Women's Hoops Outlasts League-Leading UW-Green Bay

Clark scored a game-high 15 points and tabbed five steals to lead UIC.
Clark scored a game-high 15 points and tabbed five steals to lead UIC.

Feb. 24, 2000

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Chicago, Ill - The UIC women's basketball team won its fourth straight game Thursday night at UIC Pavilion, opening up a 13-point second-half advantage on league-leading UW-Green Bay, then holding on for a 54-53 victory.

The contest came down to the final moments as UIC's Melea Clark missed a pair of free throws with 0:04 remaining and the Flames clinging to one-point advantage (54-53). The junior went from goat to hero in less than a second, though, as she grabbed her own rebound between a pair of Phoenix defenders, the only two people in the lane, to seal the victory.

"Clark is a warrior," Head Coach Tim Eatman said of his junior forward. "She wants the ball and has the ability to take some chances on defense. And tonight it paid off."

Clark, who tallied a game-high 15 points, led UIC's second-half surge, tabbing back-to-back steals and scoring on both occasions to give the Flames a 13-point lead (43-30) with 11:15 left.

The Phoenix (15-8, 9-2 MCC) got right back in the game, going on a 15-1 run over the next seven minutes to take a 45-44 lead at the 4:37 mark. UIC got the lead right back, though, as Erin Partaker scored on a driving lay-up to give the Flames an advantage they would never relinquish.

Besides Clark's 15 points, she also grabbed six rebounds and tabbed five steals. Amanda Bartz and Jaysie Chambers also scored in double figures as each chipped in 10 points. Chambers led UIC in rebounding with eight.

Sara Boyer paced UW-Green Bay with 10 points while Amanda Leonhard added eight points and eight rebounds.

The Flames, who have won five of their last six games, take on the second place team in the MCC, UW-Milwaukee, on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the UIC Pavilion at 4:30 p.m.