Flames Conclude Road Stretch With Loss at Indiana State

Freshman Caitlin Garant
Freshman Caitlin Garant

Dec. 7, 2012

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The UIC women’s basketball team (1-6) concluded its three-game road stint with a 64-33 loss at Indiana State (6-2) on Friday night at the Hulman Center.  The Flames faced a nine-point deficit to start the second half, but the Sycamore’s held UIC scoreless until the 7:43 mark and outscored the Flames 34-12 in the final 20 minutes.

ISU was paced by junior Anna Munn who totaled a career high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds.  UIC junior Megan Wallace was a bright spot for the Flames with five blocks, six rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes of play.  Five blocks is the most by a UIC player in nearly four years (Jasmine Bailey, 1/14/09).

“We didn’t compete tonight,” said head coach Regina Miller.  “I didn’t see the effort it takes to win and Indiana State clearly had that.”

Buckets were hard to come by in the early going as both teams went scoreless in the first three minutes and seventeen seconds.  From that point, the Sycamores took control of the contest, amassing a 14-6 lead by the 13:29 mark.

Munn spurred the offensive surge for ISU with seven points in just over a two-minute span.  She finished the first half with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including five three pointers.

Indiana State would extend its lead out to 26-11 with 4:50 remaining in the first half as UIC experienced two scoring droughts of four minutes or longer in the last 11 minutes of the first period.  

The Flames did manage a run and closed out the first stanza on a 10-4 spurt, which chopped ISU’s lead down to 30-21.

UIC was unable to carry that momentum over into the second half as they didn’t record a single point until more than 12 minutes into the period.  Indiana State rattled off 22 straight points before UIC’s Wallace sank a free throw at the 7:43 mark as ISU owned a 52-22 lead.

Within that 12-minute stretch, UIC went 0-for-15 from the field and committed 11 turnovers as the game was safely in the Sycamores’ hands.

Sophomore Gisselle Truiett posted the Flames’ first bucket of the second half with 3:56 remaining in the contest on a jumper from the right baseline.  She finished with a career-high six points in just nine minutes of action.  Freshman Caitlin Garant also tallied a career-high of six points.

The Flames return to action next Friday, Dec. 14 at home against Roosevelt with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.