Flames Defeat Oakland, 70-62, For Sixth Horizon League Victory|
Feb. 4, 2014
CHICAGO - The UIC women's basketball team (17-5, 6-3 HL) picked up its sixth Horizon League victory Tuesday (Feb. 4) with a 70-62 home win over Oakland (8-13, 3-5 HL). Redshirt sophomore Ruvanna Campbell collected her fourth straight double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
UIC’s 17-5 overall record is the program’s best mark through 22 games in program history. The Flames are 6-3 through nine conference games for the second time under head coach Regina Miller as they also accomplished the feat in 2011-12.
UIC dominated inside as 50 of its 70 points came from within the paint. The Flames collected 19 offensive rebounds and 17 second-chance points. UIC won the rebounding battle (48-44) and is 17-2 when out-rebounding its opponent.
UIC picked up 12 steals and has averaged 11.1 steals over the last eight contests. The Flames held Oakland to 31.8 percent (21-of-66) shooting from the field.
“Our main focus tonight was getting the ball inside to Ruvanna (Campbell) and Katie (Hannemann),” said UIC head coach Regina Miller. “We emphasized to our team that we owned an advantage in the paint and we did a good job of getting our post players good looks to score.”
“Ruvanna is difficult to guard because she has the unique ability to penetrate from the perimeter and also score from inside the paint,” Miller continued. “In addition to being a tremendous rebounder, she pushes the ball in transition and creates mismatches on the offensive end.”
Oakland took its largest lead of the contest at 13-8 with 13:40 left in the first half. The Golden Grizzlies led 27-24 following an Amy Carlton three-pointer with 5:57 remaining but UIC responded with an 11-1 run to close out the half. The Flames led 35-28 going into the locker room and own a perfect 15-0 record when leading at the half.
Kim Bee’s layup with 16:45 left on the clock kept the Oakland deficit at seven but UIC went on a 19-4 run over the next 6:33 to take its largest lead of the game (60-38). Oakland pulled within seven points three times with under a minute to play but the outcome was never in doubt.
Campbell’s double-double was her League-high 14th of the season. It is her fourth consecutive 20-point effort and she is averaging 23.0 points and 14.5 rebounds over that span.
Campbell was 10-of-20 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. Campbell now owns eight 20-point performances this season.
Senior Rachel Story picked up her 19th double-figure performance with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting. She had nine points and hit 5-of-7 free throws in the second half. Story also dished out four assists and collected two steals in 40 minutes of action.
Redshirt senior Katie Hannemann scored 16 points for her 17th double-digit effort. She passed Jo Ellen Swanson (1982-87) into 19th place in program history with 870 career points. Hannemann also compiled seven rebounds in 27 minutes on the floor.
Sophomore Terri Bender collected three more steals and owns 26 steals over the last eight contests (3.3 spg). Meanwhile, senior Emily Kobel drained her 125th career three-pointer and needs four more triples to move past Sara Petersen (128 - 1994-98) into sixth place in program history.
UIC, currently in fourth-place in the Horizon League, concludes its three-game homestand Saturday (Feb. 8) when the Flames play host to second-place Green Bay (13-7, 6-2 HL). Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. CT inside the UIC Pavilion.