Flames Look for 11 Straight Wins Friday Against Roosevelt

Regina Miller's squad owns the fifth longest win streak (10) in the nation
Regina Miller's squad owns the fifth longest win streak (10) in the nation

Jan. 1, 2014


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Roosevelt (12-5) at UIC (10-2)
 Date Friday, Jan. 3
 Time 7 p.m. CT
 Location Chicago, Ill. | UIC Pavilion
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Nickname: Lakers
Conference: Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (NAIA)
Head Coach: Robyn Scherr-Wells (4th season)
2012-13 Record: 28-7 overall, 19-3 in the CCAC (1st)
2012-13 Postseason: Round of 16 (NAIA Division II National Championship)
Series History: UIC leads 2-0
Last Meeting: UIC won, 90-67 (12/14/12 @ UIC)
2013-14 Leader in:
Points - Casey Davis (21.5 ppg)  
Rebounds – Tori Clark (8.9 rpg)
Assists – Becky Williford (5.5 apg)
Steals – Maria Tamburrino (1.8 spg)
Blocked Shots - Maria Tamburrino (1.4 bpg)


Winners of ten straight, the UIC women’s basketball team (10-2) seeks the best 13-game start in program history Friday (Jan. 3) when the Flames play host to Roosevelt University (12-5). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT inside the UIC Pavilion.

The Flames' 10-2 record matches the 1977-78 squad for the best 12-game start in program history. A win Friday will be the Flames' best 13-game start in program history (11-2). The 1977-78 squad (10-3) lost its 13th game to Western Michigan.

UIC is on its first ten-game win streak since Jan. 11-Feb. 17, 2007 in the midst of a program-record 11 consecutive victories. Seven of the ten wins have been at road or neutral sites. Additionally, four of the ten victories have been over 2012-13 WNIT participants (Idaho State, Miami Ohio, Texas Southern and Butler).

UIC’s current ten-game win streak ranks as the fifth longest in the nation. The streak only trails nine programs (No. 1 UConn, No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 14 Iowa State, Arkansas, Indiana, San Diego, West Virginia and VCU).

The win streak also matches Regina Miller’s longest as a head coach. Miller had two 10-game win streaks at UNLV (2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons). The 2001-02 Lady Rebels (23-8) earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament while the 2003-04 squad (26-8) advanced to the WNIT Championship game.

UIC (10-2) won its tenth consecutive game Tuesday (Dec. 31) with a 66-54 victory over Northern Illinois (4-6). Ruvanna Campbell (22 points and nine rebounds) and Rachel Story (20 points) led the Flames to their fourth straight win over the Huskies.

UIC hit 27-of-31 shots from the free throw line, including 19-of-22 in the second half. The Flames’ 87.1 percent from the charity stripe is a season-high. It is the sixth time this season that the Flames have made more than 20 free throws. UIC has made 53 free throws on 62 attempts over the last two contests (.854).

UIC held a 38-31 advantage on the boards and improved to 10-1 this season when out-rebounding its opponent. The Flames tied a season-high with 12 steals and scored 17 points off 18 NIU turnovers.

Head coach Robyn Scherr-Wells is in her fourth season at the helm of the Lakers’ program. Her father, Marty Scherr, serves as an assistant coach for Roosevelt.

The Lakers went 28-7 overall last season and fell in the Round of 16 at the NAIA Division II National Championship. Roosevelt finished the season ranked No. 8 in the nation. Senior guard Casey Davis (21.5 ppg) leads Roosevelt in scoring while Maria Tamburrino (14.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg) and Tori Clark (11.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg) give the Lakers a strong inside presence.

UIC played host to Roosevelt last season (12/14/12) and picked up a 90-67 victory. The Flames set a single-game program record with 30 assists and five players scored in double figures led by Taylor Foulks (15 points). The 90-point effort was the largest single-game performance for UIC since March 6, 2008.

The strong play of Ruvanna Campbell and Katie Hannemann this season has allowed UIC to dominate opponents inside the paint. UIC ranks first in The Horizon League in rebounding margin (+8.4) and offensive rebounds (16.4 per game). The Flames also rank second in scoring defense (65.1 ppg) and fourth in blocked shots (2.6 bpg).

UIC’s strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 71.6 points per contest, good for fourth in The Horizon League. The Flames averaged 60.1 points per contests over the first 12 games (4-8 record) of last season.

One of UIC’s biggest improvements since last season has been taking advantage of the free throw line. UIC has made an average of 20.6 free throws on 30.0 attempts per game this season. Over the first 12 games of the 2012-13 season, the Flames made an average of 10.6 free throws on 16.4 attempts per game.

UIC has already made 20-plus free throws six times this season while the 2012-13 squad had two 20-plus efforts overall. The Flames’ 31 made free throws against Idaho State (Nov. 15) leads The Horizon League.

UIC has made 53 free throws on 62 attempts over the last two contests (.854). Other notable areas of improvement include scoring margin (+6.5 to -6.9), rebounding margin (+8.4 to -2.0), field-goal percentage (.405 to .363) and three-point field-goal percentage (.329 to .262).

UIC ranks in the top 100 nationally in many statistical categories. The Flames are 37th in rebounding margin (+8.4), 34th in win-loss percentage (.833), 81st in three-point field-goal percentage (.329), 94th in scoring margin (+6.5) and 96th in scoring offense (65.1 ppg).

Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks 18th in double-doubles (7), 32nd in rebounding (10.7 rpg) and 76th in field-goal percentage (.516). Rachel Story ranks 32nd in scoring (20.6 ppg), 34th in three-point field goal percentage (.420) and 90th in three-point field goals made per game (2.1). Terri Bender’s 2.58 steals per contest rank 74th.

Senior Rachel Story scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half against NIU. It was most in the second half by any UIC player since Katie Hannemann had 22 against Wright State (2/21/13). Story finished 10-of-11 from the free throw line for her second double-digit free throw performance of the season (11-of-15 at WMU - 12/18/13).

Story’s performance is her fourth straight 20-point effort. She owns six 20-point performances this season and 17 in her UIC career. The Flames are undefeated (10-0) with Story in the lineup. She has been in double-figures in 13 straight contests dating back to last season.

Story is averaging 20.6 points and shooting 42.0 percent from downtown (21-of-50). She ranks third in The Horizon League in scoring, first in minutes played (38.3 per game), second in three-point field goal percentage, third in three-pointers made (2.1 per game), eighth in field goal percentage (.452) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.778).

Story has been named The Horizon League’s “Player of the Week” twice this season (Nov. 25 and Dec. 23). She was 5-of-6 from three-point land (.833) against Miami (Nov. 23), which is the conference’s second most efficient performance.

Redshirt sophomore Ruvanna Campbell scored 17 of her 22 points in the first half at NIU. It was the most of any UIC player this season. In fact, it is the most in the first half since Shameia Green poured in 18 against Butler (1/19/12).

Campbell has made an immediate impact at UIC after sitting out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules. The 6-foot-3 forward has averaged 14.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 blocks over the first 12 games of the season.

In The Horizon League, Campbell ranks first in double-doubles (7), first in rebounds, first in offensive rebounds (4.0 per game), second in blocks, third in field-goal percentage (.516) and eighth in steals. Campbell owns three 20-point efforts this season and a team-high 11 double-digit performances.

Campbell had career highs of 24 points and 18 rebounds against Ohio (Nov. 29) and became the first UIC player to grab 18 rebounds since Dejeanette Flournoy on March 6, 2005 against Green Bay during The Horizon League Tournament. Campbell’s 18 rebounds and 10-of-12 shooting (.833) against Ohio are Horizon League highs.

Campbell sat out the entire 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules. She spent one year with La Salle (2011-12) and ranked as the Atlantic 10's top freshmen rebounder (7.6) and shot blocker (1.5). Campbell started 25 games for the Explorers and averaged 28.2 minutes per game.

Redshirt senior Katie Hannemann averaged 6.9 rebounds a game last season and has continued her excellence on the glass as she ranks fourth in The Horizon League with 8.2 rebounds per contest. Additionally, she ranks fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds (3.1 per game).

Hannemann had 13 points and nine rebounds against Denver (Dec. 28) for her ninth double-figure performance this season. She was a season-high 9-of-10 from the free-throw line.

Hannemann scores 12.9 points per contest and is shooting a career-high .743 from the free throw line. She owns three double-doubles this season and eight in her career.

Hannemann tied a career high by pulling down 15 rebounds against Idaho State (Nov. 15). She reached the 700-point milestone at Butler (Dec. 7) and needs 103 more points this season (743 career points) to enter the program’s Top 20 scorers. Hannemann (443 career rebounds) is also on pace to enter the program’s Top 10 rebounders.

Sophomore Terri Bender had an outstanding rookie season as she started 23 games at point guard for UIC last year. This year, Bender ranks first in The Horizon League in steals (2.6 spg) and 8th in assists (3.4 apg).

Bender is scoring 7.6 points per contest after 6.3 per game last season. She is also averaging 4.8 rebounds per game, almost double of her freshman campaign (2.5 rpg).

Bender had six points, four rebounds and four steals at NIU. She owns 22 steals over the last six games (3.7 steals per contest). Bender set a career-high at Butler (Dec. 7) with six steals, which ranks as The Horizon League’s second best effort.

Bender stood as the only Horizon League freshmen to average more than 6.3 points, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 2012-13. She also ranked in the top four in all three categories among League rookies.

Senior Emily Kobel had seven points and three steals at NIU. She made her 109th career triple to start the contest. Kobel ranks tenth in program history in made three-pointers.

Kobel is on pace to finish sixth in program history with over 135 made three-pointers. She needs five more triples to jump Amanda Bartz (113 - 1999-2001) into ninth place.

This season, Kobel has started all 12 contests and is averaging 8.2 points per game. She ranks 12th in the conference with 1.7 three-pointers made per contest.

Kobel has also averaged 5.0 rebounds over 33.1 minutes per game. Kobel had averaged 2.1 rebounds per contest in her career entering this season.

The 58-56 victory at Wisconsin on Dec. 21 was the sixth win over the Badgers in program history and the first in 34 seasons (1979-80 season). It snapped a 13-game win streak by the Badgers in the series.

UIC has collected 25 Big Ten victories in program history and nine since the Flames became a Division I program in 1980-81. The win is UIC's third Big Ten road victory in the Division I era. The Flames have also defeated Northwestern twice away from the UIC Pavilion (2002-03 and 2004-05).

UIC’s 62-57 victory at Butler on Dec. 7 marked the program’s third road win over a Big East opponent and first in 31 years. The last time the Flames defeated a Big East opponent away from the UIC Pavilion was on Nov. 23, 1982, when UIC pulled out a 76-61 decision at Marquette. UIC’s first Big East road victory came at Marquette (66-63) on Feb. 12, 1981.

The win at Butler was also the first victory over a Big East opponent in 12 seasons. UIC’s most recent Big East victory came at home against St. John’s (65-52) on Nov. 18, 2001. UIC has collected 13 Big East victories in program history and six of those wins came prior to the Division I era (pre-1980-81 season).

Katie Hannemann and Rachel Story were voted Preseason First Team All-Horizon League. Additionally, UIC received three first-place votes in the poll and was picked to finish fourth in The Horizon League's preseason poll by the League's head coaches, SIDs and media members.

Both Hannemann and Story had stellar years in 2012-13. Hannemann was voted Second Team All-League while Story was selected to the All-Newcomer squad. The duo combined to average nearly 30 points per game and led the Flames in scoring in 24 of their 29 regular season contests.

UIC head coach Regina Miller added two new assistant coaches to the program over the summer. Eric Simpson, who served as the head coach at Loyola the past four seasons, and Tiffany Sardin, a Chicago native and three-year captain for the University of Virginia, joined the coaching staff in July 2013.

Simpson guided Loyola to their first-ever Horizon League Championship game this past March. The Chicago native and graduate of Northwestern (1994) spent the last seven years at Loyola, including the final four seasons as head coach, where he compiled a record of 57-66 (.463).

Sardin spent last season on the Mt. Olive College coaching staff. As an assistant coach at Mt. Olive, Sardin helped the Trojans compile an 18-12 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Championship, marking their second-ever postseason berth.