Women's Basketball Snaps Five-Game Skid With 71-64 Win Over Northwestern
Dec. 14, 2004
Evanston, Ill. - Despite being held without a field goal for over 12 minutes and shooting less than 50% from the free throw line, the University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball rebounded from an eight-point deficit, behind 13 second-half points from sophomore guard Krystal Hugelier, to pick up the 71-64 non-conference victory over Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Tuesday afternoon.
UIC shot 48.1% (13-for-27) from the charity stripe, and were held without a bucket from the 2:10 mark of the first half until the 10:01 mark of the second stanza.
The victory snaps a five-game losing streak for the Flames (2-7) and an eight-game road-losing skid. With the loss, Northwestern drops to 1-8 overall.
During UIC's bucketless span, Northwestern went on a 19-3 run to build a 44-36 lead over the Flames with 11:29 left in the contest.
UIC responded with a 15-3 run of their own, paced by five points from Hugelier, whose first trey of the second half, gave the Flames a 50-47 lead that they would not relinquish.
UIC was solid on the glass, as they out-rebounded the Wildcats 44-34, including 20 offensive boards. Senior forward Chastity Quinn (8 rebounds) and freshman center Nicole Rinaldi (9 rebounds) combined for 13 of the Flames' offensive boards.
Northwestern's Ifeoma Okonkwo tallied a game-high 21 points, followed by Sara Stutz (12 points), Sarah Kwasinski (11 points) and Samantha McComb (10 points, 7 assists).
The Flames will be back in action on Thursday night, as they will return to the friendly confines of the UIC Pavilion to take on the Dartmouth Big Green at 7:00 p.m.