Women's Basketball Holds Off Late Delaware State Rally For 74-70 Victory
Dec. 8, 2002
Dover, Del. - The University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball team was able to withstand a 27-4 run by Delaware State in the second half to earn the 74-70 non-conference victory at Memorial Hall on Sunday afternoon.
"Obviously we're happy with the win," UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "Anytime you're on the road where a team makes a run like that, it takes experience and mental toughness to overcome it.
"We made some uncharacteristic mistakes that we don't expect to make again."
With the victory, UIC improves to 5-1 on the season, while the Hornets fall to 0-3 on the campaign.
UIC took a 41-24 lead into halftime and extended the margin to 55-29 as they held the Hornets scoreless over the first four minutes of the second half.
Delaware State, however, would not go away quietly as the Hornets went on a 27-4 run over a six minute stretch, led by five points from guard Terelle Waller.
Milner broke the scoreless draught for UIC as she converted a three-point play with 6:20 left in the game to give the Flames a 62-56 lead.
Milner went on to score UIC's next four points as the Flames extended their lead to 66-60 with 4:50 left in the contest.
Delaware State went on an 8-2 run, capped off with a Waller 3-pointer with two minutes remaining to tie the game up at 68-apiece.
Hall quickly answered back with a 6-0 run as she recorded a three-pointer, a lay-up and a free-throw to put the game away for the Flames.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday, December 14th as they will travel to Alabama to take on the Troy State Lady Trojans at 2:00 p.m. (CST).