UIC Women's Basketball Takes on Northwestern in Evanston

Terri Bender had 10 points, seven assists and four steals in the Flames' season opener
Terri Bender had 10 points, seven assists and four steals in the Flames' season opener

Nov. 9, 2013

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UIC (0-1) at Northwestern (0-0)
 Date Sunday, Nov. 10
 Time 5 p.m. CT
 Location Evanston, Ill. | Welsh-Ryan Arena
 Live Stats Live Stats
 Game Notes UIC Flames | Northwestern Wildcats
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 2013-14 Season Stats UIC Flames | Northwestern Wildcats (2012-13 Season Stats)

Big Ten
Head Coach:
Joe McKeown (6th season)
2012-13 Record:
13-17 overall, 5-11 in Big Ten play (10th)
Series History: NW leads 16-7
Last Meeting:
UIC won 53-45 (Nov. 14, 2007 @ UIC)
UIC won the most recent meeting
Top Returning Leader in:

Points - Maggie Lyon (12.6 ppg)
Rebounds - Karly Roser (4.9 rpg)
Assists - Karly Roser (6.2 apg)
Steals - Karly Roser (1.7 spg)
Blocked Shots - Lauren Douglas (1.7 bpg)


The UIC women’s basketball program will play the first of two Big Ten opponents on its 2013-14 schedule Sunday (Nov. 10) when the Flames make the short trip north to take on Northwestern. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. inside Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston.

Briana Hinkle scored 20 points en route to a 53-45 home victory the last time UIC played Northwestern (Nov. 14, 2007). Northwestern notched a 72-57 win the last time the programs played in Evanston (Nov. 29, 2006). The Wildcats and Flames played six consecutive seasons from 2002-2007 and UIC won three of the matchups.

UIC dropped its season opener on Friday night (Nov. 8) by a final score of 80-79, on a game-winning three-pointer by St. Xavier’s Sidney Prasse with four seconds remaining. The high-scoring affair featured nine players in double figures, including UIC redshirt sophomore Ruvanna Campbell with a career-high 21 points. Senior Emily Kobel tacked on 16 points, while freshman Melita Emanuel-Carr began her Flames career with 15 points.

The Wildcats played host to Lewis University for their lone exhibition game Wednesday (Nov. 6). Northwestern defeated Lewis at Welsh-Ryan Arena, 98-57. Freshman guard Christen Inman had 21 points and senior Meghan McKeown was 4-of-4 from 3-point range. As a team, Northwestern shot 50.6 percent from the field.

This season marks head coach Joe McKeown’s sixth year with the Wildcats. Northwestern returns 10 letterwinners, three starters and two All-Big Ten honorees from the 2012-13 squad. Last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Maggie Lyon, is back for her sophomore campaign as she also was recognized as an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten pick by the media. Lyon was second on the team in scoring a year ago, and is the team’s leading scorer amongst returning players, averaging 12.6 ppg.

Point guard Karly Roser returns for her junior season as she is coming off a 2012-13 campaign where she was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection by the media after averaging career highs in points (9.4 ppg), rebounds (4.9 rpg), steals (1.7 spg) and assists (6.3 apg).

Redshirt sophomore Ruvanna Campbell scored a career-high 21 points in her UIC debut against St. Xavier. Campbell scored 11 straight points for the Flames to start the second half. She ended the night shooting 7-of-10 from the field and 7-of-13 from the foul line. Campbell added six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.

Campbell sat out the entire 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules. She spent one year with La Salle (2011-12) and ranked as the Atlantic 10’s top freshmen rebounder (7.6) and shot blocker (1.5). Campbell started 25 games for the Explorers and averaged 28.2 minutes per game.

Freshman Melita Emanuel-Carr began her Flames career with 15 points on 4-of-10 shooting against St. Xavier. She had three steals, three assists and drained two three-pointers in 23 minutes off the bench.

Emanuel-Carr is a product of Barking Abbey, one of London’s most prestigious basketball academies. She averaged 20 points, five rebounds and five steals per game her final year at Barking Abbey. Emanuel-Carr also helped Great Britain win two games in the U20 European Championship in Albena, Bulgaria.

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.

Bender played a team-high 37 minutes against St. Xavier and led UIC with four steals. Bender also tallied a team-high seven assists and added 10 points.

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 picked up three blocks, 11 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench against St. Xavier. She owns 40 career blocks and needs 25 more this season to enter the program’s Top 10.

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). Kobel drained a three in all but five games during the entire 2012-13 season.

Kobel continued her sharp shooting in the 2013-14 season opener against St. Xavier. She drained 4-of-11 shots from three-point range and finished with 16 points. Kobel needs 14 more made three-pointers to enter the program’s Top 10.

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.

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.

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).