The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will return from a near two-week hiatus to play its final game of the 2019 portion of its schedule, when the Spartans host the College of Wooster on Friday, December 20th at 5:00 p.m. inside Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio.
Fans can follow the action on Friday with a live video webcast at https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/live and live statistics at https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2019-20/boxscores/20191220_i3t3.xml.
The Spartans have won three of their last five games, and now stand at 3-6 overall this season. Included in the team's overall record is a 2-0 mark in home contests in 2019-20. CWRU is averaging 62.0 points per game on 36.4% shooting from the floor, including a 23.8% mark from behind the three-point line, while allowing 67.4 points per game. The Spartans' leading scorer has been sophomore guard/ forward Abbey Lawrence, who is averaging 16.4 points per game, while first-year guard/ forward Isabella Mills has added 10.4 points per game and a team-best 7.7 rebounds per contest.
The Spartans are under the leadership of 13th-year Head Coach Jennifer Reimer. She will be aiming for he 300th-career win in the game, and currently holds a 299-267 record over her 23 years as a head coach, with 142 of her victories coming at CWRU. Reimer is assisted by Kelly Muffley, Erin Gdaniec and Kara Hageman.
WOOSTER FIGHTING SCOTS
Wooster will enter Friday night's game with some momentum, after setting the program' single-game record for points scored in a 96-72 win at home over Mount Saint Joseph on Tuesday night. The win raised the Fighting Scots' overall record to 4-4 on the season, which includes an 0-3 mark in road contests. Wooster is averaging 73.0 points per game on 37.6% shooting overall and 27.4% from three-point range, while allowing 71.1 points per contest. Junior forward/ center Maria Janasko leads the team with 12.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, and junior forward Sarah Marion has added 10.8 points per contest.
The Fighting Scots are coached by Lisa Panepento, who is now in her fifth season with the team, and has accumulated a record of 25-85 at Wooster. She is assisted by Nicole Marshall.
Friday's game will be the 50th meeting all-time between the Spartans and the Fighting Scots, with the series dating back to the 1984-85 campaign. The Spartans hold a 26-23 edge in the all-time series, and have won the last 17 games against Wooster, dating back to the 1998-99 season.
Last year, the Spartans picked up an 86-76 win over the Fighting Scots in Wooster. Senior guard Kendall McConico scored 15 points and collected seven rebounds in the game, Abbey Lawrence came off the bench to score 13, and junior forward Emma Cain added 11 points and six rebounds in the victory.
- Case Western Reserve Head Coach Jennifer Reimer will be aiming for the 300th win of her career during Friday's game. Reimer already ranks as the winningest coach in the history of the CWRU women's basketball program. In addition to her time at CWRU (13 seasons, 142 wins), she has also coached at Juniata (1997-98, five wins), Mount Union (1998-00, 32 wins) and Allegheny (2000-07, 120 wins).
- Friday's game will be the Spartans' third and final game of the year against an opponent that plays in the North Coast Athletic Conference. CWRU has split its first two games against NCAC opponents, falling at Kenyon 47-45 on November 12, and defeating Denison 79-72 in triple overtime on December 7.
- The Spartans' triple-overtime win over Denison marked the first time Case Western Reserve needed multiple overtimes to decide a contest since a four-overtime victory against John Carroll on November 28, 2012.
- Three different Spartan players registered a double-double during the team's win over Denison. Graduate student forward Melissa Heath finished the win with a team-high 23 points and 11 rebounds (both career highs), Kendall McConico scored 12 points and collected a career-high 11 rebounds, and Isabella Mills scored 20 points and matched her career-high with 16 rebounds. The three became just the second trio in program history to record a double-double in the same game, joining former Spartans Kara Hageman, Jess McCoy and Hillary Hellmann, who accomplished the feat at Emory on January 24, 2016.
- In addition to matching her career-high with 16 rebounds against Denison, Mills' six assists and five blocks in the game were also career-best marks. Mills is currently third among all UAA players with 7.7 rebounds per game, second with 3.9 steals per game, and 10th with 0.9 blocks per contest.
- Abbey Lawrence is currently tied for second among all UAA players with 16.4 points per game this season. Lawrence is leading the conference in minutes played per game.
- Heath is leading all UAA players this season with 2.0 blocks per contest. Her four blocks against Denison matched her season-high.