Flames Defeat Texas Southern, 70-66, For Fifth Straight Win
Nov. 30, 2013
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – The UIC women’s basketball team (5-2) won its fifth consecutive game with a 70-66 victory over Texas Southern (3-4) Saturday (Nov. 30) to conclude the San Juan Shootout. Katie Hannemann had 19 points and 12 rebounds for her eighth career double-double, Ruvanna Campbell added 15 points and Rachel Story finished with 14 points.
UIC’s last five-game win streak came from Nov. 22-Dec. 6, 2008 when the Flames defeated Bradley, Canisius, SIUE, Florida Atlantic and Western Michigan to begin the 2008-09 season. One more win will be UIC’s first six-game win streak since Jan. 11-Feb. 3, 2007 in the midst of a program-record 11 consecutive victories. The Flames finished the 2006-07 season with 19 wins and earned their first trip to the postseason (WNIT).
UIC hit 27-of-36 free throws, including 16-of-16 in the first half. The Flames’ 75 percent shooting from the charity stripe ties a season-high. UIC also had 11 steals and scored 18 points off 20 Texas Southern turnovers.
UIC held a 47-38 advantage on the glass and improved to 5-1 this season when out-rebounding its opponent. UIC had 17 offensive rebounds and put back 17 second-chance points while limiting Texas Southern to six second-chance points.
UIC trailed for much of the first half and was down 30-19 with 4:46 left on the clock. The Flames responded with a 17-4 run to end the half and go up 36-34 at the break. The run included seven points from Story and four from Hannemann.
Strong play from Texas Southern’s Jazzmin Parker and Morgan Simmons helped the Lady Tigers take a 55-50 lead with 8:29 remaining in the game before UIC stormed back. Campbell and Hannemann combined for 15 of the Flames’ final 20 points and UIC limited Texas Southern to 11 points the rest of the way.
Hannemann set a season-high with 19 points and hit 7-of-8 attempts from the free throw line. She had 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the floor in the second half. Hannemann’s seven offensive rebounds ties her career high set against Wright State (Feb. 21, 2013).
Campbell came on strong late as she scored nine points over the final eight minutes of play. She had 11 points and six rebounds in the second half to finish with 15 points and nine rebounds. Campbell, who has been in double-digits every game this season, also collected three steals.
Story hit 6-of-6 free throws in the first half and entered the break with 10 points. She finished the contest with a team-high three assists and two steals.
The Flames received strong play from their reserves as UIC held a 15-11 advantage in points off the bench. Senior Megan Wallace had seven points while sophomore Caitlin Garant added six points and hit 4-of-4 free throws.
UIC looks for six consecutive victories next Saturday (Dec. 7) when the Flames play at Butler (2-4). Tip-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT inside Hinkle Fieldhouse.
UIC played host to Butler last season (Jan. 5, 2013) and dropped an 84-61 decision at the UIC Pavilion. The Bulldogs received 31 points from Daress McClung, who is now a senior.