Flames Seek Program Record Thursday at Youngstown State
Feb. 25, 2014
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: UIC 79, Milwaukee 54 (Feb. 17)
A LOOK AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE
UIC GAME NOTES
FLAMES SEEK PROGRAM RECORD
The fourth-place UIC women's basketball team (19-7, 8-5 HL) attempts to break the program record for wins Thursday (Feb. 27) when the Flames play at first-place Youngstown State (13-12, 9-3 HL). Tip-off with the Penguins is set for 6 p.m. CT inside the Beeghly Center.
The 2006-07 squad went 19-13 and made the program’s lone trip to the postseason (WNIT). UIC’s 19-7 overall record is the program’s best mark through 26 games in program history. The Flames are 8-5 through 13 conference games for the second time under head coach Regina Miller as they also accomplished the feat in 2011-12.
LAST TIME OUT
UIC tied the program record for single-season wins Monday (Feb. 17) with a 79-54 home victory over Milwaukee (7-17, 3-8 HL). The Flames used a 30-0 run in the first half to pull away from the Panthers. Senior Katie Hannemann scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Flames.
UIC forced a season-high 26 turnovers and scored 26 points off the Panthers’ miscues. The Flames out-rebounded the Panthers 48-40 and improved to 19-3 when winning the battle on the boards.
SCOUTING YOUNGSTOWN STATE
With first-year head coach John Barnes at the helm, Youngstown State was picked to finish third in the Horizon League’s preseason poll. Sophomore guard Shar’Rae Davis and junior forward Heidi Schlegel were preseason second-team selections but Davis was ruled out for the season with an undisclosed injury.
Meanwhile, Schlegel ranks third in the conference at 19.9 points per game. Karen Flagg (9.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 bpg) and Liz Hornberger (10.2 ppg, 3.5 apg) have stepped up in Davis’ absence.
Last month, UIC dropped its conference home opener to Youngstown State by a score of 69-58. Schlegel scored a game-high 28 points and the Penguins shot 48 percent from the floor (21-of-43). Youngstown State was 7-of-16 from downtown and held the Flames to 32 percent shooting (22-of-68).
NATION’S SECOND LARGEST TURNAROUND
Through 26 games, UIC has collected ten more wins (19-7) than the entire 2012-13 campaign (9-21). Based on overall wins, UIC ranks second for the largest turnaround in the nation. St. Bonaventure (21-8) and Texas A&M–Corpus Christi (15-11) have improved by 11 wins from last season.
UIC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Per the Feb. 23 NCAA report, UIC ranks in the top 100 nationally in many statistical categories. The Flames are 30th in rebounding margin (+7.5), 56th in win-lost percentage (.730), 61st in steals per game (9.3 spg), 61st in scoring offense (73.5 ppg) and 85th in field-goal percentage (.423).
Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks 13th in double-doubles (18), 10th in rebounding (11.8 rpg) and 48th in field-goal percentage (.526). Terri Bender ranks 14th in steals (2.9 spg) and Katie Hannemann is 53rd in field-goal percentage (.518).
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. 131 in the rankings behind Wright State (94) and Green Bay (112) amongst Horizon League programs.
The Flames own two victories over top 150 programs in Butler (113) and Wisconsin (115). UIC also defeated Texas Southern, who has won 11 consecutive contests and owns a RPI ranking of 165.
SECOND IN THE LAND OF LINCOLN
With three games remaining, UIC is second amongst all Division I Illinois programs with 19 victories. DePaul is first with 21 wins while Northwestern and Western Illinois are third with 14 victories.
The rest of the state programs include Eastern Illinois (12), SIUE (10), Illinois (9), Loyola Chicago (9), Northern Illinois (8), Illinois State (8), 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 (17.0 per game). The Flames are 19-3 when out-rebounding their opponent.
The Flames also rank second in scoring defense (67.9 ppg) and blocked shots (3.0 bpg). UIC's strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 73.5 points per contest, good for third in the Horizon League. Last season, the Flames averaged 64.2 points through 26 games (9-17, 5-8 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 (17.2 per game). Through 26 games of the 2012-13 campaign, the Flames made an average of 11.5 free throws on 17.1 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 15-2 when attempting more free throws than its opponent.
LEADING HORIZON LEAGUE IN STEALS
During conference play, UIC leads the Horizon League with 10.5 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 17.5 turnovers during League play and ranks second in the conference with a +2.3 turnover margin.
HOLDING ONTO LEADS
The Flames are 17-0 this season in contests in which they own a halftime lead. The other two wins came against Idaho State (Nov. 15) and Valparaiso (Jan. 21). UIC trailed Idaho State, 35-31, and Valparaiso, 36-34, at halftime.
CAMPBELL AMONGST THE NATION’S BEST
Sophomore Ruvanna Campbell is one of only six players nationally averaging at least 16 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 four players. The players in that elite group are Campbell, Stanford’s consensus All-American Chiney Ogwumike, Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby and Oregon's Jillian Alleyne.
CAMPBELL A DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE
Ruvanna Campbell picked up her eighth straight double-double against Milwaukee with 16 points and 16 rebounds. She has scored over 20 points in six of the last eight contests and is averaging 21.8 points, 14.5 rebounds and shooting 55.8 percent from the floor over that span.
Campbell owns ten 20-point performances and seven 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 (18), rebounds (11.8 rpg) and offensive rebounds (4.6 per game). Campbell also ranks second in field-goal percentage (.526), second in blocks (1.3 bpg), seventh in steals (1.7 spg), seventh in scoring (16.9 ppg) and eighth in minutes played (33.5 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. Campbell’s 308 total rebounds are the fifth most in a single season in program history.
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 NEARS 900 CAREER POINTS
Senior Rachel Story scored 22 points at Wright State (Feb. 15) and owns ten 20-point performances this season. Story (891 career points) entered the program's Top 20 scorers against Green Bay (Feb. 8). She is on pace to finish the regular season with over 940 points.
She is averaging 17.6 points and shooting 33.6 percent from downtown. She ranks fourth in the Horizon League in scoring, second in minutes played (36.4 per game) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.755). Story also contributes 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per contest.
Story has been named the Horizon League's "Player of the Week" twice this season (Nov. 25 and Dec. 23). Her career high of 34 points against Cleveland State (Jan. 25) is the fifth highest in program history and fourth highest in the Horizon League.
HANNEMANN’S STRONG THREE-GAME STRETCH
Senior Katie Hannemann scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Milwaukee for her seventh career 20-point performance. Over the last three games, Hannemann is averaging 24.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and shooting 71.1 percent from the field.
Hannemann has six double-doubles this season, including 19 points and 13 rebounds at Wright State (Feb. 15). She ranks fifth in the Horizon League with 7.8 rebounds per contest and third in offensive rebounds (3.4 per game).
Hannemann scores 14.0 points per contest and ranks third in the Horizon League in field-goal percentage (.518). Over the last seven games, Hannemann has converted 62.7 percent of her field-goal attempts (47-of-75).
Hannemann (953 career points) surpassed the 900-career point plateau at Valparaiso (Feb. 10) and became the 19th player in program history to accomplish the feat. She is on pace to finish the regular season with over 990 points.
BENDER’S ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE
Sophomore Terri Bender scored 16 points against Milwaukee for her 12th double-digit performance. Bender also had a strong all-around game with nine rebounds (tied career high), seven assists and four steals. She is averaging 3.3 steals over the last eight contests.
Overall, Bender leads the Horizon League with 2.9 steals per game. Her 75 steals are the tenth most in a single season in program history. 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 3.9 assists per game rank seventh in the Horizon League. Bender is also pulling down 4.5 rebounds per game after averaging 2.5 caroms during her freshman season.
KOBEL MOVES UP THE RECORD BOOK
Senior Emily Kobel drained 2-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc against Milwaukee. She currently ranks sixth in program history with 134 career made three-pointers.
Kobel is knocking down 32 percent of her three-point attempts (45-of-141) and 76.9 percent of her free throws (20-of-26). She ranks 13th 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. 17) and Green Bay (No. 23) 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 (24-4) is ranked No. 1 in the poll and No. 22 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.