Women's Basketball Rallies For 64-55 Triumph Over UW-Milwaukee|
Jan. 17, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago sophomore guard LaShonda Grant had struggled to find her range recently, shooting just 18.1% from the field over the past three games.
Grant, however, came to play on Monday night tying a career-high with six three-pointers, including five treys in the second half, to finish with a game-high 24 points, lifting the host Flames to the 64-55 Horizon League victory over UW-Milwaukee at the UIC Pavilion on Monday night.
Grant was 7-for-9 from the field, including a perfect, 6-for-6, from beyond the three-point arc.
"Shonda was overdue," UIC Head Coach Lisa Ryckbosch. "She's a good player who works her tail off and can shoot the lights out.
"Tonight was her night."
For the game, UIC shot a season-best, 50% (21-for-42), while connecting for 43.8% (7-for-16) of their three-pointers.
With the victory, UIC improves to 6-11 overall and 3-3 in Horizon League action, while the Panthers fall to 6-9 on the campaign and 3-2 in conference play.
The Flames also received solid performances from junior point guard Chrissy Dizon (9 points), sophomore forward Jacquay Holmes (8 points), sophomore guard Krystal Hugelier (8 points) and senior forward Dejeanette Flournoy (7 points, 9 rebounds).
Ryckbosch praised her squad's defensive effort, particularly down the stretch as UIC went on a 10-0 run to help the Flames rebound from a 47-43 deficit and take a 53-47 lead that they would not relinquish.
"Everything starts with defense," Ryckbosch said. "They showed during that stretch that they have it down.
"There was more effort on the defensive end and everyone understood how important it was," Ryckbosch continued. "I'm really proud of this team.
"They're really growing up."
UWM junior forward Nichole Drummond paced the Panthers with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Kimberly Becker (13 points) and Aubrey Hampton (10 points).
The Flames will be back in action on Thursday afternoon, as they will host Detroit at 4:30 p.m. in the UIC Pavilion.