Green and Bailey Combine for 51; UIC Downs Butler, 77-42
Jan. 19, 2012
CHICAGO - Seniors Shamiea Green (St. Louis, Mo./Normandy) and Jasmine Bailey (St. Louis, Mo./Normandy) combined for 51 points to outscore the entire Butler Bulldog team as the Flames (11-7, 4-3 HL) down the Bulldogs, 77-42, Thursday night inside UIC pavilion. Green totaled 29 points, while Bailey chipped in 22, uniting for the team's highest single-game scoring duo this season.
The 35-point triumph over Butler marks the largest UIC victory since Nov. 20, 2005, when the Flames defeated Alabama State, 84-39.
"I thought Green and Bailey took opportunistic shots, and the team has continued to improve and understand their role," said Head Coach Regina Miller. "On defense we wanted to make their offense rush, and limit their second-shot opportunities."
Butler owned a two-point lead with 17:05 on the clock in the first half and never found themselves on top again as the Flames went on 6-0 run.
UIC gained a 13-point lead in part because of an 8-0 spurt, which was ignited by a three-point play by redshirt sophomore Katie Hannemann (Homer Glen, Ill./Providence), followed by back-to-back jumpers from Bailey to help the Flames find a 32-19 lead with 7:35 left in the first stanza.
The Flames concluded the half on a buzzer beater form redshirt junior Heidi Dahkne as the Flames headed into the locker room with a 47-26 advantage. Green owned a game-high 18 points as Bailey posted 12 to outscore the entire Bulldog squad at the break.
Just like the start of the contest, Bailey knocked down a trey to begin the second half. The Flames continued to build upon their lead as Bailey spurred a seven-point run for UIC, which was capped off with a jumper by Green to find a 72-35 score with 8:08 left to play.
The Flames limited Butler to a mere 16 second half points on just 5-of-27 shooting. UIC also controlled the glass in the final 20 minutes, out-rebounding BU, 26-12.
UIC added an additional five points to the board to close out the 77-42 victory over Butler.
For the game, UIC posted a season-high 10 three-pointers and shot a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line.
The Flames return to action inside the UIC Pavilion Saturday as they take on Valparaiso at 7:00 p.m. (CT).