Flames Roll Past SIUE, 88-65
Nov. 20, 2013
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Senior Rachel Story scored a game-high 27 points, one off her career high, and the UIC women’s basketball team (2-2) cruised to a 88-65 road victory over SIUE (1-3) Wednesday night. The Flames had five players in double figures and shot 8-of-17 from three-point land against the Cougars.
"I thought Rachel shot the ball extremely well. She is capable of doing that," said UIC head coach Regina Miller. "As a coach, you would like to see that every night. But she took shots that we practice with her feet set. With her feet set, I think she is one of the best shooters I have seen. It was nice to see her hit and build some confidence."
UIC dominated the glass as the Flames outrebounded the Cougars, 49-30. UIC collected 19 offensive rebounds and Ruvanna Campbell had seven offensive caroms. The Flames held SIUE to 38.5 percent shooting (25-of-65) and the Cougars were limited to 4-of-16 from beyond the arc.
UIC drained 5-of-10 three pointers in the first half and led 43-29 at the break. The Flames led by as many as 21 early in the second half (55-34) before SIUE trimmed the lead to nine at 71-62 with 5:52 to play. UIC responded with a 10-1 run to put the game away. The Flames won by more than 20 points for the first time since a 90-67 victory over Roosevelt on Dec. 14, 2012.
Story was 8-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-8 from three-point land, and hit 6-of-8 free throw attempts. She was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and scored 14 points over 18 minutes in the second half. Story also contributed four assists and four rebounds.
Story’s five three-pointers are a career high and she missed her career best in points by one. She scored 28 against Illinois State on Nov. 21, 2012. Emily Kobel was the last UIC player to hit five three-pointers in a game (vs. St. Louis on Dec. 3, 2012). Story now owns 12 performances of over 20 points in her UIC career.
Both Katie Hannemann and Campbell picked up double-doubles for the second consecutive contest. Hannemann had 15 points and 10 rebounds while Campbell collected 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. It is Hannemann’s seventh career double-double while Campbell has started her UIC career with three double-doubles in four games.
Senior Megan Wallace scored 11 first half points on the way to tying her career high of 12 points. She shot 6-of-8 from the free throw line and added seven rebounds.
Senior Emily Kobel was 3-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-4 from three-point land, to finish with 10 points. Kobel (98 career three-pointers) needs ten more made three-pointers to enter the program’s Top 10.
UIC returns home Saturday (Nov. 23) to play host to Miami Ohio. The RedHawks (1-2) picked up their first win of the season Saturday with a 55-39 home victory over Chicago State. The Flames and RedHawks have met once before on Dec. 28, 1984 and Miami Ohio won, 61-57.