Women's Basketball Uses Strong Defensive Effort To Beat Wright State, 57-47|
Jan. 16, 2010
DAYTON, Ohio - The UIC women's basketball team used a strong defensive second half on Saturday afternoon to put away the Wright State Raiders, 57-47.
The Flames (7-10, 4-2 Horizon League) held Wright State (5-10, 1-4 Horizon League) to just 19 points on 30 percent (six-for-20) shooting in the second half.
Using a mixture of full-court pressure and stingy man-t0-man defense, UIC also forced the Raiders into committing 14 second-half turnovers.
"There's no doubt that's what has run our engine, if you will," said UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch after the game. "The games where we come out ready to go defensively and getting after it defensively, then everything else seems to fall in place for us."
"We started the game sluggish on that end, but we threw something different at them in the second half and that seemed to get us going," commented Ryckbosch.
Trailing by two at the break, the Flames forced two Raider turnovers in the opening minutes of the second and went on a brief 7-0 run to grab a lead they would not surrender for the rest of the afternoon.
Individually, redshirt junior Briana Hinkle was the backbone of the defensive swarm that UIC threw at Wright State, recording a career-high five steals.
"Bree stepped up and she certainly did a great job defensively and we needed her to do that," said Ryckbosch.
The Flames were led offensively by senior Jessie Miller who posted her third game of 20 points or more this season. Miller, the team's leading scorer, also tied a career high on Saturday by burying six three-pointers. She finished with a game-high 20 points.
"[Miller] came in with some confidence and swagger and she has that determination as a senior," said Ryckbosch. "We dropped a tough game on Thursday in Detroit and she was determined to get that right. When she plays like that she's pretty tough to stop."
Hinkle was also in double figures for UIC, pouring in 13 points.
UIC did turn the ball over 19 time, as well.
"I'd like to cut those turnovers in half, but I'll certainly take the road win," said Ryckbosch outside the winning locker room.
Erica Richardson led the way for Wright State, scoring 13 points and grabbing nine rebounds. The Flames held Richardson to just four points in the second half. The senior did commit a team-high seven of the Raiders' 23 total turnovers.
Turnovers were also the story in the first half with the two teams combining for 19 in the games' opening 20 minutes. The Flames had three miscues in their first three possessions alone.
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