UIC Women's Basketball Falls at Northwestern, 79-63|
Nov. 10, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. – The UIC women’s basketball team (0-2) hung tough with Northwestern (1-0) in the first half before the Wildcats pulled away for a 79-63 victory Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Flames had 23 offensive rebounds and outrebounded the Wildcats 47-40 but committed nine more turnovers (24-15).
Senior Katie Hannemann and sophomore Ruvanna Campbell both had 14 points for the Flames. It is Hannemann’s 28th career double-digit effort and Campbell’s second straight such effort to start her UIC career.
Hannemann also had seven rebounds in 22 minutes before fouling out in the second half. She had eight points on 3-of-8 shooting in the first half.
Campbell collected her first double-double as a Flame with 11 rebounds. Campbell was all over the stat sheet with four assists, three blocks and a steal. Campbell averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 blocks in her first week at UIC.
Freshman Melita Emanuel-Carr posted her second straight double-digit scoring effort with 10 points. Senior Emily Kobel added 10 points for the 17th double-digit performance of her career. Sophomore Terri Bender fouled out with nine points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The game was tied at 17-17 with 10:21 left in the first half after a three-pointer by Emanuel-Carr. UIC trimmed the Northwestern lead to 38-34 on two Hannemann free throws with 33 seconds left in the half. Devon Brookshire’s layup with one second remaining gave the Wildcats a six-point lead at the break.
Two more Hannemann free throws cut the Northwestern lead back to four at 42-38 with 18:28 left in the second half but that was the closest UIC would get. Campbell's free throw at 4:11 trimmed the Wildcat advantage to ten at 70-60 but Northwestern closed out the game on a 9-3 run.
UIC returns to the UIC Pavilion Friday (Nov. 15) for a 7 p.m. contest with Idaho State. The Flames will match up with the Bengals for the first time in program history.