The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will hit the road this weekend, traveling to Washington University (Mo.) and the 24th-ranked University of Chicago this weekend. The Spartans will face the Bears at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday, February 14 in St. Louis, Missouri, before traveling to Chicago for a 3:00 p.m. ET contest against the Maroons on Sunday, February 16.
vs. Washington (Friday, February 14 · 7:00 p.m. ET)
Live stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2019-20/boxscores/20200214_swmp.xml
vs. Chicago (Sunday, February 16 · 3:00 p.m. ET)
Live stats: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2019-20/boxscores/20200216_rv29.xml
The Spartans will begin the weekend with a 10-10 overall record, and sit at 5-4 in University Athletic Association games, good for fourth place in the league and just one game out of first place. CWRU has gone 3-8 in contests away from home this year, including a 2-2 mark in UAA road contests. The team is coming off back-to-back home losses last weekend, falling 80-71 to Brandeis on Friday and 64-55 against NYU on Sunday, the squad's first two losses at home this season.
The Spartans are averaging 67.8 points per game this season on 39.7% shooting overall and 29.1% from three-point range, while allowing 68.6 points per contest. Sophomore guard/ forward Abbey Lawrence leads the team with 17.2 points per game this season, while graduate student forward Melissa Heath has added 9.9 points per game and 5.1 rebounds, and first-year guard/ forward Isabella Mills has scored 9.8 points per contest and leads the team with 7.2 rebounds per game.
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who currently holds a 306-271 record over her 23 years as a head coach, with 149 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.
The Bears will enter the weekend with an 11-9 overall record, including a 7-4 mark in home games. After beginning their conference schedule with just one win in their first four games, the team has bounced back with wins in three of their last four games, and now sits in fifth place in the UAA with a 4-5 mark. Last weekend, Washington suffered an 88-64 loss at Rochester on Friday, before claiming a 72-61 win at Emory on Sunday.
The Bears are averaging 73.8 points per game this season, while shooting 39.5% from the floor and 34.4% from three-point range. Defensively, Washington has allowed 71.7 points per contest. Senior center Kristina Schmelter leads the team with 13.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, while first-year forward Sammi Matoush and sophomore guard Samantha Weaver are adding 12.1 points and 11.8 points per game, respectively.
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 52-24 during her time with Washington, and has a 223-125 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.
The Spartans will be aiming to sweep a series against the Bears for the first time in program history, after CWRU bested Washington 74-73 on January 17 in Cleveland. The Spartans won the game on a traditional three-point play by first-year guard McKenna Gross with 5.3 second left in the game, capping off a 14-point comeback. Abbey Lawrence led the Spartans with 21 points in the game.
The win earlier this season was CWRU's second in 53 games against Washington. Case Western Reserve dropped both games against Washington last season, falling 82-79 on the road and 81-62 at home.
#24 CHICAGO MAROONS
Chicago, which was ranked 24th in this week's D3hoops.com Top-25 and received votes in the latest WBCA poll, will begin the weekend with a 15-5 overall record, including a 4-4 mark in road games. The Maroons will be hosting Carnegie Mellon on Friday, and are currently in a three-way tie for first place in the UAA with a 6-3 league record. The team will be looking to move past a rough road weekend last week, when Chicago suffered a 51-39 setback at Emory on Friday and lost to Rochester on Sunday, 81-75.
Chicago is averaging 72.9 points per game, while shooting 42.6% overall and 34.0% from behind the three-point line, and has allowed 62.6 points per game. The Maroons have three players averaging over 13 points per game this season, including senior guard Mia Farrell (13.5 ppg), senior forward Taylor Lake (13.4 ppg) and senior guard Miranda Burt (13.2 ppg). Sophomore forward Klaire Steffens has added 9.4 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game this season.
Carissa Sain is now in her eighth season with the Maroons, during which she has a 133-67 record, good for a .665 winning percentage. She is assisted by Michelle Bilek, B.J. Dieterich, Breanna Madrazo and Dolly Yuan.
The Spartans bested Chicago 77-71 on January 19 in Cleveland, the team's first win over the Maroons since the 2016-17 campaign. Five Spartans scored in double figures in the game, including Abbey Lawrence (17 points), Isabella Mills (12 points), McKenna Gross (10 points), sophomore Alyssa Hyland (10 points) and Melissa Heath (10 points). CWRU improved to 13-24 all-time against Chicago with the win. Last season, Case Western Reserve dropped a pair of games to the Maroons, falling 83-55 on the road and 60-54 at home.
- Case Western Reserve has now won eight of their last 12 games, a stretch that began during the start of December.
- Of the Spartans' ten losses this season, five have come against teams that are either ranked are receiving votes in this week's D3hoops.com Top-25 (no. 2 Hope, John Carroll, Emory, Albion and NYU). The Spartans have one win over a nationally-ranked opponent this season, a 77-71 home win over 24th-ranked Chicago on January 19.
- Abbey Lawrence is averaging 17.2 points per game this season, the second-best mark among UAA players this year, and 81st among all Division III players. She is on pace to score 430 points this season, which would be the sixth-highest single-season total ever by a Spartan player.
- Lawrence has made 26 consecutive free throws, dating back to the Spartans' game against Chatham on January 2. She is the only qualifying player in the conference to not miss a free throw in UAA play this season. Lawrence is 11th among Division III players and third in the UAA with an 88.1% mark from the free throw line this season.
- As a team, the Spartans are now shooting 73.5% from the free throw line this season, the third-best mark among conference teams and 37th in all of Division III. CWRU has made 124-of-164 free throw attempts in conference play, good for the third-best percentage (75.6%) among UAA teams in league games.
- Melissa Heath is second among UAA players this season with a 56.5% field goal percentage, including a 56.5% mark in league games, and is on pace for the highest single-season field goal percentage in program history (Erin Rogalski set the current record with a mark of 53.9% in 2000-01). She is currently third among UAA players with 1.8 blocks per game, which also ranks as the 89th-best mark among Division III players this season, and her 35 blocks this year are the 12th-most in a single season in team history.
- Senior guard Alicia Marie Gonzales has dished out 237 assists over her career, good for the ninth most in program history.