Dec. 27, 2012
Scouting the Broncos
Western Michigan enters Friday’s contest with a 4-7 overall record having won two of its last three games, including a one-point victory (70-69) over Horizon League foe-Valparaiso on Dec. 19. The Broncos utilize a balanced scoring attack that features seven players averaging over 5.3 points per game or more, being led by Aurielle Anderson with 9.8 ppg. This is first meeting between the two schools since Dec. 13, 2009 as the Flames have won the previous two match ups and the last two games played in Chicago.
In UIC’s latest victory over Northern Illinois last Saturday, junior Rachel Story scored seven of the Flames’ nine overtime points as NIU managed just four. She notched the first four points of the extra period and sank 3-of-4 from the free throw line down the stretch. UIC forced the Huskies to shoot 1-of-9 from the field in OT. Head coach Regina Miller is now 2-1 in overtime games during her career at UIC.
Foulks Eyes No. 18 Spot
Taylor Foulks is just three points shy of claiming the No. 18 spot on UIC’s all-time scoring list, currently held by Jo Ellen Swanson with 854 points. Foulks has 852 career points and has 75 tallies on the season. The senior guard also needs 148 points to reach the coveted 1,000 mark in which case she would be just the 18th player in Flames history to do so. 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 four Horizon League players to average more than 15.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Joining her are preseason All-League First Team members Shalonda Winton of Cleveland State, Kim Demmings of Wright State and Adrian Ritche of Green Bay.
Block Party for Wallace
Junior Megan Wallace has recorded three or more blocked shots in four straight games and paces the Horizon League with an average of 2.2 per outing. Wallace also leads the conference in total blocks with 22 despite playing just 19.4 minutes per game. The next closest Horizon League player to Wallace is Cleveland State’s Shalonda Winton with 14 total swats as she has seen 433 minutes of court time compared to Wallace’s 194. Due to her abilities, the Flames pilot the league in blocks per game with an average of 4.4.
Sweet Home Chicago
Despite owning a 3-7 overall record, the Flames tout a 3-2 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 16-6. The Flames average more than 20 points per game higher when comparing home versus away contests (69.8 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 eight double-digit scoring performances and owns two double-doubles. Last year through nine games she had 33 points and 34 rebounds, but this season she has 119 points and 75 rebounds. She has also gone from averaging just under 17 minutes per contest last year to 30.8 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.