Flames Host First Postseason Game in Program History
March 18, 2014
A LOOK AT IPFW
UIC GAME NOTES
FIRST HOME POSTSEASON GAME
The UIC women’s basketball team (22-9) will host the first postseason game in program history Wednesday (March 19) when the Flames welcome IPFW (15-14) to Chicago for first round action of the 2014 Women’s Basketball Invitational. UIC is the fourth seed in the East Region while the Mastodons are seeded fifth. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the UIC Pavilion.
The Flames last participated in postseason play in 2006-07 when UIC earned a trip to the WNIT. UIC fell in the first round of the 2007 WNIT to Minnesota, 97-54, in its first postseason appearance in school history. If the Flames defeat IPFW, they will play the winner of the (1) Eastern Michigan/(8) Evansville contest either on Saturday or Sunday.
LAST TIME OUT
In front of a crowd of over 1,500, fourth-seeded UIC suffered a 68-59 defeat against No. 1 seed Green Bay (22-8) in the semifinal round of the Horizon League Tournament inside the Kress Center on Friday night (March 14). UIC led by seven late in the first half but a 20-5 run by the Phoenix was too much to overcome.
Green Bay outscored UIC 42-12 in the paint and those close shots helped the Phoenix shoot 53.1 percent from the floor. After converting 45.8 percent of their attempts in the first half, the Flames were held to 30 percent shooting in the second half. The Phoenix forced 17 UIC turnovers and scored 14 points off the Flames’ miscues. Green Bay recorded 19 assists on 26 made field goals.
IPFW enters the postseason with a 15-14 record after finishing the regular season third in The Summit League, but fell in the first round of The Summit League Tournament. IPFW ranked seventh in the nation by averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game.
Amanda Hyde was named The Summit League Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Hyde ranked 13th in the country in scoring at 22.2 points per game and connected on 55 percent of her field goal attempts. Hyde is the only player in the nation averaging 20 points, four rebounds and four assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. Haley Seibert was also selected to the First Team All-Summit League. Seibert led The Summit League with 88 three-pointers made and ranks third nationally by connecting on 47.6 percent of her attempts from beyond the arc.
The squads have three common opponents on this year's schedule in SIUE, Detroit and Denver. UIC went 4-0 against these opponents while IPFW went 4-2. IPFW lost to Denver on the road and in The Summit League Tournament.
This is the third all-time meeting between the two schools and UIC has won both meetings. UIC and IPFW last met on Feb. 7, 2004 when the Flames picked up a 91-68 road win. UIC also won the first meeting between the two schools, 71-53, on Dec. 17, 2001 in Chicago.
ABOUT THE WBI
Run by Sport Tours International, the Women's Basketball Invitational is in its fifth season. The tournament provides a choice for postseason worthy Division I teams who wish to continue their season, but who do not qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The 16-team event will take place over two weeks with all games being played on campus sites.
Past winners have been Appalachian State in 2010, UAB in 2011, Minnesota in 2012 and Detroit in 2013. This is the fourth year that a Horizon League team will play in the WBI following Wright State (2011, 2012), Cleveland State (2011) and Detroit (2013).
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.
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 22 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
UIC has collected 13 more wins (22-9) than the entire 2012-13 campaign (9-21). Based on overall wins, UIC ranks second for the largest turnaround in the nation. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (18-12), Wright State (26-8) and Colorado State (25-7) are tied for the best turnaround with a +14 win differential.
UIC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Per the March 16 NCAA report, UIC ranks in the top 100 nationally in many statistical categories. The Flames are 22nd in rebounding margin (+7.6), 61st in steals per game (9.2 spg), 61st in scoring offense (73.4 ppg), 56th in win-lost percentage (.710), 83rd in field-goal percentage (.423) and 97th in scoring margin (+5.2).
Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks eighth in rebounding (12.3 rpg), 10th in double-doubles (22) and 60th in field-goal percentage (.513). Terri Bender ranks 13th in steals (2.8 spg), Katie Hannemann is 49th in field-goal percentage (.524) and Rachel Story is 86th in scoring (18.0 ppg).
SECOND IN THE LAND OF LINCOLN
UIC is second amongst all Division I Illinois programs with 22 victories. DePaul is first with 27 wins and plays Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday. Northwestern (15), Western Illinois (14), Eastern Illinois (12), SIUE (11), Loyola Chicago (11), Northern Illinois (11) and Illinois State (10) are also in double-digits. The rest of the state programs include Illinois (9), Bradley (8), 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 (+7.6) and offensive rebounds (17.0 per game). The Flames are 22-4 when out-rebounding their opponent. The Flames also rank second in blocked shots (3.0 bpg).
TEAM PROGRAM RECORDS
The most successful season in program history has also seen many statistical records broken. The Flames have broken records for points scored (2,274), scoring average (73.4 ppg), field goals made (813), rebounds (1,323), free throws made (508) and free throws attempted (771).
LEADING THE HORIZON LEAGUE IN STEALS
During conference play, UIC led the Horizon League with 10.4 steals per contest. Overall, UIC ranks second in the conference with 9.2 steals per game and second with 68.2 points allowed 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 CONTROLS THE BOARDS
In the Horizon League Semifinal, Ruvanna Campbell had her double-double streak ended at 12 with 9 points and 14 rebounds. However, Campbell has grabbed double-digit rebounds in 13 consecutive games. Over the last four contests, Campbell is averaging a staggering 15.8 rebounds per contest.
Campbell leads the Horizon League in double-doubles (22), rebounds (12.3 rpg) and offensive rebounds (4.9 per game). Campbell also ranks second in blocks (1.4 bpg), fifth in field-goal percentage (.513), eighth in scoring (16.3 ppg) and ninth in steals (1.7 spg). She was named the Horizon League's "Player of the Week" on Jan. 6.
Campbell’s 381 rebounds are the second most in a single season in program history. With 16 more rebounds, she will break Sharon Carroll’s (1979-80) program record of 396. 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).
STORY NEARS 1,000 POINTS
Senior Rachel Story scored a team-high 20 points in the Semifinal for her fourth consecutive 20-point game. Story owns 991 points at UIC and needs nine more points to become the 20th member of the 1,000-Point Club.
It was her 14th 20-point game of the season and the 25th of her two-year UIC career. She drained two three-point attempts in the Semifinal and has averaged 3.0 triples over the last four contests.
Story is averaging 18.0 points and 1.9 three-pointers per game. She ranks fourth in the Horizon League in scoring, eighth in made three-pointers and ninth in free-throw percentage (.745). Story also contributes 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals over a team-high 36.6 minutes per game.
Story was 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.
HANNEMANN CLOSE TO 15TH PLACE
Senior Katie Hannemann scored eight points in the Semifinal and also set a career high with four steals. She ranks 16th in program history with 1,037 career points and is 34 points away from 15th place. Hannemann also sank two attempts from the charity stripe and ranks ninth in program history with 255 career made free throws.
Hannemann grabbed four rebounds and needs one more rebound (579) to enter the program’s top 10. She owns seven double-doubles this season and 12 in her career.
Hannemann is scoring a career-high 14.5 points per contest and ranks fourth in the Horizon League in field-goal percentage (.524). She also ranks seventh in the conference with 7.5 rebounds per game and third in offensive rebounds (3.4 per game).
BENDER'S STRONG SIX-GAME STRETCH
Sophomore Terri Bender scored 10 points in the Semifinal for her fifth double-digit effort in six contests. Over the last six games, Bender is averaging 11.2 points, 5.2 assists and 2.7 steals. She owns 16 double-digit efforts this season and 22 in her career.
Bender picked up one steal in the Semifinal and her 87 steals are third most in a single-season at UIC. Her career high of seven steals at Youngstown State (Feb. 27) is tied for the best steals effort in the Horizon League.
Bender leads the Horizon League with 2.8 steals per game. Additionally, Bender’s 4.1 assists per game rank fifth in the conference.
KOBEL MOVES UP THE RECORD BOOK
Senior Emily Kobel sank 4-of-9 three-point attempts in the Semifinal, including three straight to start the game, and finished with 12 points. She has made 144 three-pointers at UIC and ranks sixth in program history. Kobel has drained 55 triples this season and has passed five players in the record book in the process.
Kobel is knocking down 33 percent of her three-point attempts and 77 percent of her free throws. She ranks 11th in the Horizon League with 1.8 made three-pointers 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.
UIC spent four weeks in the CollegeInsider.com 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 5 total points.
Wright State (No. 15) and Green Bay (No. 22) 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 (29-4) is ranked No. 1 in the poll and No. 18 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.
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.