Women's Basketball Earns Come-From-Behind, 85-80, Victory Over Cleveland State.
Feb. 20, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - Cleveland State guard Erika Roudebush did all she could to help the Vikings defeat the University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball team on Thursday night.
After all, the 5-8 senior scored a career-high 27 points, including 12 of the Vikings' final 21 points.
Roudebush, however, was not enough as the Flames defeated Cleveland State, 85-80, to earn the Horizon League victory at the UIC Pavilion on Thursday night.
"Things didn't go well for us early on and to our kids' credit, they didn't put their heads in their hands," UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "I'm very pleased and very proud of the way our kids played."
With the victory, UIC improves to 14-10 overall and 8-5 in Horizon League action, while the Vikings fall to 8-16 on the season and 6-8 in league play. The victory extends the Flames' home-winning streak to six games.
"We're one step closer to where we want to be," Ryckbosch said. "I really think we're coming along as a team."
Senior center Zsuzsa Tarnai was deadly from the outside as the Budapest, Hungary native converted 4-of-7 treys for 16 points. Freshman point guard Chrissy Dizon tallied 11 points and dished out five assists, while junior forward Tina Thompson added 10 points for the Flames.
"Everyone contributed," Ryckbosch said. "We have five players scoring in double-figures and as a coach, you're thrilled to look at that."
Cleveland State held a lead for the majority of the contest, with Roudebush converting a 15-foot jumper to give the Vikings a 68-67 lead with 4:44 left in the contest.
Chambers was fouled on the ensuing possession and converted both of her charity shots and give UIC a 69-68 lead, a lead that they would not relenquish.
Roudebush led Cleveland State with a game-high 27 points, while Erin Martin tallied 15 points and Shannon Sword chipped in 14 points for the Vikings.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday, as they will travel to Michigan for a Horizon League tilt against Detroit at 1:00 p.m. (CST) at Calihan Hall.