Flames Seek Third Straight Win Saturday at Cleveland State
Feb. 28, 2014
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: UIC 73, Youngstown State 65 (Feb. 27)
A LOOK AT CLEVELAND STATE
UIC GAME NOTES
FLAMES SEEK THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
The fourth-place UIC women's basketball team (20-7, 9-5 HL) seeks its third straight win Saturday (March 1) when the Flames play at fifth-place Cleveland State (13-14, 8-6 HL). Tip-off with the Vikings is set for 1 p.m. CT inside the Wolstein Center.
UIC’s win total is a program record and eclipses the 2006-07 squad, who went 19-13 and made the program’s lone trip to the postseason (WNIT). The Flames are 9-5 through 14 conference games for the second time under head coach Regina Miller as they also accomplished the feat in 2011-12.
LAST TIME OUT
UIC broke the program record for single-season wins Thursday (Feb. 27) with a 73-65 road victory over first-place Youngstown State (13-13, 9-4 HL). Senior Katie Hannemann led all scorers with 24 points.
UIC’s defensive pressure collected 13 steals and forced 20 YSU turnovers. The Flames scored 21 points off turnovers and 14 second-chance points on 15 offensive rebounds.
UIC out-rebounded YSU (39-27) and is 20-3 this season when winning the battle on the boards. UIC also limited Heidi Schlegel, the Penguins' leading scorer, to ten shots and two free throw attempts. She only scored six points in the first half and finished the contest with 17.
SCOUTING CLEVELAND STATE
The Vikings were picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll. Junior forward Imani Gordon leads the squad with 16.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while playing a League-high 37.4 minutes per contest.
Junior guard Cori Coleman was named Preseason Second-Team All-League and averages 15.3 points per game. Fellow junior guard Kiersten Green contributes 14.4 points and 3.4 assists per contest.
The Vikings are dangerous from long range as they lead the Horizon League in made three-point field goals (9.0 per game) and three-point field-goal percentage (.357). CSU converts 42.7 percent of its field-goal attempts and is the conference’s most efficient team.
NATION’S SECOND LARGEST TURNAROUND
Through 27 games, UIC has collected 11 more wins (20-7) than the entire 2012-13 campaign (9-21). Based on overall wins, UIC ranks second for the largest turnaround in the nation. St. Bonaventure (22-8) has improved by 12 wins from last season.
UIC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Per the Feb. 27 NCAA report, UIC ranks in the top 100 nationally in many statistical categories. The Flames are 27th in rebounding margin (+7.7), 48th in win-lost percentage (.741), 57th in steals per game (9.5 spg), 60th in scoring offense (73.5 ppg), 83rd in field-goal percentage (.424) and 97th in scoring margin (+5.7).
Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks 11th in double-doubles (19), 10th in rebounding (11.8 rpg) and 48th in field-goal percentage (.520). Terri Bender ranks ninth in steals (3.0 spg) and Katie Hannemann is 47th in field-goal percentage (.522).
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 12 consecutive contests and owns a RPI ranking of 165.
SECOND IN THE LAND OF LINCOLN
With two games remaining, UIC is second amongst all Division I Illinois programs with 20 victories. DePaul is first with 22 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 (9), Illinois State (8), Bradley (7), 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 (+7.7) and offensive rebounds (16.9 per game). The Flames are 20-3 when out-rebounding their opponent.
The Flames also rank second in blocked shots (3.0 bpg) and third in field-goal percentage (.424). 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 63.2 points through 27 games (9-18, 5-9 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 (25.8 per game) and second in made free throws (17.0 per game). Through 27 games of the 2012-13 campaign, the Flames made an average of 11.3 free throws on 17.0 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 16-2 when attempting more free throws than its opponent.
LEADING THE HORIZON LEAGUE IN STEALS
During conference play, UIC leads the Horizon League with 10.7 steals per contest. The Flames averaged 8.2 steals per game during non-League play. UIC has collected double-digit steals in eight of the last nine contests.
UIC is forcing 17.7 turnovers during League play and ranks second in the conference with a +2.4 turnover margin. The Flames are second in the Horizon League by allowing 67.8 points per game.
HOLDING ONTO LEADS
The Flames are 18-0 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 seven 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 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 ninth straight double-double at Youngstown State with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She is averaging 20.7 points, 14.0 rebounds and shooting 54.2 percent from the floor over the last nine games.
Campbell 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 (19), rebounds (11.8 rpg) and offensive rebounds (4.6 per game). Campbell also ranks second in blocks (1.4 bpg), fourth in field-goal percentage (.520), seventh in scoring (16.7 ppg) and seventh in steals (1.8 spg). 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 11.8 rebounds per game are the third highest in Horizon League history. Campbell’s 318 rebounds are the fourth 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 REACHES 900 CAREER POINTS
Senior Rachel Story poured in 16 points at Youngstown State for her 22nd double-digit scoring performance of the season. She became the 20th player in program history to pass the 900-career point mark. Story owns 907 points and is on pace to finish the regular season with over 940.
Story is averaging 17.6 points and shooting 33.6 percent from downtown. She ranks fifth in the Horizon League in scoring, second in minutes played (36.5 per game) and eighth in free-throw percentage (.755). Story also contributes 2.5 assists 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). 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 FOUR-GAME STRETCH
Senior Katie Hannemann scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds at Youngstown State for her third 20-point effort in the last four games. Over the last four contests, Hannemann is averaging 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and shooting 67.9 percent from the field.
Hannemann scores 14.4 points per contest and ranks third in the Horizon League in field-goal percentage (.522). She also ranks fifth in the conference with 7.9 rebounds per contest and third in offensive rebounds (3.5 per game). Hannemann has six double-doubles this season, including 19 points and 13 rebounds at Wright State (Feb. 15).
Hannemann (977 career points) needs 23 more points to become the 19th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. She is on pace to end the regular season with 1,006 career points.
BENDER’S CAREER HIGH IN STEALS
Sophomore Terri Bender set a career high with seven steals at Youngstown State. It is tied for the best steals effort in the Horizon League and also tied for the fourth highest performance nationally. She is averaging 4.0 steals over the last five games.
Bender leads the Horizon League with 3.0 steals per game. Her 82 steals are the third most in a single season in program history. Additionally, Bender’s 4.0 assists per game rank fifth in the Horizon League. She has dished out 4.9 assists per game over the last seven contests.
Offensively, Bender scored 11 points at YSU for her 13th double-digit performance of the season. She averages 9.1 points per game and owns two 20-plus point efforts. Her first career double-double (20 points, 11 assists) came on Jan. 16 at Detroit.
KOBEL MOVES UP THE RECORD BOOK
Senior Emily Kobel drained 2-of-3 attempts from beyond the arc at Youngstown State. She has passed five players in the UIC record book this season and currently ranks sixth in program history with 136 career made three-pointers.
Kobel is knocking down 33 percent of her three-point attempts (47-of-144) and 77 percent of her free throws (20-of-26). She ranks 11th in the Horizon League 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.
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 (25-4) 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.