Flames Fall in Non-Conference Finale Against Bulldogs

Rachel Story scored a team-high 23 points against Butler.
Rachel Story scored a team-high 23 points against Butler.

Jan. 5, 2013

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CHICAGO – The UIC women’s basketball team (4-9) dropped its final non-conference game of the season at home against Butler (9-6) by a final score of 84-61 on Saturday afternoon at the UIC Pavilion.  The Flames were led by junior Rachel Story with 23 points, her fourth 20-point performance of the year.  Story shot 8-of-15 from the floor and dished out five assists.  The Bulldogs relied heavily on their leading scorer Daress McClung as she tallied 31 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 13-of-17 from the field.

“We gave up too many baskets in transition,” said head coach Regina Miller.  “We focus a lot of practice time on transition defense and unfortuanatley that did not show today.  We need more consistent scoring and more of a post presence from game-to-game.  I thought we lost the game because of our defense, but we didn’t do ourselves any favors on offense either.”

It was all McClung in the first half as she scored the first 12 points for Butler and had Bulldogs in front 18-4 by the 12:56 mark.  The transfer from Cincinnati finished the first half with 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting.  UIC answered back with a 10-0 run and chopped BU’s lead down to 18-14 with 8:53 remaining in the first period.

Butler kept pushing the pace and executed a 17-2 offensive spurt over the next four minutes to amass its largest lead of the first half, 35-16.  The Flames were able to cut the Bulldog advantage down to eight points (40-32) by halftime, which was spurred by a pair of three pointers from freshman Terri Bender and junior Emily Kobel.

Story paced UIC at the break with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting and senior Taylor Foulks led the team in rebounds with five.  Thirty of Butler’s 40 first-half points came in the paint as they shot 16-of-32 (50%) from the floor in the first 20 minutes compared to 12-of-31 (38.7%) for UIC.

The Bulldogs came out quick to start the second half and built a 49-34 lead within the first two minutes of the period.  UIC regrouped and scored 13 of the next 15 points, including seven from Story, to slice BU’s edge to 51-47 by the 12:54 mark.

The Flames seemed to have run out of gas down the stretch, giving up 33 points in the final 12 minutes and 30 seconds as UIC netted just 14 points in that span.  BU sophomore Taylor Schippers was the main facilitator for the Bulldogs in the second half with six assists and 10 total for game. 

UIC will open up Horizon League play at home on Wednesday in conjunction with the men’s team for a double-header on Wednesday, hosting Cleveland State for a 4:30 p.m. CT tip.  The men will play preseason favorite Valparaiso at approximately 7:00 p.m.