Women's Basketball Comes From Behind For 75-69 Victory Over Youngstown State|
March 1, 2003
Youngstown, Ohio - The University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball team took all the shots that Youngstown State had to offer on Saturday afternoon, but the Flames delivered the final blow picking up the 75-69 victory over the Penguins at the Beeghly Center on Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, UIC improves to 17-10 overall and clinched second place in the Horizon League with a record of 11-5. Youngstown State falls to 6-21 on the campaign and 3-13 in league action. UIC will take on Detroit in the Horizon League quarterfinals, hosted by UW-Green Bay, at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon at the Phoenix Sports Center.
"I'm really proud because that's something that no one has ever done and that's a big tribute to all that these kids have been through," UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "It didn't go exactly as we planned, but they put themselves in a position to make it happen despite the bumps in the road along the way."
Senior guard LeKesha Williams led UIC with 21 points, while junior forward Tina Thompson chipped in 11 points on the afternoon. The Flames also received a pair of double-doubles from seniors Zsuzsa Tarnai (18 points,12 rebounds) and Jaysie Chambers (16 points, 10 rebounds).
Youngstown State's Jessica Forsythe tallied a career-high 24 points for the Penguins, including 19 in the second half. Senior point guard Maggie Johnston notched 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while sophomore forward Jen Perugini picked up her fourth straight double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Youngstown State was in control for a majority of the second half and built an eight-point lead over the Flames with 10:12 left in the game. UIC however, bounced back and eventually took a 68-67 lead, which they would not relinquish, with 2:58 left in the game to secure the victory.