The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will travel to Alliance, Ohio to play at the 2019 M-Club Tournament, hosted by the University of Mount Union, on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd. The Spartans will begin play at the tournament against sixth-ranked Hope College at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, and then face either Mount Union or Juniata College on Saturday in either the consolation game at 2:00 p.m. or the championship game at 4:00 p.m.
Fans can follow Friday night's game against Hope via live video at https://boxcast.tv/view/hope-vs-case-western-reserve-623580 and live statistics at https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2019-20/boxscores/20191122_p1b9.xml.
Links to coverage of Saturday's games will be made available after the matchups are decided on Friday, and will be posted to both the CWRU women's basketball schedule page and the official tournament website at http://athletics.mountunion.edu/sports/wbkb/2019-20/releases/20191118ixuk6l.
Case Western Reserve will be looking to build off their first win of the season on Tuesday night, a 96-79 victory over Waynesburg in the Spartans' home-opening game. CWRU is 1-4 overall on the campaign, including a 0-3 record in road games and a 0-1 mark in neutral-site contests. The Spartans are averaging 62.4 points per game on 36.5% shooting overall and 21.4% from behind the three-point line, while allowing 67.6 points per game. Sophomore guard/ forward Abbey Lawrence leads the team with 20.2 points per contest on 46.7% shooting overall and 37.5% from behind the arc, while first-year guard/ forward Isabella Mills has added 8.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, and junior forward Emma Cain has scored 7.6 points with 6.4 rebounds per contest.
The Spartans are under the leadership of 13th-year Head Coach Jennifer Reimer. She currently holds a 297-265 record over her 22 years as a head coach, with 140 of her victories coming at CWRU. Reimer is assisted by Kelly Muffley, Erin Gdaniec and Kara Hageman.
#6 HOPE FLYING DUTCH
The Spartans will look to put the first blemish on the Flying Dutch ledger this season, as Hope will enter the weekend with a 4-0 overall record, including a 2-0 mark in neutral site games. The team has scored at least 78 points in all four of its games this season, and is yet to allow more than 48 points in a contest, including an 80-30 win at home over Hanover in its last game. For the season, the Flying Dutch are averaging 84.3 points per game on 47.4% shooting overall and 30.2% from three-point range, while allowing 38.0 points per contest. Junior guard Sydney Muller leads the team with 12.3 points per game, and first-year guard/ forward Claire Baguley has added 11.5 points per contest.
Hope is led by Head Coach Brian Morehouse, who has gone 586-90 during his 24 seasons with the team. He is assisted by Cortney Kust, Colly Carlson, Kyle Lurvey and Dean Morehouse.
Friday's game between CWRU and Hope will be just the third time in program history that the two teams have played each other, and the first time since the Flying Dutch claimed a 73-59 win over the Spartans on December 7, 2001.
MOUNT UNION PURPLE RAIDERS
Mount Union will enter the tournament with a 3-0 record, and will be playing its first home games of the season this weekend. The team is coming off a 90-73 win over Wooster last Sunday. For the year, the Raiders are averaging 81.3 points per game on 43.7% shooting overall and 42.4% from behind the three-point line, while allowing 66.0 points per contest. The team's top players this season have been senior guard Tori Rappach (22.3 ppg) and junior guard Elena Rauhe (18.0 ppg).
The Purple Raiders are coached by Suzy Venet, who holds a 256-157 career record, including a 245-141 mark at Mount Union, her alma mater. She is assisted by Abbey Bartoszewicz and Erica Johnson.
The Spartans are 5-15 all-time against Mount Union, but claimed a 57-48 win over the Purple Raiders when the two teams last met during the 2014-15 campaign.
Juniata stands at 1-1 on the season and 0-1 in road games, following the team's 65-57 loss at McDaniel last Saturday. The Eagles have averaged 68.5 points through their first two games, shooting 45.2% overall and 31.0% from three-point range, while allowing 60.5 points per game. Four members of the team are currently averaging at least ten points per game, including junior guard Gracie Stauffer (19.5 ppg), junior guard Larissa Leonard (16.0 ppg), sophomore guard Grave Long (13.5) and junior forward Madison Colyer (11.0 ppg).
The Eagles are coached by Danny Young-Uhrich, who has gone 232-195 during her 17 seasons with the team. She is assisted by Abigail Wemhoff and Bethany Spencer.
Should they face each other on Saturday, it would be the first-ever meeting between the Spartans and the Eagles.
- Isabella Mills finished Tuesday's game against Waynesburg with the first double-double of her career, scoring 18 points and collecting 11 rebounds, both her best totals of the season to date. It was the second double-double of the season by a CWRU player, with Emma Cain recording the first with a 10-point, 10-rebound effort against Otterbein on November 16th.
- Mills is currently ranked fourth among all UAA players with 2.4 steals per game this season.
- Abbey Lawrence has led the Spartans in scoring in all five games this season. She is currently averaging 20.2 points per game, the second-most among UAA players this season, and just a tenth of a point behind NYU's Janean Cuffee for the conference lead. Lawrence has scored 20 or more points on three occasions, including a career-high 25 against Otterbein last Saturday.
- As a team, Case Western Reserve is shooting 72.4% from the free throw line this season, the second-highest mark among UAA teams. Four Spartans who have attempted at least 10 free throws this season are shooting over 75% from the charity stripe, led by first-year guard McKenna Gross, who is perfect from the line and has begun her career with 13-consecutive made free throws. Mills is shooting 90.0% (nine-of-10), followed by Lawrence's 88.0% (22-of-25) and Cain's 76.9% (10-of-13).
- During Tuesday's win over Waynesburg, the Spartans shot a season-high 51.6% from the floor overall and 35.0% from the three-point line. CWRU also scored a season-high 96 points (32 more than in any other game so far this season) and finished with a season-best 15 assists as a team.
- CWRU Head Coach Jennifer Reimer has a connection to two of the team's in the field of the M-Club Tournament. Reimer began her career as a head coach at Juniata, where she coached for the 1997-98 campaign. She then moved to Mount Union, where she coaches for the next two seasons, going 32-18 with the Purple Raiders.