Women's Basketball Snaps Three-Game Losing Streak Against Youngstown State

UIC rookie LaShonda Grant scored a career-high 14 points on Thursday.
UIC rookie LaShonda Grant scored a career-high 14 points on Thursday.

Jan. 8, 2004

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Youngstown, Ohio - The University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball team held Youngstown State to one field goal over the last 8:45 of the second half in their Horizon League contest on Thursday night, earning the 64-57 victory, snapping their three-game losing streak, over the Penguins at the Beeghly Center on Thursday night.

"I feel like we made progress and that's what its all about," UIC Head Coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "I was impressed how we hung in there in the end in a hostile environment.

"We stayed strong about ourselves and each other and that's what its all about."

With the victory, UIC improves to 6-7 overall and 1-3 in Horizon League action, while the Penguins drop to 1-12 on the campaign and 0-3 in conference play.

Freshman guard LaShonda Grant posted a career-high 14 points for UIC, followed by Chrissy Dizon (11 points) and Chastity Quinn (10 points).

"I'm really pleased with (Grant's) progress," Ryckbosch said. "She struggled early with transition from high school to college, but I think she's starting to do some good things with our team shooting the ball.

"I'm happy to see her playing how I knew she was capable of playing."

For the game, UIC shot a blistering 48.9% (23-for-47) from the field and 42.9% (6-for-14) from three-point range.

Youngstown State's Cathy Hanek tallied a game-high 16 points, followed by Tara Fleming (13 points) and Ashlee Russo (11 points).

UIC will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, as they will travel to Kentucky to square off with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at 2:30 p.m. (CST).