February 10, 20141st2ndFinal
UIC Flames424082
Stats at a GlanceUICVALPO
FG Percentage.492 (32-65) .500 (28-56)
3P FG Percentage.250 (3-12) .450 (9-20)
FT Percentage.600 (15-25) .727 (8-11)
Offensive Rebounds198
Defensive Rebounds2022
Total Rebounds3930
Bench Points1117
PointsKatie Hannemann - 29
ReboundsRuvanna Campbell - 11
AssistsTerri Bender - 3
CARR - 5
StealsTerri Bender - 3
BlocksImani Moore - 2
Stellar Shooting Can't Push Valpo Past UIC
Monday, February 10, 2014
Stellar Shooting Can't Push Valpo Past UIC
Liz Horton shot 7-of-9 from the field as part of a 15-point tilt versus UIC Monday night. (Avery Davis)

The Crusaders shot 28-of-56 (50%) from the floor Monday night versus UIC, but the Flames used 19 offensive boards to catapult them to an 82-73 win at the ARC.

UIC constructed a 16-2 run early in the ballgame to jump ahead 31-12 at the 9:29 mark. The Flames took advantage of second and third chances as the margin widened quickly. Valpo responded right back with a 20-4 run of its own to cut the deficit to three with 2:20 on the clock. UIC appeared poised to take a comfortable lead into the locker room after Terri Bender converted an old-fashioned three point play with 38 seconds remaining. 

But an Emily Kobel three-point try with six seconds to go in the half clanged out and Lexi Miller (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia) collected the rebound. Miller had three seconds to dribble before tossing up a desperation half-court shot from the Crusader shield. The heave banked off the glass and in to cut UIC's lead to 42-37 at the break. The triple represented Miller's second half-court launch made against UIC as she accomplished the same feat last season on February 16th.

Katie Hannemann recorded 15 of her game-high 29 points in the first stanza. Senior Liz Horton (Cannelburg, Ind./Barr-Reeve) led the Brown and Gold in scoring at the half with nine points.

UIC came out blazing in the second half as a 17-4 surge put the Flames back ahead in double digits. Valpo was able to move within eight points with a minute to play but it was as close as the Crusaders came. The Flames held on to win 82-73 and advance to 7-4 in Horizon League play.

Ruvanna Campbell added another double-double to her resume with 14 points and 11 boards. Rachel Story also tossed in 14 in the winning effort.

Jessi Wiedemann (Palatine, Ill./Fremd) finished in double figures for the twelfth time this year as the sophomore paced the Crusader scoring charge with 17 points. Senior Charae Richardson (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson [Vincennes]) scored a dozen while Sharon Karungi (Kampala, Uganda/[Northern Oklahoma College]) was a rebound shy of a double-double (10 points, 9 boards).

The Crusaders committed 16 turnovers on the evening. Jessica Carr (Arcadia, Ind./Hamilton Heights) had a tidy five assists as the junior now boasts 34 on the season.

Valpo (3-19, 1-8 Horizon) hits the road Thursday for a showdown with Cleveland State (11-11, 6-3 Horizon) at 4:30 pm CT. The Vikings took a 76-66 victory over the Brown and Gold on Jan. 27th at the ARC. Links to the audio, video, and live stats for Thursday's game will be available at valpoathletics.com.