Cleveland State Downs Women's Basketball, 82-68.|
Jan. 16, 2003
Cleveland, Ohio - The University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball team tied a team-season high with 52 rebounds, collected 20 offensive rebounds to Cleveland State's nine, outshot the Vikings, 78-59 and dished out 20 assists to CSU's 13.
Cleveland State, however, controlled the contest from the outset and came away with the 82-68 Horizon League victory over the Flames at the Henry J. Goodman Arena on Thursday night.
"When you dig yourself a hole like we did and don't take care of the basketball, and when we get back into the competitive aspects of the game, we didn't make the stops," UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "The most disappointing thing about the game is that we don't value every possession."
For the game, UIC turned the ball over 23 times, including 15 miscues in the first half. Cleveland State converted UIC's errors into 20 points.
Senior center Zsuzsa Tarnai led UIC with a career and game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds, while teammates Jaysie Chambers (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Tina Thompson (10 points) each turned in solid efforts for the Flames. Chambers, also, collected her 1,000th career point in the second half.
"I give (Zsuzsa) all the credit in the world," Ryckbosch said. "She lost her starting job and she asked me what she needed to do.
"I told her to keep doing what your doing," Ryckbosch continued. "I said make me have to start you, don't give me any choice.
"That's exactly what she went out and did."
UIC's leading scorer, LeKesha Williams, who came into the contest averaging 19.1 points per game, was held to nine points for the contest. It was the first time this season that Williams was held to under 10 points and was not the Flames' leading scorer.
With the victory, Cleveland State improves to 3-11 overall and 2-3 in the Horizon League, while the Flames fall to 8-8 on the campaign and 2-3 in league play.
Horizon League pre-season first team selection Erika Roudebush scored a team-high 22 points, while Ashley Schrock (11 rebounds) and Erin Martin each scored 17 points for Cleveland State.
UIC was put behind the eight-ball early as Cleveland State jumped out to an early 24-6 lead, behind five points apiece from Schrock and Roudebush, with 10:43 remaining in the first half. The Vikings extended that lead to 39-19 with 2:03 left in the opening frame, when the Flames countered with a 9-2, behind seven points and a four-point play by Tarnai, to end the period trailing 41-28.
UIC put forth a valiant effort in the second half and drew to within 68-59 with 3:15 left in the game following a Chambers' jumper. UIC was forced to foul for the rest of the game and Cleveland State converted 14-of-18 of their charity tosses to seal the victory.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday night, as they will host the Detroit Titans in a Horizon League matchup at 7:00 p.m. in the UIC Pavilion.