The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will face a road challenge against a pair of University Athletic Association opponents on the road this weekend, traveling to Chicago, Illinois to face the 19th-ranked University of Chicago on Friday, January 25th at 7:00 p.m. ET, followed by a 3:00 p.m. ET matchup against Washington University (Mo.) in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, January 27th.
at Chicago (Friday, January 25th)
at Washington (Sunday, January 27th)
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The Spartans will enter the weekend with a 12-4 record, including a 9-2 mark in all games away from home and a 6-2 mark in true road contests. CWRU is currently in sole possession of second place in the UAA with a 4-1 record, including a 71-57 win at Emory last Friday and a 72-64 setback at Rochester on Monday. The Spartans are the top scoring team in the UAA this season, averaging 74.4 points per game on 41.1% shooting overall and 31.5% from three-point range, and allowing 69.9 points per game. Senior guard/ forward Hillary Hellmann has led the Spartans with 18.9 points per game and has added 8.5 rebounds per game, while graduate student forward Kara Hageman has scored 15.6 points per game and leads the squad with 9.3 rebounds per game.
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who is now 136-154 during her 12 seasons with the team and 293-255 overall during her 22-year career. She is assisted by Kelly Muffley, Erin Gdaniec, Alexis Amburgey, Darby Kreienberg and Megan Shanosky.
Chicago will begin play this weekend ranked 19th in the latest D3hoops.com and WBCA Top-25 polls. The Maroons are 12-4 overall, including a 3-2 conference record (good for third-place in the UAA), and are 5-2 at home this season. The team split its two games last weekend, claiming a 71-62 win at Brandeis on Friday, before suffering a 66-62 overtime defeat at NYU on Sunday. Junior forward Taylor Lake leads the Maroons with 15.1 points per game this season, while junior guard Mia Farrell (12.9 ppg), junior guard Miranda Burt (10.3 ppg) and senior forward Olariche Obi (10.3 ppg) are also averaging double figures. Obi leads the team with 8.1 rebounds per game.
Chicago is coached by Carissa Sain, a 2005 graduate of Carnegie Mellon, who is now in her seventh season with the team. She has gone 111-59 during her career as a head coach, all of which has been at the Maroons' helm. She is assisted by Michelle Bilek, Korry Schwanz and B.J. Dieterich.
Case Western Reserve is 12-39 all-time against Chicago, in a series that began during the 1986-87 season. CWRU's last win against the Maroons came during the 2016-17 campaign, when the Spartans topped Chicago 80-78 at home, with the Spartans dropping both of their meetings last season. Sophomore guard Emily Todd averaged 11.0 points per game over the two games last season.
WASHINGTON (MO.) BEARS
The Bears will enter the weekend leading the UAA with a 5-0 conference record, one game ahead of the Spartans, and will host Carnegie Mellon on Friday before facing the Spartans on Sunday. The Bears are 11-5 overall, including a 5-2 record at home, and earned wins of 76-61 at NYU and 101-67 at Brandeis last weekend. Washington received votes in both the D3hoops.com and WBCA Top-25 Polls this week. The team is averaging 73.7 points per game on 44.1% shooting overall and 33.1% from behind the three-point line, while allowing 62.9 points per contest. Madeline Homoly leads the Bears this season with 16.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
The Bears are led by Head Coach Randi Henderson, who is now in her second season with the team and has a 30-13 record with the squad. Now in her 12th season as a head coach, including stints at Minnesota-Morris and Coe, she has totaled a 201-114 record. Henderson is assisted by Marke Freeman, Andrew Althage, Annitre Edison, Duez Henderson, Ben Levine and Shad Nichols.
CWRU dropped both games to Washington last season, falling 78-61 at home and 99-61 on the road. Hillary Hellmann led the Spartans over the two games, averaging 20.0 points and 6.0 rebounds, with Emily Todd chipping in 14.5 points per game over the two contests. The Spartans will be aiming for their first win against Washington since the 2012-13 season, when CWRU defeated the Bears 72-68 in Cleveland. The series between the two teams dates back to the 1987-88 campaign.
- Case Western Reserve leads the UAA and is ranked 30th in Division III with 74.4 points per game this season. The Spartans are on pace to score 1,860 points by the end of the regular season, which would be the highest 25-game total in program history and the second-highest overall (the 2001-02 Spartans scored 1,916 points over 27 games). CWRU is also second in the conference and 63rd among Division III teams with 7.1 three-pointers made per game, and is on pace of 178 made three pointers this year, which would also mark the second-highest total in team history.
- The Spartans' 12-4 start marks just the second time in program history the team has won 12 or more games in their first 16 contests, along with a 13-3 start during the 2001-02 campaign. CWRU's recent eight-game winning streak was the second-longest in program history, while the team's 4-0 start to UAA play matched the team's best start in the league in program history.
- CWRU needs one more win to lock up its second winning season in the last three years, and the 16th overall in program history. It would mark the team's seventh winning campaign in the 12th years since Jennifer Reimer became the Head Coach of the program.
- Hillary Hellmann moved into second place in program history with 1,459 points, surpassing Erin Hollinger's 1,421 career points as a Spartan during her 19-point effort against Emory last Friday. She begins this week 20th among active Division III players and 94th among active NCAA players across all three divisions in career points. Hellmann is exactly 200 points behind former Spartan Erin Rogalsky (1997-01) for the program's career record, and would need to average 22.3 points per game over the next nine games to match the record by the end of the regular season.
- Kara Hageman has scored 1,283 career points, and is just 17 points away from becoming the fifth player in program history with over 1,300 points during her career. She is 35th among active Division III players and 146th among all active NCAA players in career points.
- Hellmann currently leads the UAA with 18.9 points per game this season, and is third in the UAA with 8.5 rebounds per game. Hageman is sixth in the conference with 15.6 points per game and second in the league with 9.3 rebounds per game.
- Hageman notched three-straight double-doubles between January 11th and January 18th, all in conference games, and now has six this season and eight during her career. Hellmann tallied her eighth double-double of the season and the 19th of her career with 26 points and 12 rebounds against Rochester on Monday. At least one of the two has recorded a double-double in each of the team's five UAA games this season.
- Since being inserted into the starting lineup seven games ago, sophomore forward Emma Cain has averaged 8.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game, helping the team go 6-1 during the stretch. Cain is fourth on the team in points per game and leads all CWRU players with a .542 field goal percentage (26-of-48) during the last seven games.
- Junior guard Kendall McConico is seventh in program history with a .458 career field goal percentage. She is shooting a team-best 46.4% from the floor this season.
- Junior guard Alicia Marie Gonzales is now 18th in program history with 160 career assists. She is sixth in the UAA this season and leads all Spartans with 3.6 assists per game, while her 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio is fourth among league players averaging 15 or more minutes per game in 2018-19.