CWRU Women’s Basketball to Open 2019 with Three-Straight Road Contests

CWRU Women’s Basketball to Open 2019 with Three-Straight Road Contests

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will begin the 2019 portion of its schedule with three-straight road contests, including its first University Athletic Association contest of the season against Carnegie Mellon University.  The Spartans will play at the College of Wooster on Wednesday, January 2nd at 6:00 p.m., before facing Carnegie Mellon at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5th, and play their final non-conference game of the season at Chatham College on Monday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m.

at Wooster (Wed., January 2nd)
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at Carnegie Mellon (Sat., January 5th)
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Case Western Reserve will begin the new year with a 6-3 overall record, after winning both of their games at the 2018 HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout in Miami Shores, Florida with a 71-59 victory over Thiel and a 102-99 overtime triumph over Eastern.  CWRU is 2-1 in true road games this season and 5-1 in all games away from home (including neutral-site games) in 2018-19.  The team has averaged 75.1 points per game on 40.6% shooting overall and 31.6% from three-point range, while allowing 73.7 points per contest.  Senior guard/ forward Hillary Hellmann leads the team with 18.7 points per game, while adding 8.1 rebounds per contest, and graduate student forward Kara Hageman has scored 16.9 points per contest, while pacing the team with 8.6 rebounds per game, 14 steals, and 11 blocks this season.  Freshman guard Alyssa Hyland has added 10.3 points per game.

The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who is now 130-153 during her 12 seasons with the team and 287-254 overall during her 22-year career.  She is assisted by Kelly Muffley, Erin Gdaniec, Alexis Amburgey, Darby Kreienberg and Megan Shanosky.

Wooster currently stands at 4-7 overall, including a 2-2 record at home this year.  The Fighting Scots have lost back-to-back contests and six of their last seven, and will face Fredonia State on Saturday prior to hosting the Spartans on Tuesday.  The team has scored 66.2 points per game on 35.0% shooting overall and 28.6% from three-point range, while allowing 71.5 points per contest.  Senior guard Anna Gibbs has scored a team-leading 11.2 points per game this season, and senior guard Kyle Croxton has added 10.3 points per game.

Wooster is led by Head Coach Lisa Panepento, who returned to coach her alma mater, where she was an all-conference player.  Now in her fourth year with the team, she has accumulated a 19-69 record with the Fighting Scots, and stands at 40-91 overall during her career, which includes two years with Kalamazoo from 1988-90.  Panepento is assisted by Nicole Marshall.

The Spartans and the Fighting Scots last faced each other on December 2, 2017 in Cleveland, with CWRU claiming an 86-54 victory.  Sophomore guard Emily Todd led the Spartans with 19 points in the game, connecting on a career-best five three-pointers.  The series between the Spartans and the Fighting Scots dates back to the 1984-85 season, with CWRU holding a 25-23 edge overall, including wins in each of the last 16 matchups.

The Tartans have gotten off to a strong start to their 2018-19 season, going 9-1 over their first 10 games, and will take on Capital on Saturday before facing the Spartans a week later.  Carnegie Mellon is currently on a three-game winning streak, and is a perfect 3-0 at home this season.  The Tartans average 70.3 points per game on 43.6% shooting overall, including 31.3% from behind the three-point line, and have allowed 54.9 points per contest.  The team is led by freshman forward Caitlyn Clendenin, who has scored 13.3 points per game and added 6.6 rebounds per game, while junior guard Makayla Filiere has added 11.4 points per contest and junior guard Laurel Pereira has scored 10.7 points per game.

Carnegie Mellon is coached by Jacquie Hullah, who is now in her eighth year with the Tartans and has gone 107-85 with the team.  She now stands at 264-240 over her 20-year career, which includes stops at Division I Dartmouth and Arizona State.  Hullah is assisted by Samantha Crough.

The Spartans hold a 33-17 edge in the all-time series against Carnegie Mellon University, which dates back to the 1987-88 season.  Last year, CWRU dropped both games to the Tartans, falling 69-57 in Cleveland and 71-55 in Pittsburgh, despite Hellmann averaging 23.5 points over the two games.  Saturday's game will be the first of two meetings between the two teams this season, with CWRU and Carnegie Mellon scheduled to face off again on Saturday, February 23rd in Cleveland in the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Cougars are currently 6-5 overall, and have three games coming up prior to hosting the Spartans, facing Penn State Altoona on Monday, Bethany on Thursday and Thiel on Saturday.  Chatham is 1-3 at home this year, and won their last game 70-52 over Mount Aloysius.  The team is averaging 66.5 points per game on 37.2% shooting overall and 31.0% from behind the three-point line, and has allowed 63.4 points per contest.  Senior guard Ashley McLain leads the team with 17.7 points per game, with senior guard Katie Sieg adding 14.8 and graduate student guard Megan Sieg scoring 11.8.  Junior forward Sierra Ungerman has collected a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game this year.

Chatham is coached by David Saur, who is in his first season as a head coach after spending the previous two season as the Assistant Head Coach at Louisiana Monroe.  He is assisted by Marlena Tremba.

This will be the second meeting this season between CWRU and Chatham, after the Spartans defeated the Cougars 74-69 at the Greg Richards Tournament at Allegheny College on November 17thHillary Hellmann led the Spartans with 22 points in the game, and Kara Hageman registered a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds.  The game in November was the first-ever between the two teams.


  • The Spartans' 102 points scored during their win over Eastern on December 20th marked the team's second-highest single-game point total in program history, behind only their 105 points against Wilmington on November 30, 2002.  It marked just the second time ever that CWRU has surpassed the century mark in a game.
  • CWRU is the second-highest scoring team in the UAA this season, averaging 75.1 points per game, just .9 points away from the Chicago's conference-best mark.  The Spartans are also second in the league with 42.7 rebounds per game, and have converted a UAA-best 66 three point shots this season.
  • Hillary Hellmann recorded double-doubles in both games of the HoopMIA tournament.  She now has four double-doubles this season and 15 total over her career.  Both Hellmann and Kara Hageman tallied a double-double during the team's win over Thiel on December 19th, marking the second time this season and the fifth time overall during their careers that the duo has tallied a double-double in the same game.
  • Hellmann scored 30 points during the win over Eastern, marking a season-high.  It was the third 30-point game of her career, and her first since scoring a career-high 35 at Carnegie Mellon on January 7, 2017.  She also matched her career-high with 13 rebounds in the game.
  • Hellmann leads all UAA players this season with 18.7 points per game, and is third in the conference with 8.1 rebounds per game.  Hageman is second among all UAA players with 16.9 points per game, and leads the league with 8.6 rebounds per contest.