Jan. 11, 2013
Setting the Stage
Saturday’s contest serves as the first Horizon League road game for UIC this season and the conference opener for Loyola. The Flames won last year’s match up in Rogers Park on Jan. 28, 2012 by the slim margin of 57-56. Although the Ramblers own the all-time series record of 33-30, UIC is 18-9 against Loyola since 2000.
Scouting the Ramblers
Loyola enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 5-8, having won its last contest at Eastern Michigan last Saturday, 64-54. The Ramblers began the season 3-1 and then lost its next five games. Simone Law and Monica Albano pilot LU with identical scoring averages of 13.6 points per game as Law also leads the team in rebounding with a mark of 9.6 rpg. The Ramblers will be without the services of senior guard Patrice King who recently left the team for personal reasons. She was averaging more than 10 points and nearly five boards per outing.
123 More to Go
Senior Taylor Foulks needs just 123 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 16 games left this season, so in order for Foulks to reach 1,000 career points she will need to average 7.7 points per game, which is well below her career average of 8.4.
Junior Rachel Story finds herself in elite company at the start of conference play. She is one of just two Horizon League players to average more than 14.9 points, 4.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. Joining her is preseason All-League First Team member Shalonda Winton of Cleveland State who ranks second in the HL in all three categories.
Hannemann Stepping Up
Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann is taking the next step in her collegiate career with a dramatic increase in production. Currently, she has 174 points and 104 rebounds which already outnumber last year’s totals of 117 and 97, respectively. So far this year she has posted 10 double-digit scoring performances and three double-digit rebounding games. Against Big Ten-foe Indiana, she posted a career-high of 20 points as the Hoosiers had no answer for her in the paint. She is averaging nearly 15 more minutes per game than 2011-12 and stands as the only UIC player to start every single game for the Flames this season.
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 43.0 percent of the team’s minutes played so far this season, tops among all Horizon League programs.
Picking Your Pocket
Senior Taylor Foulks cracked UIC’s top-10 career steals list on Wednesday with a season-high six against Cleveland State. Foulks is now tied-for-ninth on that list with 186 steals, matching Jacquese Gilbert’s career output from 1988-91. If Foulks can nab 14 more steals then she will become just the seventh player in program history to reach 200 for a career.
Block Party for Wallace
Junior Megan Wallace pilots the Horizon League and ranks 40th in the nation in blocked shots with an average of 1.9 per game. She also leads the conference in total blocks with 27 despite playing just 18.7 minutes per game. The next closest Horizon League player to Wallace is Cleveland State’s Shalonda Winton with 15 total swats as she has seen 547 minutes of court time compared to Wallace’s 262. The Flames pace the league in blocks per game with an average of 4.2.
Senior Taylor Foulks ranks tied-for-third 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-12th in the nation and stands as tied-for-the-top mark in the Horizon League this season. Foulks has drilled 194 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.
Weekly League Honors
Freshman Terri Bender was selected as the Horizon League’s Newcomer of the Week for the period of Dec. 24-30, for her efforts in a home win against Western Michigan on Dec. 28. Bender poured in a career-high 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while grabbing six boards and three steals. In the last six games, Bender is averaging 8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per outing. Junior transfer Rachel Story earned Newcomer of the Week accolades earlier in the year on Nov. 26.