March 1, 2013
Setting the Stage
Saturday’s game will be the 65th all-time meeting between UIC and Green Bay as the Phoenix own a substantial advantage on the series record of 58-6. The Phoenix downed UIC earlier this season on Feb. 2 by a final score of 99-53. Green Bay recently locked up its 15th consecutive Horizon League regular season title with a 71-63 win over Detroit on Thursday. The Flames remain fifth in the conference standings with a record of 5-8, sitting one-half game ahead of Wright State at 5-9.
Scouting the PHOENIX
Green Bay enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 23-2 and a perfect Horizon League mark of 13-0. The Phoenix are ranked No. 21 in the current AP poll and also carry a No. 23 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Green Bay currently rides an 18-game win streak and touts one of the nation’s top defenses, holding opponents to just 48.5 points per game.
Foulks Hits 1,000 on the Head
Taylor Foulks needed exactly 12 points to reach 1,000 for her career on Thursday night and the senior did just that. Foulks sank a pair of free throws with 29 seconds remaining in the game to become the 18th player in program history to achieve the four-digit milestone. Foulks needs just two more points to move into 17th place on UIC’s scoring leaderboard and five points to take over the No. 16 spot.
HL Player of the Week
Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann was named the Horizon League Co-Player of the Week, along with Green Bay’s Megan Lukan, for the period of Feb. 18-24 this past Monday. Hannemann becomes just the fourth player in the conference this season to earn the award two or more times. The six-foot one-inch center guided the Flames to two home wins last week, while averaging 25.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. Her 35-point effort against Wright State is tied for the second-highest total among HL games this year and is the highest scoring output for UIC since Jan. 19, 2002.
A Scoring Story
Junior newcomer Rachel Story has positioned herself as one of the premier scorers in the Horizon League this season. Currently, Story owns 21 double-digit scoring performances and is one of just six league players to record nine or more 20-point efforts. four of those 20-point performances occurred in the past six games as she is averaging 18.8 points per game during that stretch. She has also paced UIC in scoring in 15 games this year.
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 14.3 points and 7.0 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.
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.
Big Night for Kobel
Junior Emily Kobel tied a career-high with 17 points in last Saturday’s 76-74 win over Detroit. The 6-foot sharpshooter drilled three of her four treys in the second half en route to 12 points in the final period. Kobel paces the team in made threes this season with 46 and needs just 11 more to crack UIC’s single season top 10 leaderboard.
Freshman Terri Bender is having an outstanding rookie season as she has started 19 games at point guard for UIC this year. Bender is one of just two Horizon League freshmen to average more than 6.0 points, 1.5 steals and 3.5 assists per game. She also ranks top four in all three categories among HL rookies and ranks 10th and 11th in steals and assists, respectively among all conference players.
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 218 career treys and 212 steals. Joining Foulks on the 200-200 list is Hall-of-Famer Joanne McCarthy who also has her number 21 jersey retired.
Block Party For Wallace
Junior Megan Wallace has 36 total blocked shots so far this season and ranks first in the Horizon League with an average of 1.4 swats per game. CSU’s Shalonda Winton is second on that list with 34 blocks despite averaging 19.7 minutes per game more than Wallace (38.8-19.1). Wallace is also nearing UIC’ single season top-10 leaderboard, needing just three 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 44.0 percent of the team’s minutes played so far this season, tops among all Horizon League programs.