Women's Basketball Picks Up First Victory Over Arkansas-Little Rock, 55-41

Sophomore guard Krystal Hugelier led UIC with 16 points on Friday night.
Sophomore guard Krystal Hugelier led UIC with 16 points on Friday night.

Nov. 26, 2004

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Cape Girardeau, Mo. - The University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball team held Arkansas-Little Rock to 16 points in the second half as the Flames earned their first victory of the season with a 55-41 non-conference triumph over the Trojans in the opening game of the SEMO Thanksgiving Classic at the Show Me Center on Friday night.

"It feels good to finally get over the hump," UIC Head Women's Basketball Coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "We really did show some stretches of being really good."

Sophomore guard Krystal Hugelier led the Flames with 16 points, followed by sophomore forward Jacquay Holmes (11 points), senior forward Amber Washington (9 points) and junior guard Chrissy Dizon (8 points).

With the victory, UIC improves to 1-2 on the campaign, while the Trojans remain winless at 0-3.

Sophomore forward Jocelyn Love paced the Arkansas-Little Rock offensive attack with a game-high 19 points.

The turning point in the game came in the second half with the score tied at 32 with 15:18 left in the contest. UIC, led by four points apiece from Hugelier and Dizon, went on a 12-0 run over a four minute span to take a 44-32 lead that they would not relinquish.

Arkansas-Little Rock was held to just six field goals in the second half and two over the last ten minutes of the game.

"I was very impressed with our effort defensively," Ryckbosch said. "We had two stretches where they didn't score for eight or nine minutes.

"We did a good job of executing tonight," Ryckbosch continued. "I thought it was important for us to control the tempo."



UIC will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, as they will take on Southeast Missouri State at 4:00 p.m. (CST).