Spartans Return Home to Host Denison on Saturday

Alexis John takes a shot during the Spartans' win over Waynesburg

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will be back in action at Horsburgh Gymnasium on Saturday, December 7th, playing Denison University in its final game before a two-week break for finals.  Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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Case Western Reserve will enter Saturday's game with a 2-6 overall record, including a 1-0 mark in home contests.  The Spartans are coming off a 71-54 loss at John Carroll last Tuesday, despite 12 points apiece from first-year guard/ forward Isabella Mills and first-year guard McKenna Gross.  The team is averaging 59.9 points per game this season on 36.7% shooting overall and 25.3% from three-point range, while allowing 66.9 points per contest.  Sophomore guard/ forward Abbey Lawrence is leading the team with 16.8 points per game, while Mills has contributed 9.3 points per game and a team-high 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 steals per contest.

The Spartans are under the leadership of 13th-year Head Coach Jennifer Reimer.  She currently holds a 298-267 record over her 22 years as a head coach, with 141 of her victories coming at CWRU.  Reimer is assisted by Kelly Muffley, Erin Gdaniec and Kara Hageman.

Denison, which received votes in this week's Top-25, has opened its season with a 7-1 overall record, including a 4-1 mark in road contests.  The team will enter Saturday's contest riding a two-game winning streak, following its 75-72 win at Hiram on Wednesday night.  The Big Red are averaging 74.0 points per game on 44.1% shooting overall and 35.2% from behind the three-point line, while allowing 60.0 points per contest this season.  Senior guard Alison Schafer leads the team with 17.6 points per game this season, while junior guard Zyah Beal has added 15.8 points per contest.

Denison is coach by Sara Lee, who is now in her 31st season with the program during which she has led the team to a 479-319 overall record.  She is assisted by Kayla Hayes and Craig White.

Saturday's game will be the 43rd meeting all time between CWRU and Denison, with the all-time series between the two teams knotted at 21 wins apiece.  The squads have faced each other each year since the 2010-11 season, with the Spartans going 4-5 against the Big Red during that stretch.  Last year, the Spartans bested Denison 91-84 in Granville, behind a 27-point effort from Hillary Hellmann and 21 points from Kara Hageman.  Current sophomore Alyssa Hyland added 12 points off the bench for the Spartans in the win, as the team shot 51.7% overall and 47.4% on three-point attempts.


  • Saturday's game will begin a season-long six game home stand for the Spartans that will stretch through the start of the University Athletic Association season, until Sunday, January 19th.  It will be the longest streak of home games for CWRU since the team played seven-straight on its home court during the 2002-03 campaign.
  • Abbey Lawrence is currently second among all UAA players with 16.8 points per game this year.  She has scored in double figures in six of the team's eight games, and registered 20 or more points four times this year.
  • McKenna Gross has come off the bench in all eight of the team's games this season, and is leading all CWRU reserves with 7.3 points per game.  She is third among all CWRU players in points per game this season.  Gross also leads all CWRU players with 1.9 assists per game this year.
  • Graduate student Melissa Heath recorded three steals against John Carroll last week, a career-best mark, which includes her three years at Brown.
  • Isabella Mills ranks fourth among UAA players with 2.5 steals per game.  She has 20 total steals this year, including six steals against both Albion (Nov. 9) and Juniata (Nov. 23).