UW-Green Bay Cruises Past Women's Basketball, 74-53

Sophomore guard LaShonda Grant led UIC with 14 points on Saturday.
Sophomore guard LaShonda Grant led UIC with 14 points on Saturday.

Feb. 26, 2005

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Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball team knows that when UW-Green Bay comes to down, the Flames are in for a dogfight.

That proved to be true on Saturday afternoon, as the visiting Phoenix jumped out to a 21-point lead in the first half on 61.3% shooting and coasted to the 74-53 Horizon League victory over the Flames on `Senior Day' at the UIC Pavilion.

UWGB sophomore forward Nicole Soulis came off the bench to score a game-high, 20 points, while teammates Abby Scharlow (16 points) and Tiffany Mor (11 points) each turned in solid efforts for the Horizon League regular-season champions.

"Green Bay is a very good basketball team, and we didn't defend," UIC Head Coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "That's been the tale of our basketball season this year.

"When we defend, we're pretty good," Ryckbosch continued. "When we don't, it's a toss of the coin and for whatever reason, we didn't have the energy defensively today in the first half."

With the victory, UWGB improves to 24-3 overall and 15-1 in Horizon League play, while the Flames drop to 13-14 on the campaign and 10-6 in conference action.

Sophomore guard LaShonda Grant topped the Flames with 14 points, including four treys, while teammate Dejeanette Flournoy added 10 points and six rebounds.

Prior to the contest, seniors Flournoy, Chastity Quinn and Amber Washington were honored as a part of `Senior Day'.

"All three of them have had tough roads and I'm proud of all of them for different reasons," Ryckbosch said. "They've all overcome different kinds of diversity and really made a positive contribution to the program."

The Flames will be back in action on Thursday evening, as they will host a Horizon League Quarterfinal contest against a yet to be determined opponent at 7:00 p.m. in the UIC Pavilion.