Women's Basketball Starts Michigan Road Trip Against Detroit

Terri Bender leads the Horizon League and ranks 31st nationally in steals (2.7 spg)
Terri Bender leads the Horizon League and ranks 31st nationally in steals (2.7 spg)

Jan. 14, 2014

GAME NOTES Mid-Major Top 25 Poll (UIC No. 25)
NCAA's RPI Rankings (UIC No. 123)
Hannemann Featured in Horizon League Weekly Release (Jan. 13)
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Youngstown State 69, UIC 58 (Jan. 11)
Horizon League Stats
Horizon League Weekly Notes
2013-14 Prospectus
2013-14 Yearbook
Record Book

UIC (11-4, 0-2 HL) at Detroit (3-13, 0-3 HL)
 Date Thursday, Jan. 16
 Time 6 p.m. CT
 Location Detroit, Mich. | Calihan Hall
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 Game Notes UIC Flames | Detroit Titans
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 2013-14 Season Stats UIC Flames | Detroit Titans

Nickname: Titans
Conference: Horizon League
Head Coach: Autumn Rademacher (6th season)
2012-13 Record: 21-13 overall, 9-7 in Horizon League play (4th)
2012-13 Postseason: Won WBI Championship
Series History: UDM leads 24-19
Last Meeting: UIC won 76-74 (2/23/13 @ UIC)
Series Streak: UIC won the last meeting
2013-14 Leader in:
Points -
Senee Shearer (20.9 ppg)
Rebounds –
Ellisha Crosby (7.4 rpg)
Assists –
Tayelor McCalister (3.5 apg)
Steals –
Tayelor McCalister (1.5 spg)
Blocked Shots -
Haleigh Ristovski (0.2 bpg)


The UIC women’s basketball team (11-4, 0-2 HL) starts a Michigan road trip Thursday (Jan. 16) when the Flames play at Detroit (3-13, 0-3 HL). Tip-off with the Titans is set for 6 p.m. CT inside Calihan Hall. The Flames' 11-4 record is the program's best 15-game start in the Division I era (1980-present).

UIC dropped its conference home opener Saturday (Jan. 11) with a 69-58 loss to Youngstown State (6-9, 2-0 HL). Rachel Story, Ruvanna Campbell and Emily Kobel all scored 11 points for the Flames. 

Youngstown State’s Heidi Schlegel scored a game-high 28 points and the Penguins shot 48 percent from the floor (21-of-43). Youngstown State was 7-of-16 from downtown and held the Flames to 32 percent shooting (22-of-68).

UIC committed 26 fouls and sent YSU to the free throw line 28 times, where the Penguins made 20 attempts. YSU out-rebounded UIC 47-33, the second straight contest UIC has lost the battle on the boards.

Detroit was picked to finish sixth in the Horizon League’s preseason poll. The Titans returned two starters from last year’s team that went 21-13 and won the WBI. The two returning starters both reside in the backcourt in senior guard Senee Shearer and sophomore guard Rosanna Reynolds.

Shearer leads the Horizon League in scoring (20.9 ppg) and three-pointers per game (3.4). Reynolds was on the All-Newcomer team last season but is out for the season due to injury. The Titans' inside presence includes Ellisha Crosby (17.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Megan Hatter (11.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg).

The Titans and Flames own one common opponent this season. Shearer scored a career-high 29 points in a 103-86 road loss to the Broncos (Nov. 14). Rachel Story scored 25 points and the Flames defeated Western Michigan, 71-61, on the road (Dec. 18).

UIC and Detroit split two meetings last season, including a 74-68 Titan victory at Calihan Hall (1/26/13). In the last meeting (2/23/13), Rachel Story scored 22 points and UIC won, 76-74, inside the UIC Pavilion.

After weeks of being in the “Others Receiving Votes” section, UIC cracked the Top 25 of the Jan. 7 edition of’s Mid-Major Poll. The Flames debuted at No. 22 after receiving 119 votes in the ninth edition of this season’s poll. In the most recent poll (Jan. 14), UIC came in at No. 25 with 58 total votes.

Wright State (No. 12) and Green Bay (No. 16) 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. Gonzaga (14-3) is ranked No. 1 in the poll and No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

UIC’s 11-game win streak (Nov. 15-Jan. 3) helped the Flames to their highest RPI ranking of the season (64). UIC currently sits No. 123 in the rankings behind two Horizon League programs in Wright State (108) and Green Bay (116).

The Flames collected a victory over a top 100 program in Wisconsin, who ranks No. 62. UIC also owns two wins over top 150 programs in Butler (111) and Ohio (114).

Per the Jan. 12 NCAA report, UIC ranks in the top 100 nationally in many statistical categories. The Flames are 54th in rebounding margin (+6.4), 57th in win-loss percentage (.733), 97th in fewest turnovers (15.3 per game) and 100th in scoring margin (+5.4).

Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks 26th in double-doubles (8), 35th in rebounding (10.3 rpg) and 67th in field-goal percentage (.515). Terri Bender ranks 31st in steals (2.73 spg) and Rachel Story is 77th in scoring (18.3 ppg).

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 (+6.4) and offensive rebounds (15.9 per game). The Flames also rank second in scoring defense (65.6 ppg) and third in blocked shots (2.7 bpg).

UIC’s strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 71.0 points per contest, good for fourth in the Horizon League. The Flames averaged 61.6 points per game over the first 15 games (5-10 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 18.6 free throws on 27.7 attempts per game this season. Over the first 15 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 (+5.4 to -6.6), rebounding margin (+6.4 to -1.5), field-goal percentage (.410 to .371) and three-point field-goal percentage (.317 to .276).

Redshirt sophomore Ruvanna Campbell leads the Horizon League in double-doubles (8) and rebounds (10.3 rpg). She also ranks second in offensive rebounds (3.9 per game), second in field-goal percentage (.515), third in blocks (1.3 bpg), ninth in steals (1.8 spg) and tenth in scoring (14.8 ppg). Campbell was named the Horizon League's “Player of the Week" on Jan. 6.

Campbell owns four 20-point efforts this season. She has scored in double-figures a team-high 14 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) is second best in 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-13 shooting against Youngstown State. She has been in double-figures in 16 straight contests dating back to last season. Story owns six 20-point performances this season and 17 in her UIC career.

Story is averaging 18.3 points and shooting 36.5 percent from downtown (23-of-63). She ranks fourth in the Horizon League in scoring, second in minutes played (37.1 per game), ninth in free-throw percentage (.770), tenth in three-point field goal percentage and 12th 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 7.9 caroms per contest. Additionally, she ranks sixth in the conference in offensive rebounds (3.0 per game).

Hannemann had 12 points and 11 rebounds at Green Bay (Jan. 8) 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 12.5 points per contest and is shooting a career-high .709 from the free throw line. She has made 16 out of her last 30 field-goal attempts and ranks ninth in the Horizon League in field-goal percentage (.470).

Hannemann tied a career high by pulling down 15 rebounds against Idaho State (Nov. 15). Hannemann (775 career points) reached the 700-point milestone at Butler (Dec. 7) and needs 72 more points this season to enter the program’s Top 20 scorers. Hannemann (463 career rebounds) is also on pace to enter the program’s Top 15 rebounders.

Sophomore Terri Bender is playing the best defense of her career. She owns 32 steals over the last nine games (3.6 steals per contest).

Bender collected five steals against Youngstown State and leads the Horizon League in steals (2.7 spg). She set a career-high at Butler (Dec. 7) with six steals, which ranks as the Horizon League’s second best effort.

Bender is scoring 8.0 points per contest after 6.3 per game last season. Her 3.1 assists per game rank 11th in the Horizon League. Bender is also averaging 4.3 rebounds per game after averaging 2.5 caroms during her freshman season.  

Bender had 10 points against Youngstown State for her sixth double-digit scoring performance of the season. She was 5-of-11 from the field and scored eight points after halftime.

Senior Emily Kobel was 3-of-7 from three-point land against Youngstown State and finished with 11 points. She now owns 116 career made three-pointers and passed Robyn Frascati (1985-89) into eighth all-time in program history.

Kobel needs five more triples to move past Shamiea Green (120 - 2007-12) into seventh place. She is on pace to finish sixth in program history with over 140 made three-pointers.

This season, Kobel has started all 15 contests and is averaging 8.3 points per game. She ranks 11th in the conference with 1.8 three-pointers made per contest.

Kobel has also averaged 4.6 rebounds over 32.3 minutes per game. Kobel had averaged 2.1 rebounds per contest in her career entering this season.

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 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.