Flames Defeat Western Michigan, 71-61, For Seventh Straight Win
Dec. 18, 2013
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The UIC women’s basketball team (7-2) won its seven consecutive game Wednesday (Dec. 18) with a 71-61 road victory over Western Michigan (3-6) inside University Arena. Rachel Story scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Flames while Katie Hannemann (15 points and seven rebounds) and Ruvanna Campbell (13 points and 15 rebounds) had strong games inside the paint.
The Flames’ 7-2 record matches the 2001-02 squad for the best nine-game start in the Division I era. It is also UIC’s first seven-game win streak since Jan. 11-Feb. 8, 2007 in the midst of a program-record 11 consecutive victories. Four of the seven victories have been over 2012-13 WNIT participants (Idaho State, Miami Ohio, Texas Southern and Butler).
UIC and WMU both shot 36.7 percent from the field (22-of-60) but the Flames held a 26-to-13 advantage in made free throws. UIC out-rebounded WMU 47-37 and held a 13-7 advantage in second-chance points. The Flames scored 12 points off 14 Western Michigan turnovers.
WMU led 15-14 with 9:46 remaining in the first half before UIC went on an 11-2 run to take a 25-17 lead with 5:43 left in the half. Alex Morton’s layup with 1:47 before halftime cut the Flames’ lead to 31-25 at the break.
WMU got within one at 34-33 on A.J. Johnson’s three-pointer with 18:29 left in the game but Story scored 17 of UIC’s 40 second-half points as the Flames pulled away for their fourth straight win over the Broncos. Two free throws from Campbell at 2:11 gave the Flames their largest lead at 62-50. UIC hit 18-of-26 free throws in the second half.
Story was 7-of-13 from the field and a career-high 11-of-15 from the charity stripe. In the second half, she was 5-of-6 from the field and 7-of-11 from the line. Story now owns three 20-point efforts this season and 14 in her UIC career. She has been in double-figures in ten straight contests dating back to last season and the Flames are undefeated (7-0) with Story in the lineup this season.
Hannemann was 5-of-9 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line. She has been in double-figures in eight consecutive contests. Hannemann, who had nine second-half points, also collected two steals against the Broncos.
Campbell recorded her conference-leading seventh double-double and she has been in double-figures in every game this season. She also added three assists, two blocks and two steals. Campbell had eight points and eight rebounds to lead UIC offensively in the first half.
UIC is next in action Saturday (Dec. 21) when the Flames travel to Madison, Wis. to take on Big Ten program Wisconsin. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. CT inside the UW Field House.
A win would be the best ten-game start (8-2) in the Division I era. UIC started 9-1 twice (1976-77 & 1977-78) prior to becoming a Division I program for the 1980-81 season.