Flames Continue Horizon League Play Saturday against Youngstown State
Jan. 10, 2014
CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll (UIC No. 22)
A LOOK AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE
UIC GAME NOTES
CONTINUING HORIZON LEAGUE PLAY
LAST TIME OUT
UIC was out-rebounded (39-31) for just the second time all season and the first time since the season-opening loss against St. Xavier (Nov. 8). Green Bay grabbed 15 offensive rebounds and scored 11 second-chance points. The Phoenix also outscored the Flames 34-24 in the paint.
Green Bay scored 19 points off 19 UIC turnovers and held the Flames to 36.4 percent shooting overall (20-of-55). The Phoenix went to the free throw line eight more times than the Flames and shot 50 percent from the field in the second half.
SCOUTING YOUNGSTOWN STATE
Sophomore guard Shar’Rae Davis and junior forward Heidi Schlegel were preseason second-team selections but Davis was ruled out for the season with an undisclosed injury. Schlegel ranks third in the conference at 19.6 points per game while Karen Flagg (9.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.4 bpg), Latisha Walker (8.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg) and Liz Hornberger (8.1 ppg, 3.5 apg) have stepped up in Davis’ absence.
The Penguins and Flames own one common opponent this season. YSU allowed Miami (Ohio) to score nine points over the final 90 seconds in a 70-67 loss to the RedHawks (Dec. 4). Rachel Story scored 23 points and the Flames shot 50 percent from beyond the arc (9-of-18) in UIC’s 76-66 home victory over Miami (Nov. 23).
COLLEGEINSIDER.COM MID-MAJOR TOP 25 POLL
Wright State (No. 11) and Green Bay (No. 12) also represent the Horizon League in the poll. The most renowned mid-major head coaches in the country make up the voting panel for the poll, which is in its fourth year of existence. San Diego (12-1) is ranked No. 1 in the poll and No. 24 in the AP Top 25.
UIC NO. 67 IN NCAA’S RPI STANDINGS
The Flames have collected two victories over top 100 programs this season. Wisconsin ranks No. 39 while Butler sits at No. 78. UIC also owns a win over a top 150 program in Ohio (114).
WIN STREAK FACTS
Seven of the 11 wins were at road or neutral sites. Additionally, four of the 11 victories were over 2012-13 WNIT participants (Idaho State, Miami Ohio, Texas Southern and Butler).
The win streak was 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.
FLAMES DOMINATING THE PAINT
UIC’s strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 71.9 points per contest, good for fourth in the Horizon League. The Flames averaged 60.8 points per contests over the first 14 games (4-10 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 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.
Other notable areas of improvement over last season include scoring margin (+6.6 to -7.9), rebounding margin (+7.9 to -2.0), field-goal percentage (.417 to .362) and three-point field-goal percentage (.326 to .261).
UIC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
CAMPBELL NAMED HORIZON LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.
CAMPBELL FILLS UP THE STAT SHEET
Campbell leads the Horizon League in double-doubles (8), rebounds, offensive rebounds (4.0 per game) and field-goal percentage (.543). She also ranks second in blocks, tenth in scoring and tenth in steals.
Campbell owns four 20-point efforts this season. She has scored in double-figures a team-high 13 times and grabbed double-digit rebounds on nine occasions.
Campbell’s 10-of-11 (.909) shooting performance against Roosevelt (Jan. 3) 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.
STORY’S DOUBLE-DIGIT STREAK
Story is averaging 18.9 points and shooting 37.9 percent from downtown (22-of-58). She ranks fourth in the Horizon League in scoring, second in minutes played (37.2 per game), eighth in three-point field goal percentage, eighth in free-throw percentage (.783) and tenth in three-pointers made (1.8 per game).
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).
HANNEMANN CLEANS UP THE GLASS
Hannemann had 12 points and 11 rebounds at Green Bay for her fourth double-double of the season and first since Nov. 30 against Texas Southern. Over her career, Hannemann owns 38 double-digit scoring efforts and nine double-doubles.
Hannemann scores 12.8 points per contest and is shooting a career-high .728 from the free throw line. She has made 13 out of her last 22 field-goal attempts and ranks sixth in the Horizon League in field-goal percentage (.476).
Hannemann tied a career high by pulling down 15 rebounds against Idaho State (Nov. 15). Hannemann (767 career points) reached the 700-point milestone at Butler (Dec. 7) and needs 80 more points this season to enter the program’s Top 20 scorers. Hannemann (457 career rebounds) is also on pace to enter the program’s Top 15 rebounders.
BENDER SHINES AT POINT GUARD
Bender is scoring 7.9 points per contest after 6.3 per game last season. She is also averaging 4.6 rebounds per game, almost double of her freshman campaign (2.5 rpg).
Bender collected three steals at Green Bay and owns 27 steals over the last eight games (3.4 steals per contest). She 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 MOVES UP THE RECORD BOOK
With three more three-pointers, Kobel will pass Robyn Frascati (1985-89 – 115) into eighth all-time. Kobel is on pace to finish sixth in program history with over 135 made three-pointers.
This season, Kobel has started all 14 contests and is averaging 8.1 points per game. She ranks 12th in the conference with 1.7 three-pointers made per contest.
Kobel has also averaged 4.6 rebounds over 32.1 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.