Jan. 4, 2013
Setting the Stage
Saturday’s contest will be the 49th all-time meeting between UIC and Butler and the final non-conference tilt for both teams. The Flames won two-out-of-three games against the Bulldogs last season, including the Horizon League quarterfinal match up on March 7, 2012 in Chicago, which ended Butler’s season. In the last 13 games played at the UIC Pavilion, the Flames are 8-5 against the Bulldogs.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Butler comes into Saturday’s game with an overall record of 8-6, having won five of their last six games. BU’s most recent contest was a victory against Horizon League-member Cleveland State (56-54) as the Bulldogs also triumphed over Valparaiso (69-55) earlier in the season. Leading the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding is junior forward Daress McClung with 15.7 points and 10.1 boards per game.
Junior Rachel Story finds herself in elite company a third-of-the-way through the 2012-13 season. She is one of just two Horizon League players to average more than 14.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Joining her is preseason All-League First Team member Shalonda Winton of Cleveland State, who ranks top-2 in all three categories.
140 More to Go
Senior Taylor Foulks needs just 140 more points to reach 1,000 for her career. If Foulks does eclipse the four-digit milestone then she will become just the 18th player in program history to do so. The Flames have at least 18 games left this season, so in order for Foulks to reach 1,000 career points she will need to average 7.8 points per game, which is slightly above her season average of 7.5.
Sweet Home Chicago
Despite owning a 4-8 overall record, the Flames tout a 4-2 mark this season when playing at the UIC Pavilion. Head coach Regina Miller has enjoyed a home court advantage during her Flames tenure, compiling a home record of 17-6. The Flames are averaging more than 18 points per game higher when comparing home versus away contests (69.2 to 51.0). Last season, the Flames posted the second-most home wins in school history with 13.
Hannemann Stepping Up
Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann showed up to play against Big Ten-foe Indiana with a career-high 20 points and nine made field goals. So far this season, Hannemann has nine double-digit scoring performances and two double-doubles. The six-foot one-inch center has 148 points and 90 rebounds through 12 games this season, which more than doubles last year’ marks of 45 and 41, respectively.
Newcomers Called Upon
UIC graduated a league-high of almost 60 percent of its minutes played last season and over 70 percent of its scoring. Freshmen and transfers have been needed to fill that void as the newcomers account for 43.2 percent of the team’s minutes played so far this season, tops among all Horizon League programs.
Garant Provides a Spark
Freshman Caitlin Garant has provided the Flames with a spark in the last three games, shooting 9-of-17 from the field and totaling 22 points in just 42 minutes of action. Against IU, Garant set new career-highs with 10 points and four made field goals.
Block Party for Wallace
Junior Megan Wallace has recorded 18 blocked shots over the last six games and paces the Horizon League with an average of 2.0 per outing. Wallace also leads the conference in total blocks with 24 despite playing just 19.0 minutes per game. The next closest Horizon League player to Wallace is Cleveland State’s Shalonda Winton with 14 total swats as she has seen 503 minutes of court time compared to Wallace’s 228. The Flames pilot the league in blocks per game with an average of 4.2.
Senior Taylor Foulks ranks tied-for-second in the country with her 7-of-9 (.778) single-game performance from behind the arc against SIUE on Nov. 15. Her seven made threes also ranks tied-for-8th in the nation and stands as the top mark in the Horizon League this season. Foulks has drilled 192 career treys and sits fifth on UIC’s all-time made threes list. The top spot his held by Hall of Famer Joanne McCarthy with 238.