Flames Play Host to Detroit for Senior Night
March 4, 2014
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Cleveland State 78, UIC 70 (March 1)
A LOOK AT DETROIT
UIC GAME NOTES
FLAMES SEEK NO. 4 SEED IN HL TOURNAMENT
The fifth-place UIC women's basketball team (20-8, 9-6 HL) needs a victory Thursday (March 6) at home against Detroit (6-21, 3-11 HL) for a chance at the No. 4 seed in the Horizon League Tournament. Tip-off with the Titans is set for 7 p.m. CT inside the UIC Pavilion.
With a UIC win Thursday, the odds would be in the Flames’ favor to finish fourth in the standings and host a quarterfinal game next Wednesday (March 12). The only scenario in which UIC wins and does not finish fourth is if third-place Youngstown State defeats second-place Wright State Wednesday and loses to fourth-place Cleveland State Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
UIC led by one with six minutes remaining but allowed Cleveland State (14-14, 9-6 HL) to score nine consecutive points in a 78-70 defeat Saturday (March 1) inside the Wolstein Center. Rachel Story led all scorers with 20 points. Ruvanna Campbell scored 19 points and pulled down 17 rebounds for her 20th double-double of the season.
UIC lost the rebounding battle (41-39) for just the fifth time this year and allowed 15 offensive rebounds. UIC led 36-31 at halftime but shot 33 percent in the second half while allowing CSU to shoot 48 percent.
Detroit, who has won two straight games, was picked to finish sixth in the Horizon League’s preseason poll. The Titans have lost key contributors Ellisha Crosby and Rosanna Reynolds to injury.
Senee Shearer, Tayelor McCalister and Megan Galloway have led Detroit offensively this season. Shearer ranks third in the conference with 19.7 points per game and has made a League-high 85 three-pointers.
McCalister contributes 11.7 points and 3.3 assists per game while Galloway has won the League’s Freshman of the Week three times. During conference play, Galloway is averaging 10.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and shooting 50.8 percent from the field.
UIC has won two straight meetings and picked up an 83-67 road win over Detroit on Jan. 16 at Calihan Hall. Terri Bender (20 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and five steals) led five Flames in double-figures with her first career double-double.
PROGRAM RECORD FOR WINS
UIC broke the program record for single-season wins on Feb. 27 with a 73-65 road victory over Youngstown State. UIC’s 20 wins eclipse the 2006-07 squad, who went 19-13 and made the program’s lone trip to the postseason (WNIT).
NATION’S SECOND LARGEST TURNAROUND
Through 28 games, UIC has collected 11 more wins (20-8) than the entire 2012-13 campaign (9-21). Based on overall wins, UIC ranks second for the largest turnaround in the nation. St. Bonaventure (22-9), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (16-11) and Maine (16-13) have improved by 12 wins from last season.
UIC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Per the March 3 NCAA report, UIC ranks in the top 100 nationally in many statistical categories. The Flames are 32nd in rebounding margin (+7.3), 62nd in scoring offense (73.4 ppg), 63rd in win-lost percentage (.714), 64th in steals per game (9.3 spg) and 85th in field-goal percentage (.423).
Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks ninth in rebounding (12.0 rpg), 11th in double-doubles (20) and 51st in field-goal percentage (.522). Terri Bender ranks 11th in steals (3.0 spg) and Katie Hannemann is 57th in field-goal percentage (.516).
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. 121 in the rankings behind Wright State (101) and Green Bay (103) amongst Horizon League programs. The Flames own two victories over top 150 programs in Butler (113) and Wisconsin (128).
SECOND IN THE LAND OF LINCOLN
With one game remaining, UIC is second amongst all Division I Illinois programs with 20 victories. DePaul is first with 23 wins while Northwestern (15), Western Illinois (14), Eastern Illinois (12) and SIUE (11) are also in double-digits.
The rest of the state programs include Illinois (9), Loyola Chicago (9), Northern Illinois (9), Illinois State (9), Bradley (7), Southern Illinois (5) 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 (+7.3) and offensive rebounds (16.8 per game). The Flames are 20-3 when out-rebounding their opponent. The Flames also rank second in blocked shots (2.9 bpg) and third in field-goal percentage (.423).
POINTS PER GAME RECORD
UIC's strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 73.4 points per contest, good for third in the Horizon League. UIC’s 73.4 points per game is a program record by over three points as the 1977-78 squad averaged 70.3 points.
FREE THROW RECORDS
UIC is first in the Horizon League in free throw attempts (25.6 per game) and second in made free throws (17.0 per game). The Flames’ 475 made three throws and 718 attempts shatter the program records set by the 1995-96 squad (424-of-625).
UIC also set the single-game free throw program record by going 31-of-49 against Idaho State (Nov. 15). UIC is 16-2 this season when attempting more free throws than its opponent.
LEADING THE HORIZON LEAGUE IN STEALS
During conference play, UIC leads the Horizon League with 10.3 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 ten contests.
UIC is forcing 17.2 turnovers during League play and ranks second in the conference with a +1.9 turnover margin. The Flames are second in the Horizon League by allowing 68.1 points per game.
CAMPBELL AMONGST THE NATION’S BEST
Sophomore Ruvanna Campbell is one of only four players nationally averaging at least 16 points, 12 rebounds and shooting over 50 percent from the field. The players in that elite group are Campbell, Stanford’s consensus All-American Chiney Ogwumike, Oregon's Jillian Alleyne and Robert Morris’ Artemis Spanou.
CAMPBELL A DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE
Ruvanna Campbell picked up her tenth straight double-double at Cleveland State with 19 points and 17 rebounds. She is averaging 20.5 points, 14.3 rebounds and shooting 54.2 percent from the floor over the last ten games.
Campbell leads the Horizon League in double-doubles (20), rebounds (12.0 rpg) and offensive rebounds (4.7 per game). Campbell also ranks second in blocks (1.4 bpg), second in field-goal percentage (.522), seventh in scoring (16.8 ppg) and ninth in steals (1.7 spg). She was named the Horizon League's "Player of the Week" on Jan. 6.
The last UIC player to average over 12 rebounds a contest was Sharon Carroll (14.7 rpg) in 1979-80. Campbell’s 335 rebounds are the third most in a single season in program history. Campbell's 12.9 rebounds per game in conference play are tied for the highest in Horizon League history (Christy Greis, Evansville, 1992-93).
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 OVER 20 POINTS AGAIN
Senior Rachel Story scored a game-high 20 points at Cleveland State for the 22nd 20-plus point performance of her UIC career. Story (927 points) became the 20th player in program history to pass the 900-career point mark at Youngstown State (Feb. 27).
Story is averaging 17.7 points and shooting 33.1 percent from downtown. She ranks fifth in the Horizon League in scoring, second in minutes played (36.7 per game) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.747). 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 this season.
HANNEMANN NEARS 1,000 POINTS
Senior Katie Hannemann scored 11 points at Cleveland State for her fifth straight double-digit effort. Over the last five contests, Hannemann is averaging 21.8 points and shooting 63.3 percent from the field.
Hannemann (988 career points) needs 12 more points to become the 19th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. She ranks tenth in program history with 244 career made free throws. Hannemann scores 14.3 points per contest and ranks fourth in the Horizon League in field-goal percentage (.516).
Hannemann also ranks seventh in the conference with 7.7 rebounds per contest and third in offensive rebounds (3.4 per game). Hannemann has six double-doubles this season, including 19 points and 13 rebounds at Wright State (Feb. 15).
BENDER’S CAREER HIGH IN STEALS
Sophomore Terri Bender set a career high with seven steals at Youngstown State (Feb. 27). 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 three games.
Bender leads the Horizon League with 3.0 steals per game. Her 83 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 6.0 assists per game over the last three contests.
Offensively, Bender averages 9.0 points per game and owns 13 double-digit performances. Her first career double-double (20 points, 11 assists) came on Jan. 16 at Detroit and she set a career high with 22 points at Milwaukee (Jan. 29).
KOBEL MOVES UP THE RECORD BOOK
Senior Emily Kobel drained 3-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc at Cleveland State. She has passed five players in the UIC record book this season and currently ranks sixth in program history with 139 career made three-pointers.
Kobel is knocking down 33 percent of her three-point attempts (50-of-151) and 77 percent of her free throws (20-of-26). She ranks 11th in the Horizon League in made three-pointers (1.8 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. 20) 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 (26-4) is ranked No. 1 in the poll and No. 21 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.