Flames Look for Nine Straight Wins Saturday Against Denver
Dec. 26, 2013
A LOOK AT DENVER
UIC GAME NOTES
SEEKING NINE STRAIGHT WINS
The Flames' 8-2 record is the best ten-game start in the Division I era (1980-present). UIC started 9-1 during the 1976-77 and 1977-78 seasons. A win Saturday would match those 1976-77 and 1977-78 squads (9-2) for the best eleven-game start in program history.
It is also the first eight-game win streak since Jan. 11-Feb. 10, 2007 in the midst of a program-record 11 consecutive victories. Four of the eight victories have been over 2012-13 WNIT participants (Idaho State, Miami Ohio, Texas Southern and Butler).
LAST TIME OUT
UIC won the rebounding battle (43-33) for the ninth time this season and the Flames are 8-1 in those contests. UIC had 15 offensive rebounds, the seventh time this season that the Flames have collected at least 15 offensive caroms.
UIC collected seven steals and scored 11 points off 11 Wisconsin turnovers. The Flames also held advantages in points in the paint (28-24) and second-chance points (12-6).
Guards Kailey Edwards (13.0 ppg, 3.0 apg), Morgan Van Riper-Rose (11.8 ppg) and Paige Bradley (11.9 ppg, 4.5 apg) lead Denver in the backcourt. Maiya Michel (5.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg) and Theresa Wirth (9.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg) are the Pioneers’ inside presence.
Denver’s lone win this season was on Nov. 16 at Air Force, 72-64. Denver most recently dropped a 71-54 decision at Marquette (Dec. 20). The Pioneers conclude their Midwest road trip at Illinois State Monday (Dec. 30).
SWEET HOME CHICAGO
UIC traveled approximately 4,980 miles and spent 11 days away from Chicago. Three out of the next five contests (Dec. 28-Jan. 11) are at the UIC Pavilion and the two road trips (DeKalb, Ill. and Green Bay, Wis.) will total approximately 550 miles.
FLAMES DOMINATING THE PAINT
UIC’s strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 71.3 points per contest, good for fourth in the Horizon League. The Flames averaged 59.6 points per contests over the first ten games (3-7 record) of last season.
CHARITY STRIPE VISITS
UIC has already made 20-plus free throws four times this season while the 2012-13 squad had two 20-plus efforts overall. The Flames’ 31 made free throws against Idaho State (Nov. 15) leads The Horizon League. Other notable areas of improvement include scoring margin (+5.4 to -6.9), rebounding margin (+8.9 to -3.3), field-goal percentage (.410 to .362) and three-point field-goal percentage (.336 to .264).
UIC IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks 12th in double-doubles (7), 19th in rebounding (11.3 rpg), 85th in blocked shots (1.60 bpg) and 79th in field-goal percentage (.514). Rachel Story ranks 38th in scoring (20.4 ppg) and 33rd in three-point field goal percentage (.439). Terri Bender’s 2.30 steals per contest rank 91st.
STORY NAMED HORIZON LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Story averaged 25.0 points last week in wins at Western Michigan (Dec. 18) and Wisconsin (Dec. 21). The Flames are undefeated (8-0) with Story in the lineup this season.
Story owns two straight 20-point efforts, four this season and 15 in her UIC career. She has been in double-figures in 11 straight contests dating back to last season.
Story is averaging 20.4 points and shooting 43.9 percent from downtown (18-of-41). She ranks third in The Horizon League in scoring, first in minutes played (38.0 per game), third in three-point field goal percentage, fifth in three-pointers made (2.3 per game), ninth in field goal percentage (.462) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.746).
Story was 5-of-6 from three-point land (.833) against Miami (Nov. 23), which is the conference’s second most efficient performance. She was a career-high 11-of-15 from the charity stripe at Western Michigan (Dec. 18).
CAMPBELL FILLS UP THE STAT SHEET
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 14.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.6 blocks over the first ten games of the season.
In the Horizon League, Campbell ranks first in double-doubles (7), first in rebounds, first in offensive rebounds (4.4 per game), second in blocks, and second in field-goal percentage (.514). Campbell owns two 20-point efforts this season and has been in double-figures nine times.
Campbell had career highs of 24 points and 18 rebounds against Ohio (Nov. 29) 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 and 10-of-12 shooting (.833) against Ohio are Horizon League highs.
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.
HANNEMANN CLEANS UP THE GLASS
Hannemann, who scores 13.5 points per contest, ranks fifth in the conference in field-goal percentage (.484) and is shooting a career-high .726 from the free throw line. She has been in double-figures in eight contests this season. 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 (Dec. 7) and needs 123 more points this season to enter the program’s Top 20 scorers. Hannemann (429 career rebounds) is also on pace to enter the program’s Top 10 rebounders.
BENDER SHINES AT POINT GUARD
Bender is scoring 7.5 points per contest after averaging 6.3 per game last season. She is also averaging 4.9 rebounds per game, almost double of her freshman campaign (2.5 rpg).
At Wisconsin, Bender collected a career-high nine rebounds to go along with six assists and two steals. She set a career-high at Butler (Dec. 7) 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 ten contests and is averaging 7.6 points per game. She ranks 13th in the conference with 1.6 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 4.9 rebounds over 32.2 minutes per game. Kobel had averaged 2.1 rebounds per contest in her career entering this season.
THE WIN AT WISCONSIN
UIC has collected 25 Big Ten victories in program history and nine since the Flames became a Division I program in 1980-81. The win is UIC's third Big Ten road victory in the Division I era. The Flames have also defeated Northwestern twice away from the UIC Pavilion (2002-03 and 2004-05).
THE WIN AT BUTLER
The win at Butler was also the first victory over a Big East opponent in 12 seasons. UIC’s most recent Big East victory came at home against St. John’s (65-52) on Nov. 18, 2001. UIC has collected 13 Big East victories in program history and six of those wins came prior to the Division I era (pre-1980-81 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.