Detroit Outlasts Women's Basketball in Overtime, 62-57

Senior Kiara Strickland shot 7-of-14 from the floor in Saturday's overtime loss to Detroit.
Senior Kiara Strickland shot 7-of-14 from the floor in Saturday's overtime loss to Detroit.

Feb. 4, 2012

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DETROIT - The UIC women's basketball team came up short to Detroit in overtime by a final score of 62-57, inside Calihan Hall on Saturday afternoon.  The Flames drop to 13-9 overall and 6-5 in the Horizon League, while the Titans improve to 12-11 and 8-3.

Senior Kiara Strickland collected her third straight double-double with 15 points and 12 boards.  She was aided by seniors Jasmine Bailey and Shamiea Green with 16 and 15 points, respectively.  The trio accounted for 46 of UIC's final tally of 57.  Detroit was guided by sophomore Senee Shearer with a game-high 22 points and freshman Shareta Brown with 16.

"Detroit stepped up and made big plays when they needed them," said head coach Regina Miller.  "We didn't execute offensively down the stretch and they did."

The Titans kicked things off with a 5-0 run and extended that lead out to 10-4 by the 16:28 mark, shooting 5-of-5 from the field in the opening minutes of the contest.

With 11:13 on the clock, UIC took its first lead of the afternoon on a three ball by junior Taylor Foulks from the top of the arc, giving UIC the 19-18 edge.

Over the next eight minutes, the two squads traded buckets and with the score knotted at 27-27, the Flames manufactured a 7-0 spurt.  Green accounted for five of those tallies, surpassing 1,200 for her career, as UIC held its largest lead of the half, 34-27, with 1:51 on the ticker.

Each team sank two free throws apiece before the half ended, bringing the midway count to 36-29, advantage Flames.

At the break, Bailey paced all scorers with 10 points and dished out four of the UIC's seven assists.  Green totaled nine points in the opening half, while Strickland posted six points and five rebounds.

The Titans began the second stanza on a 6-0 run, including four in the post from Brown.  Bailey snapped that spurt with a runner in the lane and Strickland followed that up with a overly-contested layup as Brown committed her third personal foul.  The Flames held a 40-35 lead with 16 minutes left to play.

Detroit came roaring back and captured the lead at the 13:50 mark on the wings of two treys from Shearer.  That lasted all of 58 seconds as Strickland converted a three-point play to give UIC the 44-43 edge.

Once again the Titans held the lead, 51-50, with 4:21 left to play as Jasmine Bailey drove hard to the hoop for an a easy lay in, giving UIC the 52-51 advantage .

On the ensuing possession, Detroit's Brown banked in a bucket and at the other end Green nailed one-of-two from the charity stripe, knotting the score at 53-53 with 1:48 on the clock.

Just when it seemed like UDM's Shearer was headed for a wide open layup off a steal, Foulks came from behind and delivered a punishing block.

After a failed UIC possession, Detroit looked for Brown in the paint but came up short as time expired, sending the game to overtime.

Detroit struck first in OT as Brown dropped in a wide open five footer of the glass.  The Titans extended their lead out to 57-53 on two made free throws by Jalesa Jones with 1:52 on the clock.

Strickland brought the Flames to within two as she banked in a jumper with 84 seconds left to play. Jones answered that with a hard drive and a layup on the other end, yielding a 59-57 edge for UDM.

The Titans went up six on two more made free throws, but Green kept UIC within striking distance on a uncontested layup with 18 seconds on the ticker.

After UDM's Brown missed both free throws, Green dribbled up the court and found sophomore Emily Kobel in the corner for an attempted three pointer that circled the rim and rattled out.

Brown hit one final free throw to seal the 62-57 win for Detroit.

The Flames return home on Thursday, Feb. 9, for a 7 p.m. CT match up with Youngstown State.  UIC defeated the Penguins back on Jan. 14 in overtime by a final score of 77-68.