(Monticello, Ind./Twin Lakes H.S.) scored 16 points, had seven
rebounds, and added three steals, but it was not enough as UIC earned a 60-51
victory over Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon in the Horizon League opener for
both schools at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Adams made four triples in 36 minutes, pushing her season
scoring average to 13.4 points per game.
“Tonight on the floor there
was one player (Adams) who showed cerebralness and mental toughness, and played
the way I’d like to see everyone play the game,” head coach Keith Freeman said after the game.
The game started as a
low-scoring affair, with an Adams triple at
the 8:09 mark giving Valpo a 14-13 lead, starting an 8-0 Crusader run. Another triple by Whitney Farris (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) followed by a 12-foot jumper by Sylwia Zabielewicz (Warsaw, Poland/Generala
Wladyslawa Andersa H.S.) put the Brown and Gold on top 19-13, its largest lead
of the game. UIC fought back, closing
within two, 25-23, by intermission.
The Flames took their first
lead of the second half with 15:11 to play on a lay-in by Briana Hinkle, but
Valpo responded quickly and the two schools traded leads, with the Crusaders
tying the game at 46 on a Farris bucket with 6:09 to play.
UIC scored the game’s next
nine points over four-and-a-half minutes, building a 55-46 advantage with just
1:33 to play. The Crusaders would get
within five in the final minute, but UIC made four straight free throws in the
final 22 seconds to secure the victory.
Adams was the only Crusader in double figures in scoring
with her 16 points while Farris added eight.
Kelly Watts (Gary, Ind./East Chicago Central H.S.) pulled down
a season-high 10 rebounds to help Valpo to a 33-32 rebounding edge. She had five on the offensive end of the
floor herself, while the Flames tallied just six offensive boards as a team on
UIC shot nearly 46% from the
floor though, while Valpo connected on just 34% and committed 21 turnovers.
“We lost the game with sloppy
ball-handling, floating passes, and Jasmine Bailey (seven steals), creating
offensive from defense,” Freeman added.
“The got 23 points off turnovers, mostly on three-on-twos or
Jessie Miller led UIC (4-8,
1-0 Horizon) with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while Hinkle added 15 points
and a team-high six boards for the Flames.
Valparaiso (3-9, 0-1) will look for its first Horizon League win
on Monday night when the Crusaders host Loyola (Chicago) at the ARC. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. with the game
televised in the Chicagoland area on Lakeshore Public Television.
Watts previous best rebounding total at Valpo was six twice … Valpo leads the
all-time series 18-13 but UIC has won two straight … the loss snapped the
Crusaders’ 11-game winning streak against UIC at the ARC … Adams leads the
Crusaders in scoring now at 13.4 ppg … the lead changed hands 10 times and had