Foulks Reaches 1,000 Career Points in 79-66 Loss at YSU

Taylor Foulks hitting her 1,000th-career point from the foul line.
Taylor Foulks hitting her 1,000th-career point from the foul line.

Feb. 28, 2013

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Senior Taylor Foulks became the 18th player in program history to record 1,000 career points, hitting the mark exactly with 12 points as the UIC women’s basketball team (9-17, 5-8) fell to Youngstown State (19-7, 9-4) by a final of 79-66 on Thursday night at the Beeghly Center.  Foulks sank two fouls shots with 29 seconds left in the game to achieve the four-digit milestone.

“It’s a great accomplishment, but I’d much rather have the win than get 1,000,” said Foulks.  “It’s an honor and I feel like I’ve played with a lot of great players who taught me that if I worked hard then I can reach some of those goals.  If anything it just proves to me that if I put my mind to something then I can do anything.”

Foulks was joined in double figures by junior Rachel Story and redshirt junior Katie Hannemann with 26 and 20, respectively.  The trio combined to score 58 points, but they were no match for YSU’s Brandi Brown who poured in a career-high of 39 points, including 22 in the first half.

“We got away from our strategy in the first half,” said head coach Regina Miller.  “We didn’t defend the three very well and gave up to many open looks.  I thought did a much better job in the second half, but it’s very difficult to comeback on a team like Youngstown State.”

Youngstown State used a 22-6 run during the back half of the first stanza to jump out in front of UIC, 47-26 with 2:03 left in the period.  Brown shot 7-of-9 from the floor in the first half and a perfect 4-of-4 from long range to pilot a YSU offensive explosion.  The Penguins drilled nine threes in the first period, shooting 16-of-24 from the field and totaled 49 points.  The Flames committed 10 first-half turnovers, which resulted in 21 points for YSU.

Story led the Flames with 16 points at the break as UIC faced a 49-34 deficit.

The Flames began the second half strong, executing an 11-2 run in the early stages, which chopped YSU’s lead down to 52-45 by the 14:30 mark.  The Penguins stopped UIC’s spurt and responded with five straight points, eventually extending their advantage out to 67-52 over the next eight minutes.

The Flames would never get closer than 11 points for the remainder of the contest as YSU hit 5-of-6 from the charity stipe in final minute to close out the night.

Hannemann had an impressive second half with 16 points, shooting 7-of-10 from the floor.  Redshirt senior Heidi Dahnke led the Flames in rebounding with six.

UIC returns to the court on Saturday against #21/23 Green Bay at home with tip scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.