Women's Basketball Downs Youngstown State, 76-60|
Jan. 25, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - It was a tale of two different halves for the University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball team in their Horizon League tilt against Youngstown State on Saturday afternoon.
UIC struggled in the opening 20 minutes as they shot 36.7% from the field and turned the ball over 12 times and hung on to a 40-38 lead at the intermission.
The Flames, however, turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, forcing 15 Youngstown State turnovers, and kept control of the ball as they went on a 22-6 run over a seven minute span to earn the 76-60 victory over the Penguins.
"That's been kind of our M.O. lately," UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "We've been giving up a lot of points in the first half and then coming back and really hunkering down on defense.
With the victory, UIC improves to 11-8 overall and 5-3 in the Horizon League, while the Penguins fall to 4-13 on the campaign and 1-6 in league play.
Senior forward Jaysie Chambers led four different players in double-figures for UIC with a game and season-high 18 points and 11 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season.
"(Jaysie) is stepping up," Ryckbosch said. "She's played well for us all year long, but she's starting to take it to a whole new level."
Senior guard LeKesha Williams drained a career-high five three-pointers and finished with 17 points, while junior forward Tina Thompson (14 points) and freshman point guard Chrissy Dizon (11 points) each turned in impressive performances for the Flames.
Coming out of the intermission, each team traded baskets with the Flames holding a 45-44 lead over the Penguins with 16:40 left in the second half. UIC responded with a 12-0 run, led by six points from Chambers, to put the Flames ahead 57-44 and out of reach for Youngstown State.
Youngstown State junior guard Devin Novak came off the bench to lead the Penguins with 13 points, followed by Melissa Tarrant (12 points), Jen Perugini (10 points), Jessica Forsythe (10 points) and Michelle Holmes (10 points).
UIC will be back in action on Saturday, February 1st, as they will head to Wisconsin to take on nationally-ranked #16 UW-Green Bay at 3:00 p.m.