Dec. 2, 2012
Scouting the Billikens
Saint Louis enters Monday’s contest with a 3-4 record and winning its latest bout with Horizon League-foe Valparaiso on Saturday, 53-47. The Flames have won the previous two meetings against the Billikens, including last year’s matchup at UIC on Nov. 18, 2011, by a final of 68-60. The all-time series is tied at 2-2 with SLU winning the only game they hosted on Dec. 17, 1988 (70-56).
A Consistent Story
With 24 points in Saturday’s loss at SEMO, junior Rachel has scored 17 points or more in all five games so far this season. Story is one of just two Horizon League players to score 17 points or more in every game played this season as Cleveland State’s Shalonda Winton has done so in seven games. Story ranks third in the conference in scoring with an average of 20.8 points per game.
Next Level for Hannemann
Redshirt Junior Katie Hannemann is taking her game to the next level this season, averaging 12.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, ninth and sixth in the conference, respectively. Her 64 total points in five games is already more than half of her yearly total of 117 from last season. She averaged 16.9 minutes per game last year and through five games she is seeing 33.4 minutes of court time per game. Hannemann is just seven offensive rebounds shy of equaling her total of 30 from last year as she ranks second in the league at a clip of 4.7 per contest.
Junior Rachel Story is on pace to make history this season as an elite scorer. Through five games so far this season, Story has 104 points for an average of 20.8 points per game, which puts her on pace for 624 total points. That feat would set a new single-season record for UIC and Story would be the first player to average 20.0 ppg since Penny Armstrong in 1994-95.
Senior Taylor Foulks’ 7-of-9 (.778) from three performance against SIUE ranks as tied for the second-best effort in all of NCAA D-I this season and her seven made three ranks tied-for-fifth. Foulks has drilled 185 career treys and sits in fifth place on UIC’s all-time leaderboard. She needs 54 more threes to claim the No. 1 spot from Hall of Famer Joanne McCarthy.
Newcomers Called Upon
The Flames graduated a league-high of almost 60 percent of its minutes played last season and because of that freshmen and transfers have been needed to fill that void. This season, newcomers have accounted for nearly 38 percent of all minutes played which stands as the highest mark in the conference.
Oldie but Dahnke
Redshirt senior Heidi Dahnke is one of the most efficient of the Flames this season. The fifth-year player is averaging 7.0 rebounds per game (tied-for-10th) in just 23.8 minutes of play per contest. Dahnke has pulled down at least six rebounds in each game so far this season with a season high of eight in the past two games. She also ranks fifth in the conference in offensive boards per game (3.6).
The UIC women’s basketball ranks first in the Horizon League with 3.4 blocks per game. Junior transfer Megan Wallace ranks tied-for-third in the conference with a 1.0 bpg average, while Taylor Foulks and Katie Hannemann rank tied-for-13th with a 0.6 bpg average.
816 and Climbing
Senior Taylor Foulks currently has 816 career points, needing just 184 to eclipse the coveted 1,000 mark. Foulks would be just the 18th player in UIC history to reach 1,000 career points. Last season the Flames had two players surpass the four-digit milestone in then-seniors Jasmine Bailey (1,535) and Shamiea Green (1,334).