Flames Begin Horizon League Play Wednesday at Green Bay

Ruvanna Campbell and the Flames own the sixth longest win streak (11) in the nation
Ruvanna Campbell and the Flames own the sixth longest win streak (11) in the nation

Jan. 6, 2014


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UIC (11-2, 0-0 HL) at Green Bay (7-5, 0-0 HL)
 Date Wednesday, Jan. 8
 Time 7 p.m. CT
 Location Green Bay, Wis. | Kress Center
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 2013-14 Season Stats UIC Flames | Green Bay Phoenix

Nickname: Phoenix
Conference: Horizon League
Head Coach: Kevin Borseth (11th season)
2012-13 Record: 29-3 overall, 16-0 in Horizon League play (1st)
2012-13 Postseason: Lost in first round of NCAA Tournament (LSU 75, UWGB 71)
Series History: UWGB leads 59-6
Last Meeting: UWGB won, 67-36 (3/2/13 @ UIC)
Series Streak: UWGB has won eight straight
2013-14 Leader in:
Points - Kaili Lukan (10.4 ppg)
Rebounds – Breannah Ranger (7.5 rpg)
Assists – Megan Lukan (4.2 apg)
Steals – Tesha Buck (2.1 spg)
Blocked Shots - Mariah Monke (1.0 bpg)


Winners of 11 straight, the UIC women’s basketball team (11-2) opens Horizon League play Wednesday (Jan. 8) when the Flames play at Green Bay (7-5). Tip-off with the 15-time defending conference champions is set for 7 p.m. CT inside the Kress Center. The Flames' 11-2 record is the best 13-game start in program history.

UIC has tied the longest win streak in program history, which occurred from Jan. 11-Feb. 24, 2007. The win streak also ranks as the sixth longest in the nation. It only trails nine programs (No. 1 UConn, No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 4 Stanford, No. 11 Iowa State, No. 22 Indiana, No. 24 San Diego, West Virginia, VCU and Fordham).

Seven of the 11 wins have been at road or neutral sites. Additionally, four of the 11 victories have been over 2012-13 WNIT participants (Idaho State, Miami Ohio, Texas Southern and Butler).

The win streak is 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 won its 11th consecutive game Friday (Jan. 3) with a 98-68 home victory over Roosevelt (12-5) at the UIC Pavilion. Ruvanna Campbell (23 points and 13 rebounds) led the Flames to their third straight win over the Lakers, who sit at No. 11 in the NAIA Division II rankings.

UIC had 60 of its 98 points in the paint and scored 23 points off 14 Roosevelt turnovers. The Flames shot a season-high 59.1 percent from the field (39-of-66) and out-rebounded the Lakers 45-28. UIC nearly set single-game program records in made field goals (39) and assists (29).

UIC last scored 90 or more points on Dec. 14, 2012 against Roosevelt (90-67). The Flames won by 30 or more for the first time since a 77-42 victory over Butler on Jan. 19, 2012.

Green Bay was chosen to win the 2013-14 conference championship in the Horizon League’s preseason poll. Green Bay graduated four starters from last year’s team that went 29-3 and lost to LSU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Phoenix have won or shared the Horizon League regular season title for 15 consecutive seasons. Over the last three seasons, Green Bay has a 51-1 record in Horizon League regular season contests.

The Phoenix lead the Horizon League in scoring defense (55.5 ppg), scoring margin (+10.4), field-goal percentage defense (.382), assists (15.3 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (1.1). Junior guard Megan Lukan, the lone returning starter for Green Bay, averages 9.7 points and 4.2 assists per game. Senior forward Breannah Ranger averages 10.3 points and 7.5 rebounds while sophomore guard Kaili Lukan, the younger sister of Megan, scores a team-high 10.4 points per game. Freshman guard Tesha Buck contributes 9.5 points, 3.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

Green Bay and UIC own two common opponents this season. The Phoenix defeated Northern Illinois 78-44 at home on Nov. 8 and lost at Wisconsin in overtime, 65-61, on Dec. 30. The Flames have defeated both NIU (Dec. 31) and Wisconsin (Dec. 21).

Green Bay has won eight straight meetings between the two schools and is unbeaten at home (31-0) in the series. The Phoenix won, 99-53, in the last meeting inside the Kress Center (2/2/13).

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 (+9.1) and offensive rebounds (16.2 per game). The Flames also rank second in scoring defense (65.3 ppg) and third in blocked shots (2.7 bpg).

UIC’s strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 73.6 points per contest, good for second in the Horizon League. The Flames averaged 60.2 points per contests over the first 13 games (4-9 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 20.2 free throws on 29.7 attempts per game this season. Over the first 13 games of the 2012-13 season, the Flames made an average of 11.1 free throws on 17.4 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 and 49 attempts against Idaho State (Nov. 15) leads the Horizon League. The Idaho State performance either tied (31 made) or broke (49 attempts) single-game program records.

UIC has made 69 free throws on 89 attempts over the last three contests. Other notable areas of improvement over last season include scoring margin (+8.3 to -8.2), rebounding margin (+9.1 to -2.5), field-goal percentage (.421 to .363) and three-point field-goal percentage (.335 to .267).

UIC ranks in the top 100 nationally in many statistical categories. The Flames are 25th in rebounding margin (+9.1), 28th in win-loss percentage (.846), 75th in scoring offense (73.6 ppg), 78th in scoring margin (+8.3), 89th in three-point field-goal percentage (.335) and 98th in field-goal percentage (.421).

Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks 19th in double-doubles (8), 24th in rebounding (10.8 rpg) and 49th in field-goal percentage (.547). Rachel Story ranks 44th in scoring (19.6 ppg) and Terri Bender’s 2.54 steals per contest rank 53rd.

Redshirt sophomore forward Ruvanna Campbell has been named the Horizon League's “Player of the Week" for the period of Dec. 30-Jan. 5, it was announced by the conference office Monday morning. This is the first “Player of the Week” award for Campbell and third for the Flames this season.

Campbell averaged 22.5 points and 11.0 rebounds last week in wins over Northern Illinois (Dec. 31) and Roosevelt (Jan. 3). She shot .720 from the field (18-of-25) and averaged 1.5 blocks over 27.5 minutes per contest.

Ruvanna 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 15.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.5 blocks over the first 13 games of the season.

Campbell leads the Horizon League in double-doubles (8), rebounds and field-goal percentage (.547). She also ranks second in blocks, second in offensive rebounds (4.0 per game) and eighth in scoring.

Campbell owns two straight 20-point efforts and four overall this season. She has scored in double-figures a team-high 12 times and grabbed double-digit rebounds on nine occasions.

Campbell’s 10-of-11 (.909) shooting performance against Roosevelt is the most efficient in the conference thus far. Additionally, her 18-rebound effort against Ohio (Nov. 29) leads the Horizon League.

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.

Senior Rachel Story scored ten points on 5-of-6 shooting against Roosevelt. She has been in double-figures in 14 straight contests dating back to last season and the Flames are undefeated (11-0) with Story in the lineup this year. Story owns six 20-point performances this season and 17 in her UIC career.

Story is averaging 19.6 points and shooting 41.2 percent from downtown (21-of-51). She ranks fourth in the Horizon League in scoring, second in minutes played (37.0 per game), fifth in three-point field goal percentage, eighth in three-pointers made (1.9 per game), eighth in field goal percentage (.468) and tenth 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 a career-high 5-of-6 from three-point land (.833) against Miami (Nov. 23), which is the conference’s second most efficient performance. Story also set career-highs in made free throws (11) and free throw attempts (15) at Western Michigan (Dec. 18).

Redshirt senior Katie Hannemann has helped UIC lead the conference in rebounding as she ranks sixth in the Horizon League with 7.8 caroms per contest. Additionally, she ranks sixth in the conference in offensive rebounds (2.9 per game).

Hannemann had 12 points against Roosevelt for her tenth double-figure performance this season. She has made nine out of her last 15 field-goal attempts and ranks sixth in the Horizon League in field-goal percentage (.471).

Hannemann scores 12.8 points per contest and is shooting a career-high .733 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 92 more points this season (755 career points) to enter the program’s Top 20 scorers. Hannemann (446 career rebounds) is also on pace to enter the program’s Top 15 rebounders.

Sophomore Terri Bender had an outstanding rookie season as she started 23 games at point guard for UIC last year. This year, Bender leads the Horizon League in steals (2.5 spg) and ranks ninth in assists (3.4 apg).

Bender is scoring 8.1 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 scored a season-high 14 points against Roosevelt for the 11th double-digit performance of her career. She also collected two more steals and owns 24 steals over the last seven games (3.4 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 was 2-of-3 from three-point land against Roosevelt and finished with eight points. Her 111 career made three-pointers rank tenth in program history.

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

This season, Kobel has started all 13 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 4.8 rebounds over 32.0 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.