Women's Basketball Celebrates Historic Season at Awards Banquet
April 19, 2012
CHICAGO - Overlooking the Chicago River and city skyline, the UIC women's basketball team had much to celebrate on Wednesday night at the annual awards banquet, following its historic 2011-12 season. The squad finished with an 18-13 record, the second-most wins in school history and reached the semifinal round of the Horizon League tournament for the first time since 2007. The Flames also posted an impressive 13-4 mark in home games which stands as the second-best winning percentage in program annals and in her inaugural campaign, head coach Regina Miller set a new program record for most wins by a first-year mentor.
After several speeches by coaches and players and a viewing of the 2012 highlight film, seven individual awards were handed out. Picking up Co-MVP honors were seniors Jasmine Bailey and Shamiea Green. The All-Horizon League tandem combined for nearly 33 points per game which accounted for more than half of UIC's offense. Throughout their four-year career the duo joined forces to scored 2,869 points, more than any other two teammates in program history. Bailey ends her tenure as the only UIC player to record over 1,500 points, 1000 rebounds, 300 steals and 200 assists. Green exits the program as eighth ranked scorer in school history at 1,334 points, fifth in free throw percentage and seventh in all-time made threes. Green also earned the Scholar-Athlete Award as she currently rides a 4.0 GPA, pursuing a master's degree in Instructional Leadership.
The Most Improved Award was given to junior Taylor Foulks. Foulks led the team with 54 threes this season and will enter her final year ranked fifth on UIC's all-time made threes list with 176.
"Taylor (Foulks) had the biggest adjustment to make," said Coach Miller. "She transformed into a well-rounded player and was routinely asked to guard the opposing team's most talented perimeter player."
Sophomore Emily Kobel picked up the Sixth Man Award for ability to provide the team with a spark off the bench. The sharp-shooting Kobel ranked fourth in the Horizon League in three-point field goal shooting, hitting 37 percent of her outside shots.
Senior Kiara Strickland collected the team's Versatile Award for her ability and willingness to play any position on the floor. The six-foot one-inch forward had a nine-game stretch during the early part of the season where she started as point guard while regular starter Green was out with a knee injury. Strickland ranked third on the team in scoring and second in rebounds at 11.6 and 6.5, respectively.
"Strickland was a key component to our success this season," said Coach Miller.
Taking home the Hustle award was redshirt junior Heidi Dahnke. Dahnke started in 16 of the 31 games and was always asked to defend the opposing team's toughest interior player.
The Coaches Award was given freshman Gisselle Truiett for her work ethic and ability to uphold the standards and expectations of the UIC women's basketball program.
"Giselle (Truiett) is a great model of our program and I know she will be a tremendous ambassador for incoming players in the future," said Coach Miller.