Dec. 17, 2012
Scouting the Braves
Bradley enters Tuesday’s contest with a 5-4 overall record, having not played a game in 14 days (Dec. 4). The Braves most recent contest was against Horizon League-foe Milwaukee, which they lost in double overtime, 116-112. The Braves have won three of their last four matches that include victories over Northern Arizona, Northern Illinois and Winthrop. Bradley is paced in scoring and rebounding by redshirt junior Catie O’Leary, averaging 14.3 points and 8.0 boards per game.
Program Record 30 Assists
The Flames set a new single-game program record with 30 assists in their win over Roosevelt this past Friday. UIC bested the old mark of 29 with just two seconds left on the clock when freshman Terri Bender fed fellow freshman Marissa Grossfeld for a fast-break layup. Four Flames recorded five or more assists against Roosevelt as junior Rachel Story led with eight.
Top 20 For Taylor
With 15 points in Friday’s win, senior Taylor Foulks cracked the top 20 on the program’s all-time scoring list, giving her 839 career points. Foulks needs just seven more points to move into 19th place and 15 points to rank 18th. She sits 159 points shy of the coveted 1,000 mark, which only 17 players in UIC history have surpassed.
Junior Rachel Story finds herself in elite company in the early goings of the 2012-13 season. She is one of just two Horizon League players to average more than 16 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Joining her is preseason All-League First Team member Shalonda Winton of Cleveland State, who ranks second in the conference in scoring, rebounding and assists.
90 and 52
The 90 points UIC scored this past Friday was the first time since March 6, 2008 when the Flames defeated Cleveland State, 93-80. UIC also tallied 52 points in the first half which is the highest total in at least five seasons and the highest first half mark in the Horizon League so far this season.
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 40 percent of the team’s minutes played so far this season, tops among all Horizon League programs.
Six UIC players set career highs in either points, rebounds or assists this past Friday against Roosevelt. Those who set new all-time highs includes Megan Wallace (12 pts, 7 rebs), Terri Bender (11 pts, 8 rebs, 6 asts), Rachel Story (8 asts), Katie Hannemann (6 asts) Gisselle Truiett (7 pts) and Imani Moore (6 pts).
The Flames will play its fourth road contest in the last five games when they face Bradley on Tuesday night. Once UIC returns home from this current road trip, the team will have traveled 1,228 miles in just 18 days and three different states.
Junior Megan Wallace continues to lead the Horizon League in blocks per game (1.9) and 65th in the nation despite playing under 17 minutes per contest. As a team, the Flames also rank first in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 4.3 blocks per game.
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 six double-digit scoring performances and has the team’s lone double-double outing (Illinois State, 11/21/12). Last year through eight games she had 33 points and 30 rebounds, but this season she has 90 points and 60 rebounds. She has also gone from averaging just under 17 minutes per contest last year to 31.1 minutes this season.
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 190 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 (9-3) and is averaging 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game. Silmon competes for Ansett in Australia and averages 18.5 points per game.