Women's Basketball Opens Regular Season Against St. Xavier

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
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

Nov. 6, 2013

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St. Xavier (0-0, 0-0) at UIC (0-0, 0-0)
 Date Friday, Nov. 8
 Time 7 p.m. CT
 Location Chicago, Ill. | UIC Pavilion
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Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Head Coach:
Bob Hallberg (14th season)
2012 Record:
25-7 overall, 17-5 in the CCAC (2nd)
Top Returning Leader in:

Points - Morgan Stuut (17.8 ppg)
Rebounds - Morgan Stuut (11.3 rpg)
Assists - Morgan Stuut (3.4 apg)
Steals - Jordan Brandt (2.4 spg)
Blocked Shots - Morgan Stuut (1.3 bpg)


The 43rd season of the UIC women’s basketball program will begin on Friday, Nov. 8 as the Flames host St. Xavier inside the UIC Pavilion at 7 p.m. 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.

UIC went on a 29-9 run to finish the first half and ultimately pulled away for a 94-63 victory over Elmhurst College in an exhibition game Saturday (Nov. 2) at the UIC Pavilion. UIC collected 25 steals against Elmhurst, including 17 in the first half. Overall, the Flames forced 42 Bluejay turnovers. Sophomore center Caitlin Garant led all players with 20 points and four other Flames were in double-figures, including sophomore Terri Bender (18), senior Emily Kobel (16), freshman Melita Emanuel-Carr (13) and senior Katie Hannemann (13).

St. Xavier received a No. 9 ranking in the NAIA Top 25 Preseason Poll. The Cougars return four starters from last year’s squad including NAIA First Team All-American and CCAC Player of the Year Morgan Stuut (17.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game). Stuut had 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 101-59 exhibition loss at DePaul (Oct. 29).

Last year, SXU compiled a 25-7 overall record and finished second overall in the CCAC regular season standings with a 17-5 mark. The Cougars finished the regular season ranked No. 18 in the final NAIA Top 25 Poll and qualified for the second round of NAIA Division II National Championships.

Head coach Bob Hallberg is in his 14th season at SXU and has led the Cougars to 11 straight NAIA National Tournaments. Hallberg was the head coach of the UIC men’s basketball program for nine seasons (1987-96) and compiled a 134-128 overall record.

Seniors Katie Hannemann and Rachel Story were voted Preseason First Team All-Horizon League. Additionally, UIC received three first-place votes in the poll and was picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League’s preseason poll by the League’s head coaches, SIDs and media members.

Both Hannemann and Story are coming off stellar years in 2012-13. Hannemann was voted Second Team All-League while Story 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.

Hannemann led the team in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and ranked second in scoring (13.6 ppg). Hannemann tallied 22 double-digit scoring performances and five 20-point outings. She shot a team-best .502 from the floor and ranked fifth in the Horizon League. Hannemann’s 3.8 offensive rebounds per game ranked second in the conference.

Story led the team in scoring and ranked sixth in the Horizon League at 15.6 points per game. She also tallied a 3.7 assists per game average, which led the team and ranked ninth in the conference. Story served as the conference’s highest scoring newcomer and was one of just six players in the conference to finish the season with 11 20-point outings.

Sophomore Terri Bender had an outstanding rookie season as she started 23 games at point guard for UIC last year. Bender stood as the only Horizon League freshmen to average more than 6.3 points, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game. She also ranked in the top four in all three categories among League rookies.

Amongst all returning League players, Bender ranked sixth and eighth in steals and assists, respectively. She was twice honored as the Horizon League Newcomer of the Week (Dec. 31 & Jan. 14). Bender recorded two 20-point efforts, at Loyola on Jan. 12 (20) and against Valparaiso on Jan. 19 (22).

Senior transfer Megan Wallace made an immediate impact at UIC last season. She played in all 30 games and started 13 contests. Wallace is the League’s returning blocks leader as she led the team with 37 blocked shots.

Wallace became the first UIC player in nearly four years (Jan. 14, 2009) to block five shots in one game with five swats against Indiana State on Dec. 7, 2012. Wallace carried a streak of 10 games where she managed at least one blocked shot (Dec. 1 - Jan. 9). She also shot a team-high .733 from the free throw line.

Senior Emily Kobel’s effectiveness from beyond the arc helped her nearly double her offensive output from 2011-12 to 2012-13. She led the team with 50 made three pointers and ranked fourth in scoring (7.9 ppg).

Amongst all returning League players, Kobel ranked ninth in both threes per game (1.7) and three-point field goal percentage (.327). She posted 11 double-digit scoring performances and drained a three in all but five games during the entire 2012-13 season. Kobel needs 18 more made three-pointers to enter the program’s Top 10.

UIC head coach Regina Miller brought in four newcomers, freshmen Teodora Zagorac and Melita Emanuel-Carr as well as sophomore transfer Amber Johnson and walk-on Jocelyn Parks. The Flames will 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 (2011-12) and ranked as the Atlantic 10’s top freshman rebounder (7.6 rpg) and shot blocker (1.5 bpg). Zagorac, a 6-foot-3 power forward, will add considerable depth to UIC’s already talented crop of frontcourt players. Emanuel-Carr, a 5-foot-10 guard, is a product of Barking Abbey - one of London’s most prestigious basketball academies.

Johnson comes to UIC after helping Louisburg cut down the nets at the NJCAA D-II National Championship last season. Parks was a four-sport letterwinner at Von Steuben High School in basketball, volleyball, softball and soccer.

UIC head coach Regina Miller added two new assistant coaches to the program over the summer. Eric Simpson, who served as the head coach at Loyola 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.

Simpson guided Loyola to their first-ever Horizon League Championship game this past March. The Chicago native and graduate of Northwestern (1994) spent the last seven years at Loyola, including the final four seasons as head coach, where he compiled a record of 57-66 (.463).

Sardin spent last season on the Mt. Olive College coaching staff. As an assistant coach at Mt. Olive, Sardin helped the Trojans compile an 18-12 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Championship, marking their second-ever postseason berth.

The 2013-14 schedule features 13 regular season home games, two matchups with Big Ten programs and a trip to Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout. The Flames will also play five contests against in-state opponents and begin Horizon League play on Jan. 8, when UIC travels to Green Bay, an NCAA tournament participant in 2012-13.

Ten of UIC’s 29 games are against programs that advanced to a postseason tournament during the 2012-13 campaign. In addition to Green Bay (NCAA), the Flames play four teams that participated in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) (Idaho State, Miami Ohio, Youngstown State and Butler) and two programs that competed in the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) (SIUE and Detroit).