Late Three Edges St. Xavier Past UIC, 80-79

Emily Kobel hit four three-pointers and finished with 16 points Friday night
Emily Kobel hit four three-pointers and finished with 16 points Friday night

Nov. 8, 2013

Box Score

CHICAGO – The UIC women’s basketball team (0-1) dropped its season opener on Friday night by a final score of 80-79, on a game-winning three-pointer by St. Xavier’s (1-0) Sidney Prasse with four seconds remaining. The high-scoring affair featured nine players in double figures, including UIC redshirt sophomore Ruvanna Campbell with a career-high 21 points. Senior Emily Kobel tacked on 16 points, while freshman Melita Emanuel-Carr began her Flames career with 15 points.

“Tonight was a tough loss,” said Head Coach Regina Miller.  “I’ve seen our players perform better and I know they will throughout the season.  I saw some good things tonight, but I also saw a lot of elements that we have to continue working on.”

After trailing for most of the game, UIC overcame a 12-point deficit and grabbed the lead by the 7:07 mark of the second half.  The Flames looked to be in cruise control as they executed an 8-0 run capped off by Kobel’s fourth trey of the night, going ahead 71-64 with 5:36 left to play. 

From that point, St. Xavier went on a 13-6 spurt to knot the score at 77-77 with 1:18 on the clock. UIC jumped in front by two on a Megan Wallace jumper with 55 seconds on the ticker.  After turnovers by both teams, the Cougars sank the game-winning three with four seconds left to play, leaving UIC with a half-court shot attempt that fell short.

The Flames shot well from outside in the second half, going 5-of-10 after totaling 1-of-10 in the opening period.  UIC attempted 10 more free throws than St. Xavier, but came away with a 61.3 percentage, while the Cougars hit 90.5 percent of their free throws.

Defensively, UIC caused 20 St. Xavier turnovers and converted those miscues into 22 points.  Sophomore Terri Bender paced UIC in the steals category with four swipes as the team managed 12 in total.  Bender also tallied a team-high seven assists and added 10 points.

The Flames also scored 23 second-chance points on 18 offensive rebounds. Wallace led UIC in boards with seven, being closely followed by Campbell, Kobel and Katie Hannemann with six apiece. Wallace reached double figures in scoring with 11 points and also managed three blocked shots.

Campbell went on her own run to start the second half with 11 straight points for the Flames.  She ended the night shooting 7-of-10 from the field and 7-of-13 from the foul line. 

The Flames return to action on Sunday as they travel to take on Big Ten-foe Northwestern for a 5 p.m. CT tip.