Dec. 6, 2012
Scouting the Sycamores
Indiana State enters Friday’s contest with a 5-2 overall record and a three-game win streak. Their latest victim was common opponent Northern Illinois, a team the Flames play on Dec. 22, in which ISU won by a final score of 58-52. The Sycamores tout three players averaging double-digit scoring figures in Anna Munn (15.4), Racheal Mahan (12.3) and Taylor Whitley (10.1). Indiana State owns the overall series record of 8-2, including last year’s match-up when they won, 75-59 on Dec. 2, 2011 at UIC.
Six Straight For Story
Junior Rachel Story has scored in double digits in all six of her games so far this season. Five of those performances have been at 17 points or higher, including games of 24 and 28. When the NCAA stats were announced on Monday, Story ranked 20th in the nation in scoring (20.8). She currently owns a 19.0 points per game average, which sits among the top-5 in the Horizon League.
Kobel Has Career Night
Junior Emily Kobel set new career highs with 17 points and 39 minutes of action in Monday’s loss at Saint Louis. Her five made threes also set an all-time high and her six made field goals tied a previous career high. Kobel is averaging nearly 10 points per game (9.7) and has a team-high 13 made treys on the season.
Next Level for Hannemann
Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann is taking her game to the next level this season with a substantial increase in production. She has scored nine points or higher in all six games with five double-digit scoring performances. Last year through six games she had 26 points and 21 rebounds, but this season she has 74 points and 49 rebounds. She has also gone from averaging just under 17 minutes per contest last year to 33.0 minutes this season.
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 187 career treys and sits in fifth place on UIC’s all-time leaderboard. She needs 52 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 37 percent of all minutes played which stands as the highest mark in the Horizon League.
Oldie but Dahnke
Redshirt senior Heidi Dahnke has been one of the more stable figures in the Flames’ frontcourt this season. The fifth-year player is averaging 6.7 rebounds per game (11th in the HL) in just 25.2 minutes of play per contest. Dahnke has pulled down at least five rebounds in each game so far this year with a season-high of eight against Illinois State and SEMO. She also ranks tied-for-sixth in the conference in offensive boards per game (3.2).
824 and Climbing
Senior Taylor Foulks currently has 824 career points, needing just 176 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).
The UIC women’s basketball ranks tied-for-first in the Horizon League with 3.2 blocks per game. Junior transfer Megan Wallace paces the team and ranks tied-for-third in the conference with a 1.0 bpg average.
Protecting the Rock
Head coach Regina Miller continually preaches about the importance of protecting the basketball and not having empty possession. The team has been taking note as they own an average of 14.7 turnovers per game mark, which ranks 27th in the nation. That figure also ranks third in the Horizon League along with their assist-to-turnover ratio of 0.9.
Flames Still Burning Bright
A pair of former UIC women’s basketball players Jasmine Bailey and Nichole (Muffoletto) Silmon are having outstanding seasons playing professionally overseas. Bailey plays for the Sepsi Sic squad in Romania and is averaging 17.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game. Silmon competes for Ansett in Australia and averages 18.5 points per game.