Rachel Story Goes Off for 28 Points in Loss to ISU|
Nov. 21, 2012
CHICAGO – Junior Rachel Story exploded for a career-high 28 points as the UIC women’s basketball team (1-3) was defeated by Illinois State (2-2), 86-74, on Wednesday night at the UIC Pavilion. Story was accompanied by redshirt junior Katie Hannemann with a career high 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Flames’ first double-double of the season. Junior Emily Kobel also notched a double-digit performance and just missed her all-time high of 16 points with 15. The trio combined for 60 of UIC’s 74 points and 24 of the Flames’ 29 field goals.
“I thought we competed pretty hard,” said head coach Regina Miller. “We were in the game to start the second half, but we let that slip away. We have some inexperience on our team and it’s going to be key for us to put 40 minutes together and play by possession.”
UIC started the night strong and amassed a five-point lead by the 15:19 mark. Kobel scored the first seven of nine UIC points as she combined with Story to record the Flames’ first 14 points.
With UIC in front 11-6, Illinois State ignited a 20-5 offensive spurt within a five minute span to pull ahead, 26-16, its largest lead of the half. The Redbirds scored 12 of their 34 first half points off of second-chance opportunities as they totaled 13 offensive rebounds in opening period and 20 in contest.
The Flames answered back with an 8-2 run beginning at the 7:43 mark to cut ISU’s lead down to 28-24. Three of UIC’s buckets during the stretch were layups by Story, senior Heidi Dahnke and freshman Terri Bender.
The Redbirds started to pull away in final minutes of the half when they extended their advantage out to 31-24, but the Flames closed out the first stanza on a 7-3 run, limiting Illinois State’s edge to 34-31 at the break.
Story paced all first-half scorers with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting as Hannemann piloted all rebounders with seven. The Redbirds executed a well-balanced offense attack with six players above or equal to four points, being led by Janae Smith with eight.
In the opening minutes of the second half, both squads traded baskets and Flames were down two (38-36) at the 18:03 mark. ISU controlled the next several minutes and built an 11-point lead with 14:23 remaining in the game.
The Flames would get within seven points by the 3:26 mark, but the Redbirds had an answer for every UIC spurt. ISU closed out the contest hitting six free throws in the final 39 seconds to cement the 86-74 win.
Candace Sykes guided ISU with 20 points, 13 in the second half, as Smith chipped in 18. Jamie Russell and Alexis Jenkins reached double-digits with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Story has now scored 17 points or higher in four straight games, yielding an average of 20 points per outing so far this season. Dahnke tallied a season-best eight boards, lengthening her six-plus rebound streak to four games.
UIC will take a 10-day break from action and return to the court on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Southeast Missouri at 2 p.m. CT.