Women's Basketball Rambles Past Loyola, 75-60
Feb. 26, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - Senior LeKesha Williams scored 18 of her game-high 27 points in the second-half to help propel the University of Illinois at Chicago to the 75-60 Horizon League victory over Loyola at the UIC Pavilion on Wednesday night.
"(Williams) has carried us," UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "When the game is on the line, she has been the one to step up and put us on her shoulders.
"She's scoring, defending and really being a leader out there right now."
Senior forward Jaysie Chambers posted her 16th double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds, while freshman point guard Chrissy Dizon (11 points, 7 assists) and junior forward Tina Thompson (10 points) each turned in impressive performances.
With the victory, UIC improves to 16-10 overall and 10-5 in Horizon League play, while the Ramblers drop to 11-16 on the campaign and 8-8 in league action.
UIC was strong defensively as they forced 27 Ramblers turnovers, while notching 16 steals on the evening. With those steals, UIC broke the school-record for most steals with 324 on the campaign, the previous record of 318 set during the 1980-81 campaign.
"I was really pleased with our performance defensively," Ryckbosch said. "We only gave up 29 points in the first half and they had to work to get what they earned tonight.
"We're heading in the direction that we need to be heading in order for us to be the best that we can be."
Senior point guard Tracy Hoffman led Loyola with 15 points.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday, as they will travel to Ohio to square off with Youngstown State at 1:00 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.