Women's Basketball Falls In Non-Conference Finale At Eastern Michigan|
Dec. 23, 2010
YPSILANTI, Mich. - The UIC women's basketball team closed out the non-conference portion of its 2010-11 schedule on Thursday afternoon by falling behind early and losing to the Eastern Michigan Eagles on the road, 74-54.
Eastern Michigan raced out to an early lead in the first half to the tune of 11-0 less than three minutes into the game. A jumper by UIC's Briana Hinkle finally got her team on the scoreboard and the Flames used that basket as a springboard to chip away at the Eagles lead. By tightened the defense and cutting down on unforced errors, UIC came roaring all the way back to make it a one-point deficit with 6:29 to play in the first half following a lay-up by Cree Nix. Eastern Michigan then went on another run of its own by scoring eight unanswered points to build a nine-point advantage.
"We weren't ready to play when the game began," said UIC head coach Lisa Ryckbosch. "They beat us in every facet of the game. You need to play for 40 minutes and we didn't do that today.
"I was disappointed that we didn't have our edge on because when we have our edge, we're a pretty good team, but when we don't, it shows," said Rysckbosch."
The Flames later would come as close as five points at 31-26 with 3:12 to play, but the Eagles closed the half on another 11-3 run to take a 42-29 lead into the half.
UIC's Shameia Green led all scorers with 13 points in the first half, while Cassie Schrock had 12 to pace Eastern Michigan. Schrock scored eight of her 12 points from the charity stripe for the Eagles who shot 17-for-19 from the free throw line in the first half. Conversely, the Flames only went to the line six times and converted five of those attempts.
Eastern Michigan carried the momentum all the way through the game as they built a lead as large as 22 points with just over seven minutes to play.
UIC outrebounded the Eagles, 48-47, and both teams committed 23 turnovers in the game. The Flames, however shot a season-low 28.4-percent (19-for-67) from the field, while Eastern Michigan shot over 41-percent (22-for-53) from the field and scored 29 points from the free throw line in 46 trips.
Schrock finished with a game-high 18 points, while Green led the way for the Flames with 16. Jasmine Bailey led all players with 11 rebounds and had 10 points for her third double-double of the season and first since UIC's win over BYU on Nov. 15.
The Flames will be idle until New Year's Eve when they host the Cleveland State Vikings in the Horizon League opener for both teams. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion on Dec. 31.
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