Feb. 24, 2012
In Saturday’s game against the Ramblers, the Flames will be wearing pink uniforms in a national effort to spread breast cancer awareness. In conjunction with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, teams from across the country select a game in the month of February to honor the late and former NC State coach Kay Yow. Yow lost her battle with breast cancer in January of 2009 and remains an inspiration for women’s health. NOTE UNIFORM CHANGES: Cree Nix #1, Gisselle Truiett #3, Kierra Robinson #44.
One More Time
With a record of 16-10, UIC head coach Regina Miller needs just one more win to tie the program record of 17 for most wins by a first-year mentor. The bar was set by Lisa Ryckbosch in the 2002-03 season as that year’s squad finished 17-11. Seventeen wins would also put the 2011-12 Flames into a three-way for third most victories in school history (2002-03 and 1995-96).
Senior Jasmine Bailey is on the cusp of reaching milestones rarely achieved in college basketball. The St. Louis, native is a mere 59 points shy of hitting 1,500 for her career and 25 rebounds short of 1,000. If Bailey can equal those marks, she will be just the second player in program history to do so as Angela Gilbert (1989-93) recorded 1,521 points and 1,037 boards. Bailey is already the only UIC player ever to post 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals over a career.
Home Sweet Home
This year’s Flames squad has compiled an 11-2 home record with three games remaining at the UIC Pavilion. Their current 84.6 home winning percentage ties the program record for the best single season mark. If the Flames close out the year on a three-game win streak, they would surpass that figure and tie the school record of 14 for most home triumphs in a season, which was set in the 1981-82 campaign.
Just a Bit Outside
The Flames have suffered six Horizon League losses so far this season with most of those games coming down to the wire. The average margin of defeat is 6.6 points per game with four of those contests by five points or less. If you take out the 17-point loss to Green Bay, then the other five losses calculate an average of 4.6 ppg.
Senior Jasmine Bailey currently has 455 points this season, ranking ninth on UIC’s top-10 single season performance list. Above Bailey in the eighth spot sits Joanne McCarthy with 497 points which she posted during the 1996-97 campaign. The last time a Flame entered the top-10 was in 2005-06 as LaShonda Grant totaled 452 points. Sharon Carroll sits on top with 612 points from the 1979-80 season.
Statistically speaking, UIC senior forward Jasmine Bailey is arguably one of the best players in the country. According to the latest NCAA stat report, she ranks 43rd in the nation in scoring (17.5), 25th in rebounding (9.9), 67th in assists per game (4.5) and 53th in steals (2.7). Bailey is the only player in all of D-I women’s basketball to rank that high in each respective category.
Most Improved Award
Senior Kiara Strickland has certainly saved her best for last as she has transformed from a modest reserve to a one of the league’s top players. In her first three seasons, Strickland averaged just over 13 minutes and 3.2 points per game with a mere eight starts. This year she averages 35.4 minutes and 12.2 points per contest and has started all 26 games. The Minneapolis native set career highs in points (26) and rebounds (14) this year.
In the win over CSU, seniors Jasmine Bailey and Shamiea Green became UIC’s highest scoring duo, surpassing the mark of 2,635 left by LaShonda Grant (2003-06) and Chrissy Dizon (2002-06). The tandem needed just 16 points before last Saturday’s game and eclipsed that figure in the first half. Bailey (1,441) and Green (1,272) now have a combined total of 2,713 points and rank sixth and eighth, respectivley, on the career leaderboard.
Green Shines from the Line
Senior Shamiea Green has been a consistent force from the foul line this season and throughout her career. Green ranks second among Horizon League players with an 83.5 percent shooting clip (71-85) and currently sits third on UIC’s single season top performances list. Her career mark of 77.2 percent (271-351) places her fifth all-time, a top-5 group that has not been breached in 10 years.
A League of Her Own
Jasmine Bailey’s name has been all over the Horizon League statistical reports this season. She currently ranks second in assists (4.5), third in scoring (17.5) and rebounding (9.9) and fourth in steals (2.7). Bailey is the only player in the conference to rank in the top-4 in all four categories. She also sees more action than any other Horizon League opponent, averaging 37.7 minutes per contest.
The 2011-12 Flames have been recognized as a team that can bang the boards and the stats prove it. UIC ranks first in the conference and 31st in the nation in rebounding margin at +5.9. They also rank first in the HL in rebounding defense, limiting their opponents to a mere 32.9 boards per game. The Flames pace the conference in offensive rebounds with 14.3 per outing and offensive rebounding percentage with a 39.8% mark.
Junior Taylor Foulks has stated her claim to being one of the best three-point shooters in Flames history…and she’s only a junior. Currently she ranks fifth on the all-time made threes list with 170. Last season Foulks tallied 65 deep bombs which stands as the fourth-highest single season total in program history. Earlier this year at YSU, Foulks drilled 7-of-8 from behind the arc to post a shooting clip of 87.5 percent, which ranks tied-for-seventh among all NCAA single-game performances this season.
Seniors Jasmine Bailey and Shamiea Green have each surpassed the 1,000 career-point mark this season. Bailey reached the four-digit milestone in the first game of the year against Drake on Nov. 12, while Green accomplished the feat against Eastern Illinois on Dec. 22 after missing seven games due to a knee injury. The duo is believed to be the only former prep teammates in NCAA history to reach 1,000 career points for the same team in the same season.