Women's Basketball Falls To Illinois State, 74-64

Sophomore guard Chrissy Dizon scored a game-high 26 points against Illinois State on Sunday.
Sophomore guard Chrissy Dizon scored a game-high 26 points against Illinois State on Sunday.

Dec. 14, 2003

Box Score

Normal, Ill. - The opening 20 minutes of Sunday's women's basketball contest between Illinois State and the University of Illinois at Chicago featured a healthy dose of the Redbirds' Katie Donovan.

Donovan torched the Flames for 17 points leading Illinois State to a 33-28 halftime lead.

UIC made some halftime adjustments, allowing Donovan to score just one point for the rest of the game.

The Redbirds, however, had three other players score in double-figures as Illinois State defeated UIC, 74-64, at Redbird Arena.

Illinois State also received solid efforts from Taren O'Brien (15 points), Zora Skrabalova (14 points, 12 rebounds), and Erin Keeney (10 points).

UIC, not only struggled on the defensive end, but the offensive as well, shooting 29.5% (23-for-78) from the field.

"If you're going to shoot 30 percent then the defensive effort has to be better than it was in the second half," UIC Head Coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "Donovan had a terrific first half, we made an adjustment at halftime and she scored one point the rest of the way.

"The rest of the team at that point, beat us."

With the victory, Illinois State improves to 2-3 on the season, while the Flames fall to 4-3 on the campaign.

UIC's Chrissy Dizon scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Flames, while junior forward Dejeanette Flournoy notched her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and a Redbird Arena record, 23 rebounds.

Flournoy's 23 boards also was the second most in UIC history for a single game, matching both Lisa Thomas (1979) and Angela Gilbert (1993).

The Flames will be back in action on Thursday evening, as they will host Northwestern at 7:00 p.m. in the UIC Pavilion.