The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team will begin a season-ending three-game road trip this weekend, starting with games against Washington University (Mo.) at 7:00 p.m. ET in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, February 16th and the 11th-ranked University of Chicago at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 18th in Chicago, Illinois.
Friday, February 16th at Washington (7:00 PM ET)
Live Stats: http://bearsports-livestats.wustl.edu/basketball/xlive.htm
Sunday, February 18th at Chicago (2:00 PM ET)
Live Stats: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2017-18/boxscores/20180218_wa0x.xml
The Spartans fell to 4-17 overall and to 1-10 in the University Athletic Association following an 81-49 loss to 20th-ranked Rochester and a 73-62 setback to Emory at home last weekend. Entering this weekend's games, the Spartans are 2-8 in road contests this season. CWRU averages 56.4 points per game on 35.5% shooting overall, including 28.1% from three-point range, and has allowed 72.8 points per game. Junior forward Hillary Hellmann leads the team with 16.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, and sophomore guard Kendall McConico has added 10.9 points per contest.
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, who became the program's all-time leader with her 121st career victory with CWRU earlier in the season. She has a career record of 280-247 during her 21-year career as a collegiate head coach, including a 124-147 mark during her 11 seasons with the Spartans. Reimer is assisted by CWRU alumnae Brooke Orcutt and Erin Gdaniec.
Washington, which received votes in the latest D3hoops.com Top-25, will enter Friday night's game with a 16-6 overall record, including a 7-3 mark at home, and sits in third place in the UAA with a 7-4 league record. The Bears split a pair of road games last weekend, defeating Brandeis 90-54 before suffering an 82-79 overtime loss to NYU on Sunday that ended the team's four-game winning streak. The team averages 76.9 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the floor and 40.7% shooting from three-point range, while allowing 66.0 points per contest. Junior forward Madeline Homoly leads the Bears with 15.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while senior guard Natalie Orr and junior guard Rachael Sondag have added 12.2 points per game apiece.
The Bears are led by Head Coach Randi Henderson, who is in her first year with the team after assuming the reigns from former longtime Washington Head Coach Nancy Fahey, who left for the University of Illinois after last season. Henderson holds a career record of 187-107 during her 11 season as a head coach, which includes stops at Minnesota-Morris and Coe. She is assisted by Marke Freeman, Duez Henderson, Andrew Althage, Annitre Edison and Ben Levine.
Earlier in the season, the Spartans suffered a 78-61 loss in Cleveland to Washington, despite a 21-point, seven-rebound effort from Hillary Hellmann, 15 points from Kendall McConico and 12 points from freshman guard Emily Todd. Last year, Case Western Reserve suffered a pair of losses to the Bears, falling 92-79 at home and 95-66 in St. Louis. In the home loss, senior Kara Hageman set a program record with 41 points, and made a conference-record 16 shots during the game. The Spartans will be aiming for their first win against Washington since the 2012-13 season, when CWRU defeated the Bears 72-68 in Cleveland.
#11 Chicago Maroons
Chicago stands at 20-2 on the year, including an 11-0 mark in the UAA, and has already locked up at least a share of the conference championship and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The Maroons will host Carnegie Mellon on Friday before facing CWRU on Sunday, and stands at 9-2 in home games this season entering the weekend. The team was ranked 11th in the most recent D3hoops.com Top-25, and checked in at 13th in this week's WBCA Rankings. Last weekend, Chicago earned wins of 59-47 over NYU and 81-56 over Brandeis on the road. The team has averaged 78.0 points per game, shooting 42.1% overall and 33.7% from long range, while allowing 61.0 points per game. Sophomore guard Mia Farrell leads the team with 15.3 points per game this season, while sophomore forward Taylor Lake has added 14.2 points per game, and junior forward Olariche Obi has scored 12.5 points and a collected a conference-best 11.6 rebounds per game.
Chicago is coached by Carissa Sain Knoche, who is now in her sixth season with the team, and has compiled a career record of 95-54. She is assisted by Olivia Lett, Morgan Hughes, Korry Schwanz, and B.J. Dieterich.
CWRU suffered a 91-46 setback to Chicago, when the team met for the first time this season on January 21st in Cleveland. Hillary Hellmann led the team with 15 points, Emily Todd added 13, and freshman forward Emma Cain scored 10 points and collected seven rebounds. The Spartans split a pair of games against Chicago last season, defeating the Maroons 80-78 at home and falling to Chicago 87-74 on the road. CWRU is 12-38 all-time against Chicago, in a series that dates back to the 1986-87 campaign.
- Emma Cain has scored 10 or more points in game on seven occasions this season, including three of her last four games. Despite going up against a pair of preseason All-Americans last weekend, she registered a career-high 14 points against 20th-ranked Rochester, and 10 points against Emory. Cain is fourth among all UAA freshmen with 7.3 points per game, third with 4.3 rebounds per game, and second with 1.3 steals per game.
- Emily Todd leads all UAA freshmen with 8.4 points per game, and is second among conference first-years with 1.6 assists per game. Freshman guard Jasmine Floyd is third among UAA freshmen with 1.5 assists per game.
- Freshman forward Rebecca Rowlands is currently second among UAA freshmen with 4.3 rebounds per game. She is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game in her 12 starts this season, and 6.6 per game over her last seven games, including a career-high 11 rebounds effort against Rochester last Friday.
- Hillary Hellmann recorded her fifth double-double of the season and the 11th of her career with a 22-point, 11-rebound effort against Emory on Sunday. It was her third double-double in six career games against the Eagles.
- Hellmann is 25th among active Division III players with 2.28 three pointers per game and 11th with a 40.2% shooting mark from long range over her career. She has made 162 three pointers over her career as a Spartan, and is just 17 away from the program record of 179, currently held by both Jasmine Rowan (2000-04) and Evy Iacono (2009-13). Her 43 made three-pointers this season ranks as the 14th-most in a single season in program history.
- Hellmann has moved into ninth place in program history with 1,107 career points. The mark is the 113th-highest among active Division III players and the 419th-best among active players across all three NCAA divisions.
- Kendall McConico is sixth among Spartan players all time with a career 45.9 shooting percentage. Her 46.1 shooting percentage this season ranks as the 13th-best mark among UAA players this season.
- Hellmann is the only CWRU player to have started all 21 games this season, and has started 53-consecutive games for the Spartans dating back to the 2015-17 campaign. Todd, Floyd and Rowlands have also played in all 21 games this season, while McConico has played in and started 20 of the team's 21 contests.