Women's Basketball Hosts Halloween Hoops Game on Sunday

Senior Heidi Dahnke
Senior Heidi Dahnke

Oct. 25, 2012

CHICAGO – The UIC women’s basketball team will kick off the 2012 season with a Halloween Hoops exhibition game against St. Joseph’s College on Sunday at 3 p.m. CT inside the Flames Athletic Center.  The event will be free to the public and children are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume as candy and special prizes will be handed out.

“We’re excited to play someone in a different jersey,” said head coach Regina Miller.  “I’m also excited to see what sort of costumes will be in attendance.  Chicago loves Halloween so I think there will be some funny characters in the crowd.”

The contest will give UIC fans its first look of the 2012-13 squad as many new faces surround the team, including nine newcomers and two staff members.  Last season the Flames posted the second highest win total in program history with a record of 18-13, while compiling a home mark of 13-4.

Despite losing more than 70 percent of their offense from 2011-12, the Flames were shown respect in the Horizon League preseason poll with a sixth-place ranking.  Taylor Foulks and Heidi Dahnke are the lone seniors on this year’s team as look to provide veteran leadership to the crop of six freshmen. 

St. Joseph’s finished last season with a 14-13 record and has been selected by the Great Lakes Valley Conference to place seventh overall for the upcoming season. SJC returns junior guard Jasmyne Reynolds, who saw action in all 27 games last season and averaged 6.2 points per contest. The Pumas will also rely on senior Porcha Harris, to have a successful season, as well as freshman Courtney Kvachkoff and two other members of the recruiting class. Head coach Brandon Turner enters his fourth season as the Puma’s leader, after beginning his career in 2007 as the men's assistant coach.

Sunday’s game will be the first of two open exhibitions for the Flames this preseason as they host Illinois-Springfield on Nov. 2 at the UIC Pavilion.