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    Head coach Lisa Ryckbosch signs four players for 2009-10 campaign.
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    Dec. 4, 2008

    Chicago, Ill - UIC head women's basketball coach Lisa Ryckbosch announced on Thursday, Dec. 4 that Taylor Foulks (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township) , Lauren Gatto (Mayfield,Ohio/Mayfield), Katie Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence Catholic) and Erin Higgins (Kenosha, Wis./St. Joseph) have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Flames starting in the 2009-10 season.

    "All four of these young women are outstanding role models that excel both in the classroom and on the court," said Ryckbosch. "They are competitors that understand what it takes to be successful."

    Foulks, a 5-foot-9 guard, was an All-Southwest Suburban Conference honoree. A two-year co-captain, Foulks averaged 15.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists last year. She was named an all-area second team selection, while also earning academic honor roll accolades all four years.

    "Taylor is a slashing guard who can score and defend," said Ryckbosch. "Her ability to get after people defensively, as well as push the ball and run the floor offensively, will allow us to continue to play an up-tempo style. She is physical and has outstanding offensive skills, which will complement our other guards very well."

    Gatto hails from Mayfield, Ohio, where she helped guide her squad to a Northwest Ohio Conference title, district title and an Ohio State Sweet 16 appearance. The 6-foor-2 center is a three-time All-NWO Conference selection.

    In addition to conference honors, Gatto was a two-time all-area third team honoree. She averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots per game during her junior year en route to conference player of the year honors.

    "Lauren is a talented post player with the ability to face up and shoot the ball," said Ryckbosch. "She can be a physical presence and has the ability to score with her back to the basket. Lauren has great work ethic and is a smart basketball player. She will bring more offensive firepower to our inside game."



    Higgins, a 5-foot-7 guard, is a two-time All-Lakeshore Conference selection. She was also named the Lakeshore Conference Player of the Year last season. A two-time All-Kenosha County honoree, Higgins averaged 18.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game her junior year.

    She scored a career-best 39 points last season, in addition to being featured in Faces in the Crowd by Sports Illustrated for scoring all 35 points for her team in one game.

    "Erin is an outstanding point guard who understands the game and will do whatever it takes in order to make her team successful," said Ryckbosch. "She is a competitor and has a lot of experience with a highly successful AAU program. Erin is a winner and will be a good fit for us."

    Hannemann, a 6-foot-0 forward from Homer Glen, Ill., led her team to a 2006 ISHA regional championship and sectional final appearance. She helped guide her squad to the regional finals by averaging 14 points and seven rebounds per game her junior year. Hannemann is a 2007-08 all-area selection and two-time academic honor roll recipient.

    "Katie is a hard-nosed, physical and competitive post player who also has the ability to face up and score," said Ryckbosch. "She is someone who will wear her opponents out with her tenacity and determination. Katie's ability to make baskets will also increase our post scoring production."

    "I expect that all four will play key roles in our continuing quest to take the program to another level," said Ryckbosch. "We couldn't be happier to welcome them to our Flames family."