Women's Basketball Concludes Michigan Road Trip Against Oakland
A LOOK AT OAKLAND
UIC GAME NOTES
MICHIGAN ROAD TRIP
LAST TIME OUT
UIC out-rebounded Detroit 48-23 and collected a season-high 17 steals. The Flames are 12-1 this season when winning the battle on the boards. UIC tied a season high with 23 offensive rebounds and tallied 18 second-chance points.
UIC forced a season-high 23 turnovers and scored 28 points off Detroit's miscues. The Flames scored 44 points in the paint and allowed a season-low two offensive rebounds. Led by Kobel's performance, UIC shot 44 percent from three-point range (8-of-18).
The Horizon League newcomers returned their top-three scorers from last season led by sophomore Olivia Nash, who was selected to the Preseason Second-Team after being named The Summit League Freshman of the Year. Nash is averaging 12.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest.
Elena Popkey leads the Golden Grizzlies in scoring (13.0 ppg) and assists (4.0 apg) while Bethany Watterworth contributes 11.1 points per contest and converts a Horizon-League high 53.4 percent of her field goals. Senior forward Kim Bee averages 9.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and a League-high 1.9 blocks per game.
The Golden Grizzlies and Flames own one common opponent this season. Rachel Story scored 25 points and the Flames defeated Western Michigan, 71-61, on the road (Dec. 18). Four days later (Dec. 22), Nash scored 20 points and Watterworth added 17 as Oakland picked up a 72-62 road win over Western Michigan.
Oakland has won both meetings with UIC, including a 48-45 home victory on Dec. 11, 2011. In that meeting, Oakland's Sharice Calhoun sank a last-second half-court shot to defeat the Flames.
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 21st in double-doubles (9), 34th in rebounding (10.4 rpg) and 70th in field-goal percentage (.511). Terri Bender ranks 21st in steals (2.88 spg), Rachel Story is 91st in scoring (17.8 ppg) and Emily Kobel is 98th in three-point field-goal percentage (.368).
FLAMES DOMINATING THE PAINT
UIC's strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 71.8 points per contest, good for third in the Horizon League. The Flames averaged 62.9 points per game over the first 16 games (6-10 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 (+6.1 to -5.7), rebounding margin (+7.6 to -1.2), turnover margin (+1.1 to -0.2), field-goal percentage (.413 to .375) and three-point field-goal percentage (.327 to .276).
CAMPBELL FILLS UP THE STAT SHEET
Campbell had 13 points and 12 rebounds at Detroit for her ninth double-double of the season. It was her first double-double since Jan. 3 against Roosevelt and team-high 15th double-digit scoring effort. Campbell also owns four 20-point efforts, which ranks second on the squad.
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 17.8 points and shooting 36.4 percent from downtown (24-of-66). She ranks fourth in the Horizon League in scoring, third in minutes played (36.7 per game), tenth in free-throw percentage (.770), tenth in three-point field goal percentage and 11th in three-pointers made (1.7 per game). Story also contributes 1.5 steals per contest.
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 against Miami (Nov. 23) and set career-highs in made free throws (11) and free throw attempts (15) at Western Michigan (Dec. 18).
Story (717 career points) reached the 700-point milestone against Youngstown State (Jan. 11). She needs 130 more points this season to enter the program's Top 20 scorers.
HANNEMANN CLEANS UP THE GLASS
Hannemann had 14 points and nine rebounds at Detroit for her 12th double-digit scoring effort of the season. She owns four double-doubles this season and nine over her career.
Hannemann scores 12.6 points per contest and is shooting a career-high .709 from the free throw line. She has made 23 out of her last 46 field-goal attempts and ranks tenth in the Horizon League in field-goal percentage (.467).
Hannemann tied a career high by pulling down 15 rebounds against Idaho State (Nov. 15). Hannemann (789 career points) reached the 700-point milestone at Butler (Dec. 7) and needs 58 more points this season to enter the program's Top 20 scorers. Hannemann (472 career rebounds) is also on pace to enter the program's Top 15 rebounders.
BENDER'S FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE
The 11 assists rank fourth in a single game in program history and are second best in the Horizon League this season. Bender's performance is the fifth point-assist double-double in the conference this season.
Bender also set career highs in made field goals (9), field goal attempts (23) and three-point field goal attempts (8). It was her first 20-point performance of the season and third career 20-point effort.
Bender is also playing the best defense of her career as she leads the Horizon League in steals (2.9 spg). Bender collected five steals at Detroit and owns 23 steals over the last six games (3.8 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 8.8 points per contest after 6.3 per game last season. Her 3.6 assists per game rank seventh in the Horizon League. Bender is also averaging 4.5 rebounds per game after averaging 2.5 caroms during her freshman season.
KOBEL MOVES UP THE RECORD BOOK
Kobel needs eight more triples to move past Sara Petersen (128 - 1994-98) into sixth place. She is on pace to finish sixth in program history with over 145 made three-pointers.
Kobel has started all 16 contests and is scoring 8.9 points per game. She ranks eighth in the conference in made three-pointers (2.0 per contest), eighth in minutes played (32.8 per game) and ninth in three-point field-goal percentage (.368).
Over the last five games, Kobel has drained 56 percent of her three-point attempts (13-of-23). She has averaged 2.6 made three-pointers and 10.2 points over that span.
Kobel has also averaged a career-high 4.8 rebounds. 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.
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.