Flames Seek Six Straight Wins Saturday Against Wright State
Jan. 31, 2014
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: UIC 84. Milwaukee 70 (Jan. 29)
A LOOK AT WRIGHT STATE
UIC GAME NOTES
SEEKING SIX STRAIGHT WINS
The second-place UIC women's basketball team (16-4, 5-2 HL) seeks its sixth straight victory Saturday (Feb. 1) when the Flames play host to third-place Wright State (15-6, 4-2 HL). Tip-off with the Raiders is set for 7 p.m. CT inside the UIC Pavilion.
UIC’s 16-4 overall record is the program’s best mark through 20 games in the Division I era (1980-present). The Flames’ 5-2 Horizon League record through the first seven conference contests is the second best mark in program history. The 1995-96 squad started 6-1 in Mid-Continent Conference (MCC) play.
LAST TIME OUT
UIC won its fifth straight game Wednesday (Jan. 29) with an 84-70 road victory over Milwaukee (6-13, 2-4 HL) at the Klotsche Center. Rachel Story (22), Terri Bender (22) and Ruvanna Campbell (21) all scored over 20 points for the Flames. Campbell also picked up her 12th double-double of the season with 12 rebounds.
UIC collected 12 steals, forced 16 Milwaukee turnovers and turned those miscues into 20 points. The Flames also took care of the ball with a season-low seven turnovers.
The Flames are now 16-1 this season when out-rebounding their opponent (42-33) and 13-1 when attempting more free throws (22-10). UIC grabbed 17 offensive rebounds and scored 17 second-chance points.
SCOUTING WRIGHT STATE
Wright State was picked to finished second in the preseason poll and returned their top-five scorers from last season. Junior guard Kim Demmings was voted the Horizon League’s Preseason Player of the Year and leads the conference in scoring (21.1 ppg). Senior guard Ivory James is averaging 17.3 points while junior guard Tay’ler Mingo posts 13.4 points and 4.1 assists per contest.
The Raiders play an up-tempo game and attempt 26.4 three-pointers per contest. Wright State leads the Horizon League in scoring (80.2 ppg), steals (10.4 spg), made three-pointers (8.3 per game) and fewest turnovers (12.5 tpg). In fact, the Raiders are first nationally in turnover margin at +10.05.
The Raiders and Flames both played the Miami Ohio RedHawks during non-conference play. Wright State exploded for 52 second-half points in a 90-63 home victory over Miami (Nov. 12). Rachel Story scored 23 points and UIC picked up a 76-66 home win over the RedHawks (Nov. 23).
Wright State and UIC split the season series during the 2012-13 campaign. Without the services of its starting point guard Terri Bender, UIC fell 59-51 at the Nutter Center (1/24/13). UIC then overcame a 17-point deficit with less than six minutes to play and eventually pulled out an 81-78 overtime win at the UIC Pavilion (2/21/13). Katie Hannemann went off for a career-high 35 points and 15 rebounds in that contest.
COLLEGEINSIDER.COM MID-MAJOR TOP 25 POLL
After weeks of being in the "Others Receiving Votes" section, UIC cracked the Top 25 of the Jan. 7 edition of CollegeInsider.com'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. 28), UIC came in at No. 23 with 90 total votes.
Wright State (No. 15) and Green Bay (No. 19) 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 (19-3) is ranked No. 1 in the poll and No. 22 in the AP Top 25.
UIC IN NCAA'S RPI RANKINGS
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. 111 in the rankings behind Green Bay (102) and Wright State (110) amongst Horizon League programs.
The Flames collected a victory over a top 100 program in Wisconsin, who ranks No. 83. UIC also picked up a win over a top 150 program in Butler (124).
UIC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Per the Jan. 26 NCAA report, UIC ranks in the top 100 nationally in many statistical categories. The Flames are 27th in rebounding margin (+8.3), 34th in win-lost percentage (.800), 77th in scoring offense (73.1 ppg), 90th in scoring margin (+7.4) and 94th in three-point field-goal defense (.304).
Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks 16th in rebounding (11.1 rpg), 20th in double-doubles (12) and 66th in field-goal percentage (.515). Terri Bender ranks 23rd in steals (2.8 spg) and Rachel Story is 68th in scoring (18.8 ppg).
LEADING THE LAND OF LINCOLN
Nearing the halfway point of conference play, UIC is tied with DePaul for the most victories (16) amongst all Division I Illinois programs. Northwestern owns 14 wins while Western Illinois (10) reached double-figures last week.
The rest of the state programs include Illinois (9), Eastern Illinois (8), Loyola Chicago (8), Northern Illinois (8), SIUE (5), Bradley (4), Illinois State (4), Southern Illinois (4) and Chicago State (3).
FLAMES DOMINATING THE PAINT
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 (+8.3) and offensive rebounds (16.7 per game). The Flames are 16-1 this season when out-rebounding their opponent.
The Flames also rank second in scoring defense (65.8 ppg) and third in blocked shots (2.9 bpg). UIC's strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 73.1 points per contest, good for third in the Horizon League. Last season, the Flames averaged 61.6 points per contest through 20 games (6-14 record).
CHARITY STRIPE VISITS
One of UIC's biggest improvements since last season has been taking advantage of the free throw line. UIC leads the Horizon League by making an average of 18.0 free throws on 26.6 attempts per game. Through 20 games of the 2012-13 campaign, the Flames made an average of 10.9 free throws on 16.5 attempts per contest.
UIC has already made 20-plus free throws seven times this season while the 2012-13 squad had two 20-plus efforts overall. UIC is 13-1 this season when attempting more free throws than its opponent.
WINNING THE TURNOVER BATTLE
Over the last six contests, UIC has won the turnover battle five times and posted a stellar +5.5 turnover margin. The Flames are only committing 12.3 turnovers per contest over that span and averaging 10.8 steals per game.
UIC is 10-2 this season when winning the turnover battle. The Flames rank third in the Horizon League in steals (9.0 spg) and are one of five conference programs with a positive turnover margin (+1.5).
CAMPBELL AMONGST THE NATION’S BEST
Redshirt sophomore Ruvanna Campbell is one of only seven players nationally averaging at least 15 points, 11 rebounds and shooting over 50 percent from the field. Add in at least one steal and one block per game and the group is narrowed down to four players. The players in that elite group are Campbell, Stanford’s consensus All-American Chiney Ogwumike, Robert Morris’ Artemis Spanou and Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby.
CAMPBELL A DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE
Ruvanna Campbell scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds at Milwaukee for her League-high 12th double-double. Campbell also tied career highs with three blocks and four steals. She has been in double-figures in all but one contest (8 at Wisconsin).
She owns six 20-point efforts and 13 double-figure rebound performances this season. Campbell’s career high of 21 rebounds at Oakland (Jan. 18) are the sixth highest nationally in a single game this season and the fourth best in program history.
Campbell leads the Horizon League in double-doubles (12), rebounds (11.1 rpg) and offensive rebounds (4.5 per game). Campbell also ranks second in the conference in field-goal percentage (.515), third in blocks (1.4 bpg), eighth in scoring (15.7 ppg) and tenth in steals (1.8 spg). She was named the Horizon League's "Player of the Week" on Jan. 6.
The last UIC player to average over 11 rebounds a contest was Tracy Manuel (11.3 rpg) in 1983-84. There have been six seasons in program history in which a player has averaged a double-double. The last UIC player to average a double-double was Dejeanette Flournoy in 2003-04 (11.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg).
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 FROM DOWNTOWN
Senior Rachel Story played all 40 minutes for the sixth time this season at Milwaukee and picked up her team-high ninth 20-point performance with 22 points. She hit 3-of-5 three-pointers and is shooting 63.6 percent from downtown over the last two games (7-of-11).
Story’s career high of 34 points against Cleveland State (Jan. 25) is the fifth highest in program history and second highest in the Horizon League this season (Wright State’s Ivory James scored 35 at Murray State). Story is averaging 28.0 points over the last two games and 22.5 points over the last four contests.
Story is averaging 18.8 points and shooting 38.2 percent from downtown (34-of-89) this season. She ranks fourth in the Horizon League in scoring, third in minutes played (36.8 per game), fifth in free-throw percentage (.795), eighth in three-point field-goal percentage and tenth in three-pointers made (1.9 per game). Story also contributes 1.6 steals per contest.
Story has been named the Horizon League's "Player of the Week" twice this season (Nov. 25 and Dec. 23). Story (807 career points) reached the 800-point milestone at Milwaukee and needs 40 more points this season to enter the program's Top 20 scorers.
HANNEMANN CLEANS UP THE GLASS
Redshirt senior Katie Hannemann has helped UIC lead the conference in rebounding as she ranks fifth in the Horizon League with 7.9 caroms per contest. Additionally, she ranks fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds (3.2 per game).
Hannemann was 5-of-7 from the floor at Milwaukee and scored 13 points for her 15th double-digit effort this season. She has posted five double-doubles this season, including 15 points and 14 rebounds at Oakland (Jan. 18).
Hannemann scores 12.8 points per contest and ranks sixth in the Horizon League in field-goal percentage (.481). Over the last three games, Hannemann has converted 60 percent of her field-goal attempts (15-of-25).
Hannemann (844 career points) reached the 800-point milestone at Oakland (Jan. 18) and needs three more points this season to enter the program's Top 20 scorers. Hannemann (503 career rebounds) is also on pace to enter the program's Top 10 rebounders.
BENDER TIES HER CAREER HIGH
Sophomore Terri Bender tied her career high of 22 points at Milwaukee. It is her second 20-point performance of the season and fourth career 20-point effort.
Over the last six contests, Bender is averaging 13.8 points with five double-digit efforts. Bender picked up her first career double-double with 20 points and 11 assists at Detroit (Jan. 16).
Bender is also playing the best defense of her career as she leads the Horizon League in steals (2.8 spg). She collected three steals at Milwaukee and owns 19 steals over the last six games (3.2 spg). Bender set a career-high at Butler (Dec. 7) with six steals, which ranks as the Horizon League's second best effort.
Bender is scoring 9.7 points per contest after 6.3 per game last season. Her 3.7 assists per game rank seventh in the Horizon League. Bender is also pulling down 4.5 rebounds per game after averaging 2.5 caroms during her freshman season.
KOBEL MOVES UP THE RECORD BOOK
Senior Emily Kobel drained her 123rd career three-pointer against Valparaiso (Jan. 21), which ranks seventh all-time in program history. She needs six more triples to move past Sara Petersen (128 - 1994-98) into sixth place. Kobel is on pace to finish her career in sixth place with over 135 made three-pointers.
Kobel was a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point land at Detroit (Jan. 16) and tied her career high of 17 points. The performance is the Horizon League’s most efficient from beyond the arc.
Kobel is knocking down 32.4 percent of her three-point attempts (34-of-105) and 79.2 percent of her free throws (19-of-24). She ranks 11th in the conference in made three-pointers (1.7 per contest) and is second on the squad in minutes per game (32.8).
Kobel has also pulled down a career-high 4.9 rebounds per game. Kobel had averaged 2.1 rebounds per contest in her career entering this season.
11-GAME WIN STREAK FACTS
UIC had its 11-game win streak snapped in a 66-50 loss at Green Bay on 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 WIN AT WISCONSIN
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).
THE WIN AT BUTLER
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.
HANNEMANN AND STORY EARN PRESEASON HONORS; UIC PICKED FORTH
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.
TWO NEW ASSISTANT COACHES
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.