Second-Half Surge Leads Ball State Past Women's Hoops

Senior Melea Clark had 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in UIC's loss to Ball State.
Senior Melea Clark had 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in UIC's loss to Ball State.

Dec. 30, 2000

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Chicago, Ill. - Coming off an impressive victory Thursday night at Troy State, the UIC women's basketball team had its eye on back-to-back wins as they hosted Ball State Saturday evening at the UIC Pavilion. The Cardinals, though, had other ideas as they built an 11-point halftime lead, then outscored the Flames 58-34 in the second stanza en route to a 93-58 triumph over UIC.

The 93 points allowed were the most by a Flames' squad since 1997, when UIC fell 97-49 to Toledo on Dec. 20 of that year. Head Coach Tim Eatman's crew had been holding opponents to an average of 58.4 ppg this season.

The loss, which drops the Flames to 2-9 on the season, spoiled another big night from Melea Clark. The senior scored 20 points while also adding seven rebounds and a career-high tying seven assists.

Foul trouble kept the other half of UIC's dynamic offensive duo - Kimberly Henry - from getting off as she played just four minutes in the first half after picking up two quick fouls. The Flames' leading scorer was held to a season-low four points on the night.

Ball State (8-3) had five player's finish in double figures led by Tamara Bowie's 23-point, 11-rebound performance.

In the first half, neither team shot over 28% from the field, but the Cardinals built up a lead on the free-throw line as they converted 12-of-15 attempts from the charity stripe in the opening stanza. UIC, on the other hand, was able to get to the charity stripe only twice (1-of-2) in the half and the disparity proved to be the difference on the scoreboard as Ball State took an 11-point lead (35-24) into intermission.

Ball State came out firing in the second half as they shot 55% (18-for-33) from the floor, led by guard Shala Crook who popped in all 12 of her points in the period. The Cardinals also kept converting from the free-throw line as they netted 16-of-20 attempts from the stripe in the half. For the game, BSU was 28-of-35 from the line (80%) while the Flames reached the line on just eight occasions, converting four (50%).



UIC will look to get back on track on Tuesday, Jan. 2 as they travel to Norfolk, Va., to take on Norfolk State at 6:00 p.m. CST. The contest is part of a two-game east-coast swing that also includes a tilt with Morgan State on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 6:00 p.m. CST.