Turnovers Plague Women's Basketball In 73-52 Loss At Green Bay|
Feb. 19, 2009
Green Bay, Wis. - The UIC women's basketball team was unable to solve one of the nation's top defensive squads on Thursday night as host Green Bay posted a 73-52 victory over the Flames in front of 2,327 at the Kress Center.
The Phoenix (22-3, 14-0), which entered the contest as the nation's leader in scoring defense (50.3 ppg) and 11th in steals (12.2 spg), backed up its defensive billing, forcing UIC into a season-high 28 turnovers while scoring 34 points off of those miscues.
"They are a good team and deserving of all the credit they get," head coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "They made us work hard, but we are capable of executing more efficiently.
"We have to play stronger and be able to handle adversity on the road."
Lavesa Glover scored 13 of her game-high 19 points in the second half to pace Green Bay to its 14th straight victory.
UIC trailed 42-29 at the half and would cut Green Bay's lead to just seven, 46-39, with an offensive surge in the opening moments of the second period. The Phoenix would turn up its defensive pressure, though, and in turn spark its offense, going on a 23-3 run over the next 12 minutes to build a 69-42 advantage with 3:23 remaining.
Green Bay held UIC's top scorer, Jessie Miller, to just three points, leaving the junior seven points shy of 1,000 for her career.
The Flames will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to the Klotsche Center to take on Milwaukee at 2 p.m.