Flames Record 16th Win in a 54-43 Triumph at Valpo

Senior Jasmine Bailey tallied 11 points and 13 boards.
Senior Jasmine Bailey tallied 11 points and 13 boards.

Feb. 16, 2012

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VALPARAISO, Ind. – It has been said that history is the best indicator for future performance and with UIC defeating Valparaiso by the exact same score of 54-43 that was produced earlier this year on Jan. 21, the saying holds true.  Senior Shamiea Green piloted the Flames with 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting, while senior Jasmine Bailey posted her 11th double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 boards Thursday night inside the Athletics-Recreation Center.

“I thought we played well in spurts,” said head coach Regina Miller. “We still have to find a way to put together a complete game.”

With the win, UIC improves to 16-9 overall and 9-5 in the Horizon League.  Sixteen victories are the most since the 2006-07 season when the Flames posted a program record of 19 wins.  UIC tied its nine conference wins from last season with four league affairs remaining in the year.

Both teams struggled to find their rhythm offensively in the opening five minutes, combing for a mere eight points, giving UIC an early 6-2 edge.  Valparaiso was plagued by 15 turnovers in the first half as the Flames capitalized on 17 points off of those miscues.

Valpo’s Laura Richards scored her team’s first seven points and kept the Crusaders within striking distance, 8-7, with 13:32 on the clock.

Sophomore Emily Kobel provided UIC with an electric charge off the bench scoring eight consecutive points in a span of 64 seconds, putting the Flames in front 30-16 with 6:24 left in the first stanza.

After Kobel’s run, UIC went on a four-minute scoring drought and after VU’s Tabitha Gerardot notched a layup at the 5:11 mark, the Crusaders experienced a scoreless four minutes of their own.

With the tally deadlocked at 30-18 for nearly three minutes, Bailey and Green netted four points in a matter of 14 seconds to give the Flames a 34-18 advantage with 2:03 on the ticker.

The Crusaders scored the final three points of the period, which brought UIC’s lead to 34-21 at the break.

The second half played the same tune as the first five minutes of the contest with poor shooting and turnovers.  Valparaiso outscored UIC, 22-20, in the final 20 minutes as the Flames logged a meager 36 percent field goal shooting clip.  The Crusaders hit 32 percent from the field in the second half after hitting the 50 percent mark in the first period.

The Flames return to action on Saturday as the team heads south on I-65 for a 5 p.m. CT contest at Butler.