The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will return to Horsburgh Gymnasium after a stretch of six-straight games away from home to host a pair of University Athletic Association games against New York University on Friday, January 11th at 6:00 p.m. and Brandeis University on Sunday, January 13th at 2:00 p.m. in Cleveland, Ohio.
vs. NYU (Friday, January 11th)
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vs. Brandeis (Sunday, January 13th)
Live Stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190113_j4cx.xml
The Spartans will head into the weekend looking to maintain momentum, after registering five-straight wins, all away from home. CWRU is 9-3 overall this season, including a 1-2 mark at home and a 1-0 record in the UAA, following their 74-63 win at Carnegie Mellon last Saturday. The Spartans are coming off an 80-62 victory at Chatham in a non-conference matchup on Monday. The team has scored 76.3 points per game this season on 42.1% shooting overall and 33.7% shooting from three-point range, while yielding just 72.0 points per game. Senior guard/ forward Hillary Hellmann has paced the Spartans with 18.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this year, while graduate student forward Kara Hageman has scored 15.7 points per game and 8.5 rebounds.
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who is now 133-153 during her 12 seasons with the team and 290-254 overall during her 22-year career. She is assisted by Kelly Muffley, Erin Gdaniec, Alexis Amburgey, Darby Kreienberg and Megan Shanosky.
The Violets stand at 7-3 overall on the season, including a 2-3 mark in road games. The team entered conference play last weekend on a five-game winning streak, but saw the stretch come to a close with a 69-61 loss at Brandeis during their UAA opener on Saturday. NYU is averaging 64.5 points per game on 40.9% shooting from the floor, including a 32.0% mark from behind the three-point line, and has allowed 56.0 points per game this season. Sophomore guard Janean Cuffee leads the team with 14.9 points per game and sophomore forward Katie Foos has scored 14.5 points per game and collected 5.4 rebounds per contest.
The Violets are coached by Meg Barber, who is in her first year as a collegiate head coach. The 2002 graduate of NYU returned to her alma mater after spending the previous four years as an assistant coach at Temple University. She is assisted by Nettie Respondek, Audrey Cunningham and William Ingersoll.
The Spartans have split their last 22 meetings with the Violets, and stand at 12-39 all-time against NYU. CWRU was swept in the series last year, despite junior guard Kendall McConico averaging 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds over the two games, and Hillary Hellmann scoring 11.5 points and collecting 5.0 rebounds. This will be the first of two games between the teams this season, with a rematch slated for February 8th in New York.
Brandeis will begin the weekend with a 5-6 overall record, including a 1-3 mark in road games. The Judges stand at 1-0 in the UAA after their victory over NYU last weekend, and will travel to face Carnegie Mellon on Friday before taking on the Spartans on Sunday. Brandeis is scoring 68.3 points per game this season on 40.0% shooting overall and 30.8% from three-point range, while allowing 71.1 points per contest. The team's leading scorer is sophomore guard Camila Casanueva, while senior guard Sarah Jaromin is scoring 12.0 points per game with 7.0 rebounds, and junior forward Hannah Nicholson has added 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds.
The Judges are under the leadership of Carol Simon, who is now in her 32nd season with the team and is the longest tenured head coach in the UAA. She holds a 439-362 career record, all of which has been at the Judges' helm. Simon is assisted by Scott Foulis, Trish Liotta and Al Berger.
Case Western Reserve and Brandeis split a pair of games against each other last season, with Brandeis winning 63-42 at in Waltham, and the CWRU responding with a 73-70 win at home a week later. Hillary Hellmann paced the Spartans with 15.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game over the two contests, while Kendall McConico added 12.0 points over the two games. The series between the Judges and the Spartans dates back to the 1987-88 season, with Brandeis holding a 32-18 edge all-time. The two teams will meet again this season in Waltham on February 10th.
- CWRU's five-game winning streak is the longest since the team ran off five-straight games during the 2016-17 season. It is the fourth-longest winning streak overall in the program's history, and is four games shy of the program-record nine game winning streak during the 2009-10 campaign. CWRU has not won six-straight games since a stretch that lasted from the end of the 2011-12 season and into the 2012-13 campaign.
- The Spartans have made 10 or more three pointers in three of their last four games, all victories. CWRU is on pace to connect on 195 three pointers this season, which would be the second-highest single-season total in program history. CWRU is also on pace to score 1,906 points this season, which would also be the second-highest ever by a Spartans' team.
- CWRU totaled a season-high 22 assists against Chatham on Monday, marking the most in a single-game by the team since notching 22 in a win over Olivet on December 30, 2016.
- Hillary Hellmann is now ranked third in school history in career points with 1,380. She is 41 points away from catching former Spartan (and current assistant coach) Erin Hollinger (Gdaniec) for second-place in program history and 279 away from all-time Spartan scoring leader Erin Rogalsky. Hellmann began the week ranked 22nd among all active NCAA Division III players in points scored over a career. Hellmann also eclipsed the 200-career three-point field goal mark during the team's win over Chatham on Monday, becoming the first player in program history to accomplish the feat.
- Kara Hageman ranks fifth in program history with 1,222 career points, and is 130 away from Evy Iacono for fourth in program history. She began the week ranked 39th in career points among all active Division III players.
- Hellmann leads all UAA players in points per game this season (18.7) and is second in the conference with 8.6 rebounds per game. Hageman is third in the conference in both points per game (15.7) and rebounds per game (8.5).
- Hellmann has notched double-doubles in back-to-back games, giving her a team-leading six this season and 17 for her career. She totaled 24 points and 11 rebounds against Carnegie Mellon last Saturday, marking her sixth career double-double in a UAA game.
- Freshman guard Abbey Lawrence has come on strong of late, averaging 14.8 points per game over the last four contests. Included in the stretch was a career-best 19-point performance against Carnegie Mellon last Saturday, during which she shot seven-for-11 from the floor and five-for-five from three-point range.
- Freshman guard Alyssa Hyland is currently ranked fourth among all UAA players this season with a 36.9% mark on three-point attempts.
- Junior guard Alicia Marie Gonzales is fifth among UAA players with a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio. She also leads all Spartan players and is sixth in the UAA with 3.8 assists per game.