Flames Defeated in Semifinals by #10/10 Green Bay, 73-53
March 9, 2012
GREEN BAY, Wis.- In front of a crowd nearly 2,500 strong, the UIC women's basketball team suffered a 73-53 defeat against #10/10 Green Bay in the semifinal round of the Horizon League Tournament inside the Kress Events Center on Friday night. Senior Jasmine Bailey led all players with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while Green Bay was paced by Adrian Ritche with 22 points. UIC redshirt sophomore Katie Hannemann reached double digits with 10 points.
"We never stopped fighting," said head coach Regina Miller. "I'm proud of the way our players kept battling tonight. Green Bay is one of the best teams in the country and we fought them tooth and nail. Our program has nothing to hang our heads about."
With 23 points, Bailey became UIC's third all-time leading scorer with 1,535 points, surpassing Angela Gilbert (1989-93) with 1,521 points. Bailey also moved into a two-way tie for third in steals and made field goals with career totals of 258 and 552, respectively.
In a moment of respect, the Green Bay fan base gave a standing ovation to Bailey and fellow senior Shamiea Green as they exited the game for the final time. Green sits eighth on UIC's all-time scoring list with 1,334 points.
With an 18-13 record on the season, this year's team equaled the second-best win total in school history, missing the program record by just one victory.
The Phoenix advance to the championship final and play No. 2 seed Detroit on Sunday at noon CT in a game to be aired on ESPNU.
After the score was knotted at 4-4 in the opening three minutes, the Phoenix manufactured a 10-0 run which gave them a 14-4 lead with 14:47 on the clock. Green Bay extended its lead to 16 points, their highest of the first half, with just over seven minutes left in the frame.
The Flames displayed their fighting spirit over the next four minutes and executed a 15-5 offensive spurt, which chopped Green Bay's lead down to 32-26. In that span, UIC shot 5-of-6 from the floor, including three treys and limited the Phoenix to 1-of-5 shooting.
In the final minutes of the first half, the Flames stayed step-for-step with GB and headed to the locker room down 36-28. Bailey piloted all scorers at the break with 15 points on 6-of-9 from the floor as Horizon League Player of the Year Julie Wojta guided her squad with 11.
The second half was all Green Bay as they outscored UIC, 37-25, and shot 60 percent from the floor compared to the 33 percent for the Flames.
UIC fan favorite sophomore Kierra Robinson ended UIC's night with her first career three-pointer as 45 seconds lay on the clock, recording just her 10th career point.
The Flames will now wait for the WNIT 64-team field announcement which takes place Monday night to see if their postseason continues.