Hannemann Posts Career-High 29 Points in Win Over Milwaukee
Feb. 7, 2013
CHICAGO - Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann poured in a career-high 29 points as the UIC women's basketball team (7-14, 3-5) triumphed over Horizon League-foe Milwaukee (5-14, 1-6) by a final score of 84-67 on Thursday night at the UIC Pavilion. Junior Rachel Story added 25 points as the duo combined for 54, including 35 in the second half. Hannemann's 29-point total is also a team-season high and her 14 made field goals serves as a new all-time best.
"Katie keeps improving day-in and day-out," said head coach Regina Miller. "She is doing a much better job of finishing around the basket and seems more comfortable when she has the ball down low."
Freshman Terri Bender nearly recorded a double-double with 12 points and a career-high nine assists, also a team-season high. As a team, the Flames posted 20 assists and committed just seven turnovers. Milwaukee was forced into 16 turnovers, which UIC converted into 20 points.
"We took care of the ball tonight and that was our emphasis," said Miller. "We set the tone early in the second half with our defense and finished in the paint."
Milwaukee held an early 11-6 lead, but a 16-1 Flames' run mid-way through the first half gave UIC the advantage for the rest of the evening. The Flames reached their largest lead of the first period of 33-22 at the 3:40 mark, but Milwaukee ended the half on a 9-3 spurt, which tightened the score to 36-31 at the break.
UWM's Angela Rodriguez paced all scorers at half with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting as Hannemann piloted UIC with 10.
The opening minutes of the second half belonged to Hannemann and Story as they rattled off the first 21 points for UIC with Hannemann scoring the first eight. The Panthers were able to match UIC's scoring outburst with long-range shooting, specifically from UWM's Emily Decorah who sank four of her five threes in the first nine minutes of the second half.
With the outcome still in question at the 8:36 mark and UIC in front 59-53, the Flames ripped off nine straight points over the next three minutes to garner their first 15-point lead of the game.
The Panthers would come to within 11 points with 2:56 left to play, but Story tallied eight points in the final 2:09 to seal the Flames victory.
In the second half, Hannemann and Story combined to shoot 14-of-18 (77.8%) from the floor.
The Flames attempted 13 more free throws than Milwaukee in the second period and doubled-up the Panthers in the paint, 24-12.
UIC returns to action on Monday night at Cleveland State with tip scheduled for 6 p.m CT.