Women's Basketball Set To Host Idaho State Friday

Freshman Melita Emanuel-Carr is averaging 12.5 points and 2.5 steals per contest
Freshman Melita Emanuel-Carr is averaging 12.5 points and 2.5 steals per contest

Nov. 13, 2013

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Idaho State (2-0) at UIC (0-2)
 Date Friday, Nov. 15
 Time 7 p.m. CT
 Location Chicago, Ill. | UIC Pavilion
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Big Sky
Head Coach:
Seton Sobolewski (6th season)
2012-13 Record:
18-13 overall, 13-7 in the Big Sky (5th)
Series History:
First Meeting
2013-14 Leader in:

Points - Jessica Tingey (11.5 ppg)
Rebounds - Jessica Tingey (12.0 rpg)
Assists - Lindsey Reed (2.0 apg)
Steals - Jessica Tingey (1.5 spg)
Blocked Shots - Kara Jenkins (1.0 bpg)


The UIC women's basketball team (0-2) plays host to Idaho State (2-0) Friday night (Nov. 15). The meeting is the Flames' first with the Bengals, who made a trip to the WNIT last season. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside the UIC Pavilion.

UIC hung tough with Northwestern in the first half before the Wildcats pulled away for a 79-63 victory Sunday (Nov. 10) at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Flames had 23 offensive rebounds and outrebounded the Wildcats 47-40 but committed nine more turnovers (24-15). Senior Katie Hannemann and sophomore Ruvanna Campbell both had 14 points for the Flames.

The Bengals played host to Carroll College (Mont.) Monday (Nov. 11). Jessica Tingey scored her second consecutive double-double and Idaho State defeated Carroll, 61-48. The game was the last home game until the Bengals host North Dakota on Jan. 9. The Bengals will play nine consecutive games on the road starting Friday.

This season marks head coach Seton Sobolewski's sixth year with the Bengals. The Bengals went 18-13 in 2012-13 and ISU has averaged 20 wins over the past three seasons. Idaho State qualified for the WNIT last season, losing to BYU in the first round. Sobolewski led the Bengals to the 2011-12 NCAA Tournament, where No. 14 Idaho State fell to No. 3 Miami.

Idaho State lost seven players this offseason but return two starters from 2012-13 in Lindsey Reed (10.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and Kara Jenkins (3.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg). ISU also has eight newcomers on the roster this season.

Redshirt sophomore Ruvanna Campbell has made an immediate impact at UIC after sitting out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules. The 6-foot-3 forward has averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 blocks over the first two games of the season. In the Horizon League, Campbell ranks fifth in scoring, eighth in rebounding, ninth in assists, third in blocks and second in offensive rebounds (4.0 per game).

Campbell collected her first career double-double at Northwestern with 14 points and 11 rebounds. It was the first UIC double-double since Feb. 21, 2013 (Katie Hannemann, 35p/15r vs. Wright State). Campbell's double-double followed a career-high 21 points in her UIC debut against St. Xavier.

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 has shown confidence beyond her years over the first two games of the season. Emanuel-Carr has scored in double figures twice (12.5 ppg) and ranks eighth in the Horizon League with 2.5 steals per contest. She has also hit 50 percent of her three-point attempts (3-of-6), which ranks fifth in the conference.

Emanuel-Carr had 10 points on 2-of-6 shooting at Northwestern and began her Flames career with 15 points against St. Xavier. She had three steals against St. Xavier and two more swipes at Northwestern. She has played 22.5 minutes per contest off Regina Miller's 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. She has continued her rapid development thus far into the 2013-14 season. Bender ranks fifth in the Horizon League in assists (4.5 apg) and second in steals (3.0 spg). 

Bender fouled out at Northwestern with nine points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. She 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 against the Cougars.

Bender stood as the only Horizon League freshmen to average more than 6.3 points, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 2012-13. She also ranked in the top four in all three categories among League rookies.

Senior Megan Wallace is the Horizon League's returning blocks leader as she led the team with 37 blocked shots last season. She has served as a productive reserve off Regina Miller's bench thus far into the 2013-14 season. Wallace ranks fourth in the Horizon League in blocks (2.0 bpg) and fourth in offensive rebounds (3.0 per game). She has also shot a team-high 46.2 percent from the floor (6-of-13) and contributed 6.5 rebounds over 20 minutes a contest.

Wallace had six rebounds and one blocked shot at Northwestern. In the season opener against St. Xavier, Wallace collected 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. She owns 41 career blocks and needs 24 more this season to enter the program's Top 10.

Senior Emily Kobel nearly doubled her offensive output from 2011-12 (4.9 ppg) to 2012-13 (7.9 ppg). She has come close to accomplishing the same feat over the first two games of the 2013-14 season. Kobel has started both contests and averaged 13.0 points per game, good for 11th in the Horizon League.

Kobel has averaged two steals and two made three-pointers over a team-high 34.5 minutes per game. She ranks second in the conference in made three-pointers and ninth in steals.

Kobel had 10 points against Northwestern for the 17th double-digit performance of her career. Kobel also sank a career-high four free throws against Northwestern. She drained 4-of-11 shots from three-point range against St. Xavier and finished with 16 points. Kobel (93 career three-pointers) needs 14 more made three-pointers to enter the program's Top 10.

Senior Katie Hannemann ranked ninth in the Horizon League with 6.9 rebounds per game last season on her way to being voted Second Team All-League. Hannemann's 3.8 offensive rebounds per game ranked second in the conference.

Hannemann has continued her excellence on the glass as she has averaged 6.5 rebounds over the first two games of the 2013-14 season. Once again, she ranks second in the conference in offensive rebounds (4.0 per contest).

Hannemann collected her 28th career double-digit scoring effort at Northwestern with 14 points. She added seven rebounds, including four offensive, against the Wildcats. Hannemann tallied six rebounds in the season opener against St. Xavier, including four offensive caroms. Hannemann has also drained all six of her free throws this season after hitting 67.5 percent of her charity stripe attempts last season.

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 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).