10 Questions with Ruvanna Campbell|
Dec. 12, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – Redshirt sophomore forward Ruvanna Campbell sat down with The Horizon League’s Cam Fuller following UIC’s 62-57 victory at Butler last Saturday (Dec. 7) to discuss the Flames' 6-2 start and six-game win streak. They also touched on leading the conference in rebounding, attending college in her hometown and Rachel Story’s strong play.
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 15.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocks over the first eight games of the season. In the Horizon League, Campbell ranks first in rebounds, second in blocks, second in offensive rebounds (4.0 per game), third in field-goal percentage (.517), eighth in steals and tenth in scoring.
Campbell owns two 20-point efforts this season and has been in double-figures in every game. She leads the Horizon League in both double-doubles (6) and 10-plus rebound performances (6). In the nation, Campbell ranks sixth in double-doubles, 22nd in rebounds, 79th in blocked shots and 83rd in field-goal percentage.
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.
The Flames’ 6-2 record is the best start in 12 seasons and equals the best eight-game start in the Division I era. Since UIC became a Division I member in 1980-81, the Flames have been 6-2 to start a season twice (1995-96 & 2001-02).
It is also the Flames’ first six-game win streak since Jan. 11-Feb. 3, 2007 in the midst of a program-record 11 consecutive victories. Four of the six victories have been over 2012-13 WNIT participants (Idaho State, Miami Ohio, Texas Southern and Butler).
UIC is next in action Dec. 18 when the Flames travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. to take on Western Michigan (3-5). Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT inside University Arena. A win would match the 2001-02 squad for the best nine-game start (7-2) in the Division I era.