Women's Basketball Remains Unbeaten with 68-60 Win over SLU|
Nov. 18, 2011
CHICAGO –Senior forward Jasmine Bailey tallied her first double-double of the season, scoring a career-high tying 30 points to go along with 10 rebounds, as the UIC women’s basketball team remained unbeaten on the season at 3-0 with a 68-60 win over visiting Saint Louis Friday night at the UIC Pavilion.
Bailey led a trio of players in double figures, as Kiara Strickland fell just one point short of her career-high with 16 points, and Katie Hannemann secured her first-career double-double with 13 points (4-4 shooting) and 10 rebounds. Both marks for Hannemann were career highs. The Billikens were led by Courtney Webb, who scored 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting.
The Flames were especially stingy on the defensive end in the second half, limiting SLU to 23.1 percent shooting. Conversely, UIC shot a blistering 57.9 percent from the field in the final frame. UIC out-scored the Billikens 38-28 in the paint despite being out-rebounded 36-35.
“Our team showed me something special tonight with the way we fought,” said head coach Regina Miller. “I thought Katie Hannemann really gave us a lift, particularly in the second half. We went into the locker room tied at halftime, and we knew that we’d have to play much better in the second half to get the win. I thought our defense was the difference down the stretch.”
Saint Louis came out firing, converting 9-of its first 12 field goal attempts to claim a 20-13 advantage with 10:53 remaining in the stanza. After falling behind by nine points, the Flames answered with a commanding 11-0 spree to take a 24-22 advantage with 4:48 left. Bailey had five quick points in the spurt, while Gisselle Truiett, Heidi Dahnke and Strickland all provided field goals.
Both teams traded buckets over the final 4:48 of the half, as the score remained deadlocked (28-28) heading into the locker room at intermission. Strickland’s eight points led a balanced attack for UIC, while Saint Louis’ Courtney Web scored a team-high 10 points.
The Flames opened the second half on an 8-2 run, and held a 38-32 lead at the first media timeout (15:57) of the frame. Saint Louis cut its deficit to just two (40-38), before UIC charged back with a 5-1 spurt to claim a 45-39 lead with 10:35 remaining – the run was capped off with a driving runner by Bailey.
UIC built its first double-digit (49-39) lead of the game with 8:40 remaining after another field goal by Bailey. But the Billikens charged back again, going on a 10-0 spurt to tie the game at 49-49 with 5:45 left. SLU’s Jacy Bradley capped off the run with a catch-and-shoot three-pointer in transition.
UIC extended its lead back to seven points (58-51) with 2:09 remaining, after Bailey converted her second-consecutive field goal. The Billikens could draw no closer than seven points down the stretch, as UIC hit 10 free throws in the final 1:46 to seal the eight-point victory.
UIC will face its first road test on Sunday, when the Flames travel to SIU-Edwardsville for a 1 p.m. non-conference tilt from the Sam M. Vadalabene Center.