Oakland Sinks Half-Court Heave to Beat UIC, 48-45
Dec. 11, 2011
ROCHESTER, Mich. - UIC women's basketball lost a heartbreaker at Oakland on Sunday as the Grizzlies' Sharice Calhoun sank a last-second half-court shot to defeat the Flames, 48-45. Senior Jasmine Bailey led all scorers with 15 points while junior Taylor Foulks notched a season-high 12 points. The most impressive stat line was Oakland's Brittany Carnago with 14 points, nine boards and 11 blocked shots.
"It was a great shot but that wasn't the difference in today's game," said Head Coach Regina Miller. "If we played all 40 minutes like we played to start the second half then we would not have been in that position. We need to put together a complete game and that's something we've been struggling with."
The game began with competitive back-and-forth play as there were two ties and three lead changes in the first ten minutes. At the 11:25 mark, UIC held a 14-9 advantage which included six points from Foulks
Oakland then went on an 11-0 run over the next four minutes, bringing the score to 20-14 with 5:54 on the clock. UIC witnessed a scoring drought of six-and-half minutes which was finally ended by two made free throws from Foulks. OU's Carnago was a major road block for the Flames as she tallied six swats in the first half.
The Golden Grizzlies held strong for the remainder of the stanza with the score 27-19 at intermission.
UIC opened the second half with an 11-0 spurt of their own, giving the Flames a 30-27 lead with 15:41 on the ticker. Oakland suffered through nearly an eight minute stretch with no field goals, spanning back to first half.
Over the next nine minutes, Oakland didn't allow the Flames any cushion as UIC's lead never rose above four points. At the 7:02 mark, the Golden Grizzlies knotted the score at 37-37 on a Calhoun jumper.
The Flames immediately regained the lead on a three-point play by Bailey but just then OU's Elizabeth Hamlet drilled a three to tie the game at 40-40.
Less than a minute later with 5:04 left in the contest, Bailey connected on a deep bomb, giving UIC the 43-40 edge. On the very next possession, Hamlet netted another trey to once again knot the score at 43-43.
Two minutes ensued without any scoring until Carnago confidently sank two free throws, allowing Oakland to hold its first lead since the 16:23 mark of the second half.
Both squads missed scoring opportunities over the next two-and-half minutes, but the Flames had one more chance as they called a timeout with 11 seconds left in the game.
Off the timeout, Foulks swished a 15-foot jumper from the left baseline to tie the score at 45-45 with 3.7 seconds left on the clock.
After an Oakland timeout, Calhoun received the inbound pass and dribbled up the right sideline. That's when she threw up a well-contested half-court heave that found nothing but net. The referees confirmed the made three after a video replay.
UIC drops to 4-4 on the season and returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Northern Illinois with game time set for 5:30 p.m. CT.