UIC Plays Host to No. 4 Stephen F. Austin for WBI Championship|
March 28, 2014
A LOOK AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
UIC GAME NOTES
WBI CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN CHICAGO
The UIC women's basketball team (25-9) seeks its first postseason championship Saturday (March 29) when the Flames play host to Stephen F. Austin (23-12) in the Championship Game of the 2014 Women's Basketball Invitational. UIC is the fourth seed in the East Region while the Ladyjacks are the fourth seed from the West Region. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. CT inside the UIC Pavilion.
UIC and Stephen F. Austin will meet for the first time as both programs seek their first postseason championship. The contest will be UIC head coach Regina Miller’s second postseason championship game appearance as she also led UNLV to the 2004 WNIT title game.
LAST TIME OUT
UIC dominated No. 6 Fairfield with a 74-44 home victory Thursday (March 27) in the 2014 Women’s Basketball Invitational East Region semifinal. UIC never trailed and led by as many as 33 in the second half. The Flames shot 51 percent from the field and held Fairfield to 33 percent shooting, including 23 percent in the second half.
The Flames hit 55 percent of their shots in the quarterfinal at Eastern Michigan (March 24) and have converted 50 percent of their field goals in consecutive games for the first time all season. The last UIC opponent to score less than 50 points was Valparaiso on Feb. 16, 2012 (43).
UIC had 23 assists on 32 made field goals and tied a program record low five turnovers. The Flames held a 40-33 rebounding advantage and improved to 25-4 when winning the battle on the boards.
SCOUTING STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
The Ladyjacks won the Southland regular season championship but fell to Northwestern State in the conference tournament game. Stephen F. Austin has defeated Texas State, Boise State and College of Charleston on its way to the first postseason championship appearance in program history.
Similar to the Flames, the Ladyjacks dominate play inside the paint as Stephen F. Austin ranks 23rd in the nation with a +7.0 rebounding margin. Stephen F. Austin excels on defense by only allowing 61.2 points per game and holding opponents to 37.3 percent shooting.
Junior center Porsha Roberts leads the squad with 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Roberts converts a stellar 56.3 percent of her field goals and blocks 2.1 shots per contest. Junior forward Tierany Henderson has drained 72 three-pointers this season and grabs 7.2 rebounds per game.
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 25 wins eclipse the 2006-07 squad, who went 19-13 and made the program's first trip to the postseason (WNIT).
NATION'S LARGEST TURNAROUND
UIC has collected 16 more wins (25-9) than the entire 2012-13 campaign (9-21). Based on overall wins, UIC owns the nation's largest turnaround. Wright State (26-9), Colorado State (25-8), St. Bonaventure (24-11) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (18-12) are second with a +14 win differential.
UIC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Per the March 26 NCAA report, UIC ranks in the top 100 nationally in many statistical categories. The Flames are 19th in rebounding margin (+7.8), 46th in win-lost percentage (.735), 52nd in scoring offense (74.3 ppg), 60th in steals per game (9.2 spg), 62nd in field-goal percentage (.432), 84th in assists (15.0 apg) and 88th in scoring margin (+6.0).
Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks seventh in rebounding (12.9 rpg), seventh in double-doubles (25) and 44th in field-goal percentage (.535). Terri Bender ranks 13th in steals (2.7 spg), Katie Hannemann is 56th in field-goal percentage (.518) and Rachel Story is 78th in scoring (18.2 ppg).
WBI OFFENSIVE OUTBURST
During WBI play, UIC has scored 83.7 points per game and converted 51.5 percent of its field goal attempts. The Flames have also hit 40.5 percent of their three-point attempts (15-of-37) and dished out 23.0 assists per game in the tournament. During the regular season, UIC averaged 73.4 points, shot 42.3 percent from the field, 30.1 percent from beyond the arc and dished out 14.2 assists per contest.
The Flames have converted over 50 percent of their field goals in consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 14-19, 2012 against Youngstown State and Butler. UIC has also recorded more than 20 assists in three straight games, which has helped the Flames break the single-season program record with 509 assists.
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 (2,525), scoring average (74.3 ppg), field goals made (914), rebounds (1,460), free throws made (542), free throws attempted (826) and assists (509).
UIC also set the single-game free throw program record by going 31-of-49 against Idaho State (Nov. 15). The Flames have tied three single-game records in made field goals (41 at Eastern Michigan), assists (30 vs. Detroit) and fewest turnovers (5 vs. Fairfield).
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 (+7.8) and offensive rebounds (16.7 per game). The Flames are 25-4 when out-rebounding their opponent.
UIC has converted 51.5 percent of its field goals over the last three games and ranks second in the conference in field-goal percentage (.432). The Flames also rank second in blocked shots (3.0 bpg).
CAMPBELL AMONGST THE NATION'S BEST
Sophomore Ruvanna Campbell is one of only four players nationally averaging at least 17 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’S ALMOST TRIPLE-DOUBLE
Ruvanna Campbell had 20 points in the first half against Fairfield and collected her 25th double-double of the season with 25 points and 17 rebounds. She nearly picked up her first career triple-double with a career-high nine assists.
During WBI play, Campbell is averaging 25.0 points, 18.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists and shooting 71.4 percent from the field. At Eastern Michigan (March 24), Campbell picked up her first career 20-point-20-rebound performance (27 points, 23 rebounds) and set the WBI rebounding record.
Campbell has 15 double-doubles over the last 16 games and 13 performances of over 20 points this season. Campbell's 437 rebounds are the most in a single season in program history and the most in the history of the Horizon League. Campbell's 13.1 rebounds per game in conference play were also the highest in the history of the Horizon League.
Campbell leads the Horizon League in double-doubles (25), rebounds (12.9 rpg) and offensive rebounds (4.9 per game). Campbell also ranks second in blocks (1.4 bpg), third in field-goal percentage (.535), seventh in scoring (17.1 ppg) and ninth in steals (1.8 spg). She was named the Horizon League's "Player of the Week" on Jan. 6.
STORY NEARS 16TH PLACE
Senior Rachel Story scored 13 points against Fairfield for her 29th double-figure performance this season. Story’s 1,050 career points are 17th in program history and she is 21 points away from 16th place.
Story also drained 3-of-6 shots from beyond the arc and has converted 40 percent of her triples over the last two games (6-of-15). Her 582 points rank fifth in a single-season at UIC.
Story ranks fourth in the Horizon League at 18.2 points per game. Elsewhere, she ranks eighth in made three-pointers (1.9 per game) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.741). Story also contributes 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals over a team-high 36.4 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 CLOSES IN ON 13TH PLACE
Senior Katie Hannemann scored 21 points against Fairfield for her fifth 20-point performance this season and the tenth of her career. Hannemann’s 1,094 career points are 14th in program history and 28 away from Krystal Hugelier (2003-06) for 13th place.
Hannemann also grabbed seven rebounds and her 599 career rebounds rank ninth in program history. She sank three attempts from the charity stripe and sits ninth in program history with 266 made free throws.
Hannemann is scoring a career-high 14.9 points per contest and ranks fifth in the Horizon League in field-goal percentage (.518). She also ranks seventh in the conference with 7.5 rebounds per game and third in offensive rebounds (3.4 per game).
BENDER NEARS STEALS AND ASSISTS RECORDS
Sophomore Terri Bender dished out two assists against Fairfield and is averaging 5.3 assists per game during WBI play. Bender owns 142 assists this season and needs four more helpers to break Betty Kollar’s record of 145 set in 1980-81.
Bender is also two steals away from the single-season steals record as she owns 92 steals. Ava Walker picked up 93 steals during the 1980-81 season.
Bender leads the Horizon League with 2.7 steals per game. Additionally, Bender's 4.2 assists per game rank third in the conference. Over the last nine games, Bender has averaged 5.2 assists per contest and passed four players in the League’s rankings.
KOBEL MOVES UP THE RECORD BOOK
Senior Emily Kobel sank 4-of-9 three-point attempts at Eastern Michigan (March 24) and finished with 14 points. She has drained 61 triples this season and became the sixth player in program history with 150 made three-pointers. Kobel has passed five players in the record book during the 2013-14 campaign.
Kobel has made 10-of-21 attempts from beyond the arc over the last four contests. Since the Wright State game on Feb. 15, Kobel has converted 41.5 percent of her three-point attempts (22-of-53).
Kobel is shooting 33.7 percent from downtown and leads UIC by making 78.1 percent of her free throw attempts. She ranks ninth 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.
COLLEGEINSIDER.COM MID-MAJOR TOP 25 POLL
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 (29-5) is ranked No. 1 in the poll but lost to No. 3 James Madison in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
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.