Women's Basketball Edges Loyola, 71-69
Feb. 4, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - Loyola put a scare into the University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball team on Wednesday night, but the Flames prevailed with a 71-69 Horizon League victory over the Ramblers at the UIC Pavilion.
UIC sophomore point guard Chrissy Dizon tallied a team-high 17 points, including converting eight free throws over the final four minutes to pace the Flames offensive attack. The Flames also received solid performances from freshman guard Krystal Hugelier (11 points), Chastity Quinn (10 points) and Jacquay Holmes (9 points, 9 rebounds).
"Everybody contributed tonight and stepped up," UIC Head Coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "We really got going tonight offensively, due to our ability to get easy baskets."
With the victory, UIC improves 9-12 on the campaign and 4-7 in Horizon League play, while the Ramblers fall to 8-12 overall and 3-6 in conference action.
UIC seemed to be in control of the contest, holding a 55-47 lead with 9:18 left in the game, until guard Mandy Mennella intercepted a pass and converted a lay-up, while intentionally fouled by senior forward Andrea Milner.
Loyola guard Ciara Henderson (9 points) converted both of her free-throw attempts and on the ensuing inbounds play, sophomore center Danielle Lonie (11 points, 20 rebounds) knocked down a three-point play to bring the Ramblers to within 55-54 with eight minutes remaining.
The momentum went back and forth with Loyola taking a 65-64 advantage with 2:50 left, following a pair of free throws from Meshkenet Lands (23 points).
It was a free-throw contest from that point on, as the Flames took a 70-67 lead following a pair of charity shots from Kelly True (7 points) with 16 seconds remaining.
Lands immediately drove to the basket, and converted a lay-up to narrow the advantage to 70-69 with 2.3 seconds left.
Lands immediately fouled Hugelier, who split both of her free throws, giving UIC a 71-69 lead.
Loyola inbounded the ball and freshman guard Marquise Hanser's desperation three-pointer at the buzzer fell short, giving the Flames the victory.
" I was pleased to see that we stepped up to the challenge," Ryckbosch said. "We did what we needed to do and didn't play outside of ourselves."
UIC will be back in action on Saturday, as they will travel to Indiana, to square off with IPFW at 7:00 p.m.