Nov. 20, 2012
Scouting the Redbirds
Illinois State enters Wednesday’s contest with the same 1-2 record as the Flames with a victory over Morehead State and losses against Iowa and Memphis – all games being played in the Preseason WNIT. ISU was picked to finish third in the Missouri Valley Conference, receiving two first-place votes. The Redbirds return 10 letterwinners and four starters from a 2011-12 squad that earned a 19-13 overall record, placed second in the conference and advanced to the second round of Postseason WNIT.
A Consistent Story
Junior Rachel Story is one of just three Horizon League players to score 17 points or more in all of three of their team’s games so far this season (Winton, CSU and Brown, DET). She recorded 17 points in each of the first two contests against Truman State and SIUE, and then 18 points this past Sunday versus Drake. Her 17.3 points per game average leads the team and ranks sixth in the conference.
Hannemann Steps Up
Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann is taking a tremendous leap forward this season in terms of her production. She is tied for 10th among Horizon League rebounders at 7.3 boards per game and ranks tied-for-16th among all scorers with an 11.7 points-per-game average. The 11 caroms she grabbed in Sunday’s game at Drake set a new career high and stands as the first 10-plus rebounding performance for the Flames this season. She also ranks sixth in the HL with an .846 (11-of-13) FT shooting percentage.
Kobel Sets New Career Highs
Junior Emily Kobel posted a new career high with 16 points in Sunday’s match up against Drake and tied a previous all-time high with 33 minutes of play. Her six made field goals also set a new standard for the 6-foot sharpshooter and her nine rebounds were one shy of her career-best 10 set last season against SEMO.
A Day of Firsts for Freshmen
Sunday’s game against Drake was a day of firsts for many on the Flames roster. Freshmen Terri Bender and Marissa Grossfeld tallied their first career three pointers, which also serves as Grossfeld’s first career points. Freshman Caitlin Garant corralled her first collegiate rebound and freshman Imani Moore saw the court for the first time this season in four minutes of action against the Bulldogs.
Defending the Rock
Head coach Regina Miller spends a great deal of time preaching the importance of protecting the basketball and that focus seems to be paying off. Flames’ opponents are averaging 17.3 turnovers per game compared to just 14.3 for UIC. The Flames own a 1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio which ranks second in the Horizon League and also rank first in blocks per game with a 3.3 average.
Senior Taylor Foulks drilled seven three pointers (7-of-9) in a 68-61 win over SIUE last Thursday. Foulks’ seven treys was one shy of the UIC single game record of eight that she recorded on Dec. 31, 2010 at home against Cleveland State. Last season, Foulks tallied a seven three-pointer game (7-of-8) on Jan. 14, 2012, which ranked as the seventh-best single game performance in the NCAA last year. The first edition of NCAA-wide stats will be available on Nov. 26.
Oldie but Dahnke
Redshirt senior Heidi Dahnke is one of the most efficient of the Flames this season. The fifth-year player is averaging 6.3 rebounds per game (tied-for-16th in the HL) in just more than 21 minutes of play per contest. She is also averaging 3.0 offensive boards per game, helping UIC rank third in the conference with a 15.3 rebounds per game clip.
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 184, needing 55 more to claim the No. 1 spot from Hall-of-Famer Joanne McCarthy. Foulks also needs 197 points this season to be listed with the 1,000-career point scorers and just 21 more steals to enter the top 10 leaderboard for career steals (see column on lower right).
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.
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.