Flames Continue Horizon League Play Saturday against Youngstown State

Katie Hannemann (12.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg) owns four double-doubles this season
Katie Hannemann (12.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg) owns four double-doubles this season

Jan. 10, 2014

GAME NOTES Mid-Major Top 25 Poll (UIC No. 22)
NCAA's RPI Rankings (UIC No. 67)
VIDEO INTERVIEW: Campbell talks with the Horizon League Network (Jan. 8)
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Green Bay 66, UIC 50 (Jan. 8)
Campbell Named Horizon League Player of the Week (Jan. 6)
Horizon League Stats
2013-14 Prospectus
2013-14 Yearbook
Record Book

Youngstown State (5-9, 1-0 HL) at UIC (11-3, 0-1 HL)
 Date Saturday, Jan. 11
 Time 3 p.m. CT
 Location Chicago, Ill. | UIC Pavilion
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Nickname: Penguins
Conference: Horizon League
Head Coach: John Barnes (1st season)
2012-13 Record: 23-10 overall, 11-5 in Horizon League play (2nd)
2012-13 Postseason: Lost in second round of WNIT (at Toledo, 61-43)
Series History: UIC leads 17-11
Last Meeting: YSU won 79-66 (2/28/13 @ YSU)
Series Streak: YSU has won two straight
2013-14 Leader in:
Points - Heidi Schlegel (19.6 ppg)
Rebounds – Karen Flagg (7.2 rpg)
Assists – Liz Hornberger (3.5 apg)
Steals – Heidi Schlegel (1.3 spg)
Blocked Shots - Karen Flagg (1.4 bpg)


The UIC women’s basketball team (11-3, 0-1 HL) continues Horizon League play Saturday (Jan. 11) when the Flames play host to Youngstown State (5-9, 1-0 HL). Tip-off with the Penguins is set for 3 p.m. CT inside the UIC Pavilion. The Flames' 11-3 record is the program's best 14-game start in the Division I era (1980-present).

UIC (11-3, 0-1 HL) had its 11-game win streak snapped Wednesday (Jan. 8) in a 66-50 road loss to Green Bay (8-5, 1-0 HL) at the Kress Center. Green Bay finished the contest on a 19-5 run and held UIC to 26.9 percent shooting in the second half.

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.

With first-year head coach John Barnes at the helm, Youngstown State was picked to finish third in the Horizon League’s preseason poll. The Penguins returned nine of their top-10 scorers from last season’s 23-10 team that advanced to the second round of the WNIT, but did graduate last year’s Horizon League Player of the Year in Brandi Brown.

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).

UIC dropped both meetings with Youngstown State last season, including a 67-57 defeat on Jan. 31, 2013 at the UIC Pavilion. In the last meeting (2/28/13), UIC fell 79-66 at the Beeghly Center.

After weeks of being in the “Others Receiving Votes” section, UIC has cracked the Top 25 of’s Mid-Major Poll. The Flames debut at No. 22 after receiving 119 votes in the ninth edition of this season’s 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’s 11-game win streak helped the Flames move up the NCAA’s RPI standings. UIC (67) moved ahead of Wright State (74) and Green Bay (105) last week to lead all Horizon League programs. The Flames reached as high as No. 64 in the Dec. 30 poll.

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).

UIC had its 11-game win streak snapped in a 66-50 loss at Green Bay Wednesday night (Jan. 8). The streak tied the longest win streak in program history, which occurred from Jan. 11-Feb. 24, 2007. The win streak also ranked as the sixth longest in the nation.

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.

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 (+7.9) and offensive rebounds (16.0 per game). The Flames also rank second in scoring defense (65.4 ppg) and third in blocked shots (2.9 bpg).

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.

One of UIC’s biggest improvements since last season has been taking advantage of the free throw line. UIC has made an average of 19.2 free throws on 28.2 attempts per game this season. Over the first 14 games of the 2012-13 season, the Flames made an average of 11.3 free throws on 17.5 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.

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).

Per the Jan. 5 NCAA report, UIC ranks in the top 100 nationally in many statistical categories. The Flames are 25th in rebounding margin, 75th in scoring offense, 78th in scoring margin, 89th in three-point field-goal percentage and 98th in field-goal percentage.

Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks 18th in double-doubles, 24th in rebounding and 49th in field-goal percentage. Rachel Story ranks 44th in scoring and Terri Bender is 52nd in steals.

Redshirt sophomore forward Ruvanna Campbell was named the Horizon League's “Player of the Week" for the period of Dec. 30-Jan. 5. 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 15.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.4 blocks over the first 14 games of the season.

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.

Senior Rachel Story scored 11 points on 4-of-16 shooting at Green Bay. She has been in double-figures in 15 straight contests dating back to last season and the Flames are 11-1 with Story in the lineup this year. Story owns six 20-point performances this season and 17 in her UIC career.

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).

Redshirt senior Katie Hannemann has helped UIC lead the conference in rebounding as she ranks sixth in the Horizon League with 8.0 caroms per contest. Additionally, she ranks fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds (3.1 per game).

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.

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 (2.6 spg) and ranks tenth in assists (3.2 apg).

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.

Senior Emily Kobel was 2-of-6 from three-point land at Green Bay and finished with eight points. She is now tied with Amanda Bartz (1999-2001) for ninth in program history with 113 career made three-pointers.

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 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.