Flames Earn First Win of the Season
Nov. 15, 2012
CHICAGO - The UIC women's basketball team (1-1) captured its first win of the season Thursday evening inside the UIC Pavilion, as they outscored SIU-Edwardsville, 68-61. Senior Taylor Foulks went 7-of-9 from behind the arc to lead all scorers with 21 points as junior Rachel Story tallied 17 points for the second consecutive game.
"I was pleased with our effort tonight," said head coach Regina Miller. "Taylor (Foulks) made some big shots for us and I think we played much beter team defense than our first game."
The Cougars broke out to an early 7-0 lead, before Story scored the first basket for the Flames at the 16:56 mark. SIUE owned a 14-4 edge with 14:36 on the clock, but UIC finally went ahead at the 5:26 mark, when Foulks hit her fourth of five first half treys. The team headed into the locker room with an eight-point advantage, 37-29.
Foulks paced all players in the first period with 15 points, going 5-of-6 from three, with Story contributing nine points of her own.
UIC quickly extended its lead to 43-31 to start the second half and kept it the rest of the game. Story scored with 10:44 left to play to stretch the Flames to a 16-point lead, their largest of the game. The Cougars battled back and brought the score to within three with 20 seconds remaining, but the Flames hung on to take a 68-61 win.
The Flames closed out the contest with a 43.9 three-point shooting percentage, going 4-of-6 in the second half. UIC also distributed 22 assists compared to SIUE's 12.
Juniors Katie Hannemann and Emily Kobel also reached double digits for the Flames with 12 and 10 points, respectively. SIUE's Valerie Finnin and Tierny Austin each came away with 16 points as Finnin went 4-of-6 from three.
Redshirt senior Heide Dahnke showed herveteran post presence with a team-high seven rebounds in just 20 minutes of play.
The Flames will now look ahead to their first road game of the season, as they take on Drake at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday inside the Knapp Center in Des Moines, Iowa.