Women's Basketball Begins 2012-13 Quest with First Official Practice
Oct. 2, 2012
CHICAGO – Following one of its most successful campaigns in program history, the UIC women’s basketball team and head coach Regina Miller kicked off the 2012-13 season with its first official practice on Tuesday morning. Many new faces appear on the court and sidelines for the Flames as they look ahead toward a challenging non-conference and Horizon League slate.
In her first-year at the helm, Miller led the Flames to the second-most wins in program history with an 18-13 record. UIC made an appearance in the semifinal round of the Horizon League Tournament for the first time in five years with a quarterfinal win over Butler. Although the Flames lost more than 70 percent of their offense from last season, Miller is confident that her squad will develop into a very competitive team.
“Overall I was pleased with today’s practice,” said Miller. “With eight freshmen there’s a learning curve so we ran a very fundamental practice. One thing I challenge them with is playing through drills at game speed and some aren’t familiar with that yet. We have many more practices to go and our goal is to have some level of improvement each day and I think we’ll be fine.”
Ten newcomers including eight freshmen spotlight UIC’s roster this season, severing as the youngest team in the Horizon League. Miller also welcomes two new staff members in assistant coach Laura Gonsalves and Director of Basketball Operations Lindsay Scarlatelli.
Taylor Foulks and Heidi Dahnke stand as the lone seniors on this year’s squad as they look to guide the underclassmen. Foulks enters her final campaign as one the best three-point shooters in program history, ranking fifth on the all-time made treys list with 176. She needs 63 threes this season to overtake UIC Hall of Famer Joanne McCarthy (238) as the Flames’ most prolific outside shooter. Dahnke hopes to build upon her most productive season from last year as she started more than half of the team’s games and averaged 20 minutes of action per contest.
Katie Hannemann, Emily Kobel, Rachel Story and Megan Wallace comprise the four junior on the 2012-13 roster. Hannemann is in her third year of eligibility and fourth year with the program after being red-shirted in freshman season. Last year she provided UIC with quality depth in the post, averaging 3.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Kobel displayed her remarkable deep-threat ability in 2011-12 as she drilled 36-of-98 (.367) long balls, a percentage that ranked fifth among all league players. Story will begin her Flames’ career after spending two seasons with Louisville and sitting out last year due to NCAA transfer rules. Wallace comes to UIC from Walters State Junior College where helped the Senators to a 28-4 record last season and an NJCAA Region VII Championship. She earned first-team All-Conference at WSJC, averaging 8.1 points and 7.1 boards per game.
Two sophomores are represented on the Flames’ roster in Gisselle Truiett and Ruvanna Campbell. Truiett played in 21 games as a freshman and provided UIC with valuable depth at both the guard and forward positions. At the 2011-12 end of the year banquet, she was honored with the Coaches Award which is given to the player who best exemplifies the standards and expectations of the program. Campbell is a transfer from LaSalle where she led all Atlantic 10 freshmen in rebounding (7.6) and blocked shots (1.5). The Chicago native was a McDonald’s All-American nomine playing for Crane High School, but must sit out the entire 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
The eight incoming freshmen ranks as the highest set of newcomers in the conference which includes Ariel Sneed, Terri Bender, Jemia Carpenter, Stephanie Schmid, Imani Moore, Marissa Grossfeld, Caitlin Garant and Isis Haywood.
UIC will see its first game action on Oct. 28 in an exhibition contest against St. Joseph’s College at the Flames Athletic Center as regular season play begins on Nov. 9 versus Truman State inside the UIC Pavilion.