Women's Basketball Drops Road Contest at SEMO, 67-52|
Dec. 1, 2012
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The UIC women’s basketball team (1-4) lost a non-conference road game against Southeast Missouri (4-4) on Saturday afternoon in Cape Girardeau, Mo. at the Show Me Center by a final score of 67-52. Junior Rachel Story led all scorers with 24 points, marking her fifth-straight contest of 17 points or more. Story was joined in double figures by redshirt junior Katie Hannemann who chipped in 12 points and corralled eight rebounds.
“We are continuing to improve,” said head coach Regina Miller. “We just need to find a way to bring it all together. That scoring drought in the second half really hurt us and that can’t happen.”
Neither team had a great start as SEMO began the day 1-for-5 from the field and the Flames didn’t record a point until almost three minutes in to the game. The score was tied three separated times in the first ten minutes until UIC engineered an 11-1 run at the 7:11 mark to hold a 28-22 edge. Story capped the run with a steal and a three-point bucket as she would finish the game with four treys.
The Flames held onto their lead until 12 seconds left in the first half when SEMO’s Jordan Hunter dropped in a layup to put the Redhawks in front 32-31 at the break.
It was all SEMO to start the second half as the Flames were outscored 14-2 by 11:29 mark. UIC experienced a scoring drought that lasted nearly seven minutes and the Redhawks had amassed a 13-point lead.
Story then rattled off seven of the Flames’ next nine points in just under two minutes to chop SEMO’s advantage down to 48-42 with 9:02 left to play. UIC got to within five points by the 6:12 mark, but the Redhawks scored the next four points and with 3:01 on the clock, owned a 63-49 lead.
Poor shooting hampered the Flames as they went 18-of-62 (29.0%) from the field compared to 25-of-59 (42.4%) for the Redhawks. SEMO owned the paint with 36 of their 67 points coming from the inside with UIC managing just 20 interior points.
SEMO was paced by Hunter who finished with 18 points and Patricia Mack who grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds.
The Flames will return to action on Monday night at Saint Louis with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.