With half of its conference schedule in the books, the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will be returning home to Cleveland, Ohio this weekend to host the 14th-annual Throwback Weekend at Adelbert Gymnasium this weekend. The Spartans will face the 19th-ranked University of Chicago Maroons at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1st, and welcome Washington University (Mo.) to Cleveland on Sunday, February 3rd at 2:00 p.m.
vs. Chicago (Friday, February 1st)
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vs. Washington (Sunday, February 3rd)
Live Stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190203_a1vv.xml
Case Western Reserve University will be celebrating its annual Throwback Weekend during its games this weekend, as the Spartans will honor the heritage and tradition of the University. The women's team will be wearing 'Throwback' uniforms from Mather College, and all games will be played at Historic Adelbert Gymnasium.
For more information on the weekend's events, go to https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2018-19/releases/20190129keplpz.
The Spartans will enter the weekend with a 12-6 record, including a 3-2 mark in home games. CWRU is third place in the UAA with a 4-3 league record, but is looking to snap a three-game losing streak, including losses to both Chicago and Washington last weekend. The Spartans are second in the UAA this season with 73.6 points per game on 40.8% shooting overall and 31.5% from three-point range, and allowing 71.3 points per game. Senior guard/ forward Hillary Hellmann has led the Spartans with 18.2 points per game and has added 8.4 rebounds per game, while graduate student forward Kara Hageman has scored 15.3 points per game and leads the squad with 9.1 rebounds per game.
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who is now 136-156 during her 12 seasons with the team and 293-257 overall during her 22-year career. She is assisted by Kelly Muffley, Erin Gdaniec, Alexis Amburgey, Darby Kreienberg and Megan Shanosky.
#19 CHICAGO MAROONS
Chicago will begin play this weekend ranked 19th in the latest D3hoops.com and WBCA Top-25 polls. The Maroons are 14-4 overall, including a 5-2 conference record (good for second-place in the UAA), and are 7-2 away from home this season. The Maroons won both of their games last weekend, topping CWRU on Friday and Carnegie Mellon on Sunday. Junior forward Taylor Lake leads the Maroons with 13.9 points per game this season, while junior guard Mia Farrell (12.6 ppg), junior guard Miranda Burt (11.2 ppg) and senior forward Olariche Obi (10.0 ppg) are also averaging double figures. Obi leads the team with 8.3 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 113-59 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 12-40 all-time against Chicago, in a series that began during the 1986-87 season, including an 83-55 loss last Friday. Kara Hageman led the team with 15 points in the game, and freshman guard Abbey Lawrence scored 12 off the bench for the Spartans. 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 7-0 conference record, and will play at Carnegie Mellon on Friday before facing the Spartans on Sunday. The Bears are 13-5 overall, including a 6-3 record away from home, and claimed wins over CWRU and Carnegie Mellon last weekend. Washington received votes in the D3hoops.com Top-25, and was tied for 25th in the WBCA Poll this week. The team is averaging a UAA-best 74.9 points per game on 44.4% shooting overall and 34.2% from behind the three-point line, while allowing 63.9 points per contest. Madeline Homoly leads the Bears this season with 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, while Rachael Sondag is adding 9.2 points per contest.
The Bears are led by Head Coach Randi Henderson, who is now in her second season with the team and has a 32-13 record with the squad. Now in her 12th season as a head coach, including stints at Minnesota-Morris and Coe, she has totaled a 203-114 record. Henderson is assisted by Marke Freeman, Andrew Althage, Annitre Edison, Duez Henderson, Ben Levine and Shad Nichols.
The series between the two teams dates back to the 1987-88 campaign, and including the Spartans' 82-79 loss to the Bears last Sunday. In last Sunday's game, Hillary Hellmann led the team with 21 points and seven rebounds, junior guard Kendall McConico scored a season-high 20, and sophomore forward Emma Cain added a career-high 15 points. Last season, 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 Spartans lead the UAA and are 35th among all Division III teams with 14.2 turnovers per game in 2018-19. CWRU also ranks second in the conference and 43rd among Division III squads with 73.6 points per game.
- CWRU has scored 80 or more points on four occasions this season, going 4-0 in those games. The Spartans have won 10-straight games when scoring 80 or more points, dating back to the 2016-17 season. When the Spartans score 70 or more points in a game, the team has gone 11-2.
- 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 is second all-time in program history with 1,484 career points, and is 175 away from Erin Rogalsky's (1997-01) for the program career record. She would need to average 25 points over the final seven games of the regular season to match the record. Hellmann is currently 93rd among all NCAA players and 19th among Division III players in career points, while Kara Hageman is 35th in Division III and 149th among all NCAA players with 1,309 career points.
- Hellmann currently leads the UAA with 18.2 points per game this season, and is third in the UAA with 8.4 rebounds per game. Hageman is fifth in the conference with 15.3 points per game and second in the league with 9.1 rebounds per game.
- Since being inserted into the starting lineup nine games ago, sophomore forward Emma Cain has averaged 8.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game, helping the team go 6-3 during the stretch. Cain leads all CWRU players with a .567 field goal percentage (34-of-60) during the last nine games.