Women's Basketball Outmuscles Loyola, 80-69.|
Jan. 23, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball team out-rebounded Loyola, 51-31, including 22 offensive boards, as the Flames picked up the 80-69 Horizon League victory at the Joseph J. Gentile Center on Thursday night.
Senior forward Jaysie Chambers led the rebounding charge for the Flames as she scored 16 points and collected a career-high 16 caroms.
"Jaysie obviously had a big night, but it wasn't just Jaysie," UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "Everybody was attacking the glass like we set out to do and that got us over the hump."
Junior forward Tina Thompson earned her first double-double of her career with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard LeKesha Williams was one rebound short of a double-double as the Oklahoma City, Okla., native notched a game-high 28 points and nine rebounds. Williams was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free-throw line.
With the victory, UIC improves to 10-8 overall and 4-3 in the Horizon League, while Loyola falls to 7-12 on the campaign and 4-4 in league play.
Guard Ciara Henderson was one of five Loyola players in double-figures with a team-high 14 points, while teammates Laura Milkert (13 points), Meskhenet Lands (13 points), Sarah Hamilton (11 points) and Tracy Hoffman (11 points) each turned in solid efforts for the Ramblers.
Ryckbosch was pleased with her squad's effort, but knows that there is a long road ahead for her squad.
"We're trying to separate ourselves from the pack," Ryckbosch said. "You have Green Bay at the top and then there's everybody else.
"It's our job now to take one game at a time and try to continue to separate ourselves from the pack."
UIC will be back in action on Saturday as they will host Youngstown State in a Horizon League tilt at 2:00 p.m. in the UIC Pavilion.