Women's Basketball Opens Regular Season Against St. Xavier
Nov. 6, 2013
UIC Game Notes
A LOOK AT ST. XAVIER
UIC GAME NOTES
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
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.
HANNEMANN AND STORY EARN PRESEASON HONORS; UIC PICKED FORTH
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.
BENDER IMPRESSES AS A FRESHMAN
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).
WALLACE GUARDS THE HOOP
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.
KOBEL FROM DOWNTOWN
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.
NEW TO THE SCENE
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.
TWO NEW ASSISTANT COACHES
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.
STRONG SCHEDULE LIES AHEAD
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).