The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will play its final two road games of the 2018-19 regular season this weekend, when the Spartans travel to New York, New York to face NYU on Friday, February 8th at 6:00 p.m., and to Waltham, Massachusetts to take on Brandeis University on Sunday, February 10th at 2:00 p.m.
at NYU (Friday, February 8th | 6:00 PM | New York, N.Y.)
Live Stats: https://gonyuathletics.com/sidearmstats/wbball/summary
at Brandeis (Sunday, February 10th | 2:00 PM | Waltham, Mass.)
Live Stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190210_coxh.xml
Case Western Reserve will hit the road this weekend looking to put an end to a five-game losing streak, including a pair of defeats at the hands of Chicago (60-54) and Washington (81-62) in Cleveland last weekend. The losses dropped CWRU to 12-8 overall, including a 4-5 mark in the UAA (good for fourth-place in the conference), while the team stands at 6-4 in true road games and 9-4 in all games away from home this year. The Spartans are averaging 72.0 points per game and allowing 71.2 points per contest, while shooting 40.1% overall and 31.0% from long range this year. Senior guard/ forward Hillary Hellmann leads the team with 17.2 points per game this year and has added 8.3 rebounds per contest, and graduate student forward Kara Hageman has added 15.7 points per game and 9.3 rebounds.
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who is now 136-158 during her 12 seasons with the team and 293-259 overall during her 22-year career. She is assisted by Kelly Muffley, Erin Gdaniec, Alexis Amburgey, Darby Kreienberg and Megan Shanosky.
NYU will open the weekend with an 11-8 overall record, including a 3-6 mark in conference games, good for fifth place in the UAA standings. The Violets are 7-2 at home this season, including a split last weekend with a 66-65 win over Rochester and a 78-70 loss to Emory. NYU is averaging 65.3 points per game on 39.8% shooting overall and 31.5% from three-point range, while allowing 60.6 points per game. Sophomore guard Janean Cuffee leads the team with 17.5 points per game, and sophomore forward Katie Foos has added 13.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest this season.
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.
CWRU will be looking for the season sweep of the Violets, after claiming 72-62 win over NYU in Cleveland on January 11th. Kara Hageman led the Spartans with 19 points and a career-best 15 rebounds, and Hillary Hellmann added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Spartans stand at 13-39 all-time against NYU following the win in January, including victories in 12 of the last 23 matchups against the Violets. 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 Hellmann scoring 11.5 points and collecting 5.0 rebounds.
The Judges stand at 7-12 overall on the season, including record of 4-7 at home and 3-6 in the UAA, and will host Carnegie Mellon on Friday night before facing the Spartans on Sunday afternoon. After opening conference play with a 3-0 record, Brandeis has dropped six of its last seven contests, including a pair of setbacks last weekend to Emory (72-42) and Rochester (74-66). The team has averaged 65.4 points per game on 37.8% shooting from the floor and 29.9% from three point range, while allowing 71.1 points per contest. Sophomore guard Camila Casanueva leads the team with 14.7 points per game, and senior guard Sarah Jaromin has added 9.8 points per contest.
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 441-368 career record, all of which has been at the Judges' helm. Simon is assisted by Scott Foulis, Trish Liotta and Al Berger.
The Spartans will also be attempting to sweep the Judges this year, following a 67-64 victory in Cleveland on January 13. Hillary Hellmann led all players with 23 points in the game, and Hageman finished the contest with 14 points and 14 rebounds. The series between the Judges and the Spartans dates back to the 1987-88 season, with Brandeis holding a 32-19 edge all-time. 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. 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 Spartans are 4-1 this season against teams on the remainder of their schedule, with wins over NYU, Brandeis, Emory and Carnegie Mellon earlier in the season.
- CWRU's eight-game winning streak between December 19 and January 18 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.
- Kara Hageman was named the UAA Athlete of the Week on Monday for the first time this season and the third time over her career, after recording double-doubles in each of the Spartans' games last weekend. Hageman scored 16 points and collected 10 rebounds against Chicago on Friday, and followed that with a season-high 22 points and 13 rebounds against Washington on Sunday.
- Hageman is currently tied with Hillary Hellmann for the team lead with eight double-doubles this season. Five of her double-doubles this year have come in UAA games. Hageman has totaled 18 double-doubles over her career.
- Hellmann reached the 1,500 point mark for her career during the team's game against Washington on Sunday. She is currently 20th among active Division III players in career points, and 96th among NCAA players across all divisions. In addition, she is 16th among active DIII players with 210 career made three-pointers.
- Hellmann is second among UAA players this season with 17.2 points per game, while Hageman is fifth with 15.7 points per contest. Hageman is also second in the conference with 9.3 rebounds per game, followed by Hellmann in third with 8.3 rebounds per contest. Hageman ranks fourth among all UAA players with 1.4 blocks per contest.
- Junior guard Alicia Marie Gonzales is fourth among UAA players with a 1.82 assist to turnover ratio, and sixth in the conference with 3.5 assists per game.