Bailey and Green Become Highest Scoring Duo in 72-50 Rout Over CSU
Feb. 11, 2012
CHICAGO – Seniors Jasmine Bailey and Shamiea Green made history as they became UIC’s highest scoring duo with 18 and 16 points, respectively, in a 72-50 rout over Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon inside the Flames Athletic Center. The tandem surpassed LaShonda Grant (2003-06) and Chrissy Dizon (2002-06) in the first half, needing just 16 points to eclipse the old mark of 2,635 combined points. Bailey now has 1,423 career points which ranks seventh all-time in program history and Green has 1,231 career points which ranks eighth.
“Those two (Bailey and Green) are the best at getting to the basket and creating their own shots,” said head coach Regina Miller. “I think it’s great they broke the record and they certainly deserve it.”
Miller reached a milestone of her own as she notched her 250th career win as a D-I head coach and her 12th season with 15 or more wins. With the victory, UIC improves to 15-9 overall and 8-5 in the Horizon League.
Bailey and Green were joined in double figures by seniors Kiara Strickland (12) and Cree Nix (10) and junior Taylor Foulks (12). Today’s game was the first time all season the Flames had five players score 10 points or more.
Eleven seconds into the contest Foulks drained one of her four threes as the Flames executed a 5-0 run to start the contest. The Vikings came roaring back and took the lead, 12-10, on a Shalonda Winton three with 11:52 on the clock. That lasted all of 17 seconds as the Flames went on a 9-2 spurt over the next three minutes, with seven points coming from Bailey.
Bailey continued her first-half scoring surge with a three ball from the right corner at the 6:13 mark, giving UIC the 22-16 lead.
The Vikings stayed within striking distance and cut the Flames lead to four, 28-24, but not before Green swished a trey with eight seconds left in the half, cementing the 31-24 halftime edge.
At the break, Bailey led all scorers with 10 points, including six boards and five steals. Green wasn’t far behind with nine points.
Senior Cree Nix got things started for UIC in the second half by scoring the Flame’s first four points. Bailey followed that up on a tough layup as she sliced her way through the lane, yielding an 11-point lead for UIC with 16:31 on the clock.
The Flames reached a 20-point lead at the 10:06 mark as Nix banked in a runner as she entered double-digit territory for the fourth time this season.
UIC held strong down the stretch to seal the 72-50 triumph. Freshman Gisselle Truiett scored the game’s final two points on a 10-foot jumper from the right wing.
The Flames return to action on Thursday, Feb. 16 at Valparaiso with game time set for 7:05 p.m. CT.