Women's Basketball Falls at Valparaiso, 88-62
Feb. 16, 2013
VALPARAISO, Ind. - The UIC women's basketball team (7-16, 3-7) suffered a Horizon League road loss at Valparaiso (9-14, 4-6) on Saturday afternoon by a final score of 88-62 inside the Athletics Recreation Center. Four UIC players recorded double-digits with senior Taylor Foulks and junior Rachel Story leading the way with 14 points apiece. Freshman Marissa Grossfeld notched a career-high with 12 points as redshirt junior Katie Hannemann chipped in 10.
"We wanted to come out hard in the first five minutes of the second half, but we didn't do that," said head coach Regina Miller. "Once things started to go bad for us it just kept snowballing."
The Crusaders jumped out to an early 7-4 lead by the 17:15 mark, including five straight points from VU guard Charae Richardson. The Flames answered back with a 12-0 run over the next 7 minutes and 36 seconds, owing a 16-7 edge with 9:39 left in the first half.
UIC reached its largest lead of the game at the 7:52 mark, 23-12, sparked by Grossfeld who finished the first half with 10 points and two made threes.
The Crusaders fought back and cut UIC's lead down to two points with 3:39 on the clock, but the Flames rattled off eight straight points to stay in front 36-28. Foulks seemed to have posted the final points of the half with a trey as six seconds remained, but VU's Lexi Miller banked in a half-court heave as time expired, bringing the halftime score to 39-33.
Valparaiso completely owned the second half as they outscored UIC, 55-23. The Crusaders shot 56.3 percent from the field, while the Flames shot 30.0 percent and Valpo out-rebounded UIC, 30-10.
The Flames actually held onto its lead until the 12:09 mark when VU's Tabitha Gerardot knotted the score at 52-52. Gerardot finished with a game-high 18 points and 14 rebounds. The Crusaders used that momentum to force UIC into a seven minute scoring drought and executed a 14-0 run. The Flames would go on to score only 10 points in the final 13 minutes of the contest.
UIC returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 21 against Wright State with tip scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.