Feb. 20, 2013
Setting the Stage
Thursday’s contest between UIC and Wright State will be the 49th meeting between the two schools as the Flames hold the all-time series record of 27-21. UIC has dropped the last three gatherings against the Raiders, including this year’s match up on Jan. 24 at Wright State by a final of 59-51. In that contest, the Flames were without the services of their starting point guard Terri Bender. UIC was successful in limiting HL Preseason Player of the Year, Kim Demmings, to just 10 points on 3-of-18 shooting and nearly pulled out the win as the score was tied (47-47) with 4:18 left to play.
Scouting the RAIDERS
Wright State enters Thursday’s match up with a 10-14 overall record and a 4-7 Horizon League mark. The Raiders have lost their last four outings and five of their last six. Sophomore Kim Demmings paces the team in scoring with an average of 19.1 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Horizon League just ahead of UIC’s Rachel Story who ranks fifth (15.3). WSU head coach Mike Bradbury will not be on the sidelines for the Raiders as he will be serving a one-game suspension for violating the Horizon League’s code of sportsmanlike conduct.
31 More To Go
Senior Taylor Foulks needs just 31 more points to reach 1,000 for her career. Currently with 969 career points, 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 70 points and 72 rebounds through 23 games. This year, the six-foot one-inch center has accumulated 301 points and 158 boards. She has 17 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 9.2 since last year, which ranks second among all HL returnees this season.
Storied Scoring Streak
With 14 points against Valpariaso, junior Rachel Story has recorded seven straight double-digit scoring performances, which bested the old team-season high of six games that she posted to start the year. Throughout the 2012-13 season, Story has collected 19 games of 10 points or more.
Career Game for Grossfeld
Freshman Marissa Grossfeld recorded her best game as a collegiate player this past Saturday at Valparaiso with numerous career-highs. Grossfeld scored 12 points and corralled six rebounds in just 22 minutes of action to provide a well-needed spark for UIC off the bench. Ten of her 12 points came in the first half along with three of her four made field goals and two three-pointers.
Senior Taylor Foulks is one of just two UIC players in program history to record more than 200 steals and 200 made threes. Currently, Foulks has 214 career treys and 205 steals. Joining Foulks on the 200-200 list is Hall-of-Famer Joanne McCarthy who also has her number 21 jersey retired.
Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann definitely has the shooters touch with an impressive field goal percentage of 51.5%. Her percentage ranks fourth in the conference and 33rd in nation and if the season ended today, she would sit ninth on UIC’s single-season leaderboard. In the past six games, Hannemann is shooting 42-of-71 (59.2%) from the floor, including a 9-of-12 performance against Cleveland State.
Block Party For Wallace
Junior Megan Wallace has 34 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 32 blocks despite averaging 18.7 minutes per game more than Wallace (39.0-20.3). Wallace is also nearing UIC’ single season top-10 leaderboard, needing just five more rejections to crack the list at 39.
Dishing on Bender
Freshman Terri Bender’s nine assists against Milwaukee on Feb. 2 ranks as the highest total for any Horizon League player this season in a league game along with Rosanna Reynolds of Detroit who totaled nine helpers on Jan. 31 vs. CSU.
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 44.2 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 staked her claim to being of the best newcomers in the league. Bender is the only Horizon League freshman to average more than 6.0 points, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. She has also collected two conference Newcomer of the Week awards (Dec. 31 and Jan. 14) this season.
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.