Women's Basketball in Puerto Rico for San Juan Shootout

Regina Miller and the Flames are seeking their first four-game win streak since Jan. 14-28, 2012
Regina Miller and the Flames are seeking their first four-game win streak since Jan. 14-28, 2012

Nov. 26, 2013


Story Named Horizon League Player of the Week (Nov. 25)
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UIC (3-2) vs. Ohio (3-1)
 Date Friday, Nov. 29
 Time 12 p.m. CT
 Location Guaynabo, Puerto Rico | Mario Morales Coliseum
 Game Notes UIC Flames | Ohio Bobcats
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 2013-14 Season Stats UIC Flames | Ohio Bobcats

UIC (3-2) vs. Texas Southern (3-2)
 Date Saturday, Nov. 30
 Time 2:30 p.m. CT
 Location Guaynabo, Puerto Rico | Mario Morales Coliseum
 Game Notes UIC Flames | Texas Southern Lady Tigers
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 2013-14 Season Stats UIC Flames | Texas Southern Lady Tigers

Nickname: Bobcats
Head Coach:
Bob Boldon (1st season)
2012-13 Record:
6-23 overall, 1-15 in MAC play (5th/East)
Series History:
First Meeting
2013-14 Leader in:
Points – Kiyanna Black (16.8 ppg)
Rebounds - Destini Cooper (7.3 rpg)
Assists – Yamonie Jenkins (2.3 apg)
Steals – Quiera Lampkins (1.8 spg)
Blocked Shots – Lexie Baldwin (1.5 bpg)

Lady Tigers
Southwestern Athletic (SWAC)
Head Coach:
Johnetta Hayes-Perry (1st season)
2012-13 Record:
20-12 overall, 16-2 in SWAC play (1st)
2012-13 Postseason: WNIT (lost in first round to Kansas State, 72-44)
Series History:
TSU leads 1-0
Last Meeting: TSU won, 71-64 (Dec. 18, 1989 @UIC)
2013-14 Leader in:

Points – Jazzmin Parker (28.0 ppg)
Rebounds - Morgan Simmons (9.8 rpg)
Assists – Sarah Williams (3.8 apg)
Steals – Brianna Sidney (2.4 spg)
Blocked Shots – Crystal Anyiam (1.0 bpg)


UIC (3-2) seeks its fourth straight victory Friday (Nov. 29) when the Flames take on Ohio (3-1) in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico at the San Juan Shootout. The Flames also play Texas Southern (3-2) Saturday (Nov. 30). All contests will be played inside the Mario Morales Coliseum. UIC’s last four-game win streak came from Jan. 14-28, 2012.

UIC picked up its third straight victory with a 76-66 home win over Miami (OH) Saturday afternoon (Nov. 23). The Flames shot 50 percent from beyond the arc (9-of-18) against the RedHawks, who won 19 games and qualified for the WNIT last season. 

UIC has won three straight for the first time since Feb. 9-16, 2012 when the Flames defeated Youngstown State, Cleveland State and Valparaiso. One more win would be UIC’s first four-game win streak since Jan. 14-28, 2012. 

UIC shot 65.4 percent in the first half, including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc. The Flames hit just one triple in the second half but still shot 50 percent from three-point land for the first time since Jan. 12, 2013 at Loyola.

The San Juan Shootout is hosted by Sport Tours International and began in 1987. Throughout the years, teams have enjoyed excellent competition and the warm hospitality of Puerto Rico. Beautiful beaches and historic Old San Juan are special backdrops for this one of a kind holiday tournament.

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 (+8.4) and offensive rebounds (18.6 per game). The Flames are grabbing nearly half of their own misses with a league-leading offensive rebound percentage of .445.

The Flames also rank second in blocks (3.6 per game) and three-point field goal percentage (.360). UIC’s strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 75.2 points per contest, good for second in the Horizon League behind Wright State (84.5 ppg).

Senior Rachel Story missed the first two games of the season but has returned in a big way. While she does not qualify for the Horizon League’s rankings yet (a player must appear in at least 75.0 percent of their team's games), Story would rank second in the conference in scoring (22.7 ppg), first in three-pointers made (4.3 per game), second in three-point field goal percentage (.591), second in minutes played (36.3 per game) and fourth in field goal percentage (.531).

Story was named the Horizon League's “Player of the Week" Monday after she averaged 25.0 points and 5.0 made three-pointers a game last week in wins over SIUE (Nov. 20) and Miami. She shot .619 from the field (13-of-21), .714 from three-point land (10-of-14) and sank 14-of-18 free throws. Story also averaged 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists over 36.5 minutes per contest. 

This is the first such honor for UIC this season and Story’s first career “Player of the Week” award. She earned Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 26, 2012 on her way to being named to the 2012-13 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team. Story now owns 13 performances of over 20 points in her UIC career.

Story’s five three-pointers against both SIUE and Miami are a career high and rank as the Horizon League’s second best effort from beyond the arc. She was 5-of-6 from three-point land against Miami, which ranks is the conference’s most efficient performance.

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 13.4 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 blocks over the first five games of the season. In the Horizon League, Campbell ranks tenth in scoring, third in rebounding, third in blocks, second in offensive rebounds (4.6 per game) and seventh in field goal percentage (.455).

Campbell collected her fourth consecutive double-double against Miami with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Campbell, who was an efficient 5-of-6 from the floor, added a block and a steal over 23 minutes. She has been in double-figures in all five contests this season.

Campbell leads the Horizon League in both double-doubles (4) and 10-plus rebound performances (4). 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 Katie Hannemann averaged 6.9 rebounds a game last season and has continued her excellence on the glass as she ranks fifth in the Horizon League with 8.8 rebounds per contest. Additionally, she ranks sixth in the conference in offensive rebounds (3.2 per game).

Hannemann, who scores 12.6 points per contest, ranks eighth in the League in field goal percentage (.452) and is shooting a career-high .758 from the free throw line (25-of-33). Hannemann collected her fourth consecutive double-digit scoring effort against Miami with 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Hannemann also tied her career high with three of UIC’s seven steals.

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 13th in steals (1.6 spg). 

Bender is scoring 10.0 points per contest after averaging 6.3 per game last season. She had an all-around solid effort against Miami with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. Bender hit 3-of-4 three-point attempts in the first half.

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 has made 80 appearances over her four-year career and is on the cusp of entering the UIC record books. Kobel (98 career three-pointers) needs ten more three-pointers to enter the program’s Top 10.

This season, Kobel has started all five contests and averaged a career-high 9.0 points per game. She ranks tenth in the conference with 1.8 three-pointers made per contest. Her 11 three-point attempts against both St. Xavier and Idaho State are the second most in a single game in the League.

Kobel has also averaged 1.4 steals and 5.0 rebounds over 32.6 minutes per game. Kobel had averaged 2.1 rebounds per contest in her career entering 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 (1.2 bpg) and 12th in offensive rebounds (2.2 per game). Wallace has contributed 5.2 rebounds over 16.4 minutes a contest and shot .700 from the free throw line (14-of-20).

Her three-block effort against St. Xavier is the conference’s best effort thus far. She owns 43 career blocks and needs 22 more this season to enter the program's Top 10.

Freshman Melita Emanuel-Carr has shown confidence beyond her years over the first five games of the season. Emanuel-Carr has hit 55.6 percent of her three-point attempts (5-of-9), which ranks second 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 14.2 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.