Nov. 14, 2012
Scouting the Cougars
The Flames hold the all-times series against SIUE, 4-1, but the Cougars won last year’s matchup by a final of 63-57. SIUE won its first game of the 2012-13 season at IPFW last Sunday as senior post player Raven Berry recorded an impressive 23 points and 16 rebounds. SIUE outscored IPFW, 45-28, in the second half after finding themselves down 10 at halftime.
Familiar Foe For Gonsalves
UIC’s new assistant coach Laura Gonsalves might be a little bit more familiar with Thursday’s opponent than the other coaches on staff. Gonsalves recently spent four years with the SIUE before coming to UIC as she helped last year’s Cougar’s compete in its first ever Division-I postseason tournament (WBI) and an overall record of 18-12.
Despite graduating more than 70 percent of its offense from last season, the 2012-13 Flames were tabbed sixth in the Horizon League preseason poll. The 70-plus percent deficit is the largest in the conference (WSU ranks eighth at 40 percent) as they also rank last in returning rebounds, assists and minutes played. UIC also stands as the most inexperienced team in the Horizon League with six freshmen and eight newcomers.
Career High for Hannemann
Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann tallied a career high of 14 points in the Flames season-opening loss to Truman State last Friday night. The 6-foot center shot 5-of-7 from the field and drained 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Hannemann also led the Flames in rebounding with seven, which including five on the offensive end. In the Flames two exhibition games, Hannemann averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 boards per contest.
Foulks Looks for Career Season
Senior guard Taylor Foulks has her sights set on numerous UIC career leaderboards as she begins her final season as a Flame. She currently ranks fifth on the all-time made threes list with 176, needing 63 more to claim the No. 1 spot from Hall-of-Famer Joanne McCarthy. Foulks also needs 221 points this season to be listed with the 1,000-career point scorers and just 24 more steals to enter the top 10 leaderboard for career steals (see column on lower right).
A Story Starter
Junior Rachel Story had an impressive Flames debut last Friday night against Truman State, totaling 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Story transferred to UIC last year after spending two seasons at Louisville and helped the Cardinals reach the NCAA “Sweet 16” her sophomore year. In the Flames’ two exhibition games, Story averaged 18.5 points and 3.5 assists per contest.
The 2012-13 Flames welcome eight total newcomers to the team and two new additions to the staff. Junior Megan Wallace comes to UIC from Walters State junior college where she helped her team to a 50-10 record over two years. Sophomore Ruvanna Campbell transferred from La Salle where she led all A-10 freshmen in rebounding (7.6) and blocks (1.5), but will sit out the entire season due to NCAA rules. The incoming freshmen include guards Terri Bender and Marissa Grossfeld, forwards Imani Moore, Ariel Sneed and Isis Haywood and center Caitlin Bogan. The new staffers include assistant coach Laura Gonsalves and Director of Operations Lindsay Scarlatelli.
UIC head coach Regina Miller returns for her second season as the Flames general after producing 18 wins in her first year, a program best for a new head coach. Eighteen wins also stands as the second-most victories in team history as the Flames picked up its first Horizon League Tournament win last year since 2006-07 with a 66-53 quarterfinal win over Butler at home.
The UIC Pavilion recently received a facelift with the installation of a new basketball court. The hardwood features a red boarder surrounding the playing area and showcases UICFLAMES.COM in-between the home and visitor bench. NBA-style shot clocks were also installed as well as NBA backstops on the hoops.