No. 24 DePaul Downs Women's Basketball, 87-63|
Jan. 6, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - New UIC Women's Basketball Coach Lisa Ryckbosch's return to the DePaul Athletic Center was not a welcome one as the #24-ranked Blue Demons handed her Flames a 87-63 non-conference victory on Monday night.
Ryckbosch served as an assistant coach for DePaul from 1991-2002 under current Blue Demons' coach Doug Bruno.
"I'm obviously excited to come back to DePaul and compete against a ranked team," Ryckbosch said. "Anytime you have that kind of opportunity, it's great for your team and your program.
"Certainly I'm disappointed that we didn't do a better job of competing and executing, but I think it's a learning experience for our program and we certainly aspire to be the team that DePaul is right now," Ryckbosch continued. "We did some good things tonight and we want to build on them throughout the season."
With the victory, DePaul improves to 11-3 on the campaign, while UIC falls to 7-7 overall.
Charlene Smith scored a game-high 24 points to lead DePaul while Ashley Luke (18 points, 4 treys), Jenni Dant (17 points) and Khara Smith (10 points) each turned in solid efforts.
A pair of walk-ons led the charge for UIC on Monday night, as junior forward Tina Thompson scored a team-high 18 points and hauled in eight rebounds, while freshman Chrissy Dizon notched a career-high 12 points and six rebounds. Dizon earned her first career start in place of senior Consuela Hall, who injured her left knee against Butler on Saturday afternoon.
"Tina Thompson had a big night, we lost (Hall) who was averaging close to 30 minutes a game, so when you're only playing with a rotation of eight people, someone has to step up," Ryckbosch said. "I think Tina did a nice job."
The Flames also received solid performances from seniors LeKesha Williams (17 points) and Jaysie Chambers (10 points, 9 rebounds).
DePaul held an early 13-10 lead over the Flames with 12:22 remaining in the first half. The Blue Demons then put it in cruise control as they went on a 16-4 run, led by five points from Luke, and never looked back in the contest.
UIC will be back in action on Thursday evening as they will host Horizon League rival, UW-Milwaukee, at 4:30 p.m. in the UIC Pavilion.