Flames Look for Seven Straight Wins Wednesday in Michigan
Dec. 16, 2013
Story Featured in Horizon League Weekly Recap (Dec. 9)
A LOOK AT WESTERN MICHIGAN
UIC GAME NOTES
SEEKING SEVEN STRAIGHT WINS
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).
LAST TIME OUT
UIC shot 52 percent from the floor, including 60 percent (14-of-23) in the second half. UIC out-rebounded Butler 38-34 and out-scored the Bulldogs 40-24 in the paint. Stratman entered the contest averaging a team-high 16.4 points per game and was held to eight points in only 24 minutes of action.
SCOUTING WESTERN MICHIGAN
The Broncos are receiving strong play from juniors Marquisha Harris (10.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Michelle O'Brien (9.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg), Jazmine Windham (10.3 ppg) and A.J. Johnson (9.4 ppg). Sophomore forward Miracle Woods averaged 21.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over the first three games of the season but she has sat out the last five contests with an injury.
UIC played host to WMU last season (12/28/12) and defeated the Broncos, 66-58, at the UIC Pavilion. The Flames began the second half with a 24-6 run after trailing by one point heading into the break. Terri Bender scored 16 points while junior Rachel Story had 16 points and seven assists. Emily Kobel also recorded double figures with 13 points, going 3-of-5 from behind the arc.
FLAMES DOMINATING THE PAINT
UIC’s strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 73.0 points per contest, good for second in the Horizon League behind Wright State (78.7 ppg). The Flames averaged 59.8 points per game over the first eight games of last season. UIC also ranks second in scoring defense (67.8 ppg), field-goal percentage (.419), field-goal percentage defense (.390) and three-point field goal percentage (.350).
UIC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks tenth in double-doubles (6), 24th in rebounding (10.9 rpg), 83rd in blocked shots (1.63 bpg) and 84th in field-goal percentage (.517). Rachel Story ranks 70th in scoring (18.8 ppg), 66th in three-pointers made (2.5 per game) and 39th in three-point field goal percentage (.441). Katie Hannemann’s 9.0 rebounds per game and Terri Bender’s 2.38 steals per contest both rank 87th.
CAMPBELL EARNS AWARD FROM COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS
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.
Campbell had career highs of 24 points and 18 rebounds against Ohio and became the first UIC player to grab 18 rebounds since Dejeanette Flournoy on March 6, 2005 against Green Bay during the Horizon League Tournament. Campbell’s 18 rebounds, 10-of-12 shooting (.833) and three blocks against Ohio are all Horizon League highs. She also had three blocks at Northwestern (Nov. 10).
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.
FLAMES UNDEFEATED WITH STORY
Story ranks fourth in the conference in scoring, second in three-pointers made (2.5 per game), second in minutes played (37.5 per game), third in three-point field goal percentage (.441) and eighth in free-throw percentage (.773). Story, The Horizon League's “Player of the Week" on Nov. 25, owns two 20-point efforts this season and 13 in her UIC career.
Story had 15 second-half points and finished with a team-high 17 at Butler. She has been in double-figures in nine straight contests dating back to last season.
Story’s five three-pointers against both SIUE (Nov. 20) and Miami (Nov. 23) are a career high. She was 5-of-6 from three-point land (.833) against Miami, which ranks is the conference’s second most efficient performance.
HANNEMANN CLEANS UP THE GLASS
Hannemann, who scores 14.0 points per contest, ranks fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (.500) and is shooting a career-high .741 from the free throw line. She had 16 points and eight rebounds at Butler and has been in double-figures in seven consecutive contests. Hannemann owns three double-doubles this season and eight in her career.
Hannemann tied a career high by pulling down 15 rebounds against Idaho State (Nov. 15). She reached the 700 point milestone at Butler and needs 146 more points this season to enter the program’s Top 20 scorers. Hannemann (417 career rebounds) is also on pace to enter the program’s Top 10 rebounders.
BENDER SHINES AT POINT GUARD
Bender is scoring 8.0 points per contest after averaging 6.3 per game last season. She has hit five of her last nine attempts from beyond the arc. Bender set a career-high at Butler with six steals, which ranks as The Horizon League’s second best effort.
Bender stood as the only Horizon League freshmen to average more than 6.3 points, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 2012-13. She also ranked in the top four in all three categories among League rookies.
KOBEL FROM DOWNTOWN
This season, Kobel has started all eight contests and is averaging a career-high 8.0 points per game. She ranks 11th in the conference with 1.8 three-pointers made per contest. Kobel’s 16-point performance against St. Xavier (Nov. 8) is one shy of her career high (17 vs. Detroit - 2/23/13).
Kobel has also averaged 1.3 steals and 4.8 rebounds over 31.8 minutes per game. Kobel had averaged 2.1 rebounds per contest in her career entering this season.
HANNEMANN AND STORY EARN PRESEASON HONORS; UIC PICKED FORTH
Both Hannemann and Story had stellar years in 2012-13. Hannemann was voted Second Team All-League while Story was selected to the All-Newcomer squad. The duo combined to average nearly 30 points per game and led the Flames in scoring in 24 of their 29 regular season contests.
TWO NEW ASSISTANT COACHES
Simpson guided Loyola to their first-ever Horizon League Championship game this past March. The Chicago native and graduate of Northwestern (1994) spent the last seven years at Loyola, including the final four seasons as head coach, where he compiled a record of 57-66 (.463).
Sardin spent last season on the Mt. Olive College coaching staff. As an assistant coach at Mt. Olive, Sardin helped the Trojans compile an 18-12 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Championship, marking their second-ever postseason berth.