SouthtownStar Athletes on Campus: Katie Hannemann honored after helping UIC to Women’s Basketball Invitational title
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media April 11, 2014 4:56PM
Katie Hannemann, of UIC | Supplied photo
Updated: May 14, 2014 6:29AM
As endings to college playing careers go, Illinois-Chicago basketball player Katie Hannemann has every reason to be proud and satisfied.
Not only did the 6-foot-1 redshirt senior center win her last game, the Homer Glen resident also helped the Flames capture the Women’s Basketball Invitational championship, defeating Stephen F. Austin 73-64 in the title game March 29 at the UIC Pavilion.
This marked just the second time in UIC history the Flames advanced to a women’s basketball postseason tournament. In 2007, the Flames lost to Minnesota in the first round of the WNIT.
“This was a great accomplishment,” Hannemann said. “UIC had never won a postseason tournament. It was great to play in a postseason tournament and win it. This gives us something to say for our season.
“We had a great season. We were excited to be in any postseason tournament. With me being a senior, this was my last year. I wanted to embrace any opportunity to play extra games in a postseason tournament.”
Hannemann certainly made the most of the chance to extend her playing career, guiding the Flames to WBI victories over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne, Eastern Michigan and Fairfield and Stephen F. Austin.
The Providence grad scored 71 points and pulled down 26 rebounds in the four postseason games en route to a berth on the All-WBI Team, joining two UIC teammates. The Flames finished 26-9.
“It was nice to see us get recognized with those postseason awards,” Hannemann said. “We felt like we were able to go out and really play well.
“I was focused on this was the last time I would be in a UIC uniform, so this was good.”
Hannemann concluded her career at UIC ranked 14th in points (1,108), ninth in rebounds (605) and free-throws made (268) and fifth in field-goal percentage (.496). She averaged 14.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game during the season, starting all 35 contests.
“I had a great career at UIC,” said Hannemann, who is double-majoring in biology and psychology with the career goal of becoming a physician’s assistant.
“I feel very lucky to have been a part of a program that has progressed since my freshman year. I’ve been a part of a great university. It’s been awesome to be a part of furthering our program.”
Men of Marian
Two Southland residents who are members of the Marian University (Wis.) men’s basketball team received postseason accolades from the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.
Senior guard Jeff Harris (Richards) was chosen to the 2013-14 All-NACC Second Team. The 6-2 Harris averaged 10.2 points and was the leader for the Sabres with 47 three-pointers.
Forward Josh Creed (Brother Rice) was named to the 2013-14 All-Freshman Team. The 6-6 Creed averaged 8.2 points as Marian finished 22-7 overall and 17-3 in the NACC.