Kobel Nets Career High in Road Loss to Saint Louis|
Dec. 3, 2012
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Junior Emily Kobel tallied a new career high of 17 points as the UIC women's basketball team (1-5) lost a road contest against Saint Louis (4-4) on Monday night by a final score of 58-49. Kobel went 5-of-11 from behind the arc and was joined in double-digit scoring by redshirt junior Katie Hannemann and junior Rachel Story with 10 points each.
"I thought we fought in spurts tonight," said head coach Regina Miller. "We are still trying to find a way to put together a full 40 minutes. We have shown glimpses of great play and now we just need to sustain that."
Kobel began the night with a deep ball 20 seconds into the game to give UIC the early 3-0 edge. Saint Louis took command of the lead by the 18:36 mark on consecutive made jumpers and the Billikens would never give it back.
The score remained close until 6:49 left in the first half when SLU managed a 9-0 run over the next two-and-a-half minutes, extending the advantage to 29-19. Sophomore Gisselle Truiett broke the Flames' nearly five minutes scoring drought with a bucket at the 2:46 mark, her first since the season opener against Truman State.
SLU's Lorreal Jones scored the period's final four points and the Billikens owned a 34-24 lead heading into the break. Jones paced Saint Louis on the evening with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Flames started the second half on a 7-0 run and cut SLU's lead to 35-33 with 17:19 on the ticker. UIC was still down two points at the 14:29 mark when the Billikens engineered their own 7-0 offensive spurt to go ahead, 46-37. Over that stretch, the Flames were held scoreless for seven minutes and committed six turnovers.
Despite the miscues, Kobel and Hannemann brought UIC to within four (46-42) with five straight points as 5:49 remained in game. SLU's Courtney Webb answered with a clutch three-pointer at the 3:26 mark to give her squad a 49-42 lead.
The Billikens closed out the contest going 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the final three minutes to cement the nine-point triumph.
The Flames' shooting woes continued as they went 17-of-54 (31.5%) from the field. UIC also struggled to produce interior scoring with just eight points on the night, while giving up 26 to SLU.
Senior Taylor Foulks notched two treys on her way to eight points and seven rebounds. Foulks now has 187 career threes, needing just 15 to climb to No. 4 on the school's all-time leaderboard. With 10 points, Story has scored in double figures in all six games this season.
The Flames will wrap up their three-game road swing on Friday at Indiana State with tip scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.