Flames Win First Postseason Game in Program History

Rachel Story (19 points) became the 20th player in program history to pass 1,000 career points
Rachel Story (19 points) became the 20th player in program history to pass 1,000 career points

March 19, 2014

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CHICAGO - The fourth-seeded UIC women’s basketball team (23-9) collected the first postseason victory in program history Wednesday (March 19) with an 84-71 win over No. 5 IPFW (15-15) in first round action of the 2014 Women’s Basketball Invitational. The Flames advance to the quarterfinals of the East Region where they will meet the winner of the (1) Eastern Michigan/(8) Evansville contest either on Saturday or Monday.

Down 41-33 in the first half following an 11-0 IPFW run, UIC responded with a 19-2 run to take control of the contest. The Flames outscored the Mastodons 49-30 in the second half and limited IPFW to 24.3 percent shooting after halftime.

Ruvanna Campbell picked up her 23rd double-double of the season with 23 points and 16 rebounds. Rachel Story scored 19 points and became the 20th player in program history to pass 1,000 career points.

Katie Hannemann (17 points) and Terri Bender (14 points) were also in double-digits for the Flames, who moved to 3-0 all-time against IPFW. UIC held IPFW to 22.5 percent from downtown (9-of-40).

“We beat a very talented IPFW team for the first postseason win in school history,” said UIC head coach Regina Miller. “It is great to make history in front of our fans. We struggled out of the gate but picked up our defensive pressure after halftime. Rachel had a strong second half and we are thrilled she secured a permanent place in the UIC record book.”

The Flames held the advantage in rebounds (49-37) and moved to 23-4 this season when winning the battle on the boards. UIC dominated inside with 44 points in the paint and 16 offensive rebounds.

UIC was 23-of-32 from the line and made over 20 free throws for the first time since Jan. 18 at Oakland. The Flames shot 50 percent from beyond the arc (5-of-10) and 46.7 percent overall (28-of-60).

Campbell's double-double is her 13th over the last 14 games. Over the last five games, Campbell is averaging 15.8 rebounds per contest. Her 16 rebounds are one shy of the WBI record, set last year by Detroit’s Yar Shayok against Penn.

Campbell owns 397 rebounds this year and has broken Sharon Carroll’s (1979-80) single-season program record by one rebound. She has scored over 20 points 11 times this season. Campbell had 16 points and 11 rebounds in the first half. She also dished out a career-high eight assists.

Story joined UIC’s 1,000-Point Club with her ninth point of the night, a layup with 17:01 left in the game. She is the only player in the club to accomplish the feat in two seasons.

Story had 17 points in the second half on 5-of-10 shooting. It is her 27th double-digit performance of the season and the 51st of her UIC career.

Hannemann increased her career point total to 1,054 career points and is 17 points away from 15th place on UIC's all-time list. She missed her eighth double-double of the season by one rebound as she grabbed nine caroms. Additionally, Hannemann's 588 career rebounds enter the program's top 10 and now rank ninth all-time. 

Bender collected her sixth double-digit effort over the last seven contests. She picked up three steals and her 90 steals this season are second most in a single season at UIC. Bender also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists.