Women’s Basketball Looks to Stay Hot against Washington & #14 Chicago

Savannah Glimpse

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will look to keep its winning streak alive, when the Spartans play host to University Athletic Association rivals Washington University (Mo.) and the 14th-ranked University of Chicago at Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland, Ohio. Tip-off against Washington is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, while the Spartans are scheduled to face the Maroons at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 19.

vs. Washington (Friday, January 17 · 6 PM)
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vs. Chicago (Sunday, January 19 · 2 PM)
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Case Western Reserve has won four-straight games to improve to 6-6 overall on the season, including a 5-0 mark in home contests. The Spartans are coming off a dominating 78-51 win over Carnegie Mellon in their UAA opener last Saturday, during which the team shot 50.0% from the floor and 54.2% from three-point range. For the year, CWRU is scoring 66.8 points per game on 39.5% shooting overall and 28.5% from three-point range, while allowing 64.9 points per contest. Sophomore guard/ forward Abbey Lawrence leads the team with 16.9 points per game this season on 46.3% shooting from the floor, while first-year guard/ forward Isabella Mills has added 10.3 points and a team-high 8.3 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 302-267 record over her 23 years as a head coach, with 144 of her victories coming during her 13 seasons at CWRU.  Reimer is assisted by Kelly Muffley, Erin Gdaniec and Kara Hageman.

The Bears will enter Friday night's game with a 7-5 overall record, including a 1-1 mark in road contests. Washington is aiming to put an end to a three-game losing streak, including a 78-64 setback at home against Chicago in their conference opener last week. The team is averaging 72.6 points per game on 39.8% shooting overall and 35.6% from three-point range, while allowing 68.9 points per contest. Three Bears players are averaging over 10 points per game this season, including senior forward Kristina Schmelter (11.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg), first-year guard Sammi Matoush (11.2 ppg) and sophomore forward Samantha Weaver (10.7 ppg).

The Bears are led by Head Coach Randi Henderson, who is now in her third season at the team's helm. She has a record of 48-20 during her time with Washington, and has a 219-121 record over her 13-year career, which includes stops at Minnesota-Morris and Coe. Henderson is assisted by Duez Henderson, Morgan Scott, Annitre Edison and Shad Nichols.

Case Western Reserve dropped both games against Washington last season, falling 82-79 on the road and 81-62 at home. In the three-point road loss, four Spartans scored in double figures, including senior guard Kendall McConico (20 points, five rebounds, four assists) and junior Emma Cain (15 points, five rebounds). The Spartans will be looking for their first win against Washington University since a 72-68 victory during the 2012-13 campaign, which was the team's only victory in 52 contests against the Bears.

The Maroons, currently ranked 14th in the D3hoops.com Top-25 and 17th in the WBCA poll, will enter the weekend on a nine-game winning streak and will play at Carnegie Mellon on Friday night before traveling to Cleveland to face the Spartans. Chicago is 10-2 overall this season, including a 3-1 record on the road, and stand at 1-0 in league play following their victory at Washington last weekend. The Maroons have outscored teams by an average of 76.5-62.1 this season, while shooting 44.4% overall and 35.8% from three-point range. The team's leading scorer is senior guard Miranda Burt (14.8 ppg), while senior guatd Mia Farrell (13.2 ppg) and senior forward Taylor Lake (12.6 ppg) round out the Maroons' balanced scoring attack.

Carissa Sain is now in her eighth season with the Maroons, during which she has a 128-64 record, good for a .667 winning percentage. She is assisted by Michelle Bilek, B.J. Dieterich, Breanna Madrazo and Dolly Yuan.

Case Western Reserve dropped a pair of games to the Maroons last season falling 83-55 on the road and 60-54 at home. Abbey Lawrence scored 12 points in each of the two games last year. The Spartans are 12-41 all-time against Chicago, and will be aiming for their first win against the Maroons since an 80-78 victory at home on January 27, 2017.


  • The Spartans will be concluding a season-long six-game home stand this weekend. CWRU has won each of the first four game in the home stand, and is a perfect 5-0 at home this season. The Spartans have won six-straight home games dating back to last season.
  • Graduate student forward Melissa Heath currently leads all UAA players in a number of categories. Her 58.1% field goal percentage ranks as the best in the conference this season. Meanwhile, her 22 total blocks and 1.8 blocks per game are also tops among league player.
  • Abbey Lawrence is currently second among UAA players with 16.9 points per game. She has scored in double figures in all but two of the team's games this season, and has registered 20 or more points in a game on six times through 12 games this year.
  • Isabella Mills is second in the UAA with 8.3 rebounds per game this year, while her 31 steals and 2.6 steals per game are each second among UAA players.
  • Last Saturday's game marked the third time this season that CWRU has shot 50% or higher in a game. The Spartans have won all three games that they have shot over 50% this season. The team's 54.2% mark from three-point range was its best showing this season, while the team's 13 total three-pointers made were also a season-high. It marked the most made threes in a game by the Spartans since making 13 on the road at Washington University on February 16, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Case Western Reserve's record for most points in a game was set against Washington University during the 2016-17 season, when current assistant coach Kara Hageman scored 41 points against the Bears. She also set a program record with 16 made field goals during the game.