Regina Miller Adds Six to 2012-13 Flames Roster|
Aug. 27, 2012
CHICAGO – UIC head women’s basketball coach Regina Miller announced the addition of six players to the 2012-13 roster on Monday. Joining the Flames program includes four scholarship student-athletes in Megan Wallace (6-1, F, Memphis, Tenn./Walters State), Ruvanna Campbell (6-3, F, Chicago, Ill./La Salle), Ariel Sneed (5-11, F, Harvey, Ill./Rich Central) and Imani Moore (5-11, F, Fort Wayne, Ind./Wayne). Miller also welcomes two walk-on players in Stephanie Schmid (5-10, G, Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) and Isis Haywood (6-0, F, Canton, Mich./Plymouth).
Combined with the four signees (Caitlin Garant, Marrisa Grossfeld, Terri Bender and Jemia Carpenter) last November, the 2012-13 UIC squad will feature 10 total newcomers.
Wallace has two years of eligibility remaining after spending two seasons as Walters State Community College (WSCC) in Morristown, Tenn. As a member of the Senators, Wallace helped produce a two-year overall record of 50-10, including a 28-4 mark during her sophomore campaign. Last year, her team won the NJCAA Region VII Championship and advanced to the national tournament in Salina, Kan. Wallace averaged 8.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in her second season at WSCC as the team tallied the nation’s best team defensive average of 43.3 points allowed per contest. The Senators finished the 2011-12 season ranked 10th in the final NJCAA poll.
“Megan brings a wealth of experience at the small forward position,” said Miller. “She has competed at the highest level by participating in the Junior College National Tournament and we believe that she will make an immediate contribution to our program.”
Campbell returns to her hometown of Chicago after playing one season at La Salle. The 6-foot 3-inch forward started 25 games and ranked as the Atlantic 10’s top freshman rebounder and shot blocker, averaging 7.6 boards and 1.5 blocks per game. Campbell was a McDonald’s All-American nominee during her senior season at Crane Tech high school and garnered Second Team All-State honors. She guided her team to a regional championship in 2011 as she averaged a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds per game. Campbell will have to sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
“Ruvanna has the ability to have a tremendous impact on the defensive side of the ball,” said Miller. “She is known as a game changer with her ability to block shots and with her length and quickness will also have an impact on our full-court pressure defense. She will help our young players develop over the next year during practice.”
Sneed comes to UIC from Rich Central where she guided her squad to a conference and regional championship last season. During her senior campaign, Sneed averaged 11 points and four rebounds per game, garnering honorable mention accolades on the Illinois Basketball Services Large School All-State team. Prior to last season, the four-time academic honor roll recipient competed for Thornton where she earned all-conference laurels during her sophomore and junior years.
“Ariel is a versatile player with the ability to hit three-point shots as well as score with her back to the basket,” said Miller. “She also has a knack for the ball, and will make a contribution for us on the boards.”
Moore was a two-sport standout athlete in basketball and track at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., where she spent her junior and senior seasons. In her final year as a prep Moore earned first team all-conference and all-area honors, including all-state honorable mention accolades. She also garnered all-state honors as the anchor leg of her team’s 4x400-meter relay in 2011 and 2012.
“Imani has the ability to get the ball to the rim through dribble penetration as well as hit the pull-up jump shot,” said Miller. “She also possesses great anticipation skills, and we think she will enhance our pressure defense.”
The Flames posted a record of 18-13 last season, the second-highest win total in program history. Miller also set a school record for most wins by a first-year head coach as she piloted UIC to its first Horizon League semifinals appearance in five years.