Women's Basketball Falls at Bradley, 66-52
Dec. 18, 2012
PEORIA, Ill. – The UIC women’s basketball team (2-7) suffered a non-conference road loss against Bradley, 66-52, Tuesday night at the Renaissance Coliseum. Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann tied a career-high 17 points and picked up her second double-double of the season with 10 rebounds.
The Flames trailed by eight points at halftime and stayed within striking distance through the early portion of second period. Bradley then forced a 7-1 offensive run, extending its lead to 14 points with 12:25 left to play, and never let the lead slip below 11 for the rest of the game.
Both squads committed 22 turnovers and shot a dismal 34 percent from the field. The Flames went 2-of-19 (10.5%) from three-point range and hit just 8-of-20 from the free throw line.
“We gave up an early lead and played from behind the whole game,” said head coach Regina Miller. “When that happens you expend a lot of energy just trying to come back. We knew Bradley was going to its fast break early and we let it happen anyway.”
Bradley used a smothering defense to force five UIC turnovers in the early minutes and held a 15-4 lead by the 15:42 mark. The Flames pulled to within seven points on three different occasions over the next five minutes, feeding Hannemann down low and establishing a post presence. Twelve of the Flames’ first 14 points came in the paint, but they had also given up 10 fast break points in the first 12 minutes.
Bradley amassed a 30-17 lead with 3:50 remaining in the first half as the Flames suffered nearly a five minute scoring draught. UIC kept battling and cut the Braves’ advantage down to 32-24 by halftime, scoring six of the final eight points of the first stanza.
Hannemann paced all scorers at the break with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while Bradley had three players with six points apiece.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first period with the Flames going 0-for-7 from behind the arc as Bradley hit just 37.1 percent of its shots. The Flames did force 12 BU turnovers in the first 20 minutes, producing 14 points of those miscues.
Poor shooting and turnovers continued for both teams to start the second half, but Bradley slowly grew its lead out to 45-31 by the 12:45 mark.
With 6:28 left to play, BU’s Katie Yohn drilled a three from the left baseline that sparked a 7-0 Braves’ spurt, giving Bradley a comfortable 56-38 edge. The Flames seemed to have regained the momentum with two buckets in the next 17 seconds, cutting the deficit down to 14.
The Braves quickly extinguished the Flames rally, scoring eight of the next nine points, and reached its first 20-point lead with 3:29 remaining. The Flames tallied eight points in the final 1:38, but it wasn’t enough as they dropped the road contest, 66-52.
UIC returns to the court on Saturday, Dec. 22 at home against in-state rival Northern Illinois with tip scheduled for 1 p.m. CT.