Flames Drop Overtime Heartbreaker in League Opener

Taylor Foulks finished the night with eight points, 13 rebounds and six steals.
Taylor Foulks finished the night with eight points, 13 rebounds and six steals.

Jan. 9, 2013

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CHICAGO – The UIC women’s basketball team (4-10, 0-1) suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss in the Horizon League opener against Cleveland State (9-5, 1-0) on Wednesday night by final score of 73-69.  Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann piloted the Flames with 17 points as junior Emily Kobel was close behind with 15.  Senior Taylor Foulks grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds.

Cleveland State had the early advantage and owned an 18-8 lead by the 11:15 mark.  CSU’s Cori Coleman was red hot from the outside, going 4-of-4 from three in the first half with 13 points.  The Flames answered back with a 13-3 run over the next six minutes as Hannemann dropped in three straight layups within a span of 75 seconds.  She finished the first period with a team-high eight points.

The Flames did an outstanding job of defending CSU’s Shalonda Winton in the first half, limiting her to just five points, all from the free throw line, and 0-of-9 from the field. 

UIC headed into the locker room knotted at 30-30, marking just the third time this season the Flames have not been behind on the count.

The Flames owned the paint in the first half, outscoring CSU 20-6, and forced the Vikings to commit 11 turnovers.

Cleveland State controlled the opening minutes of the second half and jumped in front, 41-36, by the 13:01 mark.  UIC regrouped and administered a 14-0 run, amassing a 50-41 lead with 6:33 left to play.  Hannemann scored 10 points during that stretch and forced CSU into nearly an eight-minute scoring drought.

UIC reached its largest lead of the game of 11 (54-43) at the 4:58 mark, but then CSU went on a 9-0 run to cut the Flames’ edge down to 54-52.

Winton had a chance to tie the score with two free throws with 57 seconds left, missing the first shot and making the second, bringing CSU to within one point (54-53).

Junior Rachel Story put the Flames up three (56-53) with a pair of free throws as 24 seconds remained in the game.

CSU’s Coleman then drilled a trey with 13 seconds on the clock, knotting the score at 56-56.  Story attempted a last second jumper from the left wing that hit the front end of the rim and the game was sent into overtime.

Both squads traded two buckets each to start the extra frame.  CSU’s Green then swished a three ball with 2:05 on the clock to put the Vikings in front, 63-60, in which they never relinquished. The Vikings scored the next six points with four coming off free throws.

Freshman Terri Bender and Kobel kept the Flames close with a pair of late threes, but it wasn’t enough as CSU pulled out the 73-69 road win.

The Flames return to action on Saturday, Jan. 12 at city-rival Loyola with tip scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.