Women's Basketball Hosts Elmhurst College for Exhibition Game Saturday|
Oct. 31, 2013
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CHICAGO - The UIC women’s basketball team will kick off the 2013-14 season with an exhibition game against Elmhurst College on Saturday. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. CT inside the UIC Pavilion. Fans can listen to the game live on UICFlames.com as Justin Weiner and Sam Panayotovich call the action.
With nine letterwinners, three starters and 82 percent of their offense returning, the Flames are poised for a strong year in Regina Miller’s third season as head coach. Earlier this week, UIC was picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League’s preseason poll by the League’s head coaches, SIDs and media members.
“Our offseason was extremely productive and we are eager to finally see other jerseys,” said head coach Regina Miller. “The NCAA allowed teams to practice during the summer for the first time and that skill development has improved our preparations for the season. We also adapted the offense to fit our returning players and there is a lot of excitement surrounding the program.”
The contest will give UIC fans their first look at the 2013-14 squad, which is headlined by seniors Katie Hannemann and Rachel Story. The duo was voted to the Horizon League’s Preseason First-Team Monday after receiving the same honor two weeks earlier by College Sports Madness.
Both Hannemann and Story are coming off stellar years in 2012-13. Hannemann (13.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 31.3 mpg) was voted Second Team All-League while Story (15.6 ppg, 3.7 apg, 36.3 mpg) was selected to the All-Newcomer squad. The duo combined to average nearly 30 points per game and led the Flames in scoring in 24 of their 29 regular season contests.
Other seniors Megan Wallace and Emily Kobel will provide a solid inside/outside threat for the Flames. Wallace (4.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 bpg) collected 13 starts last season and is the Horizon League’s top returning shot blocker. Meanwhile, Kobel (7.9 ppg) led the Flames with 50 made three pointers and ranked 12th in the Horizon League in three-point field goal percentage (.327).
Sophomore Terri Bender started 23 games at point guard as a freshman and was one of the best newcomers in the Horizon League last season. Named Horizon League Newcomer of the Week twice, Bender stood as the only League freshmen to average more than 6.3 points, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
The Flames also welcome the services of redshirt sophomore forward Ruvanna Campbell, a transfer from La Salle who sat out the entire 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Campbell spent one year with La Salle in 2011-12 and ranked as the Atlantic 10’s top freshman rebounder (7.6 rpg) and shot blocker (1.5 bpg).
Miller added two new assistant coaches to the program over the summer. Eric Simpson, who served as the head coach at Loyola University Chicago the past four seasons, and Tiffany Sardin, a Chicago native and three-year captain for the University of Virginia, joined the coaching staff in July 2013.
Elmhurst College went 11-14 last season and finished fifth in the CCIW. Fiona McMahon and Karen Senette both earned all-conference honors for the Bluejays. McMahon posted per game averages of 14.0 points and 9.5 rebounds last year while Senette contributed 8.5 points and 3.5 assists. Head coach Tethnie Carrillo enters her seventh season as the Bluejays’ leader.
This is the first meeting between the schools in 39 years. The Flames and Bluejays played in consecutive seasons (1973-74 & 1974-75) and UIC was victorious in both contests.
The regular season opener is set for Friday, Nov. 8, when St. Xavier visits the UIC Pavilion. The Flames make a short trip to Evanston two days later (Nov. 10) to take on Big Ten program Northwestern.