Flames Down Milwaukee, 67-41; Largest Win in Nearly Four Years

Senior Kiara Strickland posted her ninth double-digit scoring performance of the season with 12 points against UWM.
Senior Kiara Strickland posted her ninth double-digit scoring performance of the season with 12 points against UWM.

Dec. 31, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - The UIC women's basketball team captured its first Horizon League win of the season with a 67-41 win at Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon.  The 26-point drumming was UIC's largest margin of victory over any opponent in nearly four years (Feb 2, 2008).  The Panther's 41 total points is also the lowest opponent score against UIC this season. 

Senior Jasmine Bailey piloted all scorers with 20 points and notched her sixth double-double of the season with 10 boards.  Junior Taylor Foulks and senior Kiara Strickland chipped in 12 points apiece, while senior Shamiea Green added 10.  Green also dished out seven of her team's 18 assists which ties her previous career-high.

"Our defensive effort really was the key," said head coach Regina Miller.  "We caused a lot of deflections which led to offensive opportunities.  It was nice to see the team perform well after our loss to Green Bay."

Perhaps UIC's most impressive performance was on the glass, out-rebounding the Panthers 45-26.  The Flames also summoned accurate three-point shooting, going 9-of-14 (64.3%) from downtown, which is the highest mark for the Flames this season.  

UIC jumped on top first as Foulks drained a three ball from the left wing in the opening minute of play.  Bailey followed suit with a trey of her own to give UIC a 6-4 lead with 14:59 left in opening period. 

UWM's Sami Tucker posted her team's first six points and single-handedly tied the game at 6-6, which proved to be the only tie of the afternoon.  From that point, UIC administered a 9-2 run, bringing the score to 15-8 with 10:27 on the clock.

After the two teams traded a three-pointer each, Bailey drilled her third deep ball of the game at the 7:31 mark, giving UIC their first 10-point lead of the contest.

UIC continued to strengthen its edge to 31-17 with 3:03 left in the first stanza connecting on more threes.  Bailey and Foulks combined for six treys in the first half, going 6-for-8 from beyond the arc.

The Flames went into the locker with a 33-20 advantage as Bailey led all scorers with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting.  Tucker paced the Panthers with nine points, hitting four of her team's seven field goals.  UWM failed to capitalize on UIC's 13 first half turnovers, converting only six points on those giveaways.

UIC began the second half on a 4-0 run with two buckets from senior Kiara Strickland, giving the Flames a 37-20 lead. Strickland proved to be the Flames offensive juggernaut in the second period, netting 10 points.

The Panthers put together a quick 5-0 run, but Foulks broke it up with her fourth and final three pointer of the game as UIC went on to expand their lead to 53-31 with 9:49 left in the game.  The Flames never dipped below a 22-point advantage for the rest of the contest.

Senior Cree Nix tacked on the game's final two points with a layup under a minute to play, giving UIC the 67-41 win.

The Flames are now 8-1 when holding their opponent to under 40 percent from the floor as they limited Milwaukee to just 25 percent (13-of-52).

UIC moves to 8-5 on the year with a 1-1 conference mark.  The squad returns to action on Thursday (1/5) as they host Detroit at the UIC Pavilion.