Flames Pick Up Ninth Win Versus Youngstown State, 74-64
Jan. 28, 2006
Chicago, Ill. - Picking up its ninth overall win and fifth Horizon League contest, the UIC women's basketball team topped Youngstown State 74-64 at the UIC Pavilion Saturday night.
Despite one of UIC's leading scorers on the bench due to a concussion suffered versus Detroit on Thursday, Chrissy Dizon and LaShonda Grant stepped it up on offense, guiding the Flames to 60 percent from the field in the second half.
Senior Chrissy Dizon netted 30 points, posting a career-high. Dizon beat her previous best of 29 points versus Brown on November 11, 2003. LaShonda Grant chipped in 19 points for the Flames and led UIC with seven rebounds.
Three Penguins posted double figures, paced by Kristy Gaudiose with 16 points. Jessica Schloemp and Ashlee Russo both netted 14 points apiece with Schloemp leading the Penguins with six boards.
Knocking down four-of-five buckets for the Flames in the first half, Dizon doubled UIC's lead (16-8) with 12:34 on the clock.
Youngstown State hit five unanswered points to slice UIC's advantage by three points. The Penguins gained its first lead of the match-up after holding UIC for over three minutes and sparking a 7-0 run.
With five minutes remaining, Dizon netted a bucket to give UIC a 29-28 lead heading into halftime.
Youngstown State continued to knock on UIC's door in the second half, tying it up a 48 all with 8:15 remaining in regulation. Shooting 60 percent in the last 20 minutes of play, UIC picked up its fifth league win, 74-64.
"The team had a sluggish start, but we stepped up on defense and executed on offense," head coach Lisa said. "As long as this team brings energy and focus each game, we can compete with any team in this league."
UIC prepares to battle four straight on the road, starting with league foe Loyola on Saturday, February 4th at 1 pm.