Dec. 21, 2012
Scouting the Huskies
Northern Illinois enters Saturday’s contest with a 4-5 overall record, having won their most recent game at home against Eastern Illinois, 48-38. NIU begins a five-game road swing, starting with UIC, that will take them to four different states in the next three weeks as they look to improve upon a 1-4 away record so far this season. The Flames have won the past two meetings against the Huskies, including last year’s matchup in DeKalb, Ill. UIC has also claimed victory in four of the last six contests versus NIU, which includes a three-game home win streak.
Foulks Moves to No. 19
With eight points this past Tuesday, senior Taylor Foulks moved into the No. 19 spot on UIC’s all-time career scoring list with 847 points. Foulks needs just seven more tallies to slide up one more notch to No. 18, currently held by Jo Ellen Swanson with 854 points. If Foulks can produce 153 more points before the end of the season, she will be just the 18th player in Flames history to reach 1,000 career points. Last season UIC had two players surpass the four-digit milestone in Jasmine Bailey (1,535) and Shamiea Green (1,334).
Junior Rachel Story finds herself in elite company a third-of-the-way through the 2012-13 season. She is one of just three Horizon League players to average more than 15.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Joining her are preseason All-League First Team members Shalonda Winton of Cleveland State and Adrian Ritche of Green Bay.
Block Party for Wallace
Junior Megan Wallace has recorded four or more blocked shots in three-straight games and paces the Horizon League with an average of 2.1 per outing. Wallace also leads the conference in total blocks with 19 despite playing just 17.4 minutes per game. The next closest Horizon League player to Wallace is Cleveland State’s Shalonda Winton with 12 total swats as she has seen 394 minutes of court time compared to Wallace’s 157. Due to her abilities, the Flames pilot the league in blocks per game with an average of 4.4.
Hannemann Has Career Night
Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann matched a career-high 17 points and seven made field goals this past Tuesday at Bradley. With 10 rebounds against the Braves, Hannemann notched her second double-double of the season and the third of her career. The six-foot one-inch center also captured three steals which ties an all-time high.
Sweet Home Chicago
Despite owning a 2-7 overall record, the Flames tout a 2-2 mark this season when playing at the UIC Pavilion. Head coach Regina Miller has enjoyed a home court advantage during her Flames tenure, compiling a home record of 15-6. The Flames are averaging more than 21 points per game higher when comparing home versus away contents (70.8 to 49.4). Last season, the Flames posted the second-most home wins in school history with 13.
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 40.4 percent of the team’s minutes played so far this season, tops among all Horizon League programs.
Program Record 30 Assists
In the Dec. 14 win over Roosevelt, the Flames set a new single-game program record with 30 assists. UIC bested the old mark of 29 with just two seconds left on the clock when freshman Terri Bender dished to fellow freshman Marissa Grossfeld for a fast-break layup. Four Flames recorded five or more assists against the Lakers as junior Rachel Story paced the team with a career-high of eight helpers.
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 seven double-digit scoring performances and owns two double-doubles. Last year through nine games she had 33 points and 32 rebounds, but this season she has 107 points and 70 rebounds. She has also gone from averaging just under 17 minutes per contest last year to 31.2 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.