Women's Basketball Wins Double-Overtime Thriller Over Milwaukee

Sophomore Jessie Miller scored a team-high 16 points
Sophomore Jessie Miller scored a team-high 16 points

Feb. 23, 2008

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Chicago, Ill. - The UIC women's basketball team picked up its second straight win over Milwaukee this season in a 70-69 double-overtime thriller on Saturday night at the Pavilion.

UIC improved to 9-16 overall and 5-9 in league play, while Milwaukee dropped to 14-12 overall and 9-6 in conference action.

Jessie Miller paced UIC with 16 points, while Taylor Manley added 13 in the win. Nikki Grobbecker pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds.

"It was a classic team effort tonight," said head coach Lisa Ryckbosch. "We had several players contribute and hope to build off the win."

Down by one point with 8.9 seconds left in the second overtime, Meghan Hutchens was fouled on a layup. The junior drained both free throws to give the Flames a 70-69 lead. Milwaukee drove the ball down the court, but Milwaukee's Traci Edwards missed a desperation jumper in the final seconds.

Manley tied up the first overtime at 68-68 on a short jumper with 30 seconds on the clock. UIC tightened up on defense and Grobbecker blocked a shot by Edwards to send the game into double-overtime.

The Flames jumped ahead with a 12-3 run to open the first half. UIC took its first double-digit lead (26-15) on a jumper from Miller. The Flames continued to connect from the field in the final 10 minutes to own a 36-24 advantage at the half.

After a slow start in the first 20 minutes, Milwaukee cut the deficit to six points with five straight at the 13:08 mark. The Flames answered with the next two buckets (46-36).

UWM's Jodi Crumble gave the squad its first lead of the game with two successful trips to the free throw line with 5:47 on the clock. Trailing by three points with 3.9 seconds left in regulation, Miller drained a trey and Williams missed a layup for Milwaukee in the final second to send the game into the first overtime.



Edwards notched a double-double with 20 points and 14 boards. She scored 16 of those points in the second half.

The last time UIC had back-to-back victories over Milwaukee in the regular season was during its 1995-96 campaign.

The Flames head to Michigan to face Detroit on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. CST.