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Stats at a GlanceVALPOUIC
FG Percentage.408 (20-49) .511 (23-45)
3P FG Percentage.300 (6-20) .500 (8-16)
FT Percentage.704 (19-27) .636 (21-33)
Offensive Rebounds1013
Defensive Rebounds1721
Total Rebounds2734
Bench Points1330
PointsHamlet - 19
Brittany Byrd - 28
ReboundsTEAM - 7
Brittany Byrd - 9
AssistsFrederick - 4
Brittany Byrd - 2
Jasmine Gaines - 2
Tatum McCall - 2
StealsStoller - 4
Taylor Toney - 3
Tylah Lampley - 3
BlocksEllenson - 1
Tylah Lampley - 3
UIC Tops Valpo in Dual Coaching Debut on Wednesday
Thursday, November 8, 2018
UIC Tops Valpo in Dual Coaching Debut on Wednesday
Shay Frederick had seven points in her collegiate debut on Wednesday.

The Valparaiso University women’s basketball team tipped off the 2018-2019 season and commenced a new head coaching era on Wednesday night with the debut of Mary Evans at the helm. Host UIC, playing under a first-time head coach of its own in Tasha Pointer, used a strong third quarter to go ahead for good in an eventual 75-65 win at UIC Pavilion.

How It Happened

  • Valpo managed to grab its first lead before the season even tipped off as the team converted one of two free throws on an administrative technical to start the game.
  • Allison Schofield (McCordsville, Ind. / Heritage Christian) knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer from the left corner in the game’s early stages, providing Valpo with a 6-3 edge with 7:37 to go in the first.
  • The two teams went back-and-forth for most of the first quarter until the Flames went on a 9-0 run late in the period. The hosts owned an 18-13 lead through 10 minutes.
  • Valpo tied the game by scoring the first five point of the second quarter, including a made triple by Hannah Schaub (Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Park Center) that evened the score at 18 with 7:46 left in the second.
  • Hamlet took advantage of a friendly roll with a go-ahead trey with 1:29 left in the second quarter, then freshman Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis. / Hortonville) went 2-of-2 at the stripe to register her first collegiate points in the waning seconds of the first half to allow Valpo to enter the locker room with a 27-25 lead.
  • UIC used an 8-0 run culminating with a 3-pointer by Tylah Lampley with 6:17 to go in the third quarter to build up its largest lead to that point at 38-29. Valpo climbed back within five, but then another 7-0 run by the Flames, this one featuring a pair of Brittney Byrd 3-pointers, pushed the margin to double figures at 45-33 with 3:58 left in the third.
  • By the end of the third quarter, UIC owned a 53-40 lead. That period saw the Flames go 5-of-8 from beyond the arc while Valpo went 1-of-5, helping the hosts outscore the guests 28-13.
  • Valpo trailed by as many as 15 early in the fourth, but the team fought back to within five with 4:14 left. Frederick was the star of that stretch, scoring five points including her first career 3 while coming up with a steal and a nifty assist on an Addison Stoller (Cissna Park, Ill. / Cissna Park) basket.
  • UIC controlled the final stretch of the game to open the margin back to double figures and coast to the victory. Brittany Byrd was a key performer for the Flames, scoring a game-high 28 points.

Inside the Game

  • Valpo was led in scoring by Hamlet, who made a living at the free-throw line as part of a 19-point effort. She knocked down 12 of the 15 free-throws she attempted. The 12 made free throws in a single game marked a personal best for Hamlet, whose previous career high in made free throws was nine on Dec. 3, 2017 at Longwood.
  • Stoller’s 17 points marked a career high as she shattered her previous watermark of nine set on Nov. 19, 2016 at Illinois State. She led the team with four steals, also a career high.
  • Fredrick’s collegiate debut was a success as she turned in seven points off the bench for Valpo. She also paced the team in assists with four and turned in three steals.
  • Schaub served as the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down six caroms. She was two shy of her rebounding career high.
  • Four of the five players in Valpo’s starting lineup combined to start three games last season. Schaub returned from an injury suffered in the second game of the 2017-18 season, Schofield and Ella Ellenson (Rice Lake, Wis. / Rice Lake) made their first career starts and Stoller made her second. The lone constant in the lineup was Hamlet, who made her 90th career start.
  • Valpo won the turnover battle as UIC committed 21 to its 18, but the guests shot just 30 percent (6-of-20) from 3-point range.

Up Next

The 2018-2019 home opener at the Athletics-Recreation Center will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. against North Dakota. For those who can’t make it to the ARC, the game will be broadcast on ESPN+, 95.1 FM Valparaiso and have live stats available.