Feb. 1, 2013
Setting the Stage
Saturday’s game will be the 64th all-time meeting between UIC and Green Bay as the Phoenix stand as the second-most played team in program history behind Horizon League-foe Loyola. Green Bay owns the all-times series record at 57-6 and holds an unblemished home record of 30-0 against UIC. The Flames most recent win over Green Bay happened on Jan. 23, 2010 in Chicago by a final of 81-72 when the Phoenix where ranked 14th in the nation.
Scouting the PHOENIX
Green Bay enters Saturday’s contest with a 16-2 overall record and a top Horizon League mark of 6-0. The Phoenix team defense is their most notable characteristic as they are holding opponents to just 47.2 points per game, which ranks second in the country. Green Bay also limits the opposition to a field goal shooting percentage of under 34.8, including 25.7 percent from behind the arc. The Phoenix are receiving votes in both the AP (4) and USA Today Coaches Poll (7) and rank No. 2 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll.
Junior Rachel Story finds herself in elite company on the back end of the 2012-13 season. She is one of just two Horizon League players to average 14.7 points and 4.1 assists per game or more. 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 one of just six conference players to have five or more 20-point outings this year.
Elevating Her Game
Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann has elevated her game from last year in a big way. At this point last season, Hannemann had totaled 63 points and 63 rebounds through 19 games. This year, the six-foot one-inch center has accumulated 242 points and 130 boards. She has 14 double-digit scoring performances compared to just three in 2011-12 and has set career-highs in nearly every major statistical category. Hannemann is also one of just five Horizon League players to average 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game or more.
Block Party For Wallace
Junior Megan Wallace has 32 total blocked shots so far this season and ranks first in the Horizon League with an average of 1.7 swats per game. CSU’s Shalonda Winton is second on that list with 22 blocks despite averaging 18.7 minutes per game more than Wallace (38.6-19.8). Wallace is also nearing UIC’ single season top-10 leaderboard, needing just seven more rejections to crack the list at 39.
Freshman Terri Bender is having an outstanding rookie season as she has found a seemingly permanent spot in the starting lineup. Bender is the fourth-ranked freshmen scorer in the Horizon League (6.9 ppg) and also ranks fourth in assists (2.8) and second in steals (1.8). She has collected two Horizon League Newcomer of the Week awards (Dec. 31 and Jan. 14) and owns two 20-point outings this season.
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 43.9 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 70 points shy 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 fourth in made threes (204), eighth in steals (194) and 11th in blocked shots (63).
Kobel From Downtown
Junior Emily Kobel has been a consistent threat for UIC from behind the arc all season. To date, Kobel is 36-of-101 from long range and is on pace to crack the single-season leaderboard for made threes, needing just 22 more. Kobel leads the team in made threes and ranks eighth in the Horizon League. Since league play began, Kobel is averaging 42.3 percent from three, which ranks sixth in the HL.
UIC Believes in Second Chances
The Flames have the most second chance opportunities of any Horizon League team with an average of 15 offensive rebounds per game. In Horizon League only games, the Flames still rank No. 1 with 14.2 offensive boards. UIC is averaging nearly 11 points per game off of second-chance opportunities for the season.
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 in that game ranks tied-for-15th in the nation and stands as tied-for-the-top mark in the Horizon League this season.
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 (12-5) and is averaging 17.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game. Silmon recently ended her season with Ansett in Australia and averaged 18.5 points per game.