Women's Basketball Moves To 2-0 With Win Over Akron|
Nov. 24, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - First-Year UIC Women's Basketball Head Coach Lisa Ryckbosch remained undefeated in her collegiate coaching career as the Flames rolled to a 65-53 victory over visiting Akron on Sunday afternoon at the UIC Pavilion.
With the win, UIC moves to a perfect 2-0 on the year while the Zips fall to 0-2.
Senior LeKesha Williams, who was the spark in the Flames' win over Northwestern on Friday, led UIC on offense, once again, on Sunday, leading four players in double figures with 19 points. Fellow senior Jaysie Chambers made the most of her time of the floor, posting a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes of play.
"(Jaysie Chambers) played like a senior today," Ryckbosch said. "We were struggling and she just refused to let us go down.
"She just put the team on her back and she really stepped up when we needed her to."
Sophomore Chastity Quinn came off the bench for Chambers and performed admirably, as the Michigan native recorded seven points, seven rebounds and six steals in 25 minutes of action.
"(Chastity Quinn) just gave us such a spark defensively," Ryckbosch said. "We were at the point of the game where we were trying to get the game under control and she's all over the floor on the defensive end.
"She just really was a defensive sparkplug for us."
Despite being outshot from the field (41%-32%) and outrebounded in the game (41-35), the Flames forced Akron into 36 turnovers, which led to 39 UIC points.
Center Cassandra Martin paced the Zips with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The Flames will look to start the season 3-0 on Friday, Nov. 29, when they kick off the 2002 UIC Thanksgiving Tournament by hosting Morgan State at 3:30 p.m.