Women's Basketball Seeks Second Straight Win Over SIUE

Rachel Story scored 17 points and UIC defeated SIUE, 68-61, on Nov. 15, 2012 at the UIC Pavilion
Rachel Story scored 17 points and UIC defeated SIUE, 68-61, on Nov. 15, 2012 at the UIC Pavilion

Nov. 18, 2013


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UIC (1-2) at SIUE (1-2)
 Date Wednesday, Nov. 20
 Time 7 p.m. CT
 Location Edwardsville, Ill. | Vadalabene Center
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 2013-14 Season Stats UIC Flames | SIUE Cougars

Ohio Valley
Head Coach:
Paula Buscher (2nd season)
2012-13 Record:
16-15 overall, 9-7 in the Ohio Valley (3rd West)
Series History:
UIC leads 5-1
Last Meeting: UIC 68, SIUE 61 (Nov. 15, 2012 @UIC)
Streak: UIC won the last meeting
2013-14 Leader in:

Points - Coco Moore (16.3 ppg)
Rebounds - Tierny Austin (6.0 rpg)
Assists - Coco Moore (2.7 apg)
Steals - Coco Moore (2.3 spg)
Blocked Shots - Allyssa Decker (1.7 bpg)


UIC (1-2) seeks its second straight victory over in-state rival SIUE (1-2) when the Flames visit the Cougars Wednesday (Nov. 20). The contest is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start inside the Vadalabene Center. Last season, Rachel Story scored 17 points and UIC defeated SIUE, 68-61, on Nov. 15, 2012 at the UIC Pavilion.

UIC had four players record double-digit scoring efforts and overcame a four-point halftime deficit to defeat Idaho State, 70-62, for its first win of the 2013-14 season Friday night (Nov. 15) at the UIC Pavilion. Idaho State (2-1) has averaged 20 wins over the last three seasons and made a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12. The Bengals won 18 games last season and earned a spot in the WNIT.

The Cougars (1-2) picked up their first win of the season Saturday against UMKC, 79-76. Tierny Austin hit a pair of free throws with 18.4 seconds left and CoCo Moore scored a career-high 23 points.

SIUE went 16-15 last season in head coach Paula Buscher’s first season at the helm. Moore is averaging a team-high 16.3 points per game while Austin contributes 13.3 points per contest. Austin was tabbed as a member of the 2013-14 preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team. SIUE was picked to finish second in the OVC West Division behind UT Martin.

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 15.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals over the first three games of the season. In the Horizon League, Campbell ranks eighth in scoring, fifth in rebounding, eighth in assists, third in blocks and third in offensive rebounds (4.3 per game).

Campbell collected her second consecutive double-double against Idaho State with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Campbell added two assists and two steals in another all-around solid performance.

She had 14 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double at Northwestern and poured in a career-high 21 points in the season-opener against St. Xavier. Her three block effort at Northwestern is the Horizon League’s best performance thus far.

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.

Senior Rachel Story led UIC in scoring last season 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.

Story sat out the first two contests of the 2013-14 season and debuted in a big way against Idaho State. She poured in a team-high 18 points in 36 minutes off the bench. It was the 25th double-digit scoring effort of her UIC career. Story hit 7-of-10 free throws and 3-of-8 attempts from beyond the arc. She also collected a game-high four steals.

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 ranks fifth in the Horizon League with 9.3 rebounds per game. Additionally, she ranks fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds (4.0 per contest).

Hannemann tied a career high by pulling down 15 rebounds against Idaho State. Hannemann was the last UIC player to grab 15 rebounds on Feb. 21, 2013 against Wright State. The performance ranks as the second highest in the conference thus far.

She also hit 8-of-12 free throw attempts and finished with 12 points for the sixth double-double of her career. Hannemann is averaging 10 points per contest this season and scored a season-high 14 points at Northwestern. Hannemann has also drained 14 of her 18 free throw attempts this season. Her .778 free throw percentage ranks eighth in the conference.

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 (4.0 apg) and seventh in steals (2.0 spg). 

Bender contributed a season-high 12 points and a team-high three assists against Idaho State. She had 10 points, seven assists and four steals in the season-opener against St. Xavier. Bender is scoring 10.3 points per contest after averaging 6.3 per game last season.

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 Emily Kobel nearly doubled her scoring from 2011-12 (4.9 ppg) to 2012-13 (7.9 ppg). Kobel’s effectiveness from beyond the three-point arc helped her improve her offensive output.

This season, Kobel has started all three contests and averaged 11.7 points per game, good for 17th in the Horizon League. She ranks fifth in the conference with 2.3 three-pointers made per contest.

Kobel drained 3-of-11 attempts from three-point land against Idaho State and finished with nine points. Her 11 three-point attempts against both St. Xavier and Idaho State are the most in a single game in the conference. Kobel (97 career three-pointers) needs 11 more three-pointers to enter the program’s Top 10.

Kobel has also averaged 1.7 steals and a team-high 34.3 minutes per game. She ranks tenth in the Horizon League in steals and sixth in minutes played. Kobel has averaged 2.2 rebounds per game over her career but is grabbing 6.0 caroms per game this season.

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 (1.3 bpg) and ninth in offensive rebounds (2.3 per game). Her three-block effort against St. Xavier is the conference’s best effort thus far.

Wallace has also shot a team-high 46.2 percent from the floor (6-of-13) and contributed 5.0 rebounds over 15.7 minutes a contest. Wallace led the Flames in free-throw percentage last season (.733) and ranks tenth in the conference this season (.750).

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.

Freshman Melita Emanuel-Carr has shown confidence beyond her years over the first three games of the season. Emanuel-Carr has scored in double figures twice (9.7 ppg) and ranks tenth in the Horizon League with 1.7 steals per contest. She has also hit 50 percent of her three-point attempts (3-of-6), which ranks fourth in the conference.

Emanuel-Carr had 10 points 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 18.7 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.

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.

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.

Nine 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 one program that competed in the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) (Detroit).