No. 4 UIC Hosts No. 5 Cleveland State Wednesday in HL Quarterfinals

Regina Miller seeks her second HL Quarterfinal win at UIC after a 66-53 victory over No. 5 Butler on March 7, 2012
Regina Miller seeks her second HL Quarterfinal win at UIC after a 66-53 victory over No. 5 Butler on March 7, 2012

March 10, 2014


No. 5 Cleveland State (14-15, 9-7 HL) at No. 4 UIC (21-8, 10-6 HL)
 Date Wednesday, March 12
 Time 7 p.m. CT
 Location Chicago, Ill. | UIC Pavilion
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Nickname: Vikings
Conference: Horizon League
Head Coach: Kate Peterson Abiad (11th season)
2013-14 Preseason Poll: Picked to finish seventh
Series History: CSU leads 33-31
Last Meeting: CSU won 78-70 (3/1/14 @ CSU)
Series Streak: CSU won the last meeting
2013-14 Leader in:
Points - Imani Gordon (16.4 ppg)
Rebounds - Imani Gordon (9.5 rpg)
Assists - Kiersten Green (3.4 apg)
Steals - Cori Coleman (1.9 spg)
Blocked Shots - Haley Schmitt (0.7 bpg)



The fourth-seeded UIC women's basketball team (21-8, 10-6 HL) plays host to fifth-seeded Cleveland State Wednesday (March 12) in the Quarterfinal round of the 2014 Horizon League Tournament. Tip-off with the Vikings is set for 7 p.m. CT inside the UIC Pavilion.

UIC is hosting a Quarterfinal game for the second time under third-year head coach Regina Miller as the Flames defeated No. 5 Butler in 2011-12. The 66-53 victory on March 7, 2012 was UIC’s first postseason win since the 2006-07 season.


UIC secured the No. 4 seed in the Horizon League Tournament Thursday (March 6) with an 83-66 home win over Detroit. Senior Katie Hannemann poured in a game-high 27 points on Senior Night and became the 19th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.

UIC forced 21 Detroit turnovers and scored 29 points off the Titans’ miscues. The Flames collected 13 steals and tied a program record with 30 assists. UIC out-rebounded Detroit 48-36 and is 21-3 when winning the battle on the boards.


Imani Gordon leads the squad with 16.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while playing a League-high 36.7 minutes per contest. She was recently named to the All-League First Team. Cori Coleman averages 15.5 points per game while Kiersten Green contributes 14.6 points and 3.4 assists per contest.

The Vikings are dangerous from long range as they lead the Horizon League in made three-point field goals (8.8 per game) and three-point field-goal percentage (.352). CSU ranks second in the conference with 75.3 points per game.

In the last meeting between the two schools on March 1, UIC led by one with six minutes remaining but allowed Cleveland State to score nine consecutive points in a 78-70 defeat inside the Wolstein Center.

UIC defeated Cleveland State on Jan. 25 with an 83-78 home victory at the UIC Pavilion. Rachel Story scored a career-high 34 points while Ruvanna Campbell had 26 points and 18 rebounds.


Three Flames have been awarded for their stellar seasons. The Horizon League announced its All-League awards Monday (March 10) and Ruvanna Campbell, Rachel Story and Terri Bender earned recognition. The awards were voted on by the League’s head coaches, sports information directors and media.

Campbell took home the first Defensive Player of the Year award in program history. Additionally, Campbell was named to the All-League First Team and the All-Defensive Team. Story earned All-League Second Team honors while Bender was voted to the All-Defensive Team.

The last UIC player to be selected to the All-League First Team and All-Defensive Team in the same year was Jasmine Bailey in 2011-12. The Flames have two players on the All-Defensive Team for the first time since 2002-03 when Jaysie Chambers and LeKesa Williams were honored.


UIC broke the program record for single-season wins on Feb. 27 with a 73-65 road victory over Youngstown State. UIC’s 21 wins eclipse the 2006-07 squad, who went 19-13 and made the program’s lone trip to the postseason (WNIT).


UIC has collected 12 more wins (21-8) than the entire 2012-13 campaign (9-21). Based on overall wins, UIC ranks third for the largest turnaround in the nation. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (18-11) leads the nation with a +14 win differential while St. Bonaventure (23-10) and Jacksonville State (14-18) have both improved by 13 wins from last season.


Per the March 9 NCAA report, UIC ranks in the top 100 nationally in many statistical categories. The Flames are 25th in rebounding margin (+7.5), 54th in steals per game (9.4 spg), 56th in scoring offense (73.7 ppg), 57th in win-lost percentage (.724), 81st in field-goal percentage (.423) and 92nd in scoring margin (+5.7).

Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks ninth in rebounding (12.1 rpg), 12th in double-doubles (21) and 58th in field-goal percentage (.516). Terri Bender ranks 11th in steals (2.9 spg), Katie Hannemann is 53rd in field-goal percentage (.520) and Rachel Story is 98th in scoring (17.7 ppg).


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. 125 in the rankings behind Wright State (101) and Green Bay (108) amongst Horizon League programs. The Flames own two victories over top 150 programs in Butler (107) and Wisconsin (140).


UIC is second amongst all Division I Illinois programs with 21 victories. DePaul is first with 25 wins while Northwestern (15), Western Illinois (14), Eastern Illinois (12), SIUE (11), Loyola Chicago (10) and Northern Illinois (10) are also in double-digits. The rest of the state programs include Illinois (9), Illinois State (9), Bradley (8), Southern Illinois (5) and Chicago State (3).


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 (+7.5) and offensive rebounds (17.0 per game). The Flames are 21-3 when out-rebounding their opponent. The Flames also rank second in blocked shots (3.0 bpg).


UIC's strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 73.7 points per contest, good for third in the Horizon League. UIC’s 73.7 points per game is a program record by over three points as the 1977-78 squad averaged 70.3 points. The Flames are scoring 10.6 more points per game than the 2012-13 campaign (63.1 ppg).


UIC is first in the Horizon League in free throw attempts (25.4 per game) and second in made free throws (16.8 per game). The Flames’ 488 made three throws and 736 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 17-2 this season when attempting more free throws than its opponent.


During conference play, UIC led the Horizon League with 10.4 steals per contest. The Flames averaged 8.2 steals per game during non-League play. UIC has collected double-digit steals in nine of the last 11 contests.

UIC forced 17.4 turnovers during League play and ranked second in the conference with a +2.3 turnover margin. Overall, the Flames are second in the Horizon League by allowing 68.1 points per game.


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.


Ruvanna Campbell picked up her 11th straight double-double against Detroit with 11 points and 16 rebounds. She is averaging 19.6 points, 14.5 rebounds and shooting 52.9 percent from the floor over the last 11 games.

Campbell leads the Horizon League in double-doubles (21), rebounds (12.1 rpg) and offensive rebounds (4.8 per game). Campbell also ranks second in blocks (1.4 bpg), fifth in field-goal percentage (.516), seventh in scoring (16.6 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 351 rebounds are the third most in a single season in program history. Campbell's 13.1 rebounds per game in conference play are the highest in the history of the Horizon League.

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).


Senior Rachel Story scored 20 points for the second consecutive against Detroit. It was Story’s 12th 20-point effort this season and the 23rd of her two-year UIC career. Story was 4-of-7 from three-point land and is 7-of-18 from beyond the arc over the last two games.

Story is averaging 17.7 points and shooting 34.2 percent from downtown. She ranks fourth in the Horizon League in scoring, second in minutes played (36.4 per game) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.747). Story also contributes 2.5 assists and 1.4 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 the fifth highest in the Horizon League this season.


Senior Katie Hannemann (1,015 career points) poured in a game-high 27 points against Detroit and became the 19th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. She was 7-of-9 from the charity stripe and passed Jessie Miller (2006-10) into ninth place with 251 career made free throws.

Additionally, Hannemann grabbed 10 rebounds for her 12th career double-double and seventh this season. She needs ten more rebounds to enter the program’s top 10.

Hannemann’s performance against Detroit was her ninth career 20-point effort. She owns four 20-point efforts this season and all of them have come over the last six games. Over the last six contests, Hannemann is averaging 22.7 points and shooting 62.3 percent from the field. She has raised her scoring average 1.4 points in that span.

Hannemann ranks tenth in the Horizon League with 14.7 points per contest and fourth in field-goal percentage (.520). She also ranks sixth in the conference with 7.8 rebounds per game and third in offensive rebounds (3.5 per game).


Senior Megan Wallace received her first start of the season against Detroit on Senior Night. Coming off the bench for the first time this season, sophomore Terri Bender scored 12 points for her 14th double-digit effort and third in the last four games.

Over the last four games, Bender is averaging 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.5 steals. She was 2-of-5 from downtown against Detroit and is making 42.9 percent of her three-pointers over the last four contests (6-of-14).

Bender picked up two steals against Detroit and her 85 steals are third most in a single-season at UIC. She leads the Horizon League with 2.9 steals per game. Additionally, Bender’s 4.0 assists per game rank sixth in the conference.


Senior Emily Kobel drained 3-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc at Cleveland State (March 1). 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 was held to three points against Detroit but drained 48 percent (11-of-23) of her three-point attempts in the previous four games (Feb. 15 – March 1). She scored 9.8 points per game in that span and is averaging 7.9 points this season.

Kobel is knocking down 32 percent of her three-point attempts (50-of-155) and 75 percent of her free throws (21-of-28). She ranks 12th in the Horizon League in made three-pointers (1.7 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.


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.


UIC spent four weeks in the's Mid-Major Poll from Jan. 7 – Feb. 4. The Flames reached a high ranking of No. 22 on Jan. 7 after receiving 119 points in the ninth edition of this season's poll. UIC is currently in the “Others Receiving Votes” section with 19 total points.

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 (27-4) is ranked No. 1 in the poll and No. 18 in the AP Top 25.


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).


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.


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.