Women's Basketball Falls To Chicago Challengers In Exhibition Opener, 89-77
Nov. 3, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - Despite dropping an 89-77 decision to the Chicago Challengers at the UIC Pavilion on Tuesday night, University of Illinois at Chicago Head Women's Basketball Coach Lisa Ryckbosch spoke glowingly of her squad's performance in their first exhibition game against a squad that featured three former WNBA players.
"We competed at a high level tonight against three girls who have been on WNBA rosters, one of which was the second leading scorer and rebounder in the Summer Olympics," Ryckbosch said. "I'm very proud of the kids, there were no excuses, and we hung right with them."
Former DePaul standouts Lenae Williams and Mfon Udoka proved to be the difference on Tuesday night, as the duo combined for 52 of the Challengers' 89 points.
Williams, a former member of the WNBA's Detroit Shock, tallied a game-high 28 points, including six treys, while Udoka, the second leading scorer and rebounder in the Olympics for the Nigerian National team, had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Kris Rastrelli added 10 points for the Challengers, including two three-pointers.
UIC had a solid all-around performance from its starters, as all five players tallied double-figures for the Flames.
Junior point guard Chrissy Dizon led UIC with 18 points, while Krystal Hugelier (15 points, 3 treys) and Kelly True (14 points) each turned in solid efforts. The Flames also received double-doubles from forwards Amber Washington (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Jacquay Holmes (11 points, 12 rebounds).
UIC will open the regular season up on November 20th, as they will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to take on the Northern Iowa Panthers at 3:05 p.m.