Jan. 25, 2013
Setting the Stage
Saturday’s game between UIC and Detroit will be the 42nd all-time meeting between the two schools as the Titans hold a slim 23-18 series advantage. Each squad picked up a win over each other last season with both teams triumphing at home. The Flames have had recent success against Detroit, winning three of their last four games and nine of the last 16.
Scouting the TITANS
Detroit enters Saturday’s game with a 9-7 overall record and a 2-2 mark in the Horizon League. The Flames and Titans are tied-for-third in the conference standings, along with Youngstown State and Valparaiso. Detroit has won its last two games with a pair of 10-point victories against Wright State and Loyola. The Titans are piloted by the nation’s second-leading scorer, sophomore Shareta Brown, who averages 24.1 points per game. Brown also ranks second in the country with a field goal of 60 percent.
Freshman Terri Bender has staked her claim as to one of the top freshmen in the Horizon League. Bender has set career-highs in her last two games with outputs of 20 and 22 points, respectively, with 39 of those points coming in the second half. She is the fourth-ranked freshmen in the league in scoring (7.3), assists (2.4) and ranks second in steals (1.9). The Milwaukee native has earned the conference’s Newcomer of the Week award twice already this season (Dec. 31 and Jan. 14) and since her promotion to the starting lineup nine games ago, UIC is 5-4 with Bender averaging nearly 11 points per game. She sat out of Thursday’s game at WSU due to an illness.
Junior Rachel Story finds herself in elite company midway through the 2012-13 season. She is one of just two Horizon League players to average more than 14.7 points and 4.2 assists per game Joining her is preseason All-League First Team member Shalonda Winton of Cleveland State who ranks top two in the HL in all three categories. Story is also just one of five HL players to have five or more 20-point outings this year.
Hannemann Playing Big
Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann has been a consistent force on the low block for UIC this season. The six-foot one-inch center recently tied a career-high with 20 points against Valparaiso last Saturday and shot 7-of-12 from the field. She is averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, which is a significant improvement from last season’s marks of 3.9 and 3.2, respectively.
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 43.8 percent of the team’s minutes played so far this season, tops among all Horizon League programs.
Senior Taylor Foulks has crept up on numerous UIC career leaderboards this season and remains just 92 points away from reaching the 1,000. If Foulks reaches the four-digit milestone then she will be just the 18th player in program history to do so. The Joliet, Ill., native, ranks fifth in made threes (200), eighth in steals (193) and 11th in blocked shots (61).
Block Party for Wallace
Junior Megan Wallace pilots the Horizon League and ranks 49th in the nation in blocked shots with an average of 1.6 per game. She also leads the conference in total blocks with 28 despite playing just 19.6 minutes per game. The next closest Horizon League player to Wallace is Cleveland State’s Shalonda Winton with 21 total swats as she has seen 692 minutes of court time compared to Wallace’s 333. The Flames pace the league in blocks per game with an average of 4.1.
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 200 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.
Kobel From Downtown
Junior Emily Kobel has been a consistent threat for UIC from behind the arc all season. To date, Kobel is 32-of-93 from long range and is on pace to crack the single-season leaderboard for made threes, needing just 26 more. Kobel leads the team in made threes and ranks eighth in the Horizon League.
Senior Taylor Foulks posted her first career double-double against Valparaiso last Saturday with 10 points and 11 rebounds. She is one of just two players on the Flames’ roster to have tallied a double-double this season as redshirt junior Katie Hannemann has recorded two.
Flames Still Burning Bright
A pair of former UIC women’s basketball players Jasmine Bailey and Nichole (Muffoletto) Silmon are having outstanding seasons playing professionally overseas. Bailey plays for the Sepsi Sic squad in Romania (10-4) and is averaging 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game. Silmon competes for Ansett in Australia and averages 18.5 points per game.