The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will conclude its 2019-20 season on Saturday, February 29, when the Spartans travel to face Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a 2:00 p.m. tipoff.
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The Spartans will be looking to end their season on a positive note when they head to Pittsburgh on Saturday. CWRU currently stands at 10-14 overall, including a 3-10 mark in all games away from home, and 2-8 in true road contests. The team is 5-8 in University Athletic Association games, good for sixth place in the conference. Last weekend, CWRU suffered a pair of four-point losses, falling 58-54 to Rochester and 88-84 to Emory.
The Spartans have averaged 66.9 points per game this season, while allowing 70.4 points per contest. The team is shooting 39.3% overall, including a 28.6% mark on three-point attempts. Sophomore guard/ forward Abbey Lawrence leads the team with 16.8 points per game this season, and graduate student forward Melissa Heath has added 10.7 points per game. First-year guard/ forward Isabella Mills has added 9.3 points and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds per game this season.
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who currently holds a 306-275 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.
CARNEGIE MELLON TARTANS
The Tartans are 10-14 overall on the season, and will enter Saturday's game looking to end a four-game losing streak. The team is 3-6 in home contests and 3-10 in UAA games, tying them for seventh in the league standings. Last weekend, Carnegie Mellon fell to Emory 66-53 and Rochester 67-62 at home.
Carnegie Mellon is scoring 61.5 points per game this season on 39.7% shooting overall and 29.8% from three-point range. Opponents are scoring 60.9 points per game against them. The Tartans are led by Makayla Filiere, who is scoring 12.2 points per game this season, while Caitlyn Clendenin is averaging 9.9 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game.
Carnegie Mellon is led by Head Coach Jacquie Hullah, who has notched a 120-111 record during her nine seasons with the squad, and holds a 277-266 career record, which includes stops at Division I Dartmouth and Arizona State. She is assisted by Samantha Crough.
The Spartans hold a 36-17 lead in the all-time series with Carnegie Mellon, which dates back to the 1987-88 season. Earlier in the year, CWRU bested the Tartans 78-51 in Cleveland on January 11. Four Spartan players scored in double figures, including Melissa Heath (13 points), senior guard Kendall McConico (12 points), sophomore guard Alyssa Hyland (12 points) and Abbey Lawrence (11 points). CWRU finished the game shooting 50.0% overall (26-of-52) and 54.2% from three-point range (13-of-24). The 13 made three pointers were a season-high for the Spartans.
The Spartans now have a three-game winning streak against Carnegie Mellon. 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.
- The Spartans' strength of schedule in 2019-20 ranks as the 10th toughest among all NCAA Division III teams. CWRU's 24 opponents this season have a combined record of 336-222, good for A .602 winning percentage.
- As a team, the Spartans are now shooting 73.7% from the free throw line this season, the third-best mark among conference teams and 36th in all of Division III. CWRU has made 169-of-223 free throw attempts in conference play, good for the third-best percentage (75.4%) among UAA teams in league games.
- Alicia Marie Gonzales has dished out 245 assists over her career, good for the ninth most in program history. Gonzales is also eighth in program history with 86 career starts.
- Kendall McConico currently ranks 10th in program history in career free throws made (220), 18th in field goal percentage (.439) and 12th in games started (69).
- Melissa Heath scored 35 points during the Spartans' loss to Emory last Sunday. The point total not only marked a career-high for the graduate student, but was also the most this season by a CWRU player, and the most by a member of the team since January 7, 2017, when Hillary Hellmann scored the same amount in a win at Carnegie Mellon.
- Heath leads all UAA players this season with a 56.8% field goal percentage, including a 57.0% 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 fourth among UAA players with 1.54 blocks per game, which also ranks as the 107th-best mark among Division III players this season, and her 37 blocks this year are tied for the ninth-most in a single season in team history.
- Abbey Lawrence is averaging 16.8 points per game this season, the second-best mark among UAA players this year, and 100th among all Division III players. She broke the 400-point plateau during the team's game against Emory, becoming the ninth Spartan ever to score 400 points in a campaign. She is on pace to score 420 points this season, which would be the sixth-highest single-season total ever by a Spartan player.
- Lawrence saw a stretch of 30-consecutive made free throws, dating back to the Spartans' game against Chatham on January 2, come to an end during Friday's loss to Washington. Lawrence is 21st among Division III players and third in the UAA with an 86.2% mark from the free throw line this season, which is on pace for the 10th-best mark in the program's history.
- Isabella Mills has connected on 37 three pointers this year, and is just nine shy of the program record for three-pointers in a season by a first year player. Former Spartans Hillary Hellmann holds the current first-year record, hitting 46 three pointers during the 2015-16 season.