Trio of Flames Earn All-League Honors; Bailey Named Horizon League Newcomer Of The Year

Freshman Jasmine Bailey was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year on Sunday.
Freshman Jasmine Bailey was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year on Sunday.

March 8, 2009

Chicago, Ill.- UIC freshman Jasmine Bailey was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year, highlighting a trio of Flames who took home postseason accolades on Sunday evening as awards were announced by the league office.

For the second straight year, junior Jessie Miller garnered All-Horizon League Second Team honors, while Bailey was joined by fellow rookie Shameia Green on the league's All-Newcomer Team.

"I am very proud to see our players recognized for their achievements, as it is a reflection of the accomplishments of our team," said head coach Lisa Ryckbosch.

Bailey is the just the third UIC player to be named the league's top newcomer, joining Kim Henry, who took home the award back in 2000, and Jackie Gray, the 1998 recipient.

The 5-foot-8 wing, who posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in her collegiate debut, has been strong from start to finish this season, ranking first among Horizon League freshmen in scoring (10.6 ppg), rebounding (6.5 rpg), steals (1.6 spg) and field goal percentage (.494). Bailey leads UIC in rebounding and is second in scoring.

"Jasmine's ability to produce such consistent numbers as a freshman is a real credit to her competitiveness and determination," said Ryckbosch.

Miller takes home all-league honors for the third straight season. She was a 2007 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team member and has now earned a spot on the All-Horizon League Second Team in each of the last two seasons.

The 5-foot-8 guard has been the Flames' top all-around performer this year, leading the team in scoring (12.9 ppg), assists (2.8 apg), three-pointers made per game (1.6) and steals (1.9 spg), while rating fourth in rebounding (3.9 rpg).



"Jessie Miller has continued to do what she has done for our team since the day she arrived at UIC: play as hard as she can, and do anything and everything the team needs her to do in order for us to be successful," said Ryckbosch.

Green, a redshirt freshman and former prep teammate of Bailey, was thrust into the role of starting point guard when junior Briana Hinkle went down with a knee injury just seven games into the season. She flourished as the team's floor general, averaging 10.4 points and 3.5 assists as a starter.

"Due to injuries, Shameia has been forced to play a much bigger role, and has done so admirably," said Ryckbosch. "She has accepted that role with the maturity of a much more experienced player.

"What is most exciting about the recognition received by both Shameia and Jasmine, is their best basketball is yet to come," Ryckbosch continued. "Their contributions to our program have been invaluable, but as they continue to grow as players, they will get better and our team will get better."

Bailey, Miller and Green, as well as the rest of the Flames, will be back in action on Wednesday as they open play in the 2009 Speedway Horizon League Tournament at Cleveland State.


CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Traci Edwards (Milwaukee); Kailey Klein (Cleveland State)


CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Dominique Butler (Cleveland State); Shawnita Garland (Cleveland State)

SIXTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kayla Tetschlag (Green Bay)

COACH OF THE YEAR: Matt Bollant (Green Bay)

FIRST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE: Traci Edwards (Milwaukee); Kailey Klein (Cleveland State); Rachel Porath (Green Bay); Launa Hochstetler (Valparaiso); Lavesa Glover (Green Bay)

SECOND TEAM ALL-LEAGUE: Shawnita Garland (Cleveland State); Jessie Miller (UIC); Shey Peddy (Wright State); Sandi Brown (Detroit); Celeste Hoewisch (Green Bay)

ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM: Jasmine Bailey (UIC); Lauren Kenney (Valparaiso); Shameia Green (UIC); Molly Fox (Wright State); Ashley Imperiale (Milwaukee)

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM: Dominique Butler (Cleveland State); Shawnita Garland (Cleveland State); Melanie Thornton (Butler); Shey Peddy (Wright State); Rachel Porath (Green Bay)