Second-Half Run Guides UW-Green Bay Past UIC, 59-47
Dec. 28, 2006
Green Bay, Wisc. - Despite a hard fought battle at the Phoenix Sports Center on Thursday night, the UIC women's basketball team fell to UW-Green Bay, 59-47. Sophomore Nikki Grobbecker recorded her second career double-double with a team-high 17 points and ten rebounds, shooting 100 percent from the field (6-for-6).
The center was one free throw attempt shy of a perfect game after hitting 5-of-6 from the line. Senior Jacquay Holmes added ten points and seven rebounds. Senior Krystal Hugelier totaled eight points and pulled down seven boards on the night.
UW-Green Bay senior Nicole Soulis led the team with 22 points and nine rebounds.
Trailing by three with 12:45 on the clock in the first half, sophomore Nikki Grobbecker got the Flames within one point with two successful trips to the free throw line (12-11).
Scoreless for over six minutes of play, the Phoenix broke the dry spell with a layup from Soulis (18-15).
Senior LaShonda Grant tied the game at 18-18 with 1:35 remaining in the first 20 minutes of play, followed by a steal and a layup from Grobbecker to give UIC its second lead of the game.
After notching a UWGB four-point lead on a three pointer from Kati Harty, UIC's Grobbecker hit a quick layup to head into halftime trailing 24-22. Both teams struggled in the first half, shooting under 30 percent from the field.
Down by four (28-24) in the first minutes of the second half, UIC's Grobbecker knotted the contest for the fourth time with two buckets in less than 30 seconds. The sophomore then drained the Flames next three points for a one-point advantage (31-28).
The Flames gained their largest lead of five points (35-30) at the 12:45 mark in the second half. UW-Green Bay answered with three straight buckets.
UW-Green Bay then posted a 9-2 run for a nine-point lead (44-37), but Hugelier ended the run on a three pointer with less than four minutes on the clock.
Unable to close the defecit late in the contest, the Phoenix topped the Flames, 59-47.
UIC continues Horizon League play on Saturday, Dec. 30 for a 2:00 p.m. matchup against UW-Milwaukee at the Klotsche Center.