Women's Basketball Falters Versus Nationally-Ranked UW-Green Bay

Senior LeKesha Williams tallied a game-high 20 points on Monday versus UW-Green Bay.
Senior LeKesha Williams tallied a game-high 20 points on Monday versus UW-Green Bay.

Dec. 30, 2002

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - The UIC women's basketball team was unable to pull off the upset on Monday night, as 21st-ranked UW-Green Bay fought off an early Flames run for a 78-59 victory at the UIC Pavilion in the Horizon League opener for both schools.

"That's why UW-Green Bay is a good team," UIC Head Coach Lisa Ryckbosch said after the game. "They just took us out of our offense.

"We stopped moving. We started standing. We started pressing and then we couldn't score a basket, and that basically was the game."

UIC senior LeKesha Williams paced the Flames (6-5, 0-1 Horizon League) with a game-high 20 points while fellow senior Jaysie Chambers posted 16 points and nine rebounds.

Senior Sara Boyer led three Phoenix (9-2, 1-0 Horizon League) in double figures with 19 points. Senior Kristy Loiselle added 16 and senior Chandra Johnson tabbed 12 for UW-Green Bay.

The Phoenix defense lived up to its stingy billing, holding UIC to just 37% shooting on the night while they also outrebounded the Flames, 38-33. Offensively, UW-Green Bay converted 51% of its field goals on the night while outscoring UIC, 40-24, in the paint.

The Flames contolled the game early on versus UW-Green Bay, riding the hot shooting of Williams.

With the scored knotted at 17-17, Williams scored all 10 of UIC's points in a 10-2 run that staked the Flames to a 27-19 lead with 6:51 remaining.

Williams would pick up her third foul moments later, though, putting her on the bench for the rest of the half.

The Phoenix capitalized, going on an 18-2 run to close out the half to take a 37-29 lead into intermission. Loiselle and Johnson each had four points for UW-Green Bay during the surge.

UWGB continued that run into the second half, outscoring UIC 18-7 in the first six minutes of the final stanza to open up a 19-point lead which they would never relinquish.



UIC will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, when they continue Horizon League play by welcoming Wright State to the UIC Pavilion at 7:00 p.m.