Nov. 19, 2011
Bailey Goes For 30, Again
In Friday’s win over St. Louis, senior Jasmine Bailey scored a career-high tying 30 points for the second consecutive game. The last time a UIC player posted back-to-back 30-point games was Penny Armstrong in the 1994-95 season. Bailey’s 30 tallies was her fifth consecutive double-digit scoring output and her fourth 20-plus point performance in the last five contests dating back to last season. Her total is also the highest single game output among all Horizon League players so far this season. The St. Louis native currently ranks 14th all-time on the career scoring leaderboard with 1,064 points.
Flames, Miller Stay Unbeaten
UIC improved to 3-0 on the season in a 68-60 win over St. Louis this past Friday, making this the best start for the Flames since 2008. Green Bay, Loyola and Wright State join UIC as the only undefeated teams in the Horizon League. Head coach Regina Miller also remains unbeaten as a UIC mentor, tying Lisa Ryckbosch for the best start for a first-year Flames head coach. Ryckbosch won her first three games in the 2002-03 season with an opening win at Big Ten-foe Northwestern.
Hannemann Has Career Night
Redshirt sophomore Katie Hannemann posted the best game of her career this past Friday as she recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both marks were career highs as it was her first career double-double. The center shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and hit 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
A League of Her Own
Senior Jasmine Bailey is the only player in the Horizon League to rank in the top three in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots. The forward owns the highest points per game average with 26 and is tied for first in assists with 4.7. Bailey’s 1.7 blocks per contest is in a two-way tie for second and her 9.3 rebounds per game ranks third. She is also tied for third in steals with a 3.0 average.
Strickland Steps it Up a Notch
Senior Kiara Strickland has elevated her game this season after being known as a role player her first three years. Through three games this season, Strickland is averaging 16 points and five boards per game, starting all three affairs. She leads the team in made field goals and minutes played with 22 and 117, respectively. Prior to this year, the Minneapolis native was averaging 3.2 ppg and 2.1 rpg with just eight total starts.
Don’t Miss the Second Act
The Flames are quickly becoming known for their second half heroics as they have pulled away from all three opponents down the final stretch. In the second half versus St. Louis, UIC out-shot the Billikens by over 33 percent going 11-for-19 and scoring 40 points compared to SLU’s 32. On the season, the Flames have outscored their foes 120-87 after edging them in the first stanza 78-75.
Quality Time at the Charity Stripe
A factor to UIC’s success in close games this season has been its ability to get to the free throw line. The Flames pilot the conference attempts and makes with 82 and 60, respectively, while ranking fourth in percentage with a .732 clip. In Friday’s win over SLU, Jasmine Bailey appeared at the line 19 times, sinking 16. Both marks lead the league among single game performances. So far this season Bailey is 33-of-42 from the free throw line.
Bailey on the Boards
Senior Jasmine Bailey owns 746 career rebounds and currently ranks sixth on UIC’s all-time leader board. She needs 319 this season to claim the top spot from Lisa Thomas (1975-79) who has 1,065. Last year, Bailey corralled 279 boards which became the 10th highest total in Flames’ single-season history. The St. Louis, Mo., native, paced the team in rebounding in each of her three seasons and is the Horizon League’s second leading returner rebounder from a year ago. Currently, the senior ranks third in the conference with 9.3 boards per game.
Top of Their Class
Seniors Jasmine Bailey and Shamiea Green are the highest scoring duo in the Horizon League with 2,057 combined career points. The pair also has the opportunity to become UIC’s highest scoring tandem in program history as the top spot is currently held by LaShonda Grant (2002-06) and Krystal Hugelier (2003-06) who have combined for 2,635 points.
Green Needs 7 to Become No. 17
Senior Shamiea Green needs just seven points to join teammate Jasmine Bailey in the 1,000-point club. When Green hits the mark she will become the 17th player in program history to achieve the feat. In her first two games of the season, Green has 22 points for an average of 11 per game, ranking third on the team.
Junior Taylor Foulks has been a consistent three-point threat for the Flames the past two seasons and her numbers prove it. Last year Foulks drilled 65 shots beyond the arc, which is the fourth-highest single season mark in school history. Her career total of 123 threes ranks sixth in program annals, needing just five more to move into the fifth spot. Foulks displays no hesitation either as her 201 attempts last season broke a 17-year old UIC record for most three-point shot attempts in a single season.
The Horizon League recently announced its preseason poll and All-League teams. Senior Jasmine Bailey was voted to the first team, while senior Shamiea Green was picked for the second team, making UIC the only school to be represented on both squads. The Flames were tabbed to finish fifth in the Horizon League, the same spot they tied for last season.
NCAA Mandates Nix to Miss First Four Games of the Season
NCAA Rules and Regulations require that Cree Nix sit out the first four regular season games due to her participation in exhibition games while at Lipscomb University. Nix will be eligible to see action when UIC competes against Central Methodist on November 25, 2011.
Grad School for Green
Senoir Shamiea Green completed her undergrad this past May with a degree in Criminal Justice retaining, one year of eligibility due to a medical redshirt her freshman season. Green is currently enrolled in graduate school in the Educational Policy Studies and Instructional Leadership program with aspirations of finishing in one year.