Flames Look to Tie Program Record Monday against Milwaukee
Feb. 16, 2014
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Wright State 103, UIC 91 (Feb. 15)
A LOOK AT MILWAUKEE
UIC GAME NOTES
FLAMES LOOK TO TIE PROGRAM RECORD
The fifth-place UIC women's basketball team (18-7, 7-5 HL) attempts to tie the program record for wins Monday (Feb. 17) when the Flames play host to seventh-place Milwaukee (7-16, 3-7 HL). Tip-off with the Panthers is set for 8 p.m. CT inside the UIC Pavilion.
The 2006-07 squad went 19-13 and made the program’s lone trip to the postseason (WNIT). UIC’s 18-7 overall record is the program’s best mark through 25 games in program history. UIC is 7-5 through 12 conference contests for the second time under third-year head coach Regina Miller.
LAST TIME OUT
UIC dropped a shootout Saturday (Feb. 15) at Wright State (18-7, 7-3 HL) by a final score of 103-91. Ruvanna Campbell set a career high with 30 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for her 17th double-double of the season.
The game featured 21 lead changes and UIC led 79-77 with 7:21 remaining. Wright State responded with a 7-0 run and out-scored the Flames 26-12 the rest of the way.
Wright State’s Kim Demmings, the leading scorer in the Horizon League, poured in a game-high 31 points and the Raiders made 28-of-37 free throw attempts. Wright State forced 25 UIC turnovers and scored 32 points off the Flames’ miscues.
Milwaukee was picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll. The Panthers are led by senior guard Angela Rodriguez – a preseason First-Team All-HL selection - who leads UWM in scoring (17.8 ppg) and tops the Horizon League in assists (5.8 apg).
Junior forward Ashley Green chips in 14.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, sophomore forward Avyanna Young nearly posts a double-double per contest (12.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg). She ranks second in the conference behind Ruvanna Campbell with nine double-doubles.
Last month (Jan. 29), UIC picked up an 84-70 road victory over Milwaukee at the Klotsche Center. Rachel Story (22), Terri Bender (22) and Ruvanna Campbell (21) all scored over 20 points for the Flames.
NATION’S SECOND LARGEST TURNAROUND
Through 25 games, UIC has collected nine more wins (18-7) than the entire 2012-13 campaign (9-21). Based on overall wins, UIC ranks second for the largest turnaround in the nation. St. Bonaventure (20-7), Maine (14-12), Texas A&M–Corpus Christi (14-11) and Jacksonville State (11-15) have improved by ten wins from last season.
UIC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Per the Feb. 13 NCAA report, UIC ranks in the top 100 nationally in many statistical categories. The Flames are 30th in rebounding margin (+7.5), 45th in win-lost percentage (.720), 62nd in steals per game (9.1 spg), 80th in scoring offense (73.3 ppg), 92nd in field-goal percentage (.424), 96th in turnovers (15.5 tpg) and 97th in scoring margin (+4.9).
Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks 13th in double-doubles (17), 12th in rebounding (11.7 rpg) and 53rd in field-goal percentage (.537). Terri Bender ranks 15th in steals (2.8 spg) and Rachel Story is 86th in scoring (18.1 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).
SECOND IN THE LAND OF LINCOLN
With four games remaining, UIC is second amongst all Division I Illinois programs with 18 victories. DePaul is first with 20 wins while Northwestern is third with 14 victories. Western Illinois picked up its 13th win Thursday.
The rest of the state programs include Eastern Illinois (10), Illinois (9), Loyola Chicago (9), Northern Illinois (8), SIUE (8), Illinois State (6), Bradley (6), 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 (16.9 per game). The Flames are 18-3 when out-rebounding their opponent.
The Flames also rank second in scoring defense (68.4 ppg) and third in blocked shots (3.0 bpg). UIC's strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 73.3 points per contest, good for third in the Horizon League. Last season, the Flames averaged 64.2 points through 25 games (9-16, 5-7 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 (26.0 per game) and second in made free throws (17.1 per game). Through 25 games of the 2012-13 campaign, the Flames made an average of 11.5 free throws on 17.3 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.
LEADING HORIZON LEAGUE IN STEALS
During conference play, UIC leads the Horizon League with 10.2 steals per contest. The Flames averaged 8.2 steals per game during non-League play.
UIC set a season high with 17 steals at Detroit (Jan. 16) and collected double-digit steals in six consecutive games (Jan. 25 - Feb. 10). UIC is forcing 16.8 turnovers during League play and ranks third in the conference with a +1.6 turnover margin.
CAMPBELL AMONGST THE NATION’S BEST
Sophomore Ruvanna Campbell is one of only seven players nationally averaging at least 17 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 seventh straight double-double at Wright State by scoring a career-high 30 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. Campbell has scored over 20 points in six of the last seven contests and is averaging 22.6 points, 14.3 rebounds and shooting 59.6 percent from the floor over that span.
Campbell owns ten 20-point performances and six 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 (17), rebounds (11.7 rpg), field-goal percentage (.537) and offensive rebounds (4.6 per game). Campbell also ranks third in blocks (1.3 bpg), eighth in steals (1.7 spg), eighth in scoring (17.0 ppg) and eighth in minutes played (33.4 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 tenth 20-point performance at Wright State with 22 points. 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 18.1 points and shooting 34.4 percent from downtown. Over the last two games, Story has drained 46 percent of her three-point attempts (6-of-13). She ranks fourth in the Horizon League in scoring, second in minutes played (36.7 per game) and seventh in free-throw percentage (.766). Story also contributes 2.6 assists, 1.8 made three-pointers and 1.5 steals per contest.
Story has been named the Horizon League's "Player of the Week" twice this season (Nov. 25 and Dec. 23). Story (885 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.
Senior Katie Hannemann collected her sixth double-double at Wright State with 19 points and 13 rebounds. She ranks sixth in the Horizon League with 7.9 rebounds per contest and fourth in offensive rebounds (3.4 per game).
Hannemann scores 13.6 points per contest and ranks fourth in the Horizon League in field-goal percentage (.510). Over the last six games, Hannemann has converted 61.9 percent of her field-goal attempts (39-of-63).
Hannemann scored a season-high 29 points at Valparaiso (Feb. 10) on 11-of-13 shooting. It was her sixth career 20-point performance. Hannemann (927 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 980 points.
BENDER’S STRONG DEFENSE
Sophomore Terri Bender is playing the best defense of her career. She collected two more steals at Wright State and has averaged 3.1 steals over the last seven contests.
Overall, Bender leads the Horizon League with 2.8 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’s 3.8 assists per game rank seventh in the Horizon League. Bender is also pulling down 4.3 rebounds per game after averaging 2.5 caroms during her freshman season.
KOBEL MOVES UP THE RECORD BOOK
Senior Emily Kobel drained 4-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc at Wright State and finished with 14 points. She moved past Sara Petersen (1994-98) into sixth place in program history with 132 career made three-pointers.
Kobel is knocking down 32 percent of her three-point attempts (43-of-135) and 76.9 percent of her free throws (20-of-26). She ranks 12th in the conference in made three-pointers (1.7 per contest).
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 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.