Comeback Falls Short For Women's Basketball At Loyola
Jan. 8, 2011
CHICAGO - The UIC women's basketball team staged a ferocious comeback on Saturday afternoon, however it was not enough to overcome the Loyola Ramblers as they fell 69-58 in Rogers Park.
UIC (7-7, 2-1 Horizon League) trailed by as many as 18 points in the game Saturday, however they could not overcome a poor shooting afternoon to top Loyola (8-6, 2-1 Horizon League). The Flames shot 34.8-percent (23-for-66) from the field following back-to-back 50-percent efforts in their last two games.
The Ramblers controlled the game from the start, rushing out to a quick 9-0 lead. The home team would extend the lead to as many as 18 points in the opening half with just over a minute to play following a jumper by point guard Katie Kortekamp. A lay-up by UIC's Briana Hinkle with 34 seconds to go in the opening frame made it 39-23 in favor of Loyola at halftime.
Hinkle led the Flames with 12 points at the break, while senior Kristin Petrinec chipped in six off the bench. Loyola's leading scorer, Monica Albano, led all players with 14 points in the first half.
"We weren't ready to play," said UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch after the game. "Loyola did a great job of capitalizing that and taking it to us. They ran the floor like we try to run the floor and they got going and feeling good about themselves."
The Flames came out fired up in the second half opening the period with a 9-2 run of their own, seven points of which came from leading scorer Shameia Green who was held to just two points in the first half.
UIC sliced the deficit down to five points following another lay-up by Green with just over four minutes to go in the game and again following a pair of free throws by Jasmine Bailey with 1:59 to go, but that was as close as the Flames could get.
"I was pleased with effort to try to get back, but we were so far down the hill, every time we would get close and almost make it to the top, they had an answer," said Ryckbosch.
Green finished with a game-high 21 points and corralled eight rebounds for UIC. Hinkle poured in 20 points to go along with seven rebounds and four steals. Albano finished with 17 points leading a quartet of Ramblers in double figures.
UIC will continue its three-game road trip on Wednesday night when they head north to take on the Milwaukee Panthers at 7 p.m.