Feb. 10, 2013
Setting the Stage
Monday’s game will the 62nd meeting between UIC and Cleveland State as the Vikings hold a slim all-time series record advantage of 31-30. In the most recent gathering on Jan. 9, 2013, CSU erased an 11-point deficit with under five minutes to play to force overtime and eventually claim victory, 73-69. Both squads are fighting to keep pace in the Horizon League standings as UIC ranks tied-for-fifth and CSU sits eighth.
Scouting the VIKINGS
Cleveland State enters Monday’s game with an overall record of 11-11 and a Horizon League mark of 3-6. The Vikings are struggling as of late, dropping six of their last seven games, including a heartbreaking one-point loss to Loyola on Saturday. CSU is led by senior Shalonda Winton who is averaging 22.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Sharpshooter Cori Coleman is putting up 12.6 points per outing and has 45 treys this season.
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 15.1 points and 3.9 assists per game or more. Joining her is preseason All-League First Team member Shalonda Winton of Cleveland State. Story is also one of just six conference players to have six or more 20-point outings this year. She also owns 17 double-digit scoring performances in 2012-13.
Big Second Half
UIC’s second half against Milwaukee ranks tied for the second highest point total by any Horizon League team during the second half. The Flames’ 48 second-half points was spurred by Katie Hannemann with 19 and Rachel Story with 16. UIC scored 24 of its 48 points in the paint and committed a season low two turnovers in the final period.
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 64 rebounds through 21 games. This year, the six-foot one-inch center has accumulated 273 points and 141 boards. She has 15 double-digit scoring performances compared to just three in 2011-12 and has set career-highs in nearly every major statistical category. Hannemann bested her career-high with 29 points against UWM on Thursday, a team-season high.
Dishing on Bender
Freshman Terri Bender’s nine assists against Milwaukee ranks as the highest total for any Horizon League player this season along with Rosanna Reynolds of Detroit who totaled nine helpers on Jan. 31 vs. CSU.
Block Party For Wallace
Junior Megan Wallace has 33 total blocked shots so far this season and ranks first in the Horizon League with an average of 1.6 swats per game. CSU’s Shalonda Winton is second on that list with 24 blocks despite averaging 18.0 minutes per game more than Wallace (38.8-20.8). Wallace is also nearing UIC’ single season top-10 leaderboard, needing just six 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 (7.2 ppg) and also ranks fourth in assists (3.2) and second in steals (1.8). She has collected two Horizon League Newcomer of the Week awards (Dec. 31 and Jan. 14) and set a new career-high with nine assists versus UWM on Thursday, a team-season high.
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 44.4 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 53 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 third in made threes (209), eighth in steals (196) 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 38-of-109 (.349) from long range and is on pace to crack the single-season leaderboard for made threes, needing just 20 more. Kobel leads the team in made threes and ranks eighth in the Horizon League. Since league play began, Kobel is averaging 38.2 percent from three.
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.