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    Jan. 14, 2013

    CHICAGO - UIC women's basketball player Terri Bender was named the Horizon League's Newcomer of the Week for the period of Jan. 7-13 as announced by the conference office on Monday morning.  The freshman piloted the Flames to victory this past Saturday at Loyola by scoring a career-high 20 points and shooting 7-of-8 from the field, all in the second half.

    "Terri stepped up to the challenge," said head coach Regina Miller.  "She hit some huge shots and did a great job of leading the team."

    Against the Ramblers, Bender also notched a career-high four steals and three made three pointers.  The 73-62 win was the first road and Horizon League triumph for UIC this season.  

    In last Wednesday's overtime loss against Cleveland State, Bender chipped in eight points on 3-of-6 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in just 18 minutes of action.

    For the week, Bender averaged 14 points per game and shot 10-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc.  She also collected five rebounds, five assists and four steals throughout the two games.

    The Milwaukee, Wis., native has been a fixture in the starting lineup over the last eight games in which the Flames are 4-4 after beginning the season 1-6.  In that span, Bender is averaging nearly 10 points per contest and shooting 39 percent from the outside.

    This award marks the second career Newcomer of the Week accolade for Bender and the third for UIC this season, the most of any Horizon League team.  Bender garnered her first honor on Dec. 31 as Rachel Story took home the hardware on Nov. 26.