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    Hannemann Posts Double-Double in Flames Exhibition Win over UIS

    Hannemann totaled 24 points and 10 rebounds in Friday's win over UIS.
    Hannemann totaled 24 points and 10 rebounds in Friday's win over UIS.
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    Nov. 2, 2012

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    CHICAGO – Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann posted 24 points and 10 rebounds in the UIC women’s basketball 81-59 victory over Illinois-Springfield (UIS) on Friday night inside the UIC Pavilion.  Hannemann was also a perfect 10-for-10 from the field with six buckets in the second half, cementing an unblemished 2-0 record for the Flames in the 2012-13 exhibition season.

    “Hannemann really set the tone for us tonight,” said head coach Regina Miller.  “She finished around the basket and showed good presence in the paint.  You need a leader in all areas of the game and Katie was that leader for us on the boards tonight.”

    Junior Rachel Story piloted the squad for much of the first half with 13 points in the opening stanza, ending the night with 18.  Story shot 7-of-11 from the floor and dished out a game-high six assists.

    Junior Emily Kobel also reached double digits with 10 points, including two three pointers. 

    The Flames controlled the majority of the first half, but the Prairie Stars never let UIC’s lead grow larger than eight points.  UIS received great contribution from its bench in the first period with 17 points, however the Flames went in to the break in front, 40-34.

    That all changed in the opening minutes of the second half as Hannemann rattled off eight straight of her team’s points and by the 15:20 mark UIC held a 16-point advantage.  That lead would grow to 74-49 with just over six minutes left to play as the Flames executed superb team defense that forced 14 second half turnovers.

    Senior Taylor Foulks paced the team in steals for the second straight contest with three as the squad collected 10 in total.  She also added seven points and five boards. 

    “We didn’t utilize our defensive fundamentals in the first exhibition game, but tonight I thought we came out okay in the first half and really picked up the intensity in the second half,” said Miller.  “We had better on the ball defensive pressure, which helped force turnovers and led to a lot of points for us.”

    UIC notched 26 points off of takeaways and also outscored the Prairie Stars, 46-24, in the paint.

    The Flames will kick off regular season action on Friday, Nov. 9 against Truman State at 7 p.m. CT inside the UIC Pavilion.