Women's Hoops Bit By Butler
Jan. 13, 2001
Chicago, Ill. - Despite Kimberly Henry and Melea Clark combining for 43 points on the night, the UIC women's basketball team was unable to overcome Butler's early hot shooting and its dominance on the boards as the Bulldogs doused the Flames, 68-59, Saturday at the UIC Pavilion.
Butler (6-9, 1-1 MCC), which had an extra day off as they played Loyola on Wednesday while UIC contested Wright State on Thursday, seemed energized right from the start as they scored the games first nine points and eventually pushed the lead to 17 (27-10) with 9:18 remaining in the opening period.
The Flames would chip away at the Bulldogs lead, but with Butler shooting 55% from the floor in the first half and outrebounding UIC 26-9 they took a 10-point lead (39-39) into intermission.
UIC would make a charge coming out of halftime as Clark and Amanda Bartz knocked in three-pointers to open the period to pull the Flames within four (39-35). After a lay-up by Valerie Burg that put Butler back up six (41-35), Clark converted a three-point play to pull her team within three (41-38) with 16:27 left. That is close as the Flames would get, though, as the Bulldogs went on a 16-5 run to build a 14-point advantage (57-43) they would never relinquish.
Henry finished with a season-high tying 23 points while also adding six steals and four assists to lead the team. Clark chipped in with 20 points and three assists, but it was not enough for the Flames as they fell to 4-11 on the season, 1-1 in the MCC.
Butler owned the glass in this contest as they outrebounded UIC, who was playing without injured forward and leading rebounder Jaysie Chambers, 50-26. Valerie Burg's double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds led the Bulldogs while Sarah Bolten also tallied a career-high 16 points in the win.
UIC is back in action on Thursday, Jan. 18, as they travel to the Motor City to take on Detroit at 6:00 p.m.