Feb. 22, 2013
Setting the Stage
Saturday's contest will be the 43rd meeting between UIC and Detroit as the Titans hold the all-time series record of 24-18. Detroit won the most recent gathering back on Jan. 26 by a final of 74-68, but the Flames were in it to the end with the score knotted at 68-68 with under two minutes to play. UIC has won three of the last five match ups against Detroit and seven of the last 10 games played in Chicago.
Scouting the TITANS
Detroit enters Saturday's game with a 14-9 overall record and a 7-4 Horizon League mark. The Titans currently rank third in the conference standings, while UIC sits tied-for-fifth with Valparaiso. Detroit has won seven of their last nine games, but dropped its most recent outing at Loyola on Thursday night by a final score of 91-81. The Titans are piloted by sophomore center Shareta Brown who averages 21.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
35 Big Ones
Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann scored a career-high 35 points in Thursday night's overtime win against Wright State. That total stands as the highest single-game output for UIC since Jan. 19, 2002 when Jaysie Chambers put up 36 points versus Butler. Thirty-five points also ranks as the second-highest total for any Horizon League player this season, tied with WSU's Kim Demmings and Detroit's Shareta Brown. Brown also owns the top spot with 43 points on Dec. 12 against Lourdes College.
UIC's overtime win against Wright State on Thursday night will forever be known as "The Comeback". The Flames trailed the Raiders by 17 points (66-49) with 5:29 left to play, but then executed a 17-0 run over the next three minutes to eventually force overtime and secure the win. During that three-minute stretch, UIC shot 6-of-6 from the field, 4-of-4 from the foul line and forced Wright State into seven empty offensive possessions.
Home Sweet Home
Thursday's home win against Wright State made head coach Regina Miller the fastest coach in program history to record 20 home victories. It took Miller just 29 games to reach the 20-win milestone, beating out co-head coaches Louis and Claudia Prete by two games. The Prete's achieved 20 home wins in their first 31 games as they began coaching the Flames in the 1978-79 season.
19 More To Go
Senior Taylor Foulks needs just 19 more points to reach 1,000 for her career. Currently with 981 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).
Elite Company For Hannemann
Katie Hannemann is one of just five Horizon League players to rank in the top eight for scoring and rebounding. That list includes CSU's Shalonda Winton, UDM's Shareta Brown, YSU's Brandi Brown and Valpo's Tabitha Gerardot. Hannemann's averages of 14.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game easily make her one of the most improved players in the league this season after averaging 3.9 points and 3.2 boards last year.
The Grossfeld Spark
In her last three games, freshman Marissa Grossfeld has provided UIC with a powerful spark off the bench. Grossfeld is averaging 10.3 points and six rebounds per game in just 19.3 minutes of action per contest in her last three games. Grossfeld scored 12 and 11 points against Valparaiso and Wright State, respectively, and put up eight versus Green Bay on Feb. 2. Grossfeld did not play against Milwaukee (Feb. 7) and Cleveland State (Feb. 11).
Newcomer of the Year Candidate
Junior Rachel Story is undoubtedly one of the top newcomers in the Horizon League this season. Story is one of just three league players to rank in the top seven in both scoring and assists with averages of 14.9 points and 4.0 assists per outing. She has seven 20-point games this year and 19 double-digit scoring performances.
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 216 career treys and 207 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 51.1%. Her percentage ranks fourth in the conference and 35th in nation and if the season ended today, she would sit ninth on UIC's single-season leaderboard. In the past seven games, Hannemann is shooting 54-of-96 (56.3%) from the floor, including a 9-of-12 performance against Cleveland State.
Block Party For Wallace
Junior Megan Wallace has 35 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 (38.7-20.0). Wallace is also nearing UIC' single season top-10 leaderboard, needing just four 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 44.3 percent of the team's minutes played so far this season, tops among all Horizon League programs.