The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will ride a seven-game winning streak into its University Athletic Association road trip this weekend, when the Spartans travel to Atlanta, Georgia to face the Emory University Eagles at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18th and to Rochester, New York to take on the University of Rochester Yellowjackets at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20th.
at Emory (Friday, January 18th)
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at Rochester (Sunday, January 20th)
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Case Western Reserve's seven-game winning streak has jumped the team's overall record to 11-3 overall, including an 8-1 mark in all games away from home and a 5-1 ledger in true road contests. The Spartans are coming off of a sweep of their home UAA weekend with a 72-62 win over New York University on Friday night and a 67-64 victory over Brandeis University on Sunday afternoon. With the two wins, the Spartans remained tied with Washington University (Mo.) for first place in the UAA with a 3-0 league record, and a game ahead of both the University of Chicago and Brandeis. CWRU is averaging 75.4 points per game on 41.1% shooting overall and 32.2% from three-point range, while allowing 70.7 points per game. Senior guard/ forward Hillary Hellmann is leading the team with 18.4 points per game this season and has added 8.7 rebounds per game, while graduate student forward Kara Hageman has scored 15.8 points per contest and collected 9.4 rebounds per game.
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who is now 135-153 during her 12 seasons with the team and 292-254 overall during her 22-year career. She is assisted by Kelly Muffley, Erin Gdaniec, Alexis Amburgey, Darby Kreienberg and Megan Shanosky.
Emory, which received votes in this week's WBCA Top-25, is 10-4 overall this year, including a 6-1 mark at home and a 1-2 record in the UAA. The Eagles dropped a pair of road games last weekend, falling at Washington University (Mo.) 77-69 and at 13th-ranked Chicago 60-56. The team has averaged 69.2 points per game on 43.5% shooting overall and 34.1% shooting from behind the three-point line, while allowing 55.9 points per game. Emory has been paced by senior center Ashley Oldshue, who is averaging 16.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, both team-best marks. Junior guard Allison Chernow has added 13.0 points per game this season.
The Eagles are under the leadership of Head Coach Misha Jackson, who in now in her second season at the helm of her alma mater. She has gone 23-16 during her two years with the team, good for a .590 winning percentage. Jackson is assisted by Sammi Goldsmith and Chuck Melito.
The series between the Spartans and the Eagles dates back to the start of UAA play in the 1986-87 season. Now 50 games into the all-time matchup, the Spartans hold a 26-24 advantage against Emory, and will be looking to end a four-game losing streak against the Eagles. Last year, CWRU dropped both games to Emory, losing 64-47 in Atlanta and 73-62 in Cleveland. Hillary Hellmann averaged 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds over the two games, with junior guard Kendall McConico adding 12.5 points per game and sophomore forward Emma Cain adding 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds.
Rochester stands at 6-8 entering the weekend, and will host Carnegie Mellon on Friday night before welcoming in the Spartans on Sunday. The Yellowjackets are 0-3 in UAA play this season, including losses of 63-44 at Chicago and 74-56 at Washington last weekend, and are 1-4 in home contests in 2018-19. The team is averaging 56.7 points per game on 34.9% shooting overall and 27.7% from three-point range, while allowing 58.6 points per contest. Rochester freshman forward Julianna Okoniewski leads the team with 10.4 points per game and has added 6.9 rebounds per game, while senior guard Lena Ethington has averaged 10.2 points and a team-high 9.4 rebounds per game.
Rochester is led by Head Coach Jim Scheible, who holds a 374-163 record during his 20 years with Rochester. The 1988 graduate of Clarkson is 515-234 overall during his 28-year career, which includes a year at Clarkson and seven at Elmira. Scheible is assisted by Lindsey Burke and Morgan Crawford.
The Spartans and the Yellowjackets have played each other every year since the 1987-88 season, with Rochester holding a 35-15 edge in the all-time series, including six-straight victories. CWRU dropped both games to Rochester (which reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships), despite sophomore guard Emily Todd averaging 10.5 points per game, and Hillary Hellmann scoring 9.5 points per contest.
- Case Western Reserve's seven game winning streak matches the second longest in program history. The Spartans had previously won seven in a row during the 2003-04 campaign, and tallied a program-record nine-straight victories during the 2009-10 season.
- CWRU has opened its UAA season with three-straight wins for just the third time in program history, and for the first time since winning its first four conference games in 2010-11. The Spartans also claimed five-straight victories to open the 2003-04 campaign, the most consecutive wins to start a UAA season in program history.
- The Spartans' 11-3 start matches the second-best 14-game record in the program's history. The 2001-02 squad went 12-2 over its first 14 games, while the 2000-01 and the 2009-10 teams each started with an 11-3 record as well. Should CWRU win one of its two games this weekend, the team would join the 2001-02 squad as just the second in program history with 12 victories in its first 16 games.
- CWRU leads all UAA teams and is 28th in Division III this season with 75.4 points per game this year. The team is on pace to score 1,884 points by the end of the regular season, which would be the second-highest single-season total in program history, and the most over a 25-game season.
- Case Western Reserve is also leading the UAA with 107 made three pointers (58th in Division III), 620 rebounds (121st in Division III) and 224 free throws made (36th in Division III).
- Hillary Hellmann was named the UAA Athlete of the Week for the second time this season and the fifth time over her career, after averaging 19.3 points and 10.3 rebounds during Spartan victories over Chatham, NYU and Brandeis.
- Hellmann leads all UAA players in 2018-19 with 18.4 points per game, and ranks third among UAA players with 8.7 rebounds per contest. Kara Hageman is third in the conference with 15.8 points per game, and is tied for the UAA lead with 9.4 rebounds per game. In addition, her 47.1 field goal percentage ranks fifth among qualifying players in the conference.
- Hageman recorded a career-high 15 rebounds against NYU on Friday, and followed that with a 14-rebound performance against Brandeis on Sunday. She is currently sixth in school history in career rebounds, and is nine shy of 600 for her career, which would make her just the third player in program history with over 1,200 career points and 600 rebounds, along with Erin Rogalski (1997-01) and Jody Chattin (1992-96).
- Junior guard Alicia Marie Gonzales is sixth among UAA players with 3.9 assists per game this season and 2.2 assists per turnover. She matched her career-high with seven assists against Brandeis on Sunday, and averaged 5.3 assists per game during the Spartans' three victories last week, while turning the ball over just three times.
- Hellmann has scored 1,414 points over her career, and is just seven away from matching former Spartan (and current assistant coach) Erin Hollinger for second all-time in program history. She is currently 19th among active Division III players in career points, and 11th with 205 career made three pointers.
- Hellmann and Hageman are ranked first and second in the UAA this season with seven and five double-doubles, respectively. The pair has recorded a double-double in the same game three times this season, most recently last Friday night against NYU, and has accomplished the feat six times over their careers. Hellmann has registered 18 career double-doubles, including seven in UAA contests, while Hageman has notched 15 career double-doubles, including six in league games.
- Kendall McConico's 46.7% career field goal percentage is the fifth-best mark in program history. She is shooting a team-high 50.7% (36-of-71) from the floor this year.