Flames Look for 11 Straight Wins Friday Against Roosevelt|
Jan. 1, 2014
A LOOK AT ROOSEVELT
UIC GAME NOTES
SEEKING 11 STRAIGHT WINS
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.
WIN STREAK FACTS
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.
LAST TIME OUT
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.
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.
FLAMES DOMINATING THE PAINT
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.
CHARITY STRIPE VISITS
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 IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
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.
STORY OVER 20 POINTS AGAIN
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.
CAMPBELL FILLS UP THE STAT SHEET
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.
HANNEMANN CLEANS UP THE GLASS
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.
BENDER SHINES AT POINT GUARD
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.
KOBEL ENTERS THE RECORD BOOKS
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 WIN AT WISCONSIN
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).
THE WIN AT BUTLER
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).
HANNEMANN AND STORY EARN PRESEASON HONORS; UIC PICKED FORTH
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.
TWO NEW ASSISTANT COACHES
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.