Women's Basketball Bounces Back Against Titans, 63-58

Junior Jaysie Chambers scored a game-high 20 points for UIC on Thursday night.
Junior Jaysie Chambers scored a game-high 20 points for UIC on Thursday night.

Feb. 21, 2002

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Chicago, Illinois - University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball coach Tim Eatman has been looking for his squad to play tough, hard-nosed basketball all season.

He found that team on Thursday night.

The Flames used a 20-8 run to close out the game to rally from an eight-point second half deficit to earn the 63-58 victory over the Detroit Titans at the UIC Pavilion.

Junior forward Jaysie Chambers led UIC in scoring with 20 points, while teammates LeKesha Williams (14 points), Stesha Rhodes (12 points) and Zsuzsa Tarnai (11 points, three 3-pointers) each turned in solid efforts for the Flames.

"We really came together in the second half," Assistant Coach Misty Opat said. "Jaysie was really big inside, 'Z' (Tarnai) stepped up and we really fought for everything."

The game featured many long runs by both teams as Detroit made a 11-2 run to give the Titans a 50-42 lead with 9:30 left in the contest. Sophomore forward Sara Crum scored seven of her nine points during this span.

UIC, however, countered with a 14-2 run of their own to give them the lead they would not relinquish. Chambers paced the offensive attack with eight points during the run.

Michelle James scored a team-high 19 points for Detroit, but was held to two points in the second half. The Titans also received an impressive performance from sophomore forward Randee Henry (15 points).

With the victory UIC improves to 14-13 overall and 6-9 in Horizon League action, while Detroit falls to 13-13 and 8-7 in league play.

UIC will be back in action on Saturday as they will celebrate 'Senior Day' and host the Cleveland State Vikings at 3:00 P.M. at the UIC Pavilion.