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    Katie Hannemann averaged 13.6 points during the 2012-13 season.
     
    Katie Hannemann averaged 13.6 points during the 2012-13 season.
     
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    June 25, 2013

    CHICAGO – UIC women’s basketball player Katie Hannemann will return for her final season at UIC after a breakthrough performance during her junior year.  Hannemann was voted second-team All-Horizon League and is a two-time conference Player of the Week as she averaged 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game last season.  She was the most improved player in the Horizon League in terms of scoring, increasing her sophomore average by nearly 10 points per game.  Hannemann looks to take another step forward in 2013-14, thus making her Tuesday’s ‘Forty Flames to Follow student-athlete profile.

    “Katie work extremely hard last season and that was evident on the court,” said head coach Regina Miller.  “She is always willing to learn and as a coach that is the kind of athlete you want to coach.  I have no doubt that she will continue to be one of the leaders on our team this coming season.”

    Perhaps Hannemann’s most impressive performance this past season was her production in UIC’s overtime win at home against Wright State on Feb. 21.  The Homer Glen, Ill., native posted a career-high 35 points and 15 rebounds, hitting 11-of-15 from the free throw line.  Her 35-point scoring total was the highest single-game output for the Flames since Jan. 19, 2002 when Jaysie Chambers netted 36.

    Hannemann was a model of stability as she recorded 22 double-digit scoring performances with five games of 20 points or more.  Her field goal percentage of .502 (163-of-325) led the team and ranked fifth in the Horizon League, while her 3.8 offensive boards per game ranked second. 

    During her sophomore season, Hannemann averaged less than 17 minutes per game and started in nine contests.  This past year, she nearly doubled her playing time to 31.3 minutes per outing and started in 29 of the UIC’s 30 games.  If Hannemann’s rapid progress is any indication of the Flames’ women’s basketball program, then it’s safe to say that the future looks very promising.