Flames Defeat Valpo, 82-73, For Seventh Horizon League Win
Feb. 10, 2014
VALPARAISO, Ind. - The UIC women's basketball team (18-6, 7-4 HL) picked up its seventh Horizon League victory Monday night (Feb. 10) with an 82-73 road win over Valparaiso (3-19, 1-8 HL) at the ARC. Senior Katie Hannemann scored a season-high 29 points to lead the Flames to a season sweep of the Crusaders.
Sophomore Ruvanna Campbell collected her sixth straight double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. UIC’s 18-6 overall record is the program’s best mark through 24 games in program history. UIC is 7-4 through 11 conference contests for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
UIC never trailed and led by as many as 20 in the second half. UIC out-rebounded Valpo 39-30 and is 18-2 when winning the battle on the boards. The Flames held a 46-32 advantage in points-in-the-paint, grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and scored 24 second-chance points.
Valparaiso cut UIC’s early lead to 19-12 before the Flames went on a 12-0 run to take a 31-12 advantage with 9:29 on the clock. Valpo responded with a 22-6 run and only trailed by three (37-34) following Charae Richardson’s free throw with 1:21 before halftime. Lexi Miller’s last-second, half-court shot went in to trim UIC’s halftime lead to 42-37.
Jessi Wiedemann’s jumper with 16:09 left in the second half narrowed the Flames’ advantage to 49-43. However, UIC went on a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach. Liz Horton’s layup with 1:00 remaining got Valpo within eight (79-71) but the final outcome was never in doubt.
Hannemann was 11-of-13 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line for her fifth career 20-point performance. Her previous season high was 19 against Texas Southern (Nov. 30).
Hannemann had 14 second-half points and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor. Over the last seven games, Hannemann has converted 60.2 percent of her field-goal attempts (41-of-68). Hannemann (908 career points) also became the 19th player in program history to surpass the 900-career point plateau.
Campbell’s double-double is her League-high 16th of the season. She was 5-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe in her 23rd double-digit performance.
Campbell had 11 points and six rebounds in the second half. Over the last six contests, Campbell is averaging 21.3 points, 13.7 rebounds and shooting 56.5 percent from the floor (52-of-92).
Senior Rachel Story picked up her 20th double-figure performance with 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting. She was 2-of-4 from three-point land and tied her career high with seven rebounds.
Sophomores Terri Bender and Imani Moore both contributed nine points. Bender collected three more steals and has averaged 3.3 steals over the last six contests. Six of Moore’s career-high nine points came in the second half. Moore also tied her career high of four rebounds and set a new career high with two blocks.
UIC seeks its eighth Horizon League win Saturday (Feb. 15) when the Flames travel to Dayton, Ohio to take on Wright State (17-7, 6-3 HL). Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. CT inside the Nutter Center.