UIC Falls at Home to #21/23 Green Bay, 67-36
March 2, 2013
CHICAGO - The UIC women's basketball team (9-18, 5-9) suffered a home defeat on Saturday night to #21/23 Green Bay by a final score of 67-36 at the UIC Pavilion. With the loss, the Flames fall to 8-6 at home and remain fifth in the Horizon League standings with two regular season games left on the schedule. Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann and junior Megan Wallace guided UIC with eight points apiece, while Green Bay was led by senior Sarah Eichler with 16.
"Green Bay continues to prove that they are one of the best teams in the nation," said head coach Regina Miller. "We did a much better job in the second half defensively, but our first half play is what really hurt us."
Green Bay shot out of the gate with 15 straight points and held UIC scoreless until the 13:50 mark. The Flames struggled to find the hoop in the early goings, hitting just two of their first 12 shot attempts. The Phoenix extended their lead out to 30-10 with 5:41 left in the first half and closed out the period on a 9-0 run, taking a 42-16 lead into the break.
Green Bay experienced hot shooting in the first half, going 16-of-28 (57.1%) from the field and 6-of-12 (50.0%) from behind the arc. Comparatively, the Flames shot 8-of-29 (27.6%) from the floor and 0-for-8 from long range. GB's Eichler paced the Phoenix in the first period with 13 points on 3-of-4 three-point shooting.
UIC's defense tightened up in the second half, holding Green Bay to just three points in the first six minutes and 40 seconds. UIC limited the Phoenix to just 25 points and eight field goals in the second half.
The Flames hit just one three in the game, which came from freshman Imani Moore in final minute of the contest. It was her first career trey and her first points since the last time UIC and Green Bay met on Feb. 2.
UIC witnessed a scary moment in the second half when freshman Marissa Grossfeld went down with an apparent knee injury. She was carried off the floor to the medical training room for further evaluation and her status for the remainder of the season is unknown. Grossfeld finished the night with four points and two rebounds in 11 minutes of play.
The Flames return to action on Thursday at Milwaukee for their final regular season road game of the season with tip scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.