Flames Improve to 4-1 With a 67-46 Win Over Central Methodist

Senior Cree Nix posted 15 points in her first game of the season
Senior Cree Nix posted 15 points in her first game of the season

Nov. 25, 2011

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CHICAGO, Ill. - The UIC women's basketball team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 67-46 win over Central Methodist at the Flames Athletic Center Friday afternoon.  Senior Jasmine Bailey led all scorers with 23 points and notched career-highs with 17 rebounds and seven assists, while senior Cree Nix added 15 points in her first game of the year.  Senior Kiara Strickland racked up solid numbers as well with eight points and 10 boards.  Sami Dunger paced the Lady Eagles with 16 tallies.

"I thought we did some things well today," said head coach Regina Miller.  "I have to give credit to Central Methodist, they came out with a lot of energy.  We need to work on our ball security.  Twenty one turnovers is way too many for us."

The game began closely contested as the lead changed hands four times with in the first five minutes.  Central Methodist owned a 9-8 advantage at the 15:21 mark, but then Bailey dropped in a layup, securing the 10-9 score for UIC.  The Flames never relinquished the lead from that point on.

UIC held a 15-point lead at the 5:12 mark, but the Lady Eagles used a 9-4 run at the end of the first half bringing the score to 38-30.  Six of those points came on back-to-back threes by CMU's Sammie Gathercole and Dunger.

The Flames tightened their defense in the second half as the Lady Eagles only scored 16 points and committed 15 turnovers.

Starting at the 17:30 mark, UIC went on a 13-4 run over the next eight minutes giving themselves a comfortable 55-36 advantage.  Within that stretch, the Flames held CMU scoreless for almost six minutes.

UIC saw its lead rise to 20 with 3:57 on the clock as Bailey connected on layup, making the tally 62-42.  The Flames held strong in the last four minutes and brought the final score to 67-46.

The charity stripe was UIC's ally once again today as they converted 19-of-25 foul shots compared to CMU's 3-of-4. 

The Flames dominated the boards totaling 20 offensive rebounds which produced 24 second chance points and came away plus-27 in rebounding differential.

Sophomore Kierra Robinson and freshman Tashea Smalls logged their first minutes of the season as Robinson posted her first career points with three.

UIC will travel to Bloomington, Ill., on Monday (Nov. 28), when the Flames take on Illinois State at Redbird Arena beginning at 7 p.m. CST.