Flames Drop Thriller to Wright State, 77-74
Feb. 1, 2014
CHICAGO - The UIC women's basketball team (16-5, 5-3 HL) dropped a thrilling Horizon League contest Saturday (Feb. 1) to Wright State (16-6, 5-2 HL) by a final score of 77-74. The game featured 11 lead changes and a last second three-point attempt by Terri Bender that fell just short.
Redshirt sophomore Ruvanna Campbell had 22 points and 15 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season while senior Rachel Story poured in 18 points for the Flames. Wright State’s Kim Demmings, the Horizon League’s Preseason Player of the Year, played all 40 minutes and scored a game-high 28 points.
UIC shot 50 percent from the field, including 62 percent in the second half, but 47 percent from the free throw line (11-of-23) and 17 percent from three-point land (3-of-17). Meanwhile, Wright State hit seven three-pointers and made 18-of-24 shots from the foul line.
The Raiders turned 24 UIC turnovers into 34 points and scored 14 second-chance points. UIC won the rebounding battle (44-35) for the 18th time this season and scored 42 points in the paint.
UIC’s defense was stifling early as the Flames jumped out to an 18-9 lead at the 9:09 mark following an 8-0 run. The nine-point advantage was UIC’s largest of the contest and Wright State slowly chipped away at the Flames’ lead. Demmings scored eight points in the final 3:11 before halftime and the Raiders took a 35-30 lead going into the break.
Wright State’s lead was three at 46-43 when UIC used a 9-0 run to go up 52-46 with 10:52 remaining. UIC was up 62-59 with 5:26 left but the Raiders went on a 15-3 run over the next 3:21 to take their largest lead of the game at 74-65.
UIC scored nine out of the next 11 points and narrowed the Wright State advantage to 76-74 with nine seconds left. Tay’ler Mingo’s free throw pushed the Raider lead to three and Bender’s last-second three-point attempt came up just short.
Campbell picked up her third consecutive 20-point effort and third straight double-double. She owns seven 20-point performances and five 15-plus rebound efforts this season.
Campbell was 9–of-12 from the field and tied her career high of four steals in 40 minutes of action. She scored 14 second-half points to keep the Flames close.
Story was 7-of-18 from the field for her 18th double-digit performance of the season. She scored 11 second-half points on 4-of-8 shooting. Story is averaging 24.6 points over the last three contests.
Bender finished with 12 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals. She owns 23 steals over the last seven games (3.3 spg). Bender was 4-of-9 from the field and 4-of-5 from the foul line in her 11th double-figure performance of the 2013-14 campaign.
Senior Katie Hannemann scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting and entered the program’s top 20 scorers. She is now tied with Jo Ellen Swanson (1982-87) for 19th place with 854 career points. Over the last four games, Hannemann has converted 64.5 percent of her field-goal attempts (20-of-31).
UIC continues a three-game homestand Tuesday (Feb. 4) against Oakland (8-12, 3-4 HL). The contest is set to begin at 7 p.m. CT inside the UIC Pavilion. UIC’s 16-5 overall record is the program’s best mark through 21 games in the Division I era (1980-present).