Spartans to Take Six-Game Streak on the Road to Rochester & #25 Emory

Isabella Mills takes the ball upcourt for the Spartans

The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will carry a six-game winning streak into its first road games since November, traveling to Rochester, New York to face the University of Rochester at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, and to Atlanta, Georgia to take on 25th-ranked Emory University on Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m.


at Rochester (Friday, January 24 · 6 PM)
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The Spartans will enter the weekend with an 8-6 overall record, and are tied with Emory for first-place in the UAA with a 3-0 conference ledger. Included in the team's overall record is a 1-6 mark in games away from Horsburgh Gymnasium, including an 0-4 mark in true road contests. CWRU ended a six-game home stand with a pair of wins last weekend, defeating Washington University (Mo.) 74-73 on Friday on a traditional three-point play by first-year guard McKenna Gross with 5.4 seconds remaining in the contest, followed by a 77-71 win over the 14th-ranked University of Chicago on Sunday.

Case Western Reserve is averaging 68.1 points per game this season on 40.0% shooting overall and 29.6% from three-point range, while allowing 65.9 points per contest. Sophomore guard/ forward Abbey Lawrence leads the team with 17.2 points per game, and first-year guard/ forward Isabella Mills has added 10.4 points per game and a team-leading 7.8 rebounds per contest.

The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who currently holds a 304-267 record over her 23 years as a head coach, with 147 of her victories coming during her 13 seasons at CWRU.  Reimer is assisted by Kelly Muffley, and former Spartan standouts Erin Gdaniec and Kara Hageman.

Rochester will enter Friday night's game with a 0-3 record in UAA play, and a 6-8 overall mark for the campaign, including a 3-2 ledger at home. The Yellowjackets dropped a pair of conference road games last weekend, falling 60-50 at Brandeis on Friday night, before dropping a 64-54 game at NYU on Sunday.

Rochester is averaging 65.4 points per game this season on 35.8% shooting overall and 29.4% from behind the three-point line, while allowing 63.1 points per contest. The team's leading scorers are Julianna Okoniewski (12.0 ppg) and Hannah Lindemuth (11.6 ppg). Okoniewski also leads the team with 6.3 rebounds per game.

Jim Scheible holds a 525-249 record over his 29 seasons as a head coach, including a 384-178 ledger during his 21 seasons at Rochester. Scheible is assisted by Lindsey Burke, Kelsey Poplawski and Jamie Boeheim.

CWRU will be looking to end an eight-game losing streak to the Yellowjackets, which dates back to the 2014-15 campaign, including losses of 72-64 on the road and 73-63 at home against Rochester last season. Former Spartans Hillary Hellmann (22.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and Kara Hageman (15.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg) paced the team over the two games, while junior forward Emma Cain added 9.5 points per contest. The Spartans are 15-39 all-time against Rochester.

The Spartans and the Yellowjackets will meet for a second time during the season on Friday, February 21 in Cleveland.

Tied with the Spartans for first place in the UAA, Emory will begin the weekend on a seven-game winning streak, the longest active streak among UAA teams, and will host Carnegie Mellon on Friday night before welcoming the Spartans to town on Sunday. The Eagles recently claimed road wins against NYU (74-59) and Brandeis (75-67) to improve to 12-2 overall, and stand at 6-0 in home contests this year. Emory is ranked 25th in the latest poll and 22nd in the WBCA Top-25.

The Eagles are averaging 70.6 points per game this season on 44.3% shooting overall, including a 34.7% mark on three-point attempts. The team has allowed 53.4 points per game. Emory has five players averaging double-figure point totals this year, including sophomore forward Tori Huggins (12.4), senior forward Erin Lindahl (12.1), senior guard Allison Chernow (11.4) and junior center Blair Ripley (10.4). Huggins also leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per game this season.

The Eagles are coached by Misha Jackson, a 2013 graduate of the school, who has gone 44-21 during her three seasons with the team. She is assisted by Sammi Goldsmith and Chuck Melito.

Case Western Reserve won both matchups against Emory last year, claiming a 71-57 win in Atlanta on January 18, and a 63-58 victory in Cleveland on February 15. Emma Cain scored in double figures in both games, averaging 12.0 points per contest, while senior guard Alicia Marie Gonzales added 9.0 points per game against the Eagles last season. The Spartans are 28-24 all-time against Emory.

This will be the first of two meetings this season between the two teams, who will face off again in Cleveland on Sunday, February 23.


  • CWRU Head Coach Jennifer Reimer was named the Coach of the Week, following the team's victories over Washington and Chicago last weekend.
  • After averaging a conference-high 19.0 points per game last weekend, Abbey Lawrence was named the UAA Athlete of the Week and was selected to the Team of the Week. It was the second time this season she has received the conference honor. Meanwhile, it was just the fifth time in program history that a CWRU women's basketball player has been selected to the Team of the Week.
  • The Spartans won all six games of their recent home stand, and stand at 7-0 at home overall this season. CWRU has won its last eight home games dating back to the end of the 2018-19 campaign. This weekend's road games will be the first for the Spartans since November 26.
  • The Spartans' six-game winning streak marks the eighth time in program history that CWRU has won six or more consecutive games. There have been just three longer winning streaks in program history – a nine-game stretch during the 2009-10 season, an eight-game streak in 2018-19, and a seven-game streak during the 2003-04 campaign.
  • This is the second-straight season that the Spartans have opened UAA play with three-consecutive wins. Last year, the Spartans won their first four games of the conference campaign, besting Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Brandeis and Emory, before falling at Rochester in the fifth game of the conference schedule. It was just the second time in program history that CWRU had won its first four UAA games, along with the 2010-11 campaign. CWRU has never won its first five UAA games to begin the conference slate.
  • Lawrence is currently second among UAA players with 17.2 points per game this season, while her 16.3 points per game through the first three conference games of the year is tied for third among league players. Lawrence has scored in double figures in 12 of the Spartans' 14 games, with seven efforts of 20 or more points.
  • Graduate student forward Melissa Heath is second among league players with 2.0 blocks per game and a 53.8 field goal percentage. She has registered at least one block in 13 of the team's 14 games this season, and three or more blocks on five occasions.
  • Isabella Mills is fourth among UAA players with 7.8 rebounds per contest and second with 2.2 steals per game.
  • Alicia Marie Gonzales ranks fifth among UAA players with a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio, and is ninth among league players with 2.8 assists per game. Her 227 career assists are 11th among CWRU players all-time, and she is just a pair of assists away from matching former Spartan Jess McCoy (2013-17) for the 10th-most in program history.