Flames Defeat Detroit, 83-67, For First Horizon League Win
Jan. 16, 2014
DETROIT - The UIC women's basketball team (12-4, 1-2 HL) picked up its first Horizon League victory Thursday (Jan. 16) with an 83-67 road win over Detroit (3-14, 0-4 HL) at Calihan Hall. Terri Bender (20 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and five steals) led five Flames in double-figures with her first career double-double.
The Flames' 12-4 overall record is the program's best 16-game start in the Division I era (1980-present). Ruvanna Campbell (13 points and 12 rebounds) picked up her ninth double-double of the season while Katie Hannemann had 14 points and nine rebounds.
“Detroit came out red hot and we could not slow them down early on,” said UIC head coach Regina Miller. “We started to be more aggressive on defense and used our size to win battles inside the paint. Terri (Bender) sparked our defensive effort and the turnovers we caused helped our offense get rolling.”
UIC out-rebounded Detroit 48-23 and collected a season-high 17 steals. The Flames are 12-1 this season when winning the battle on the boards. UIC tied a season high with 23 offensive rebounds and tallied 18 second-chance points.
UIC forced a season-high 23 turnovers and scored 28 points off Detroit’s miscues. The Flames scored 44 points in the paint and allowed a season-low two offensive rebounds. Led by Kobel’s performance, UIC shot 44 percent from three-point range (8-of-18).
Detroit took its biggest lead of the contest (20-12) on Brie Wilcox’s three-pointer with 13:57 remaining in the first half. UIC went on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 22-22 with 10:27 before halftime. A 33-33 tie with 3:07 left turned into a 40-33 halftime lead following a 7-0 UIC run to close out the half.
UDM trimmed the UIC lead to 42-36 with 19:27 left in the game but that is the closest the Titans would get to the Flames. UIC hit 4-of-5 triples and 48 percent of its shots (18-of-37) in the second half to pull away from Detroit.
Bender set career highs in assists (11), made field goals (9) and field goal attempts (23). She picked up her first 20-point performance of the season and third 20-point effort of her career.
Bender fell two points shy of her career high of 22 set against Valpo last year (1/19/13). Bender collected five steals for the second straight contest and owns 37 steals over the last ten games (3.7 spg).
Kobel played all 40 minutes and tied career highs in points (17), made three-pointers (5) and steals (3). She also grabbed eight rebounds and hit 2-of-2 free throws. Kobel is shooting 82 percent (14-of-17) from the charity stripe this season.
The last perfect UIC three-point performance came from Bender (3-of-3) on Jan. 12, 2013 against Loyola Chicago. Kobel now owns 121 career made three-pointers and passed Shamiea Green (2007-12) into seventh place all-time in program history.
Campbell collected her first double-double since Jan. 3 against Roosevelt. It was also her team-high 15th double-digit effort of the season. Hannemann picked up her 39th career double-digit performance while Story has been in double-figures in 17 straight contests dating back to last season.
UIC concludes its Michigan road trip Saturday (Jan. 18) when the Flames make the short 30-mile trip to Rochester to take on Oakland (7-9, 2-1 HL). Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. CT inside the Athletics Center O’rena.
The Golden Grizzlies joined the Horizon League in July after 14 years in The Summit League. Oakland defeated Valparaiso, 88-55, at home Wednesday night for its second conference victory.