Women's Basketball Rolls Past Wright State, 82-66
Jan. 2, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - UIC senior LeKesha Williams tallied a career-high 29 points to lift the Flames to an 82-66 victory over visiting Wright State on Thursday night at the UIC Pavilion.
The win snapped UIC's (7-5) four-game losing streak, and leveled its Horizon League record at 1-1 on the year. The Raiders, meanwhile, dropped to 2-9 overall, 0-1 in league play this season with the loss.
"I was so pleased about the first half," UIC Head Coach Lisa Ryckbosch said after the game. "We pushed the ball better than we have all year. We moved the ball better than we had all year."
The Flames, who led by 33 points (69-36) with 9:55 remaining in the second half, watched its lead trimmed to 12 with 3:24 left, as the Raiders reeled off a 25-4 run. UIC would quickly go on a 7-0 run of their own, though, over the next three minutes to put the game out of reach.
"We started to lose things when we stopped taking care of the details," Ryckbosch said. "We had 16 (turnovers) in the second half.
"We can't be a productive team if we turn the ball over that much."
Williams, who scored 24 of her personal-best 29 points in the first half, was one of three Flames to score in double figures versus Wright State.
Tiffany Webb paced three Raiders in double figures with 16 points, 14 of which came in the second half.
UIC shot 44% for the game and outrebounded Wright State, 52-25.
The Flames opened the game on an 11-2 run and never looked back versus the Raiders. Williams outscored Wright State 24-20 in the first half en route to a 49-20 UIC lead at intermission.
The Flames, who shot only 39% in the opening frame, pulled down 20 offensive rebounds, outrebouding the Raiders 33-15. UIC also forced Wright State into 16 first-half turnovers, which led to 22 Flames points.
The Flames will be back in action on Saturday as they travel to Indianapolis, Ind., to take on Horizon League rival, Butler, at 1:00 p.m., at Hinkle Fieldhouse.