Women's Basketball Drops Horizon League Opener To Loyola|
Dec. 30, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - The opportunities were there, but the University of Illinois at Chicago women's basketball squad could not convert them as Loyola held off a late Flames' rally for the 65-62 Horizon League victory at the Gentile Center on Tuesday night.
Loyola junior guard Ciara Henderson tallied a game-high 21 points, including five three-pointers to lift the Ramblers. Guard Mandy Menella and center Danielle Lonie (10 rebounds) each posted 10 points apiece for Loyola.
With the victory, Loyola improves to 5-6 overall and 1-0 in Horizon League action, while the Flames fall to .500 at 5-5 and 0-1 in conference play.
Henderson was the catalyst for Loyola in the second half as she knocked down four of her five treys to help the Ramblers to a 61-52 lead with 3:35 left in the game.
UIC countered with a 10-2 run, led by five points apiece from both senior forward Andrea Milner (9 points) and sophomore guard Chrissy Dizon (13 points) to narrow Loyola's advantage to 63-62 with 1:23 left in the contest.
UIC had a pair of opportunities to tie or take the lead during that span, but were unable to convert, forcing them to foul and send Loyola's Jenetria Harden to the line with five seconds left in the contest.
Harden knocked down both of her charity shots, giving the Ramblers a 65-62 lead, which led to a UIC timeout with 4.8 seconds remaining.
The Flames inbounded and got the ball to Dizon who dribbled towards the right wing and launched a three-pointer that fell short, ending the game.
UIC freshman guard Krystal Hugelier scored nine points in the Flames' defeat.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, as they will travel to Wisconsin to square off with the UW-Milwaukee Panthers at 2:00 p.m. in the Klotsche Center.