Women's Basketball Starts Michigan Road Trip Against Detroit
Jan. 14, 2014
A LOOK AT DETROIT
UIC GAME NOTES
MICHIGAN ROAD TRIP
LAST TIME OUT
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.
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.
COLLEGEINSIDER.COM MID-MAJOR TOP 25 POLL
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 IN NCAA’S RPI RANKINGS
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).
UIC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
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).
FLAMES DOMINATING THE PAINT
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.
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 (+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).
CAMPBELL FILLS UP THE STAT SHEET
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.
STORY’S DOUBLE-DIGIT STREAK
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).
HANNEMANN CLEANS UP THE GLASS
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.
BENDER’S STELLAR DEFENSE
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.
KOBEL MOVES UP THE RECORD BOOK
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.
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.
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.