Phoenix Rout Flames, 99-53
Feb. 2, 2013
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The UIC women's basketball team (6-14, 2-5) dropped a Horizon League road contest at #rv/rv Green Bay (17-2, 7-0) on Saturday afternoon at the Kress Center by a final score of 99-53. The Phoenix built up a 30-point halftime lead and kept their foot on the throttle to give UIC its worst loss since Dec. 12, 2003 (DePaul 106, UIC 60).
Green Bay recorded five players in double figures with senior Lydia Bauer leading the way with 23 points. The Phoenix racked up 34 assists and shot 36-of-63 (57.1%) from the floor, including 10-of-24 (41.7%) from behind the arc. The paint was wide open for Green Bay as they outscored UIC, 50-10, from the inside.
"Green Bay continues to be Green Bay," said head coach Regina Miller. "If you make any mistakes they will exploit them and make you pay. We made a lot of mistakes today that you cannot do against a great team like Green Bay."
Senior Taylor Foulks led the Flames with 14 points, including four made three pointers, which brings her four-year total to 208 and a tie for third on the UIC's career leaderboard. Junior Rachel Story chipped in with 12 points to post her 16th double-digit scoring performance of the season.
After back-to-back threes from Foulks, UIC jumped in front of Green Bay, 6-4, in early goings. The Phoenix took hold of the lead (7-6) at the 17:29 mark off the trey by Bauer and the teams proceeded to trade buckets for the next four minutes.
With the score in favor of Green Bay, 11-9, the Phoenix executed a dominating 22-0 run that brought their advantage to 33-9 with 5:27 left in the first half. During that stretch, Green Bay held UIC scoreless for nearly nine minutes as Foulks finally ended the drought with a layup at the 5:04 mark.
Green Bay wasn't finished as they rattled off the next nine points, bringing the score to 42-11 with 3:17 on the clock, their largest lead of the first half.
The Flames seemed to be gaining back some momentum with a 10-4 mini spurt towards the end of the period, but that was quickly squashed on a made three by Jenny Gilbertson as the halftime buzzer sounded. The Phoenix owned a 51-21 lead at the break.
Green Bay forced UIC to commit 13 turnovers in the first half, which produced 20 points for Phoenix. The Flames had trouble defending the arc as Green Bay shot 7-of-17 from the outside in first period. Bauer had three of those deep balls and led all scorers at half with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Foulks paced the Flames with eight points, but foul trouble kept her on the bench for a good portion of the half.
The second half was much of the same as Green Bay never relented, outscoring UIC 48-32 and shot 18-of-30 (60.0%) from the field. The Phoenix tallied 28 points in the paint and received 25 points from its bench.
The Flames' offense provided a silver lining with 53 overall points, which is nearly six points above Green Bay's season-defensive average of 47.2. Prior to the game, the Phoenix ranked second in the nation in team scoring defense.
Freshman Marissa Grossfeld notched a career-high with eight points in just 12 minutes of action, while freshman Imani Moore saw her first court-time since Jan. 5 and her first points since Dec. 12. Grossfeld and Moore combined to score the final eight points for UIC. Point guard Terri Bender captured a career-high as well with seven assists.
The Flames return home for a Thursday night game against Milwaukee with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.