Flames Set Program Record with 30 Assists in Home Win

Freshman Terri Bender posted 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists against Roosevelt.
Freshman Terri Bender posted 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists against Roosevelt.

Dec. 14, 2012

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CHICAGO - The UIC women's basketball team (2-6) set a single-game program record with 30 assists in a 90-67 victory against Roosevelt on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion.  The Flames recorded five players in double figures led by senior Taylor Foulks with 15 points and followed by junior Megan Wallace with 12. Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann and freshman Terri Bender added 11 points, while junior Rachel Story scored 10.  Wallace and Bender recorded career highs as did sophomore Gisselle Truiett (7) and freshman Imani Moore (6).

The 90-point effort was the largest single-game performance for UIC since March 6, 2008.  The Flames also tout their widest margin of victory (23) since February of last season.

"It was a great team effort tonight," said head coach Regina Miller.  "We fed each other the ball and we took shots that we practiced.  I thought we managed possessions better tonight than we have in the past and rebounded as well as we have all year."

The Flames out-rebounded the Lakers, 57-32, a season-high output for UIC as four Flames grabbed seven or more boards.  Bender and Wallace set new career highs in rebounds with eight and seven, respectively.  Story paced the team assists with eight, but was closely followed by Hannemann and Bender with six apiece.

After giving up a three-pointer in the opening possession, UIC went on an 8-0 run with five straight points from Foulks.  The Flames wasted no time with another 8-0 offensive spurt, starting with a Bender three at the 14:43 mark and giving UIC a 17-9 edge.

The Flames controlled much of the first half with a balanced offensive attack and hot shooting.  UIC went 20-of-39 (51.3%) from the floor in the first period, while the Lakers shot a dismal 11-of-37 (29.7%). The Flames closed out the final four minutes of the half with an 18-6 run as UIC led Roosevelt, 52-33, at the break.  Fifty-two points is the highest total in any one half for the Flames in at least five seasons.

Roosevelt found the majority of its first half points from the outside as seven of its 11 field goals came from deep.  Foulks led all scorers at halftime with 13 points, including three treys as Bender was close behind with 11.  The Lakers were paced by Maria Tamburrino with 11 points and Erin McCaslin with nine.

The second half witnessed a back-and-forth affair as Roosevelt never gave up fighting and the Flames utilized every player on their bench.  Freshman Isis Haywood saw her first collegiate action, recording four minutes and one rebound.

Wallace swatted four balls, totaling nine in the past two games and continues to lead the Horizon League in blocked shots.  Junior Emily Kobel provided quality minutes off the bench with eight points, including two three pointers.

"We want to build off all the positives from this game," said Miller.

The Flames return to road action on Tuesday night as they square off against Bradley at 6 p.m. CT.