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    Flames Collect Fourth Straight Win; Defeat Loyola 57-56

    Sophomore Emily Kobel shot 3-of-5 from three-point range in the 57-56 win over Loyola.
    Sophomore Emily Kobel shot 3-of-5 from three-point range in the 57-56 win over Loyola.
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    Jan. 28, 2012

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    CHICAGO - The UIC women's basketball team picked up its fourth-straight win with a 57-56 triumph at Loyola on Saturday afternoon.  The Flames improve to 13-7 overall and 6-3 in the Horizon League.  Senior Kiara Strickland set a new career high in rebounds with 14, while totaling 11 points.  Senior Shamiea Green scored a team high 16 points as sophomore Emily Kobel recorded 11.  Loyola's Abby Skube led all scorers with 21 points on 4-of-7 three-point shooting.

    "Anytime you win on the road in this league it's a good win," said head coach Regina Miller.  "We didn't execute in the way I know we are capable of and we had trouble scoring the ball.  I'm happy about the win, but we need to play more consistent."

    The Flames shot a dismal 30.5 percent from the floor and 22 percent from three-point range.  UIC's deep threats in junior Taylor Foulks and senior Jasmine Bailey both went 1-of-8 from the outside.

    One clear advantage for UIC was on the boards as the Flames out-rebounded the Ramblers 47-25, including 28 offensive boards which produced 17 second chance points for UIC.

    At the 16:15 mark of the first half with the Flames down 7-4, UIC administered an 8-1 run over the next four minutes, gaining control of a 12-8 lead.

    With 9:38 on the clock Kobel checked in off the bench and drilled her first three of the game, extending UIC's edge to 17-12.  From that point, Loyola triggered an 11-3 spurt and brought the score to 23-20 with 4:10 remaining in the period.

    The Flames regained the lead at the 1:32 mark on a Bailey trey only to see it slip away as LU's Skube nailed a three of her own 24 seconds later, giving the Ramblers a 26-25 advantage.

    With 30 seconds on the ticker, Kobel swished her second first-half deep ball to retain the 28-26 edge for UIC as both teams headed into the locker room.

    At the half, Green piloted the Flames with seven points, while Strickland owned six points and seven rebounds.

    Both teams clamped down on defense to open the second half as each squad posted a mere five points in the first seven minutes.

    With 1:38 left in the game and score tied at 53-53, Foulks connected on her only three of the afternoon, yielding the 56-53 lead to UIC.

    After a failed offensive possession for the Ramblers, Green sank 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to go up four with just under 16 seconds remaining.

    LU's Albano made good on a buzzer-beater three to finalize the Flames victory, 57-56.

    The Flames resume play at Wright State on Thursday, Feb. 2 with game time set at 6 p.m CT.