Dec. 30, 2012
Setting the Stage
Monday's game will be the fifth all-time meeting between the Flames and Hoosiers and the first time since Dec. 6, 1991. This is also the fifth New Year's Eve game for UIC throughout program history, owning a 2-2 record and winning the previous two NYE matchups. Indiana will be the first BCS opponent for the Flames since Dec. 18, 2010 when UIC suffered a 65-56 loss to Illinois at the United Center.
Scouting the Hoosiers
Indiana enters Monday's contest with an overall record of 8-4 and a 6-2 mark at home. Eight non-conference wins are the most for IU in six years. The Hoosiers are led in scoring by senior Aulani Sinclair with an average of 19.3 points per game who has totaled 61 points in her last two outings. Indiana began the season with a road loss to Horizon League-foe Valparaiso, 64-52, and then went on a six-game winning streak. Monday's game will be the last non-conference tilt for IU before commencing Big Ten play.
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 15.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Joining her are preseason All-League First Team members Shalonda Winton of Cleveland State and Adrian Ritche of Green Bay.
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.
Bender on the Rise
Freshman Terri Bender set new career-highs with 16 points and six made field goals in last Friday's win against Western Michigan. Bender has solidified herself in starting lineup over the last four games, averaging just under 30 minutes per contest as compared to 12 minutes in the first seven games of the season.
Block Party for Wallace
Junior Megan Wallace has recorded 17 blocked shots over the last five games and paces the Horizon League with an average of 2.1 per outing. Wallace also leads the conference in total blocks with 23 despite playing just 20.2 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 222. The Flames pilot the league in blocks per game with an average of 4.3.
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 43.4 percent of the team's minutes played so far this season, tops among all Horizon League programs.
Kobel Heats Up
Sharpshooter Emily Kobel has found her stroke over the last six games with a three-point shooting percentage of nearly 39 percent (15-of-39). The junior guard has drilled three treys in back-to-back games and is averaging 14 points per contest in that span. Kobel paces UIC with 23 overall made threes, which ranks tied-for-fifth in the Horizon League.
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 37 rebounds, but this season she has 128 points and 82 rebounds. She has also gone from averaging just under 17 minutes per contest last year to 29.9 minutes this season.
Garant Provides a Spark
Freshman Caitlin Garant has provided the Flames with a spark off the bench in the last two games with a career-high of six points in each contest. She has played just 28 minutes in those two games, but is shooting 5-of-9 from the field and has 12 total points.
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 (10-3) 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.