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FORMER FLAME UPDATE: Hallberg, Brown, Solverson

(3/21/03)

Former UIC coach Bob Hallberg saw his current team complete its most successful season in school history.

Hallberg, the St. Xavier women’s basketball coach, led his team to a 28-6 record and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference title. The Cougars ended the season with a 75-51 loss to Montana-Western in the first round of the NAIA Division I Women’s National Tournament in Jackson, Tenn. on March 20.

Hallberg was the all-time winningest coach in UIC history and just concluded his third season with the Cougar women. St. Xavier played the Flames’ women earlier in the season and lost a hotly-contested 80-72 decision at the Pavilion.

Hallberg’s squad was led by local stars: Junior guard Mary Cain from Maria averaged 15.5 points, while former Stagg forward Jayme Brown averaged 11 points per contest.

The team was featured on WFLD-Ch. 32’s Final Word last Sunday.

MAURICE BROWN: The former UIC forward, who dropped out of school after the 2000-01 season, recently completed his college career at Roberts Wesleyan, an NAIA Division II school in Rochester, N.Y.

The 6-foot-7-inch Brown, who was named to the First-Team All-American Mideast Conference, averaged 18.8 points and 8.7 rebounds in his senior season with the Raiders, who finished 11-17 overall and 5-8 in the conference.

Brown originally enrolled at Rutgers, but did not play before coming to UIC in 1999. With the Flames, he made the MCC’s All-Newcomer Team in 2000 and was Second-Team All-MCC in 2001.

While at UIC, coach Jimmy Collins affectionately called him, "the Beast of the East," stemming from his Syracuse background.

THOR SOLVERSON: The only Flame to play in two NCAA tournament games, Solverson has continued his playing career overseas.

The 6-foot-11 Solverson averaged 11.1 points and 10 rebounds per game for M7 Basket in Sweden. He shot 56 percent from the field.

Solverson spent five years at UIC as he missed the 2000-01 season with a knee injury. He returned to be the Flames’ starting center during the team’s NCAA run in 2001-02 as a senior.

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