Eastern Illinois Holds Off Women's Basketball, 78-72
Dec. 2, 2004
Charleston, Ill. - Eastern Illinois shot a blistering 47 percent from the field and 56 percent from three-point range as they held off a late surge by the University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball team to earn the 78-72 non-conference victory over the Flames at Lantz Arena on Thursday night.
EIU knocked down 23-of-49 shots from the field, while draining 10-of-18 three point attempts in the victory.
EIU center Pam O'Connor led four Panthers in double-figures with 19 points, followed by Megan Sparks (18 points), Sarah Riva (15 points) and Melanie Ploger (11 points). Sparks, Riva and Ploger each knocked down three treys apiece.
With the victory, EIU improves to 2-2 overall, while the Flames drop their third straight, falling to 1-5.
Entering Thursday's contest, EIU was shooting a meager 48.3 percent from the free throw line. The Panthers more than made up for that against UIC, converting 73.3 percent (22-for-30) overall and 16-for-21 attempts in the second half.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday evening, as they will travel to Oxford, Mississippi to take on the Ole Miss Rebels at 6:00 p.m.