Flames Down Pumas in Exhibition Opener, 65-51
Oct. 28, 2012
CHICAGO - Junior Rachel Story made an impressive Flames debut with 19 points in a 65-51 exhibition victory over St. Joseph's College on Sunday afternoon inside the Flames Athletic Center. Senior Taylor Foulks and redshirt junior Katie Hannemann also shined as Foulks tailed 11 points, nine steals and five assists, while Hannemaan notched nine points, seven rebounds and four assists.
The Flames showcased a stingy defense that forced 34 turnovers and totaled 23 steals. Both teams were plagued by poor shooting as SJC posted a 37.5 field goal percentage as UIC shot at a 35.9 clip. The Flames were able to spread around offensive production with 10 different players recording field goals.
UIC controlled much of the first half, amassing a seven-point lead by the 12:29 mark. With 5:01 left in the first half and the Flames up eight, the Pumas clawed their back into the contest, outscoring UIC, 12-5, in final minutes of the first stanza.
The Flames headed into the break in front 28-27 as Story lead all scorers with 11 points.
The second half stayed close until UIC saw its first double-digit lead of the game (47-36) at the 12:40 mark on a three-ball by Foulks, who finished with three treys. The Flames rode out the rest of the game with an edge of 10 or more and with 8:20 on the clock had its largest advantage of 18 points (57-39).
UIC outscored SJC 37-24 in the final period and forced 20 total turnovers.
Senior Heidi Dahnke displayed her efficiency by leading all teammates with eight rebounds in just 14 minutes of play. Sharpshooter Emily Kobel chipped in six points on two deep balls and junior college transfer Megan Wallace contributed with three points, four boards and four steals.
UIC will host its final exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 2 against Illinois-Springfield at 7 p.m. CT. inside the UIC Pavilion.