Women's Basketball Falls Short Against Holy Cross, 87-85 (OT)
Nov. 28, 2003
Worcester, Mass. - University of Illinois at Chicago Head Women's Basketball Coach Lisa Ryckbosch is aware that she has to be patient with a squad that features eight newcomers, including six freshmen.
Ryckbosch, however, knows the talent that she has available on her bench.
UIC was able to push Holy Cross to the limit, but was unable to overcome 26 turnovers as the Crusaders picked up the 87-85 overtime victory against the Flames on Friday afternoon at the Hart Recreation Center.
"I told the kids after the game, I love them and I hate them," Ryckbosch said. "I love them because they never quit and even when things went sour down the stretch, they just hunkered down and found a way to get back into the game.
"They drive me crazy because every time we put ourselves in a position to do something good, we give it back," Ryckbosch continued. "The number of unforced errors we made down the stretch, cost us the game."
Junior transfer Dejeanette Flournoy led UIC with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while teammates Andrea Milner (13 points, 3 treys) and Gina Hugelier (11 points, 3 treys) each turned in impressive efforts for the Flames.
With the victory, Holy Cross improves to 3-1 on the campaign, while UIC drops to 2-1.
Holy Cross senior guard and Barrington, Ill., native Maggie Fontana scored eight of the Crusaders' 11 points in the extra session to help secure the victory. Fontana finished with 30 points, 10 points and eight rebounds.
Both teams had chances to win the game in regulation with the score tied at 76-apiece.
With 16 seconds left and Holy Cross with the ball, UIC junior Chastity Quinn (4 points, 7 rebounds) stole the ball from Lisa Andrews (20 points). The Flames immediately called a time-out to set up for a last second shot.
UIC sophomore point guard Chrissy Dizon brought the ball up past halfcourt. In her efforts to sprint to the basket, Holy Cross guard Jessica Conte (4 points, 6 assists) drew a charging foul on Dizon, her fifth of the game, with 10 seconds left, giving the Crusaders one last chance for a game-winner.
Holy Cross ran their offense, allowing Brittany Keil a chance for a back-door lay-up as time expired. Keil's attempt was swatted away by Flournoy, sending the game into overtime.
The Flames would score no more as Holy Cross went on a 7-0 run, led by six points from Fontana to clinch the win.
Disappointed with the loss, Ryckbosch knows that there is a bright future ahead for her squad.
"I have to take a step back and look because this is a young team," Ryckbosch said. "They have shown stretches where they have the ability to finish these kinds of close situations.
"It's a very inexperienced group and I guess the best thing I can ask for right now is that we grow, learn and get better because of this."
UIC will be back in action on Thursday, as they will host Northern Iowa in a non-conference battle at 7:00 p.m. in the UIC Pavilion.