Flames Defeat Valpo, 82-75, for Second Straight League Win
Jan. 19, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC women’s basketball team (6-10, 2-1) picked up its second straight Horizon League win with a 82-75 home triumph against Valparaiso (6-10, 1-2) on Saturday afternoon at the UIC Pavilion. Freshman Terri Bender notched a career-high with 22 points as redshirt junior Katie Hannemann tied her all-time high of 20. Bender scored 19 of her 22 points in the second half, totaling 39 second-half points in the past two games. Senior Taylor Foulks recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
“Terri (Bender) has been real consistent for us lately,” said head coach Regina Miller. “I thought Katie (Hannemann) gave us some great production down low today. I’m pleased with our overall effort, but we still have some work to do defensively.”
Thirteen seconds into the contest, Foulks drilled a three pointer that ignited a 7-0 Flames run. Valpo fought their way back with accurate outside shooting as they finished the first half with six treys. UIC found early success in the paint with Hannemann and junior Megan Wallace, combining for 20 first half points and 9-of-12 from the field.
With 15 seconds left to play in the first stanza, Wallace sank 15-foot jumper from the free throw line to put UIC in front 38-37 going into the locker room. Hannemann led all scorers at the break with 12 points as Valpo was piloted by junior Charae Richardson with seven. Richardson finished the game with a team-high 18 points.
The second half witnessed four lead changes in the first five minutes as both squads traded buckets. At the 6:01 mark, UIC took control of the game with a 10-0 run and held a 69-58 lead with 3:19 left to play.
The Crusaders cut that lead to five points with 16 seconds on the clock, but Bender sealed the win with four made free throws in the final seconds. Bender went 9-of-14 from the free throw line in the second half and 10-of-16 for the game.
Junior Emily Kobel provided UIC with a spark off the bench, going 3-of-6 from behind the arc in just 10 minutes of action. Kobel is now 30-of-88 (34.1%) from the outside on the season.
The Flames forced Valparaiso to commit 20 turnovers as UIC totaled a season-high 15 steals with nine in the second period. Bender led the way with a career-high five steals and Foulks chipped in with four as she moves into eighth on UIC’s career steals list with 192.
Eighty two points is the second-highest output for the Flames this season and today’s game is the first win for UIC when allowing more than 70 points under the direction of Regina Miller. Miller is also 18-8 when playing at home with a 5-4 record this year.
The Flames return to action on Thursday at Wright State with tip scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.