Comeback Falls Short in Loss at Indiana

Freshman Caitlin Garant is 9-of-16 shooting in the last three games.
Freshman Caitlin Garant is 9-of-16 shooting in the last three games.

Dec. 31, 2012

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The UIC women’s basketball team (4-8) outscored Indiana, 43-34, in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as the Flames suffered the road loss at Assembly Hall on Monday night by a final score of 81-59.  UIC found themselves in a 31-point hole (47-16) by halftime as the Flames had trouble containing IU senior Aulani Sinclair who finished the game with 31 points.  UIC was led by redshirt junior Katie Hannemann with a career-high 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting.

“I was proud of the way we competed in the second half,” said head coach Regina Miller.  “You can’t give up a big lead to a Big Ten opponent and expect to comeback, but we never stopped fighting.  Hannemann was consistent for us all night and definitely had a presence in the paint.”

Freshman Caitlin Garant showed her presence with a career-high 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting in just 14 minutes.  Junior Emily Kobel also reached double-digits for the third consecutive game with 11 points.  Senior Taylor Foulks paced the Flames in rebounding with nine, tying a season-high, as UIC out-rebounded the Hoosiers, 42-39.

Indiana took control early with a 23-2 run beginning at the 18:14 mark.  Sinclair and fellow senior Jasmine McGhee did most of the first half damage as they combined to score 28 of IU’s first 40 points.  The Hoosiers reached their first 20-digit lead ten minutes into the game off a three-pointer by Nicole Bell, who finished with 16 points.

Indiana recorded 10 treys on the evening as Sinclair notched six and Bell with three.  The Flames were ice cold from long range, going 3-of-17 (17.6%) from behind the arc.

UIC witnessed its largest deficit of the game with a halftime score of 47-16.  Hannemann led the Flames at the break with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while the rest of the team shot 1-of-18.  The Hoosiers went 18-of-40 (45.0%) in the first period and forced 11 UIC turnovers.

The Flames started the second half on a promising 6-2 run, but was quickly squashed by a three-pointer from Sinclair who has totaled 92 points in her last three games.

UIC kept fighting and engineered an 18-4 run beginning at the 18:14 mark to pull to within 16 points with 10:35 left to play.  Indiana had a scoring drought of nearly five-and-half minutes in that spurt as Hannemann recorded seven points within a six-minute span.

Sixteen points was the smallest margin for UIC throughout the rest of the game as a back-and-forth exchange closed out the night.

The Flames outscored the Hoosiers in the paint in the second half, 18-10, and posted 11 points off of nine IU turnovers.  UIC committed just three turnovers in the second period and made 20 trips to the free throw line, sinking 12.

“We need to keep working on putting two solid halves together,” said Miller.  “We will continue to build confidence as we begin Horizon League play.”

The Flames return to action on Saturday at home against Butler to wrap up the non-conference season with tip scheduled for 3 p.m. CT.