Women's Basketball Rallies For 70-61 Victory Over Northern Iowa
Dec. 4, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - Heading into Thursday's contest with Northern Iowa, University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball coach Lisa Ryckbosch knew that her squad would be in for a dog-fight.
That premonition proved to be true as the Flames rebounded from an 11-point first-half deficit and rallied for the 70-61 non-conference victory over the Panthers at the UIC Pavilion on Thursday night.
Sophomore point guard Chrissy Dizon tallied a game-high 22 points for the Flames, while teammates Krystal Hugelier (16 points) and Dejeanette Flournoy (11 points, 8 rebounds) each turned in solid efforts in the victory.
With the victory, UIC extends its home-winning streak to nine games and improves to 3-1 on the campaign, while the Panthers fall to 0-3 overall.
Northern Iowa's Alex Cook (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Kim Hansen (15 points, 12 rebounds) each posted double-doubles for the Panthers, while teammates Emily Berry (13 points) and Amy Swisher (12 points) each recorded solid performances.
The opening half was a tale of two different teams, as Northern Iowa built a 22-11 lead with 7:02 remaining in the half, led by eight points from Swisher.
UIC, however, countered with a 13-5 run, led by six points from Krystal Hugelier to pull within 25-24 with 1:19 left in the opening frame.
Hansen helped the Panthers take a 27-24 lead into the intermission with a 12-foot jumper with 37 seconds left in the half.
Northern Iowa countered with an 8-3 run, led by six points Cook to take a 39-37 lead.
Both teams battled back and forth with Northern Iowa taking a 52-50 lead following a pair of free throws from Swisher with 5:19 left in the contest.
UIC quickly bounced back and took a 56-52 lead, which they would never relinquish, behind a three-pointers from both Kelly True and Dizon.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday, as they will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to square off with Air Force at 8:00 p.m. (CST).