Women's Basketball Late Rally Falls Short
Dec. 22, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball team has developed a bad habit of sorts.
Throughout the UIC's first ten games this season, the Flames have had stretches where their opponents would go on a large run over them.
That trend continued as Western Kentucky went on a 20-2 run over a six minute span in the first and second half, led by eleven points from junior forward Leslie Logsdon, and held off a late rally by UIC to earn the 81-70 non-conference victory over the Flames at the UIC Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.
"What is frustrating about this (loss) is that we have moments of being a very, very good basketball team," UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch said. "Then we have moments of completely losing it.
"One mistake and all of a sudden, we're lost."
Logsdon finished with a game-high 30 points, including six three pointers, to lead all scorers, while teammates Kristina Covington (16 points, 16 rebounds) and Tiffany Porter-Talbert (10 points) each turned in solid efforts for the Lady Toppers.
With the victory, Western Kentucky improves to 5-3 on the campaign, while UIC falls to 6-4.
Following the Lady Toppers' run, Western Kentucky held a 60-41 advantage over the Flames.
UIC, however, would not go away quietly as the Flames countered with a 26-10 run of their own that culminated with a Tarnai three-pointer to help narrow Western Kentucky's lead to 70-67 with 2:28 remaining in the contest.
But UIC would come no closer as they were forced to foul and the Lady Toppers converted eight-of-ten from the charity stripe to clinch the victory.
UIC will be back in action on Monday, December 30th as they will host the nationally-ranked UW-Green Bay Phoenix at 7:00 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion.