Women's Basketball Cruises Past Morgan State, 72-45
Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago Head Women's Basketball coach Lisa Ryckbosch knows that her squad is in for a rough stretch ahead as the Flames are playing five games over a span of ten days.
Ryckbosch was able to rest her starters as all 15 players that dressed saw action as UIC cruised to the 72-45 victory over Morgan State in the opening game of the UIC Thanksgiving Tournament at the UIC Pavilion on Friday afternoon.
"I really was hoping that we'd be in a position to get people like (Consuela Hall and LeKesha Williams) who have been playing more than 35 minutes a game and I wouldn't have to use them as much," Ryckbosch said. "We didn't (have to) so I was very pleased with that."
Williams led the Flames in scoring for the third consecutive contest with a game-high 15 points, while senior forward Jaysie Chambers recorded her second double-double in as many games with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
With the victory, UIC improves to 3-0 on the season, while Morgan State falls to 0-4 on the campaign.
UIC was, once again, strong defensively as the Flames forced 32 turnovers and held the Bears to 23.3% shooting from the field on Friday afternoon. UIC is holding its opponents to 50.1 points per game this season.
"I'm certainly very happy that we're holding people to 50 points or less," Ryckbosch said. "It starts with the defense, certainly if that's what we're known for right now, I'm very comfortable with that.
Ryckbosch knows that she has a solid defensive team, but its only a matter of time before the Flames show their offensive chops.
"I think there's plenty of time to get better on the offensive end of the floor," Ryckbosch said. "You can make up for a lot when you're strong defensively even when things aren't going perfectly offensively."
Erinn Coleman led Morgan State with 14 points.
The Flames will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, as they will host Mississippi at 3:30 p.m. in the UIC Pavilion.