Dec. 13, 2012
Scouting the Lakers
Roosevelt is off to its best start in program history with an overall record of 9-3 and a CCAC mark of 6-2, outnumbering its conference-win total from the past two years combined (four). RU began the season winning nine of its first 10 games, which included a school record five-game winning streak. The Lakers are currently receiving votes (21) in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll after holding a No. 23 rank in last week’s edition, the school’s first ever national ranking. Friday’s contest will serve as an exhibition game for Roosevelt, but a regular season game for UIC.
Junior Rachel Story finds herself in elite company in the early goings of the 2012-13 season. She is one of just four Horizon League players to average more than 17 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Joining her are preseason All-League First Team members Shalonda Winton (Cleveland State), Adrian Ritche (Green Bay) and Kim Demmings (Wright State).
Newcomers Called Upon
UIC graduated a league-high of almost 60 percent of its minutes played last season and over 70 percent of its scoring. Freshmen and transfers have been needed to fill that void as the newcomers account for 38 percent of the team’s minutes played so far this season, tops among all Horizon League programs.
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 five double-digit scoring performances and has the team’s lone double-double outing (Illinois State, 11/21/12). Last year through seven games she had 31 points and 25 rebounds, but this season she has 79 points and 53 rebounds. She has also gone from averaging just under 17 minutes per contest last year to 31.7 minutes this season.
Junior Megan Wallace totaled five blocks in last Friday’s game against Indiana State, becoming the first UIC player to do so in nearly four years (Bailey, 1/14/09). Wallace now leads the Horizon League in blocks per game with an average of 1.6, despite playing just 16.1 minutes per contest. The Flames also pace the conference in swats with a 4.1 per game tally.
Although the Flames suffered a defeat at Indiana State last Friday, various Flames picked up career highs in the game. Sophomore Gisselle Truiett and freshman Caitlin Garant each scored a career high six points, as junior Megan Wallace grabbed six boards and swatted five blocks. Wallace and Garant also notched all-time highs in minutes played with 26 and 17 minutes, respectively.
After a tough three-game road stretch, the Flames will play its first game at the UIC Pavilion in 23 days. Head coach Regina Miller has enjoyed a home court advantage during her UIC tenure, compiling a home record of 14-6. The Flames are averaging nearly nine points per game higher in home contests (64.3 to 55.4). Last season, the Flames tallied the second-most home wins in school history with 13.
Senior Taylor Foulks ranks tied-for-second in the country with her 7-of-9 (.778) single-game performance from behind the arc against SIUE on Nov. 15. Her seven made threes also ranks tied-for-8th in the nation and stands as the top mark in the Horizon League this season. Foulks has drilled 187 career treys and sits fifth on UIC’s all-time made threes list. The top spot his held by Hall of Famer Joanne McCarthy with 238.
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.
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).
Moore to Come
Freshman Imani Moore saw action for just the second time in her young Flames career against Indiana State last Friday night, scoring her first collegiate point. Moore drilled the back end of two free throw attempts late in the second half, which actually sparked an 11-4 UIC run to finish the game.