Full 2012-13 UIC Women's Basketball Schedule Revealed
CHICAGO - UIC head women's basketball coach Regina Miller announced the full 2012-13 women's basketball schedule on Thursday. The Flames begin this year's campaign with two home exhibition contests on Oct. 28 against St. Joseph's College at the Flames Athletic Center and Nov. 2 against Illinois-Springfield at the UIC Pavilion. UIC's regular season and home opener will be against Truman State on Nov. 9.
"I think our schedule is really strong this season," said head coach Regina Miller. "We have a lot of quality non-conference opponents and the Horizon League continues to get more and more competitive every year."
Three of the Flames' four November games will be at home with the aforementioned Truman State, SIU-E on Nov. 15 and Illinois State on Nov. 21. The team will make a single-game road trip on Nov. 18 to Drake, a squad UIC defeated in last year's opening contest, 61-48.
December kicks off with a three-game road swing, starting at SEMO on Dec. 1 then to St. Louis (Dec. 3) and concluding at Indiana State (Dec. 7). The Flames return home on Dec. 14 to host Roosevelt before traveling downstate to Bradley (Dec. 18). UIC will then entertain Northern Illinois on Dec. 22 and Western Michigan on Dec. 28 before traveling to Big Ten-member Indiana for a New Year's Eve showdown, their first meeting in 21 years.
The New Year brings an old foe to the Windy City in Butler, now with the Atlantic-10, for the Flames' final non-conference game on Jan. 5. UIC took two-of-three from the Bulldogs last season, including a 66-53 win in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament.
Conference season begins with a Flames doubleheader on Jan. 9 as the women face Cleveland State at 4:30 CST and the men tip with Valparaiso at 7:00. UIC's first league road game will take place six miles north of campus at city-rival Loyola on Jan. 12. After a home contest versus Valparaiso on Jan. 19, the Flames will face its toughest conference road test of the season at Wright State (Jan. 24) and Detroit (Jan. 26). The Raiders and Titans finished the 2011-12 Horizon League regular season ranked third and second, respectively, as both squads advance to postseason tournaments.
The Flames return home on Jan. 31 for a second doubleheader as the women host Youngstown State at 4:30 and the men welcome Green Bay at 7:00.
The month of February begins with a road contest at defending league champion Green Bay on Feb. 2. The Phoenix advanced to the round-of-32 last year in the NCAA tournament, and just two seasons removed from a Sweet 16 appearance. On Feb. 7, Milwaukee journeys south to Chicago for a weeknight battle to conclude the first half of conference action.
The Flames open the second act of league play on the road at Cleveland State (Feb. 11) and then journey to Valparaiso (Feb. 16) before returning home to face the Wright State (Feb. 21) and Detroit (Feb. 23). The match up with the Titans will be another featured doubleheader with the UIC men's squad.
February concludes with an away tilt at Youngstown State before opening the March slate at home against Green Bay, the Flames final doubleheader of the season. UIC's last regular season road trip will be a quick drive north to Milwaukee (March 7) with the season finale at home versus Loyola (March 9).
Of the Flames' 29 regular season matches, 15 of those will take place at the UIC Pavilion, including eight Horizon League showdowns. The Flames produced a stellar 13-4 home record last season, which stands as the second highest home-win total in program history.