Flames Defeat Oakland, 78-65, to Sweep Michigan Road Trip|
Jan. 18, 2014
ROCHESTER, Mich. - The UIC women's basketball team (13-4, 2-2 HL) evened its conference record Saturday (Jan. 18) with a 78-65 road win over Oakland (7-10, 2-2 HL) at the Athletics Center O’rena. Rachel Story scored a game-high 25 points to lead four Flames in double-figures.
UIC’s 13-4 overall record is the program’s best start in the Division I era (1980-present). Ruvanna Campbell grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds to go along with 16 points. The last UIC player with at least 20 rebounds was Dejeanette Flournoy (23) on Dec. 14, 2003.
Katie Hannemann also picked up a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Campbell and Hannemann both collected double-doubles for the third time this season (Idaho State and SIUE).
“Today’s win was a solid team effort in a challenging environment,” said UIC head coach Regina Miller. “Oakland’s gym offers a few challenges for opposing shooters and we struggled the last time we played here in 2011. We shot much better in the first half but Ruvanna and Katie’s effort on the offensive glass allowed us to retain the lead after halftime.”
UIC out-rebounded Oakland 57-36 and collected a season-high 24 offensive rebounds. The Flames had 18 of their 24 offensive rebounds in the second half. The 57 rebounds are also a season high and the most since Dec. 14, 2012 against Roosevelt.
All of UIC’s 28 points in the paint were second-chance points. The Flames are 13-1 this season when winning the battle on the boards.
The Flames were 26-of-40 from the charity stripe, the seventh time this season UIC has made 20-plus free throws. UIC held Oakland to 32 percent shooting (22-of-68) from the field.
UIC took control of the contest early and never relinquished the lead. The Flames held their biggest lead of the game at 35-17 on Gisselle Truiett’s jumper with 3:56 left in the first half. Oakland went on an 8-0 run to end the half to narrow the UIC lead to nine at 37-28 going into the locker room.
Olivia Nash’s three-pointer with 10:24 remaining in the game got Oakland within five at 54-49. The Golden Grizzlies pulled within 68-62 with 1:51 left but the Flames pulled away with eight straight free throws and strong defense.
Campbell’s performance was her League-leading tenth double-double of the season. Her 21 rebounds are the fifth highest nationally in a single game this season and the fourth best in program history. Campbell collected nine offensive rebounds, including seven in the second half.
Story was 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. All six of Story’s free throws in the second half came with less than 1:19 left on the clock. She also tied her season high with four steals.
Story has been in double-figures in 18 straight contests dating back to last season. Story now owns seven 20-point performances this season and 18 in her UIC career.
Hannemann picked up her fifth double-double this season and the tenth of her career. Sophomore guard Terri Bender contributed 11 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals.
UIC continues Horizon League play at home Tuesday (Jan. 21) against Valparaiso (2-13, 0-2 HL). The contest is set to begin at 7 p.m. CT inside the UIC Pavilion. The Crusaders dropped an 88-55 decision at Oakland on Wednesday (Jan. 15).