March 2, 2012
With the win over Milwaukee, UIC clinched the No. 4 seed in the 2011-12 Horizon League Tournament and will host No. 5 seed Butler next Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT. The four slot is the Flames’ highest seed since the 2006-07 season and the first time UIC will host a conference tournament game in four years.
Thursday’s victory over the Panthers gave UIC its 17th win of the season and placed Regina Miller in a two-way tie for the program record for most victories by a first-year head coach. Lisa Ryckbosch set the original mark during the 2002-03 season. Seventeen triumphs are also the third-most wins in Flames’ history with the top spot held by the 2006-07 squad with 19. That year the Flames accepted a bid into the WNIT, the program’s lone postseason appearance.
Saturday’s game will be the final regular season contest for seniors Jasmine Bailey, Shamiea Green, Kiara Strickland and Cree Nix. The quartet will be honored before tipoff for their years of commitment to UIC athletics. So far the seniors have combined to play in 379 total games, logged over 10,000 minutes and scored 3,569 points.
Regina Miller constantly refers to her “big three” in seniors Jasmine Bailey, Shamiea Green and Kiara Strickland. The Flames are the only school in the Horizon League with three players ranked in the top-13 in scoring with Bailey fourth (17.4), Green seventh (16.0) and Strickland 13th (12.0). The trio has a combined points per game average of 45.4 which is also the highest among conference teams.
Home Sweet Home
This year’s Flames squad has compiled a 12-3 home record with one regular season game and one league tournament contest remaining at the UIC Pavilion. The all-time home wins record in a single season is 14 set in the 1982-83 campaign.
Senior Jasmine Bailey is on the cusp of reaching milestones rarely achieved in college basketball. The St. Louis, native is a mere 27 points shy of hitting 1,500 for her career and nine rebounds short of 1,000. If Bailey can equal those marks, she will be just the third player in Horizon League history to do so. Bailey is already the only UIC player ever to post 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals over a career.
Senior Jasmine Bailey currently has 487 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 48th in the nation in scoring (17.4), 33rd in rebounding (9.8), 70th in assists per game (4.4) and 61st in steals (2.7).
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 35.5 minutes and 12.0 points per contest and has started all 28 games. The Minneapolis native set career highs in points (26) and rebounds (14) this year.
In the win over Cleveland State, 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). Bailey (1,473) and Green (1,308) now have a combined total of 2,781 points and rank fifth 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 first among Horizon League players with an 83.7 percent shooting clip (77-92) and currently sits third on UIC’s single season top performances list. Her career mark of 77.4 percent (277-358) 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 (4.4), fourth in scoring (17.4) and steals (2.7) and fifth in rebounding (9.8). Bailey is the only player in the conference to rank in the top-5 in all four categories.
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 34th in the nation in rebounding margin at +5.4. They also rank first in the HL in rebounding defense, limiting their opponents to a mere 33.2 boards per game. The Flames pace the conference in offensive rebounds with 14.3 per outing and offensive rebounding percentage with a 39.6% 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 171. 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.