Sharpshooting Penguins Defeat Flames, 67-54

Junior Rachel Story
Junior Rachel Story

Jan. 31, 2013

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CHICAGO - The UIC women's basketball team (6-13, 2-4) suffered a home loss against Youngstown State on Thursday night by a final score of 67-54 inside the UIC Pavilion.  Junior Rachel Story paced the Flames with 19 points as YSU's Brandi Brown led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting.  Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann and senior Taylor Foulks joined Story in double digits with 12 points apiece.

Youngstown State scored nearly half of its points from behind the arc, shooting 11-of-27 (40.7) from three.  Twenty two turnovers also plagued the Flames as YSU was able to score 18 points off those miscues.

The opening minutes witnessed a back-and-affair with four ties and nine lead changes by the 10:35 mark.  UIC came out red hot on the offensive end, sinking their first five field goal attempts and held a slim 18-16 lead after nine minutes into the game.

YSU's Brown scored nine of the Penguins' first 12 points, but after the 15:35 mark was held scoreless for the rest of the period.  Six three pointers in the first half allowed YSU to build a 10-point lead (32-22) with just under two minutes left to play in the half.  Youngstown State also had a huge advantage in bench production, outscoring the Flames 16-0 in the opening frame.

The Penguins closed out the first half on an 11-2 run and headed into the locker in front, 35-24.

Hannemann paced the Flames at the break with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting as YSU was piloted by Brown and Touvelle with nine points apiece.  The Penguin duo combined for 5-of-9 from the outside in the first half.

Story and Foulks combined to score the first nine points for UIC to open the second half, but YSU's Brown rattled off eight points in just over six minutes to keep the Penguins ahead, 45-35 by the 13:55 mark.

Youngstown State extended that lead out to 12 points (49-37) and then the Flames fought their way back into the game with an 8-1 spurt, bringing the YSU edge to 50-45 with 8:26 on the ticker.

The Penguins wasted no time in halting UIC's momentum and administered a 14-4 spurt over the next four minutes, widening the their advantage to 64-49 with 3:33 left to play.

The final dagger came at the 2:22 mark on three-ball from YSU's Liz Hornberger, which put the Penguins in front, 67-51, their largest lead of the evening.

Junior Emily Kobel recorded the last points of the game on a deep trey with just over one minute left on the clock, cementing the final score of 67-54.

The Flames return to action on Saturday at Green Bay with tip scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.