Spartans Set to Ring in the New Year against Chatham

First-year Claire Poulton drives past a Waynesburg defender

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will open the 2020 portion of its schedule on January 2, when the Spartans play host to the Chatham University Cougars at 6:00 p.m. inside Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio.

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CWRU SPARTANS
The Spartans will enter the new year with a 4-6 overall record, including a 3-0 mark at home. The Spartans have won three of their last four games and four of their last six overall, including a 95-70 win over Wooster in their last outing on December 20. Case Western Reserve is averaging 65.3 points per game this season on 38.2% shooting overall, including a 25.8% mark from behind the three point line, while allowing 67.7 points per game.  Sophomore guard/ forward Abbey Lawrence leads the team with 17.2 points per game, while first-year guard/ forward Isabella Mills has scored 10.7 points per contest and added a team-best 8.2 rebounds per game.

The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who recently reached the 300-win mark for her career.  She currently holds a 300-267 record over her 23 years as a head coach, with 142 of her victories coming during her 13 seasons at CWRU. Reimer is assisted by Kelly Muffley, Erin Gdaniec and Kara Hageman.

CHATHAM COUGARS
Chatham will be playing its first game since a 76-67 road loss to Washington and Jefferson on December 18. The setback dropped Chatham to 7-2 overall on the season, including a 4-1 record in road contests this season, and was the team's second loss in the last three games after opening the campaign with six-consecutive wins. The Cougars are averaging 76.4 points per game on 39.9% shooting from the floor, including a 33.5% mark from three-point range, and are allowing 60.6 points per contest. Graduate student Emily Ondo leads the team with 23.8 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, while sophomore Kaitlyn Fertig (19.3 points per game) and first-year Riley D'Angelo (12.3 points per game) are also averaging double figures for the Cougars this season.

Chatham is coached by David Saur, who is now in his second year with the team, and has an overall record of 19-16 with the Cougars. Saur is assisted by Marlena Tremba.

MATCHUP HISTORY
The Spartans and the Cougars have met just twice in their histories, with both games taking place last season. Case Western Reserve came away with victories in each contest, winning 74-69 on November 18, 2018 at Allegheny College and 80-62 on January 7, 2019 in Pittsburgh. In the two games last year, former Spartan Hillary Hellmann averaged 23.0 points and 7.5 rebounds and graduate Kara Hageman scored 14.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per contest. Abbey Lawrence added 11.5 points and 6.0 rebounds over the two games, including a 15-point outburst in the second game. 

SPARTAN NOTES

  • The game against Chatham will be the Spartans' final non-conference game of the 2019-20 campaign. CWRU will open its 14-game University Athletic Association schedule on Saturday, January 11 at home against Carnegie Mellon.
  • The Spartans will enter Thursday's game against Chatham with a 1-1 record against Presidents' Athletic Conference opponents this season. CWRU fell to Washington & Jefferson 71-64 on November 15, and defeated Waynesburg 96-79 on November 19.
  • The Spartans have won their last four December games dating back to the 2018-19 campaign.
  • Case Western Reserve is a perfect 3-0 at home this season, and has won four-straight games at Horsburgh Gymnasium and five of their last six home contests overall dating back to last season.
  • CWRU's win over Wooster on December 20 gave Head Coach Jennifer Reimer the 300th victory of her career.
  • The Spartans' 95 points against Wooster marked the team's second-highest offensive output of the season. Abbey Lawrence led the team with 24 points in the game, marking the seventh time through ten games this season that she has paced the team in points.
  • Isabella Mills notched her second-straight double-double and her fourth overall this season with 13 points and 13 rebound against Wooster. CWRU is 4-0 in games where Mills registers a double-double.
  • Lawrence is currently second among UAA players with 17.2 points per game. Mills is second in the conference with 8.2 rebounds per game and 2.9 steals per contest. Graduate student forward Melissa Heath leads all conference players with 2.0 blocks per game.