The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will begin its conference schedule on Saturday afternoon, as the Spartans will play host to University Athletic Association rival Carnegie Mellon University on January 11 at 2:00 p.m.
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The Spartans will carry a season-long three-game winning streak into Saturday's conference opener, as the team has improved to 5-6 overall on the campaign, including a 4-0 mark at home. Most recently, the Spartans topped Chatham University 71-51 on January 2, with sophomore guard/ forward Abbey Lawrence pouring in a game-high 20 points, and first-year guard/ forward Isabella Mills scoring eight points and collecting 13 rebounds. For the season, the Spartans are averaging 65.8 points per game on 38.7% shooting overall and 26.1% from three-point range. Lawrence leads the team with 17.5 points per game, while Mills has added 10.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest.
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 301-267 record over her 23 years as a head coach, with 143 of her victories coming during her 13 seasons at CWRU. Reimer is assisted by Kelly Muffley, Erin Gdaniec and Kara Hageman.
CARNEGIE MELLON TARTANS
After an 0-3 start to their season, the Tartans have gone on to win seven of their last eight games to enter league play with a 7-4 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in road contests. Carnegie Mellon will enter Saturday's game on a three-game winning streak as well, including an 81-66 win at Marietta in their last outing on December 30. The Tartans are scoring 65.8 points per game this year on 41.7% shooting overall and 28.9% from three-point range, while allowing 54.5 points per contest. The team's leading scorer is senior guard Makayla Filiere with 12.2 points per contest, while sophomore guard Leah Weslock has added 11.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Caitlyn Clendenin is averaging 9.0 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per contest.
Carnegie Mellon is led by Head Coach Jacquie Hullah, who has notched a 117-101 record during her nine seasons with the squad, and holds a 274-256 career record, which includes stops at Division I Dartmouth and Arizona State. She is assisted by Samantha Crough.
The Spartans hold a 35-17 lead in the all-time series with Carnegie Mellon, which dates back to the 1987-88 season. Last year, CWRU swept the season series with the Tartans, winning 74-63 in Pittsburgh on January 5, 2019 and claiming a 69-52 win in Cleveland on February 23. Abbey Lawrence averaged 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in the two contests, shooting 47.6% overall and 75.0% from three-point range. Former Spartans Hillary Hellmann (19.5 points, 13.0 rebounds) and Kara Hageman (16.0 points, 11.5 rebounds) each averaged a double-double against Carnegie Mellon last season.
Saturday's game will be the first of two meetings this season between the Spartans and the Tartans. The two squads will meet up again in Pittsburgh for their regular season finale on Saturday, February 29.
- Saturday's game will be the fourth game of a season-long six game home stand for the Spartans. CWRU is currently undefeated during the home stand, winning each of their first three games. The Spartans are 4-0 overall at home this season, and have won five-straight home contests and six of their last seven games at Horsburgh Gymnasium dating back to last year.
- Senior guard Alicia Marie Gonzales dished out a career-best 10 assists during the Spartans' win over Chatham on January 2. The 10 assists were the most in a single game by a CWRU since February 21, 2014, when former Spartan Brooke Orcutt notched 10 assists against Washington University. Gonzales is now 12th in program history with 215 career assists, and is nine away from matching former Spartan Angie Zeuch (2000-04) for the 11th-most in program history.
- CWRU players have totaled seven double-doubles this season. Isabella Mills has totaled four of them, while junior forward Emma Cain, graduate student forward Melissa Heath and senior guard Kendall McConico have each tallied one. The Spartans are 4-1 in games where at least one player records a double-double.
- Mills is currently second among UAA players with 8.6 rebounds per game this season. She has registered double figure rebound totals in three-straight games and four of the team's last five contests, averaging 12.6 rebounds per game during the stretch. Mills is also second among conference players with 2.6 steals per game in 2019-20.
- Abbey Lawrence is second among UAA players with 17.5 points per game this season. She has registered six games of 20 or more points this season, and has led the team in scoring in eight of the team's 11 games this year.
- Heath is tied for the UAA lead this season with 1.91 blocks per game this season. She is currently 68th among Division III players in blocks per game, and her 21 total blocks are the 63rd-highest mark among Division III players this season.
- Cain is one point away from 400 for her career and one rebound away from 250… Lawrence is eight points away from 400 for her career.