Flames Fall to Youngstown State, 69-58
Jan. 11, 2014
CHICAGO – The UIC women's basketball team (11-4, 0-2 HL) dropped its conference home opener Saturday (Jan. 11) with a 69-58 loss to Youngstown State (6-9, 2-0 HL). Rachel Story, Ruvanna Campbell and Emily Kobel all scored 11 points for the Flames.
Youngstown State’s Heidi Schlegel scored a game-high 28 points and the Penguins shot 48 percent from the floor (21-of-43). Youngstown State was 7-of-16 from downtown and held the Flames to 32 percent shooting (22-of-68).
“They are dangerous from beyond the arc and we allowed too many open threes today. They did not miss when left open,” said UIC head coach Regina Miller. “(Heidi) Schlegel out-hustled us and played a solid game. She was the best post player on the court.”
UIC committed 26 fouls and sent YSU to the free throw line 28 times, where the Penguins made 20 attempts. YSU out-rebounded UIC 47-33, the second straight contest UIC has lost the battle on the boards.
The Penguins took an early 20-12 advantage and never relinquished the lead. UIC went on a 9-2 run to narrow the YSU lead to 22-21 on Story’s layup with 7:21 left in the first half. The Penguins responded with a 7-0 run and UIC never got closer than five points the rest of the contest.
Campbell scored 10 second-half points on her way to 11. She also collected six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Campbell has scored in double-figures a team-high 14 times this season.
Story had seven first-half points and finished with 11. She also picked up four assists and two steals. Story has been in double-figures in 16 straight contests dating back to last season.
Kobel was 3-of-7 from beyond the arc and finished with 11 points. She now owns 116 career made three-pointers and passed Robyn Frascati (1985-89) into eighth all-time in program history. Kobel needs five more triples to move past Shamiea Green (2007-12) into seventh place.
Sophomore Terri Bender continued her stellar defensive play with five steals. She owns 32 steals over the last nine games (3.6 steals per contest). UIC tied season highs in forced turnovers (22) and steals (12). Bender also added 10 points, including eight after halftime.
UIC is next in action Thursday (Jan. 16) when the Flames travel to Michigan to take on Detroit (3-13, 0-3 HL). Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT inside Calihan Hall.