Women's Basketball Falls In Final Seconds At Wright State, 49-48|
March 7, 2009
Dayton, Ohio - Wright State guard Kanisha Ward's only three points of the game proved to be the difference as her three-pointer with four seconds left handed the UIC women's basketball team a heart-breaking defeat, 49-48, on Saturday in the regular season finale at the Nutter Center.
The Flames (14-15, 8-10), who overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half and led by as many as six in the final seven minutes, owned a two-point lead, 48-46, after freshman Jasmine Bailey split a pair of free throws with 25 second left.
The Raiders (14-15, 10-8) initially went inside to rookie Molly Fox on their final possession, but she was quickly defended and kicked the ball out to Ward on the right wing for the game-winning shot.
UIC was unable to get a shot off on its final possession.
The Flames were led by 11 points and seven rebounds from Bailey. Redshirt freshman Shameia Green also scored in double figures with 10 points. Senior Ashley Hluska added eight points in a starting role, including a turnaround bank shot with 51 seconds left that staked UIC to a 47-46 lead.
Ta-myra Davis led Wright State with 13 points while LaShawna Thomas added 11 points and five rebounds.
UIC and Wright State were both without the services of their respective All-Horizon League performers as Jessie Miller and Shey Peddy were sidelined on Saturday.
With the loss, the Flames will be the No. 6 seed in next week's 2009 Speedway Women's Basketball Tournament and travel to take on No. 3 Cleveland State in a quarterfinal contest on Wednesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. CDT.