Flames Look to Tie Program Record Saturday at Wright State
Feb. 13, 2014
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: UIC 82, Valparaiso 73 (Feb. 10)
A LOOK AT WRIGHT STATE
UIC GAME NOTES
FLAMES LOOK TO TIE PROGRAM RECORD
The fifth-place UIC women's basketball team (18-6, 7-4 HL) attempts to tie the program record for wins Saturday (Feb. 15) when the Flames play at second-place Wright State (17-7, 6-3 HL). Tip-off with the Raiders is set for 1 p.m. CT inside the Nutter Center.
The 2006-07 squad went 19-13 and made the program’s lone trip to the postseason (WNIT). UIC’s 18-6 overall record is the program’s best mark through 24 games in program history. UIC is 7-4 through 11 conference contests for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
LAST TIME OUT
UIC picked up its seventh Horizon League victory Monday night (Feb. 10) with an 82-73 road win over Valparaiso (3-19, 1-8 HL) at the ARC. Senior Katie Hannemann scored a season-high 29 points to lead the Flames to a season sweep of the Crusaders.
Ruvanna Campbell collected her sixth straight double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. UIC never trailed and led by as many as 20 in the second half. UIC out-rebounded Valpo 39-30 and is 18-2 when winning the battle on the boards. The Flames held a 46-32 advantage in points-in-the-paint, grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and scored 24 second-chance points.
SCOUTING WRIGHT STATE
Wright State was picked to finished second in the preseason poll. Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year Kim Demmings leads the conference and ranks 18th nationally in scoring (21.6 ppg). Senior guard Ivory James is averaging 17.8 points while junior guard Tay’ler Mingo posts 13.6 points and 4.0 assists per contest.
The Raiders play an up-tempo game and attempt 25.7 three-pointers per game. Wright State leads the Horizon League in scoring (81.2 ppg), steals (10.0 spg), fewest turnovers (12.6 tpg), made free throws (17.4 per game) and rank second in made three-pointers (8.3 per game). The Raiders are second nationally in turnover margin at +9.5.
Earlier this month (Feb. 1), Wright State won a thrilling contest with UIC by a final score of 77-74. The game featured 11 lead changes and a last second three-point attempt by Terri Bender that fell just short. Demmings played all 40 minutes and scored a game-high 28 points. Wright State hit seven three-pointers and made 18-of-24 shots from the foul line. The Raiders turned 24 UIC turnovers into 34 points and scored 14 second-chance points.
NATION’S LARGEST TURNAROUND
Through 24 games, UIC has collected nine more wins (18-6) than the entire 2012-13 campaign (9-21). Based on overall wins, UIC is tied with four other programs for the largest turnaround in the nation.
St. Bonaventure (19-6), Oregon (13-10), Maine (13-11) and Jacksonville State (10-15) have also improved by nine wins from last season. Texas A&M–Corpus Christi (12-11) has won its last two games and increased its win total by eight from the 2012-13 campaign.
UIC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Per the Feb. 9 NCAA report, UIC ranks in the top 100 nationally in many statistical categories. The Flames are 31st in rebounding margin (+7.5), 52nd in win-lost percentage (.750), 61st in steals per game (9.3 spg), 86th in scoring offense (72.6 ppg) and 99th in scoring margin (+5.6).
Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks 13th in double-doubles (16), 14th in rebounding (11.4 rpg) and 50th in field-goal percentage (.524). Terri Bender ranks 16th in steals (2.9 spg) and Rachel Story is 80th in scoring (18.0 ppg).
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. 126 in the rankings behind Green Bay (97) and Wright State (102) amongst Horizon League programs.
The Flames collected a victory over a top 100 program in Wisconsin, who ranks No. 94. UIC also picked up a win over a top 150 program in Butler (115).
NEAR THE TOP OF THE LAND OF LINCOLN
Two weeks into February, UIC is second amongst all Division I Illinois programs with 18 victories. DePaul is first with 19 wins while Northwestern is third with 14 victories. Western Illinois picked up its 12th win last week.
The rest of the state programs include Eastern Illinois (10), Illinois (9), Loyola Chicago (9), Northern Illinois (8), SIUE (7), Illinois State (6), Bradley (5), Southern Illinois (4) and Chicago State (3).
FLAMES DOMINATING THE PAINT
The strong play of Ruvanna Campbell and Katie Hannemann has allowed UIC to dominate opponents inside the paint. UIC ranks first in the Horizon League in rebounding margin (+7.5) and offensive rebounds (16.8 per game). The Flames are 18-2 when out-rebounding their opponent.
The Flames also rank second in scoring defense (67.0 ppg) and third in blocked shots (3.0 bpg). UIC's strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 72.6 points per contest, good for third in the Horizon League. Last season, the Flames averaged 63.7 points through 24 games (8-16, 4-7 HL).
CHARITY STRIPE VISITS
One of UIC's biggest improvements since last season has been taking advantage of the free throw line. UIC is first in the Horizon League in free throw attempts (26.1 per game) and second in made free throws (17.3 per game). Through 24 games of the 2012-13 campaign, the Flames made an average of 11.3 free throws on 17.2 attempts per contest.
UIC has made 20-plus free throws seven times this season while the 2012-13 squad had two 20-plus efforts overall. UIC is 14-2 when attempting more free throws than its opponent.
WINNING THE TURNOVER BATTLE
Over the last ten games, UIC has won the turnover battle seven times and posted a stellar +3.8 turnover margin. The Flames are forcing opponents to commit 17.7 turnovers over that span and are averaging a League-high 11.0 steals per game.
UIC is 11-3 when winning the turnover battle. The Flames rank second in the Horizon League in steals (9.3 spg) and are one of five conference programs with a positive turnover margin (+1.5).
CAMPBELL AMONGST THE NATION’S BEST
Sophomore Ruvanna Campbell is one of only eight players nationally averaging at least 16 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 five players. The players in that elite group are Campbell, Stanford’s consensus All-American Chiney Ogwumike, Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby, Oregon's Jillian Alleyne and Robert Morris’ Artemis Spanou.
CAMPBELL A DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE
Ruvanna Campbell picked up her sixth straight double-double at Valparaiso with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Campbell had her string of five straight 20-point efforts snapped but she is averaging 21.3 points, 13.7 rebounds and shooting 56.5 percent from the floor (52-of-92) over the last six contests.
Campbell owns nine 20-point performances and five 15-plus rebound efforts. She has been in double-figures in all but one contest (8 points at Wisconsin). 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 (16), rebounds (11.4 rpg) and offensive rebounds (4.6 per game). Campbell also ranks second in field-goal percentage (.524), third in blocks (1.3 bpg), seventh in steals (1.8 spg), eighth in scoring (16.4 ppg) and tenth in minutes played (33.1 per game). 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).
STORY IN DOUBLE-FIGURES
Senior Rachel Story picked up her 20th double-figure performance with 14 points at Valparaiso. Story owns nine 20-point performances this season. Her career high of 34 points against Cleveland State (Jan. 25) is the fifth highest in program history and third highest in the Horizon League.
Story is averaging 18.0 points and shooting 33.6 percent from downtown (38-of-113). She ranks fourth in the Horizon League in scoring, second in minutes played (36.7 per game), eighth in free-throw percentage (.764) and tenth in three-pointers made (1.7 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 (863 career points) entered the program's Top 20 scorers against Green Bay (Feb. 8). She is on pace to finish her career with over 950 points.
HANNEMANN SETS SEASON HIGH
Senior Katie Hannemann scored a season-high 29 points at Valparaiso on 11-of-13 shooting. Her previous season high was 19 against Texas Southern (Nov. 30). It was her sixth career 20-point performance.
Hannemann scores 13.3 points per contest and ranks fourth in the Horizon League in field-goal percentage (.504). Over the last seven games, Hannemann has converted 60.3 percent of her field-goal attempts (41-of-68).
Hannemann (908 career points) also surpassed the 900-career point plateau at Valparaiso and became the 19th player in program history to accomplish the feat. She is on pace to finish her career with over 970 points.
Hannemann has posted five double-doubles this season, including 15 points and 14 rebounds at Oakland (Jan. 18). She ranks sixth in the Horizon League with 7.7 rebounds per contest and fourth in offensive rebounds (3.3 per game).
BENDER’S STRONG DEFENSE
Sophomore Terri Bender is playing the best defense of her career. She collected three more steals at Valparaiso and has averaged 3.3 steals over the last six contests.
Overall, Bender leads the Horizon League with 2.9 steals per game. Offensively, Bender picked up her first career double-double (20 points, 11 assists) at Detroit (Jan. 16) and tied her career-high with 22 points at Milwaukee (Jan. 29).
Bender is scoring 9.0 points per contest after 6.3 per game last season. Her 3.8 assists per game rank seventh in the Horizon League. Bender is also pulling down 4.4 rebounds per game after averaging 2.5 caroms during her freshman season.
KOBEL MOVES UP THE RECORD BOOK
Senior Emily Kobel finished 3-of-8 from three-point land against Green Bay (Feb. 8) and is tied with Sara Petersen (1994-98) for sixth place in program history with 128 career made three-pointers. 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 30.5 percent of her three-point attempts (39-of-128) and 76.9 percent of her free throws (20-of-26). She ranks 13th in the conference in made three-pointers (1.6 per contest).
Kobel has also pulled down a career-high 4.7 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.
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. UIC spent four weeks in the poll before dropping out on Feb. 4.
Wright State (No. 18) and Green Bay (No. 19) currently 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 (22-3) is ranked No. 1 in the poll and No. 20 in the AP Top 25.
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.