Women's Basketball Suffers Road Loss at Drake, 71-61

Junior Rachel Story totaled 18 points in the 71-61 loss to Drake.
Junior Rachel Story totaled 18 points in the 71-61 loss to Drake.

Nov. 18, 2012

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DES MOINES, Iowa - In front of a crowd of nearly 2,000, the UIC women's basketball team (1-2) suffered a heartbreaking loss, 71-61, at Drake on Sunday afternoon inside the Knapp Center as juniors Rachel Story and Emily Kobel posted new career highs with 18 and 16 points, respectively.  Story paced all Flames' scorers as she tallied her third-consecutive game above 17 points.  Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann nearly reached a double-double with nine points and a career high 11 rebounds. 

"Despite the loss, I thought we built on some things," said head coach Regina Miller.  "Early in the second half when we were up seven, we were playing our brand of basketball but we let that get away from us down the stretch."

Neither team wasted any time settling in as UIC and Drake combined for 13 points in the first two-and-a-half minutes, nine of which were from behind the arc.  The Flames took advantage of their early offensive rebounding by scoring its first seven points off of second-chance opportunities.

At the 9:56 mark in the first half, freshmen Terri Bender drilled her first collegiate three to even the score at 14-14 in part of 7-0 offensive spurt for UIC.  Both squads traded buckets over the next several minutes until Drake's Kyndal Clark scored 10 of her 13 first-half points in a five minute window, giving her team a 31-25 edge with 3:35 left in the first period.

The Flames were able to cut that lead down to three (35-32) before the break as they forced nine first-half turnovers, limiting their own miscues to just three.  Story piloted UIC in the first 20 minutes with eight points on 4-of-8 shooting as Kobel led the team in rebounds with five.

The second half began with a bucket by senior Heidi Dahnke and the back-and-forth affair continued.  The Flames eventually tied the score (42-42) at the 13:54 mark and over the next four minutes, amassed a seven-point lead, 56-49.  UIC outscored Drake 24-14 in the first 10 minutes of the second half which included a 13-5 Flames' offensive surge.  Kobel hit two threes in that span and totaled 12 of her 16 points in the final stanza.

The Bulldogs kept attacking the basket and once they took the lead with just under five minutes to play, they never gave it back.  Drake was the beneficiary of superb free-throw shooting, going 19-of-23 overall and 15-of-19 in final period.  The Flames reached the charity strip just 10 times throughout the contest, converting seven freebies.

The Flames were plagued by poor shooting, going 24-of-78 from the field (30.8%) and 6-of-31 (19.4%) from long range.  In contrast, Drake hit 40 percent of its outside shots as Clark and Carly Grenfell combined to go 10-of-17 from deep.

On top of her 18 points, Story corralled seven rebounds and dished out three assists. Dahnke grabbed six boards for the Flames, four offensive, in just 19 minutes of action.

Freshman Marissa Grossfeld collected her first collegiate points on a three ball in the first half and freshman Imani Moore made her Flames debut with four minutes in the first period.

UIC resumes play on Wednesday, Nov. 21 as they host Illinois State at UIC Pavilion with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.