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Stats at a GlanceUICVALPO
FG Percentage.391 (18-46) .475 (19-40)
3P FG Percentage.400 (6-15) .421 (8-19)
FT Percentage.684 (13-19) .700 (7-10)
Offensive Rebounds95
Defensive Rebounds1619
Total Rebounds2524
Bench Points1226
PointsMcCloud - 19
Brown - 16
ReboundsFiler - 9
Dunson - 7
AssistsJackson - 5
Saunders - 4
StealsYoung - 1
Jackson - 1
Filer - 1
Pitts - 1
Beyer - 1
BlocksJackson - 1
Dunson - 1
Women’s Basketball Drops Narrow Battle to UIC
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Women’s Basketball Drops Narrow Battle to UIC
Maya Dunson delivered nine points and matched her career best with seven rebounds in her return to action Wednesday.

The Valpo women’s basketball team battled nearly all the way back from a 14-point first-half deficit on Wednesday evening at the ARC in a physical battle with UIC, but the Beacons were unable to complete the comeback, falling by a 55-53 final to the Flames

How It Happened

  • Senior Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]) scored Valpo’s first eight points of the game, keeping the Beacons within 10-8 with 3:21 to play in the opening period.
  • UIC closed the first quarter on an 11-3 spurt to extend its lead to 21-11 at the end of the period, and scored six of the first eight points of the second quarter to push its edge to 27-13 with 6:15 to play in the first half.
  • Valpo surrendered just two points the remainder of the half, however, as part of a 9-2 stretch to finish out the opening 20 minutes. Brown and sophomore Olivia Sims (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy [Oakland]) both had 3-pointers during that span as Valpo was within 29-22 at intermission.
  • UIC scored on each of its first two trips of the second half to make it a double-digit lead once again, but Valpo answered with an 8-1 run over the next five-plus minutes — capped by a 3-pointer from freshman Ali Saunders (Depauw, Ind./North Harrison) which made it a 34-30 game.
  • The Flames extended their lead out to 40-32 at the end of the third quarter.
  • A 3-point play from redshirt junior Emma Tecca (Tallmadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban [Akron]) and a layup by fifth-year Maya Dunson (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne [Loyola]) in the opening three minutes of the final period brought the Beacons within one possession at 40-37 with just over seven minutes to play, as close as they had been since the first quarter.
  • UIC pushed back out to a seven-point edge, but Valpo came back with an 8-2 spurt on a Dunson triple, a layup from junior Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) and another 3-pointer from Brown to close to within one at 48-47 with 3:40 remaining.
  • The Beacons had a shot to take the lead on their next possession, but were unable to convert, and UIC’s Tiana Jackson — who had made just three 3-pointers all season — hit from deep to bump the Flames’ edge to 51-47 with 2:20 to go.
  • Neither team scored again until Brown hit a pair from the free throw line with 38.4 seconds to play, cutting the deficit to 51-49. UIC hit two free throws on its next possession, but Valpo responded with a layup from Dunson with 8.2 seconds to go.
  • On the ensuing inbounds, in the frontcourt after a UIC timeout, the Flames’ Jaida McCloud got free for a layup to close out Valpo’s shot at earning the come-from-behind win.

Inside the Game

  • Valpo shot 47.5% from the field on Wednesday while holding the Flames to 39.1% shooting. The Beacons were 8-of-19 from the 3-point line as well, matching their season best percentage-wise (42.1%) from deep.
  • Valpo was hit with 27 fouls, its highest mark since the start of Valley play. UIC got nine more chances at the charity stripe, going 13-of-19 from the foul line versus Valpo’s 7-of-10 mark.
  • The Beacons committed 22 turnovers in the loss while forcing just 13 UIC miscues. UIC ended the night with a 17-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
  • Brown was the lone Valpo player to score in double figures, posting 16 points. The senior went 4-of-7 from the 3-point line and is now hitting at a 51.6% clip from downtown in MVC action.
  • Making her return to regular action after missing Sunday’s game and seeing limited game time on Friday due to injury, Dunson scored nine points off the bench on 4-of-6 shooting and pulled down a team-best seven rebounds to match her career high.
  • Earnest chipped in eight points and six rebounds as well, while Saunders handed out four assists to pace the Beacons.

Postgame Press Conference With Head Coach Mary Evans


Next Up

Valpo (4-16, 2-9 MVC) hits the road for its lone matchup of the regular season with Southern Illinois, taking on the Salukis in Carbondale on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPN3.