Flames Down Lakers, 78-58; Dahnke Posts Career Highs

Senior Cree Nix netted 12 points and eight boards in the win over Roosevelt.
Senior Cree Nix netted 12 points and eight boards in the win over Roosevelt.

Dec. 19, 2011

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CHICAGO - The UIC women's basketball team (6-4) defeated the Roosevelt Lakers (7-7), 78-58, Monday night inside the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill.  Redshirt junior Heidi Dahnke (Martinsville, Ill./Martinsville) had a strong showing as she logged three career-high numbers in points with 15, rebounds with nine and assists with three.  The Lakers were paced by senior Peggie Prahas with 21 points on 7-of-10 three-point shooting.

Four additional Flames' players posted double-digit performances in the contest. Senior Jasmine Bailey (St. Louis, Mo./Normandy) had 19 points to lead the UIC and record her 13th-straight double-digit scoring output. Cree Nix (Atlanta, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) recorded 12 tallies, Kiara Strickland (Minneapolis, Minn./Roosevelt) chipped in 11 and Taylor Foulks (Joliet, Ill./Joliet West) dropped in 10.

Nix gave the Flames a fast start as she knocked down a jumper to start the game. UIC went on an 8-0 run, which was spurred by Dahnke, who knocked down a pair of free throws, followed by a jump shot. The run was closed out with buckets from Bailey and Foulks to place the score at 13-2 with 16:35 remaining in the half.

The Flames closed out the first half of play on an 11-4 run, which included a three-point play by Dahnke to give UIC a 44-25 lead over the Lakers with just under five minutes left in the first stanza. Sophomore Kierra Robinson (Champaign, Ill./Champaign Central) closed out the first half of action with a jumper to give the Flames a hefty advantage (50-27) heading into the locker room, which marks the most points the Flames have score in a single half this season.

Bailey led all players in points in the first half with 13, while Dahnke tallied 11 points and pulled down six rebounds.

UIC outscored Roosevelt 14-8 to begin the second half as Bailey and Nix both added four points apiece.  The Flames garnered a 29-point lead (60-31) with 13:59 left in the game.

Despite three consecutive treys from Roosevelt's Parhas, Foulks dialed up her brand of three-ball followed by back-to-back jump shots from Strickland and senior Shamiea Green (St. Louis/Normandy) for a 78-55 UIC lead, before closing the contest at 78-58. UIC's final tally serves as the most points the team has scored in a game this season.

The Flames return to action inside the UIC Pavilion Thursday as they take on Eastern Illinois at 7:00 p.m. (CT).