Feb. 15, 2013
45 More To Go
Senior Taylor Foulks needs just 45 more points to reach 1,000 for her career. If Foulks does eclipse the four-digit milestone then she will become just the 18th player in program history to do so. Last season, two Flames’ players surpassed 1,000 career points in Jasmine Bailey (1,535) and Shamiea Green (1,334).
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 66 points and 68 rebounds through 22 games. This year, the six-foot one-inch center has accumulated 291 points and 152 boards. She has 16 double-digit scoring performances compared to just three in 2011-12 and has set career-highs in nearly every major statistical category. Hannemann has upped her points per game average by 9.3 since last year, which ranks second among all HL returnees this season.
Senior Taylor Foulks had a milestone game against Cleveland State this past Monday with six steals and two made threes. Those totals gave her 202 career steals and 211 career made treys as she became just the second player in program history to record more than 200 steals and threes. Joining Foulks on the exclusive 200-200 list is Hall-of-Famer Joanne McCarthy who also has her number 21 jersey retired.
Saturday’s match up against Valparaiso will be UIC’s fifth road contest in the past seven games. The Flames are 1-5 during that stretch with a lone home win against Milwaukee on Feb. 7. UIC’s only road win of the season came against Loyola on Jan. 12.
Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann definitely has the shooters touch with an impressive field goal percentage of 51.8%. Her season mark ranks fourth in the conference and 31st in nation. In the past five games, Hannemann is shooting 37-of-60 (61.6%) from the floor, including a 9-of-12 performance against Cleveland State.
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 1.5 swats per game. CSU’s Shalonda Winton is second on that list with 29 blocks despite averaging 18.2 minutes per game more than Wallace (38.8-20.6). Wallace is also nearing UIC’ single season top-10 leaderboard, needing just six more rejections to crack the list at 39.
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 44.0 percent of the team’s minutes played so far this season, tops among all Horizon League programs.
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 (7.1 ppg) and ranks third in assists (3.4) 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.
Senior Taylor Foulks ranks tied-for-fifth 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-17th in the nation and stands as tied-for-the-top mark in the Horizon League this season.