Flames Look for Ten Straight Wins Tuesday at Northern Illinois

Regina Miller's squad owns the sixth longest win streak (9) in the nation
Regina Miller's squad owns the sixth longest win streak (9) in the nation

Dec. 30, 2013


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UIC (9-2) at NIU (4-5)
 Date Tuesday, Dec. 31
 Time 1 p.m. CT
 Location DeKalb, Ill. | Convocation Center
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 2013-14 Season Stats UIC Flames | NIU Huskies

Nickname: Huskies
Conference: Mid-American
Head Coach: Kathi Bennett (4th season)
2012-13 Record: 7-23 overall, 2-14 in MAC play (6th West)
Series History: NIU leads 25-17
Last Meeting: UIC won, 66-61 (OT) (12/22/12 @ UIC)
Series Streak:
UIC has won three straight meetings
2013-14 Leader in:
Points - Amanda Corral (14.6 ppg)
Rebounds – Natecia Augusta (6.7 rpg)
Assists – Danny Pulliam (3.1 apg)
Steals – Amanda Corral (14.6 spg)
Blocked Shots - Natecia Augusta (0.7 bpg)


Winners of nine straight, the UIC women’s basketball team (9-2) looks to match the best twelve-game start in program history Tuesday (Dec. 31) when the Flames play at Northern Illinois (4-5). Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. CT inside the NIU Convocation Center.

The Flames' 9-2 record matches the 1976-77 and 1977-78 squads for the best eleven-game start in program history. A win Tuesday would match the best twelve-game start (10-2) in program history. UIC started 10-2 during the 1977-78 season.

UIC is on its first nine-game win streak since Jan. 11-Feb. 13, 2007 in the midst of a program-record 11 consecutive victories. Four of the nine victories have been over 2012-13 WNIT participants (Idaho State, Miami Ohio, Texas Southern and Butler).

UIC’s current win streak ranks as the sixth longest in the nation. The streak only trails 11 programs (No. 1 UConn, No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 4 Stanford, No. 8 Maryland, No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 14 Iowa State, Arkansas, Indiana, San Diego, West Virginia and VCU).

Home for the first time in five weeks, UIC won its ninth consecutive game Saturday (Dec. 28) with an 80-68 victory over Denver (1-11). Rachel Story scored a game-high 23 points to lead five UIC players in double-figures.

UIC never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 15 (61-46) with 6:51 left in the game. The Flames forced a season-high 22 turnovers and scored 28 points off Denver’s miscues.

UIC held a 40-35 advantage on the boards and improved to 9-1 this season when out-rebounding its opponent. The Flames also shot a season-high .839 from the line (26-of-31) and grabbed 21 offensive rebounds.

Head coach Kathi Bennett is in her fourth season at the helm of the Huskies’ program. Her father, Dick Bennett, built the Green Bay men's program into a mid-major power and revitalized the Wisconsin program. Her brother, Tony Bennett, is the current head coach for the University of Virginia men's team.

The Huskies have four wins this season after a 7-23 overall record last year. Amanda Corrall (14.6 ppg), Natecia Augusta (10.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and Danny Pulliam (8.8 ppg, 3.1 apg) lead NIU offensively. The Flames defeated Wisconsin earlier this season while the Huskies fell to the Badgers, 71-51, on Nov. 17.

UIC played host to NIU last season (12/22/12) and picked up an overtime win by a final score of 66-61. Rachel Story led all players with 23 points and scored seven of the Flames’ nine overtime points. She was joined in double figures by Emily Kobel (15 points) and Katie Hannemann (12 points). 

The strong play of Ruvanna Campbell and Katie Hannemann this season has allowed UIC to dominate opponents inside the paint. UIC ranks first in the Horizon League in rebounding margin (+8.5) and offensive rebounds (17.0 per game). The Flames also rank second in scoring defense (66.1 ppg) and fourth in blocked shots (2.6 bpg).

UIC’s strong inside play has helped the Flames score an average of 72.1 points per contest, good for fourth in the Horizon League. The Flames averaged 60.2 points per contests over the first 11 games (4-7 record) of last season.

One of UIC’s biggest improvements since last season has been taking advantage of the free throw line. UIC has made an average of 20.0 free throws on 29.9 attempts per game this season. Over the first 11 games of the 2012-13 season, the Flames made an average of 10.1 free throws on 15.4 attempts per game.

UIC has already made 20-plus free throws five 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 (+6.0 to -5.5), rebounding margin (+8.5 to -2.5), field-goal percentage (.407 to .368) and three-point field-goal percentage (.338 to .270).

UIC ranks in the top 100 nationally in many statistical categories. The Flames are 37th in rebounding margin (+8.5), 44th in win-loss percentage (.818), 81st in three-point field-goal percentage (.338), 94th in scoring margin (+6.0) and 96th in scoring offense (72.1 ppg).

Individually, Ruvanna Campbell ranks 18th in double-doubles (7), 32nd in rebounding (10.8 rpg) and 76th in field-goal percentage (.509). Rachel Story ranks 32nd in scoring (20.7 ppg), 34th in three-point field goal percentage (.438) and 90th in three-point field goals made per game (2.33). Terri Bender’s 2.45 steals per contest rank 74th.

Senior Rachel Story scored a game-high 23 points against Denver for her third straight 20-point effort. She owns five such performances this season and 16 in her UIC career. Story was 7-of-16 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line. She also knocked down 3-of-7 shots from three-point land.

The Flames are undefeated (9-0) with Story in the lineup this season. She has been in double-figures in 12 straight contests dating back to last season.

Story is averaging 20.7 points and shooting 43.8 percent from downtown (21-of-48). She ranks third in The Horizon League in scoring, first in minutes played (38.1 per game), second in three-point field goal percentage, third in three-pointers made (2.3 per game), eighth in field goal percentage (.459) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.757).

Story has been named The Horizon League’s “Player of the Week” twice this season (Nov. 25 and Dec. 23). She was 5-of-6 from three-point land (.833) against Miami (Nov. 23), which is the conference’s second most efficient performance. Story was a career-high 11-of-15 from the charity stripe at Western Michigan (Dec. 18).

Redshirt sophomore Ruvanna Campbell collected her team-high tenth double-digit effort against Denver with 13 points. She also contributed six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

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 14.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks over the first 11 games of the season.

In the Horizon League, Campbell ranks first in double-doubles (7), first in rebounds, first in offensive rebounds (4.2 per game), second in blocks, third in field-goal percentage (.509) and eighth in steals. Campbell owns two 20-point efforts and eight double-digit rebounding performances this season.

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.

Redshirt senior Katie Hannemann averaged 6.9 rebounds a game last season and has continued her excellence on the glass as she ranks fourth in The Horizon League with 8.5 rebounds per contest. Additionally, she ranks fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds (3.2 per game).

Hannemann had 13 points and nine rebounds against Denver for her ninth double-figure performance this season. She was a season-high 9-of-10 from the free-throw line.

Hannemann scores 13.5 points per contest and is shooting a career-high .750 from the free throw line. She 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 110 more points this season (736 career points) to enter the program’s Top 20 scorers. Hannemann (438 career rebounds) is also on pace to enter the program’s Top 10 rebounders.

Sophomore Terri Bender had an outstanding rookie season as she started 23 games at point guard for UIC last year. This year, Bender ranks first in the Horizon League in steals (2.5 spg) and 8th in assists (3.5 apg).

Bender is scoring 7.7 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).

Bender had 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals against Denver. She was in double-figures for the first time since Nov. 23 against Miami and the fourth time this season.

Bender owns 18 steals over the last five games (3.6 steals per contest). 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.

Senior Emily Kobel had 15 points against Denver and entered the UIC record books. She made 3-of-8 shots from beyond the arc and her 108 career made three-pointers now rank tenth all-time in program history.

Kobel is on pace to finish sixth all-time in program history with over 135 made three-pointers. She needs six more triples to jump Amanda Bartz (113 - 1999-2001) into ninth place.

This season, Kobel has started all 11 contests and is averaging 8.3 points per game. She ranks 12th in the conference with 1.7 three-pointers made per contest. Her performance at Denver was her fourth double-digit effort this season and first since Nov. 20 at SIUE.

Kobel has also averaged 5.1 rebounds over 32.7 minutes per game. Kobel had averaged 2.1 rebounds per contest in her career entering this season.

The 58-56 victory at Wisconsin on Dec. 21 was the sixth win over the Badgers in program history and the first in 34 seasons (1979-80 season). It snapped a 13-game win streak by the Badgers in the series.

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).

UIC’s 62-57 victory at Butler on Dec. 7 marked the program’s third road win over a Big East opponent and first in 31 years. The last time the Flames defeated a Big East opponent away from the UIC Pavilion was on Nov. 23, 1982, when UIC pulled out a 76-61 decision at Marquette. UIC’s first Big East road victory came at Marquette (66-63) on Feb. 12, 1981.

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).

Katie Hannemann and Rachel Story were voted Preseason First Team All-Horizon League. Additionally, UIC received three first-place votes in the poll and was picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League's preseason poll by the League's head coaches, SIDs and media members.

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.

UIC head coach Regina Miller added two new assistant coaches to the program over the summer. Eric Simpson, who served as the head coach at Loyola the past four seasons, and Tiffany Sardin, a Chicago native and three-year captain for the University of Virginia, joined the coaching staff in July 2013.

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.