Women's Basketball Breezes Past UW-Milwaukee, 84-73
Jan. 9, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - Senior guard LeKesha Williams led five UIC players in double-figures as the Oklahoma City, Okla., native scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Flames to the 84-73 Horizon League victory over UW-Milwaukee at the UIC Pavilion on Thursday evening.
The Flames also received double-digit performances from Zsuzsa Tarnai (17 points), Jaysie Chambers (16 points), Tina Thompson (14 points) and Chrissy Dizon (11 points) all scored in double figures for the Flames.
With the victory, UIC improves to 8-7 overall and 2-2 in the Horizon League, while the Panthers fall to 5-9 on the campaign and 1-3 in league play.
UIC got off to a commanding start in the first half as the Flames opened up a 48-36 lead heading into the intermission. Williams and Thompson, who earned her first career start, paced the Flames offensively in the first half with 11 and 10 points respectively.
The Flames also kept the Horizon League preseason player of the year, Maria Viall, in check as the junior center accumulated only two points in the opening 20 minutes. Senior guard Jessica Wilhite, however, kept the Panthers in the game as the Glen Ellyn, Ill., native converted three out of four attempts from beyond the three point arc to finish the half with 11 points.
Wilhite, however, would be held in check in the second half as the stingy UIC defense held her scoreless. Viall, however, was unleashed in the second half as the 6-4 post scored 13 of her team high 15 points in the final 20 minutes of the contest.
Viall's counterpart, Tarnai, was able to match her point for point as the Budapest, Hungary native scored eight of her season-high 17 points in the final frame.
UIC will be back in action on January 16th as they will travel to Ohio to take on the Cleveland State Vikings at 6:00 p.m. in the Henry J. Goodman Arena.