Women's Basketball Uses Trey To Down Youngstown State, 56-51

Freshman guard LaShonda Grant posted a career-high 18 points against Youngstown State on Thursday.
Freshman guard LaShonda Grant posted a career-high 18 points against Youngstown State on Thursday.

Jan. 29, 2004

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Chicago, Ill. - If only University of Illinois at Chicago guard LaShonda Grant could play against Youngstown State every day.

Grant tallied a game and career-high 18 points, including five three-pointers, to lift the host Flames to the 56-51 Horizon League victory over Youngstown State at the UIC Pavilion on Thursday night.

"One of the things we focused on is our need to create some easy baskets and to be able to score points," UIC Head Coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "We've been close in every game and done well defensively but came up short because we didn't make shots.

"We needed to create easy baskets which plays into LaShonda's hands," Ryckbosch continued. "We haven't been exploiting our depth and athleticism and that's Shonda's strengths."

Grant's previous career-high came on January 8th, as she came off the bench with a team-high 14 points to lift the Flames to the 64-57 victory over the Penguins.

Sophomore Chrissy Dizon turned in a solid effort for the Flames with 14 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists.

"The energy that she brings when her game is cranked, is nothing short of stunning," Ryckbosch said. "The number of times her presence, aggression and activity, she creates so much defensively.

"She was a one woman wrecking crew."

With the victory, UIC improves to 8-11 overall and 3-6 in Horizon League action, while the Penguins fall to 2-17 on the campaign and 0-8 in conference play.

UIC converted eight three-pointers on the evening, tying a season-high set against Holy Cross on November 28, 2003. That performance helped the Flames overcome a poor 7-for-31 outing from inside the arc.

Youngstown State's Kristy Gaudiose led the Penguins with 15 points, while Barb Fabianova added 11 points.

The Flames will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, as they will host Detroit in a Horizon League tilt at 3:00 p.m. (CST) in the UIC Pavilion.