Women's Basketball Claims Two All-League Honorees

Junior Rachel Story ranks sixth in the HL with a 15.6 points per game average.
Junior Rachel Story ranks sixth in the HL with a 15.6 points per game average.

March 11, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Two UIC women’s basketball players picked up All-Horizon League honors as the conference office announced its annual award winners on Monday afternoon.  Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann was voted to the second-team All-League, while Junior Rachel 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.

“I’m happy that Katie and Rachel are getting recognition,” said head coach Regina Miller.  “They both work extremely hard and it’s nice to have that effort awarded.  They will no doubt be the backbone of our team next season.”

Hannemann was one of the league’s most improved players after upping her scoring average by more than 10 points per game.  She ranks top 10 in both scoring (14.0) and rebounding (7.0) and recorded 10 points or more in 22 games during the regular season.  On Feb. 21, the six-foot one-inch center poured in a career-high 35 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in comeback win over Wright State.  Her 35 tally is the highest point total for UIC in over 11 years. Hannemann garnered Horizon League Player of the Week laurels twice during the 2012-13 season, one of just four conference players to do so.  Her season shooting percentage routinely ranked within the nation’s top 40 and currently sits at 50.3%.  This is Hannemann’s first postseason award as UIC has collected at least one first- or second-team honor in 11 of the past 13 years.

Story becomes UIC’s first All-Newcomer since current senior Taylor Foulks earned the award during the 2009-10 season.  The Louisville transfer led all conference newcomers with an average of 15.6 points per game and ranked sixth overall in the league.  She is one of just five HL players to record 11 20-point scoring performances, posting six in the last nine games of the regular season.  Story’s 451 points and 168 made field goals rank 11th on UIC’s single season leaderboard.



The ninth-seeded Flames will begin Horizon League Tournament action at No. 8 seed Valparaiso on Monday night with tip scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.

All-League First Team
Brandi Brown, Youngstown State (Sr., F)
Shalonda Winton, Cleveland State (Sr., F)
Shareta Brown, Detroit (So., F)
Adrian Ritchie, Green Bay (Sr., G)
Simone Law, Loyola (So., F)

All-League Second Team
Kim Demmings, Wright State (So., G)
Tabitha Gerardot, Valparaiso (Jr., F)
Sarah Eichler, Green Bay (Sr., F)
Taylor Johnson, Loyola (Fr., G)
Katie Hannemann, UIC (Jr., C)

All-Newcomer Team
Taylor Johnson, Loyola (Fr., G)
Rachel Story, UIC (Jr., G)
Ivory James, Wright State (Jr., G)
Shar’Rae Davis, Youngstown State (Fr., G)
Rosanna Reynolds, Detroit (Fr., G)

All-Defensive Team
Shalonda Winton, Cleveland State (Sr., F)
Adrian Ritchie, Green Bay (Sr., G)
Taylor Johnson, Loyola (Fr., G)
Sarah Eichler, Green Bay (Sr., F)
Yar Shayok, Detroit (Sr., F)

Player of the Year: Brandi Brown, Youngstown State (Sr., F)
Coach of the Year: Bob Boldon, Youngstown State
Newcomer of the Year: Taylor Johnson, Loyola (Fr., G)
Defensive Player of the Year: Shalonda Winton, Cleveland State (Sr., F)
Sixth Person of the Year: Yar Shayok, Detroit (Sr., F)