Women's Basketball Seeks Third Consecutive Victory

Senior Katie Hannemann has posted back-to-back double-doubles
Senior Katie Hannemann has posted back-to-back double-doubles

Nov. 22, 2013


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Miami Ohio (1-2) at UIC (2-2)
 Date Saturday, Nov. 23
 Time 3 p.m. CT
 Location Chicago, Ill. | UIC Pavilion
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Head Coach:
Cleve Wright (1st season)
2012-13 Record:
19-13 overall, 10-6 in MAC play (3rd/East)
2012-13 Postseason: WNIT (L, 73-60 at Illinois in first round)
Series History:
MU leads 1-0
Last Meeting: MU won 61-57 (Dec. 28, 1984 @UIC)
2013-14 Leader in:

Points – Nicole Anderson (12.3 ppg)
Rebounds - Nicole Anderson (11.0 rpg)
Assists – Kindsay Brandt (2.6 apg)
Steals – Hannah Robertson (1.3 spg)
Blocked Shots – Kelsey Simon (0.6 bpg)


UIC (2-2) seeks its third straight victory Saturday (Nov. 23) when the Flames play host to Miami Ohio (1-2). The contest is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start inside the UIC Pavilion. UIC’s last three-game win streak came from Feb. 9-16, 2012.

Rachel Story scored a game-high 27 points, one off her career high, and UIC cruised to a 88-65 road victory over SIUE (1-3) Wednesday night (Nov. 20). The Flames had five players in double figures and shot 8-of-17 from three-point land against the Cougars. UIC dominated the glass as the Flames outrebounded the Cougars, 49-30. UIC collected 19 offensive rebounds and the Flames held SIUE to 38.5 percent shooting.

The RedHawks won their first game of the season Saturday (Nov. 16) against Chicago State, 55-39. Miami Ohio previously fell to Eastern Kentucky and Horizon League member Wright State. Wright State scored 52 second half points and defeated the RedHawks, 90-63, on Nov. 12.

Cleve Wright is in his first season as head coach after spending the past 11 seasons at Gannon. Miami returned three starters from last year's squad that made a trip to the WNIT, losing to Illinois in the first round. Six-foot-one freshman forward Nicole Anderson leads the RedHawks with 12.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest.

The strong play of Ruvanna Campbell, Katie Hannemann, Megan Wallace and Emily Kobel this season has allowed UIC to dominate opponents inside the paint. UIC ranks first in the Horizon League in both rebounding margin (+10.3) and offensive rebounds (20.5 per game).

The Flames also rank second in both defensive rebounds (26.5 per game) and blocks (3.5 per game). UIC’s strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 75.0 points per contest, good for second in the Horizon League behind Wright State (80.5 ppg).

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 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 blocks over the first four games of the season. In the Horizon League, Campbell ranks ninth in scoring, fourth in rebounding, second in blocks and third in offensive rebounds (5.0 per game).

Campbell collected her third consecutive double-double at SIUE with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Campbell, who had seven offensive rebounds, added two blocks against the Cougars.

Campbell leads the Horizon League in both double-doubles (3) and 10-plus rebound performances (3). Her three block effort at Northwestern is the Horizon League’s best performance thus far. Campbell set a career-high with 21 points in the season-opener against St. Xavier (Nov. 8).

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 (15.6 ppg) and is off to a strong start in 2013-14. She is tied with Wright State’s Kim Demmings for second in the Horizon League with 22.5 points per game. Story is shooting 50 percent from the floor (12-of-24), 50 percent from beyond the arc (8-of-16) and averaging 2.5 steals per contest.

Story poured in a game-high 27 points in the Flames’ victory at SIUE. She was 8-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-8 from three-point land, and hit 6-of-8 free throw attempts. She was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and scored 14 points over 18 minutes in the second half.

Story’s five three-pointers at SIUE are a career high and she missed her career best in points by one. She scored 28 against Illinois State on Nov. 21, 2012. Emily Kobel was the last UIC player to hit five three-pointers in a game (vs. St. Louis on Dec. 3, 2012). Story’s effort at SIUE is the League’s best overall shooting performance (.625) and best three-point performance (five made). Story now owns 12 performances of over 20 points in her UIC career.

Story sat out the first two contests of the season and debuted in a big way against Idaho State (Nov. 15). She poured in a team-high 18 points in 36 minutes off the bench.

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 9.5 rebounds per game. Additionally, she ranks fifth in the conference in offensive rebounds (3.5 per game). Hannemann is also averaging 11.3 points per contest and shooting a career-high .739 from the free throw line (17-of-23). 

Hannemann picked up her second straight double-double at SIUE with 15 points and 10 rebounds. It is Hannemann’s seventh career double-double and third consecutive double-digit scoring effort.

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.

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 fourth in the Horizon League in assists (4.0 apg) and seventh in steals (2.0 spg). 

Bender is scoring 9.8 points per contest after averaging 6.3 per game last season. She had eight points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals at SIUE.

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 four contests and averaged 11.3 points per game, good for 18th in the Horizon League. She ranks fifth in the conference with 2.3 three-pointers made per contest.

Kobel was 3-of-7 from the field at SIUE, including 2-of-4 from three-point land, to finish with 10 points. Kobel (98 career three-pointers) needs ten more three-pointers to enter the program’s Top 10. Her 11 three-point attempts against both St. Xavier and Idaho State are the most in a single game in the conference.

Kobel has also averaged 1.5 steals and a team-high 34.2 minutes per game. She ranks eighth in the League in minutes played. Kobel has averaged 2.3 rebounds per contest over her career but is grabbing 5.5 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 fifth in the Horizon League in blocks (1.3 bpg) and eighth in offensive rebounds (2.8 per game). Wallace has contributed 5.5 rebounds over 16.3 minutes a contest and shot .750 from the free throw line (12-of-16). Wallace’s free-throw percentage ranks ninth in the conference.

Wallace scored 11 first half points at SIUE on the way to tying her career high of 12 points. She shot 6-of-8 from the free throw line and added seven rebounds.

Her three-block effort against St. Xavier is the conference’s best effort thus far. She owns 42 career blocks and needs 23 more this season to enter the program's Top 10.

Freshman Melita Emanuel-Carr has shown confidence beyond her years over the first four games of the season. Emanuel-Carr has scored in double figures twice (8.0 ppg) and is averaging 1.3 steals per contest. She has hit 50 percent of her three-point attempts (4-of-8), which ranks fourth in the conference, and shot .700 from the free throw line (14-of-20).

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 15.5 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.

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 had 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).