March 8, 2013
Setting the Stage
Saturday’s game will be the 65th all-time meeting between UIC and Loyola and the final regular season contest for both squads as the Ramblers hold a slim series advantage against the Flames with a record of 33-31. Loyola and Green Bay are tied for the title of “Most Played Opponent” in UIC history. The Flames won the previous match up back on Jan. 12 in Rogers Park by a final of 73-62 as each team picked up a win over each other last season. UIC is still battling for position in the Horizon League Tournament and can end up anywhere from No. 5 to No. 9 based on the outcome of Saturday’s games. If the Flames win then they will either be a No. 5 or No. 6 seed. Loyola looks to grab the No. 3 spot and can do so with a win over UIC and a Detroit loss at Valparaiso.
Scouting the RAMBLERS
Loyola enters Saturday’s game after having their seven-game win streak snapped at Green Bay this past Thursday by a final score of 63-37. Loyola has catapulted themselves up the league standings during the month of February by winning eight of their last 10 outings. The Ramblers are guaranteed at least a No. 4 seed in the Horizon League tournament which is their highest since the 2001-02 season. They are led by sophomore Simone Law with averages of 17.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, ranking fifth and sixth in the HL, respectively.
Before tip-off on Saturday, UIC will honor seniors Heidi Dahnke and Taylor Foulks for their contribution and dedication to the women’s basketball program. Combined the duo has played in 208 games and 4,509 minutes over both of their careers.
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 22 double-digit scoring performances and is one of just five league players to record 10 or more 20-point efforts. Five of those 20-point performances have occurred in the past eight games. She also needs just 21 more points to crack UIC’s single season scoring top 10 leaderboard.
Elite Company For Hannemann
Katie Hannemann is one of just six Horizon League players to rank in the top 10 for scoring and rebounding. That list includes CSU’s Shalonda Winton, UDM’s Shareta Brown, YSU’s Brandi Brown, Valpo’s Tabitha Gerardot and LUC’s Simone Law. Hannemann’s averages of 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game easily makes her one of the most improved players in the league this season after averaging 3.9 points and 3.2 boards last year.
The UIC women’s basketball team was slated to finish sixth in the 2012-13 Horizon League preseason poll. If the Flames can finish fifth in the standings then they will have surpassed preseason expectations for the second year in a row. Last season UIC was picked to finish fifth in the early-season poll and the Flames placed fourth.
Freshman Terri Bender is having an outstanding rookie season as she has started 21 games at point guard for UIC this year. Bender is the only Horizon League freshmen to average more than 6.0 points, 3.4 assists, 1.5 steals and per game. She also ranks top four in all three categories among HL rookies and ranks eighth and 12th in steals and assists, respectively among all conference players.
Top 10 Duo
Rachel Story and Katie Hannemann are one of just two pairs of teammates to rank in the top 10 in Horizon League scoring. Story sits sixth on that list with an average of 15.4 points per game, while Hannemann is slotted ninth at 14.1. The other tandem is LUC’s Simone Law and Taylor Johnson.
Foulks Hits 1,000 on the Head
Taylor Foulks needed exactly 12 points to reach 1,000 for her career last Thursday night at Youngstown State 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. The senior did not play last Saturday at home versus Green Bay.
Senior Taylor Foulks has proven herself as one of the most versatile players in the annals of UIC women’s basketball. She is the only player in program history to record more than 200 steals 200 made threes and 60 blocked shots. Currently, Foulks ranks second in career threes (218), seventh in steals (212) and 10th in blocks (67). She is also the program’s all-time leader in three-point attempts with 687, which also ranks 21st among all active NCAA D-I players.
Katie Hannemann has been a reliable force on the offensive end for UIC this season, averaging 51.0% from the floor to rank fifth in the Horizon league and 34th in the nation. If the season ended today, Hannemann’s field goal percentage would place ninth on UIC’s single season performance list.
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 43.8 percent of the team’s minutes played so far this season, tops among all Horizon League programs.