Women's Basketball's Season Comes To End In League Championship Game

Junior Jacquay Holmes led the Flames in the championship game versus UWM with 17 points
Junior Jacquay Holmes led the Flames in the championship game versus UWM with 17 points

March 6, 2006

Milwaukee, Wis. - After a stellar run at the 2006 Horizon League Tournament, the UIC women's basketball team fell to the UW-Milwaukee Panthers, 71-63, in the championship contest to end the Flames season. Junior Jacquay Holmes paced the Flames with 17 points and senior Chrissy Dizon pulled down five boards on the afternoon.

Named to the all-tournament team, Dizon and LaShonda Grant both chipped in 15 points apiece. The Panthers had three players score in double figures with Newcomer of the Year Traci Edwards netting 24 points and eight rebounds. Senior Molly O'Brien posted a double double with ten points and ten rebounds.

With the game all tied up at 8-8 with 12:45 on the clock in the first half, the Flames hit four straight to take a 12-8 advantage. The Panthers then sparked a 12-0 burst and eventually headed into the locker room with a 33-22 lead.

Down by 11 at halftime, UIC chipped away at the Panthers lead with a 10-0 run (44-42) with 10:28 remaining in regulation, but tournament MVP Edwards responded with a quick layup.

With 5:00 minutes on the clock and trailing by seven, Grant drilled a three pointer to make the score, 56-52.

UIC cut the deficit to three points at the 2:26 mark, but the Flames would run out of time and the Panthers would clinch the 2006 Horizon League regular-season and tournament title to earn an NCAA Tournament berth, 71-63.

The Flames wrapped up the season with a 16-14 overall record and ended regular-season play 10-6 (3rd-place) in the league.

The match-up today marked UIC's first appearance in the championship game and most successful finish (2nd).