1-1 at home and 3-0 in games away from Horsburgh Gymnasium this season. The team has averaged 74.0 points per game on 40.8% shooting overall and 31.5% shooting from three-point range, while allowing 69.8 points per game. Senior guard/forward Hillary Hellmann leads the team with 19.6 points per game and 47.1% shooting from three-point range, while adding 7.6 rebounds per game. Graduate student forward Kara Hageman has added 17.4 points per game and has paced the squad with 9.6 rebounds and seven blocks, while freshman guard Alyssa Hyland has chipped in 9.8 points per contest this season.
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who is now in her 128-151 during her 12 seasons with the team and 285-252 overall during her 22-year career. She is assisted by Kelly Muffley, Erin Gdaniec, Alexis Amburgey, Darby Kreienberg and Megan Shanosky.
BALDWIN WALLACE YELLOW JACKETS
Baldwin Wallace won six-straight games to open its 2018-19 campaign, climbing to 24th in the D3hoops.com Top-25 and receiving votes in the latest WBCA poll. The Yellow Jackets are 4-0 away from home this season, including 3-0 in non-neutral road contests, and are coming off an 82-44 win over Muskingum last Saturday. The team is averaging 72.8 points per game on 39.4% shooting overall and 31.3% shooting from behind the three-point line, while allowing 54.3 points per contest. The Yellow Jackets have three players averaging double-figure points this season, including freshman forward Lilly Edwards, who has come off the bench to lead the team with 12.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Senior guard/forward Hannah Fecht has scored 11.8 points per game, and junior guard Riley Schill has scored 10.5 points per game and leads the team with 5.0 assists per game.
Baldwin Wallace is coached by Cheri Harrer, a 1985 graduate of Finley who is now in her 29th season with the team. She has a career record of 569-213, good for a .728 winning percentage. Harrer is assisted by Cody Hartzler, Amanda Berchtold and Ashley Barker.
CWRU is 13-21 all-time against Baldwin Wallace, and will be aiming to end a three-game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets. The Spartans suffered a 77-51 loss to the Yellow Jackets in Berea, Ohio last year, despite a team-leading 13-point, six-rebound performance from Hellmann.
Kenyon currently stands at 5-3 on the season, including a 3-2 home record, and will travel to play Wittenberg University on Saturday, prior to hosting the Spartans on Monday. The Ladies will be aiming to turn around a two-game losing streak, after a 45-42 setback to DePauw last Saturday, and a 51-47 loss to Oberlin on Wednesday. Kenyon has averaged 57.3 points per game this season on 35.6% shooting overall and 31.0% shooting on three-point attempts, while allowing 52.3 points per game. Junior guard Paige Matijasich leads the team with 15.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this season, while senior forward Lane Davis has added 6.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest.
Kenyon is led by Suzanne Helfant, a 1988 graduate of Allegheny College. She is in her 24th season with the Ladies, during which she has gone 381-234, and has a 415-278 record over her 27-year career, which includes a three-year stint at Marietta. Helfant is assisted by Morgan Korinek and Laurel Gourrier.
The Spartans have an all-time record of 23-28 against Kenyon, including wins in two of the last three meetings with the Ladies. The Spartans suffered a close loss at home last season to the Ladies, falling 53-51 on a last-second jumper by Kenyon's Sharon Hull, after Hillary Hellmann tied the game with a three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining. Hellmann finished the contest with 23 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks, while junior guard Kendall McConico added 12 points and sophomore forward Emma Cain scored 11.
- The Spartans' lineup features the two top scorers in the University Athletic Association this season in Hillary Hellmann (19.6 points per game) and Kara Hageman (17.4 points per game). In addition, Hageman leads the conference in rebounding (9.6 per game), while Hellmann is third in the category (7.6 per game), and Hellmann has paced the UAA with 47.1% shooting from three-point range.
- With seven blocks this season, including four against Ohio Northern last Wednesday, Hageman became the fifth player in program history to pass the century mark in career blocks. She now sits on 101 over her career, 10 shy of Emily Mueller (2009-13) for fourth-place in school history, and 13 away from Allison Bethea (1984-88) for third place. Hageman is sixth in the UAA this season with 1.4 blocks per game.
- Hellmann became the program's leader in career three-pointers made, and now has 187 for her career. She is currently 13th among active Division III players in career three-pointers and 14th with 2.37 three-pointers per game. In addition, Hellmann ranks sixth among active Division III players and 19th among all NCAA players with a career 40.8% mark from three-point range.
- The Spartans' lineup features three career 1,000-point scorers in Hellmann, Hageman, graduate student forward Mercedes Jones. Hellmann is now fourth in school history in points scored with 1,254, and is 98 shy of Evy Iacono (2009-13) for the third-most (1,352), while Hageman is 11th in school history in career points with 1,121, and is 13 away from matching Jess McCoy's (2013-17) ninth-place total. Jones has scored 1,068 points over her career, which includes a three-year stint at Hiram, prior to continuing her education at CWRU.
- CWRU has gotten stronger as its games have gone on this season. The Spartans have been outscored by 22 points in the first quarter of games this season, but have outscored their opponents by 10 points in the second quarter, and 13 in both the third and fourth quarter in 2018-19.