Flames Drop Season Opener against Truman State, 64-51
Nov. 9, 2012
CHICAGO - In her UIC debut, junior Rachel Story scored a game-high 17 points in the Flames' season-opening loss to Truman State, 64-51, on Friday night inside the UIC Pavilion. Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann paced the Flames on the boards with seven and chipped in 14 points, shooting 5-of-7 from the floor.
"Truman State came out and executed right away," said head coach Regina Miller. "They were hitting shots in the beginning, and we missed a lot of open looks and turned the ball over. Truman State was able to dribble penetrate and our defense needs to be better, period."
The Flames spotted Truman State 18 straight points to start the game and spent the rest of the first half playing catch up. UIC recorded its first bucket at the 13:03 mark and outscored the Bulldogs 23-15 in the remainder of the first period, bringing the halftime score to 33-23 in favor of TSU.
Senior Taylor Foulks picked up three fouls in the first seven minutes of the contest and sat the bench for the rest of the first half. Story led all scorers at the break with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting as the Bulldogs were piloted by Courtney Strait with 11.
After the break, Truman State held a 10-point lead or more for the first seven minutes of the second half before the Flames cut the advantage down to nine. At the 10:16 mark, UIC came within seven points of TSU on the wings of an 8-2 run, which proved the smallest margin for the rest of the game.
The Bulldogs displayed superb long-range shooting in the second period, draining five threes. With 8:11 on the clock, Truman State produced a 12-3 offensive spurt to cement the road win.
A bright spot for UIC was its defense as it forced 17 Bulldog turnovers. The Flames also out-rebounded TSU 35-33 and outscored their bench 28-15. Junior Megan Wallace added seven points and three boards in 21 minutes of play in her UIC debut.
The Flames will be back in action on Thursday, Nov. 15 as they host SIU-Edwardsville at 7 p.m. CT inside the UIC Pavilion.