The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will return home to Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland this weekend to begin a season-ending three game home stand against University Athletic Association opponents. The Spartans will host Emory University at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15th, followed by a 2:00 p.m. contest against the University of Rochester on Sunday, February 17th.
vs. Emory (Friday, February 15th | 6:00 PM | Cleveland, Ohio)
Live Stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190215_qvz5.xml
vs. Rochester (Sunday, February 17th | 2:00 PM | Cleveland, Ohio)
Live Stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2018-19/boxscores/20190217_4l1x.xml
Case Western Reserve has secured its second winning season in the last three years, coming into this weekend with a 13-9 overall record, including a 3-4 mark at home. The Spartans are tied for fourth in the UAA with a 5-6 record in the league, including a split of their games last weekend with an 83-72 loss at NYU and a 67-55 win against Brandeis. CWRU is averaging 71.8 points per game on 40.3% shooting overall and 30.6% from behind the line, while allowing 71.0 points per contest. Senior guard/ forward Hillary Hellmann leads the team with 17.4 points per game to go along with 8.2 rebounds per contest, while graduate student forward Kara Hageman has scored 15.5 points per game and added a team-leading 9.3 rebounds.
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who is now 137-159 during her 12 seasons with the team and 294-260 overall during her 22-year career. She is assisted by Kelly Muffley, Erin Gdaniec, Alexis Amburgey, Darby Kreienberg and Megan Shanosky.
Emory's last loss came to Case Western Reserve on January 18th, and since then, the Eagles have gone 7-0 to improve to 17-5 overall (including a 9-3 record away from home) and vault into a tie for second place in the UAA with an 8-3 conference record. The Eagles, who received votes in the latest D3hoops.com and WBCA polls, earned a sweep at home last weekend with a 75-66 win over Washington and a 60-57 against Chicago. The team is scoring 68.5 points per game and allowing 56.6, while shooting 43.1% overall and 33.0% from behind the arc. Senior center Ashley Oldshue leads the team with 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, junior guard Allison Chernow has added 12.9 points, and junior forward Erin Lindahl is adding 10.8 points per contest.
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 30-17 during her two years with the team, good for a .638 winning percentage. Jackson is assisted by Sammi Goldsmith and Chuck Melito.
Earlier in the year, CWRU defeated Emory 71-57 in Atlanta, behind 19 points from Hillary Hellmann and 17 points and 10 rebounds from Kara Hageman. The series between the Spartans and the Eagles dates back to the start of UAA play in the 1986-87 season. Now 51 games into the all-time matchup, the Spartans hold a 27-24 advantage against Emory. Last year, CWRU dropped both games to Emory, losing 64-47 in Atlanta and 73-62 in Cleveland. 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.
The Yellowjackets will enter the weekend with a 9-13 overall record, including a 6-5 road mark, and will face Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh on Friday night before coming to Cleveland for Sunday's game against the Spartans. The team is 3-8 in conference play, and suffered a pair of losses at home last weekend, falling 78-75 to Chicago and 61-53 to Washington. Rochester is scoring 58.9 points per game on 35.3% shooting overall and 27.0% from three-point range, while allowing 60.2 points per contest. Freshman forward Julianna Okoniewski leads the team with 11.8 points per game, and senior guard Lena Ethington has added 10.7 points per contest and a team-high 9.6 rebounds.
Rochester is led by Head Coach Jim Scheible, who holds a 377-168 record during his 20 years with Rochester. The 1988 graduate of Clarkson is 518-239 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.
On January 21st, Rochester handed the Spartans their first UAA loss of the season, defeating CWRU 72-64 in Rochester. The loss for the Spartans came in spite of a standout performance by Hillary Hellmann, who scored 26 points and collected 12 rebounds in the game. The Spartans and the Yellowjackets have played each other every year since the 1987-88 season, with Rochester holding a 36-15 edge in the all-time series, including seven-straight victories. Last year, 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.
- CWRU has committed the fewest turnovers per game among UAA teams this season, averaging just 14.0 per game. The mark also ranks as the 34th-lowest among Division III teams this year. The Spartans have committed 10 or fewer turnovers in a game five times this year, including during last Sunday's win over Brandeis.
- The Spartans are also tied for the league lead with 155 made three pointers, the 89th-best among Division III teams this year. CWRU's 7.0 three-pointers made per game are ranked second among UAA squads.
- CWRU leads the UAA this season in both free throws made (314) and free throws attempted (453).
- Hillary Hellmann has scored 1,539 points over her career (the second most in school history), currently 20th among active Division III players and 95th among players across all three NCAA divisions. Her 16.0 points per game over her career rank her 25th among active Division III players, while her 214 made three pointers are a school record and 17th among active DIII shooters.
- Kara Hageman is 36th among active Division III players with 1,375 career points, the fourth-most ever by a player in program history. She is 25 points away from joining Erin Rogalski, Erin Hollinger and Hellmann as the only Spartans ever with over 1,400 career points. She is also fourth in program history with 664 career rebounds and third with 125 career blocks.
- Hellmann leads all UAA players with 17.4 points per game this year, and is third in the conference with 8.2 rebounds per game. Hageman is fifth in the conference with 15.5 points per game, second with 9.3 rebounds per game, and fourth with 1.4 blocks per game.
- Hageman also leads all UAA players this season with nine double-doubles, six of which have come in conference games. Hellmann is second with eight double-doubles this year, including three in league games.
- Junior guard Alicia Marie Gonzales ranks fifth among UAA players averaging 20 or more minutes per game with a 1.9 assist to turnover ratio. Her 3.5 assists per game lead all Spartan players and are the sixth-most in the conference this year.
- 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.
- The winning season is the 16th overall in program history, and the team's seventh winning campaign in the 12th years since Jennifer Reimer became the Head Coach of the program.
- This year marks just the fifth time in program history that the Spartans have won 13 of their first 22 games, along with the 1995-96, 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2016-17 seasons.