Women's Basketball Suffers Tough Road Loss at Detroit, 74-68

Katie Hannemann was one point shy of her career high with 19 points against Detroit.
Katie Hannemann was one point shy of her career high with 19 points against Detroit.

Jan. 26, 2013

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CHICAGO – The UIC women’s basketball team (6-12, 2-3) suffered a tough road loss at Detroit (10-7, 3-2) by a final score of 74-68 on Saturday afternoon at Calihan Hall.  The score was tied at 68-68 with 1:43 left to play, but the Titans came up with big defensive stops down the stretch and scored the last six points of the game for the Horizon League triumph.

Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann led UIC with 19 points, shooting 8-of-13 from the field.  Junior Emily Kobel recorded 13 points, including nine from behind the arc as junior Rachel Story and Taylor Foulks added 11 and 10, respectively.  Junior Megan Wallace tied a career-high in rebounds with nine and freshman Terri Bender equaled an all-time best with six assists.

The Flames limited Detroit’s Shareta Brown to just two free throws in the second half and 15 points for day.  Her season averages of 24.1 points per game and 60 percent field goal shooting ranked second in the nation prior to the game.

“It was a hard-fought game,” said head coach Regina Miller.  “Our effort was there all game, but we just let it slip away in the end.  Katie (Hannemann) had a tall order today against Brown and she stepped to the challenge.”

The Flames found some early success on the offensive end, starting the game 6-of-10 from the field and amassed a 14-8 lead by the 12:08 mark.  Detroit cut the Flames’ edge down to 14-13, but then UIC administered a 9-2 run over the next three minutes with balanced scoring from four different Flames’ players.

Detroit came firing back with a 15-2 offensive spurt led by Brown who tallied seven points during the stretch.  The Titans took hold of the lead at the 5:21 mark, 25-23, and extended their advantage to 30-25 with four minutes left in the period.

The Flames rattled off the next six points and recaptured the lead, 31-30, before giving up seven straight to Detroit to end the half.  The Titans owned a 37-31 edge at the break.

UDM’s Brown finished the first half with 13 points, shooting 6-of-9 from the floor as UIC was paced by Hannemann with 10 points, shooting 5-of-7. 

The Flames totaled a season-best two turnovers in the first half and forced Detroit to commit 11 miscues, which resulted in 16 points for UIC.

In the early stages of the second half, Detroit seemed to be pulling away from UIC as the Titans widened their lead to 46-37 by the 16:40 mark.  Just then Hannemann and Wallace combined for nine points in three minutes, pulling the Flames to within three (49-46).  UDM’s Brown was sent to the bench with four fouls with 14:17 left on the clock as UIC looked to capitalize on her absence.

Later in the half, with Detroit back up by eight points (54-46), the Flames ripped off a 9-2 run that included a three-point play from Terri Bender and back-to-back deep balls from Kobel.

The Flames were able to tie the score at 66-66 with 2:13 remaining in the game on a 35-foot three-ball from Foulks.  The Titans then connected on two free throws to go ahead 68-66 just before Story made good on a contested layup to even the score once again, 68-68.

Detroit held UIC scoreless in final 1:43 and netted six consecutive points to close out the game.

The Flames shot 13-of-26 (50%) in the second half as Detroit went 10-of-30 (33.3%).  The Titans found their advantage at the charity stripe in the final period, shooting 14-of-18 compared to UIC’s 3-of-8.

The Flames return home on Thursday as they host Youngstown State at 4:30 p.m. CT.  The men’s team will play Green Bay immediately following the women’s contest at approximately 7 p.m.