Balanced Scoring Leads YSU to 67-54 Win at UIC

Liz Hornberger | Photo by Ron Stevens
Liz Hornberger | Photo by Ron Stevens

Chicago -- The Youngstown State women's basketball team had five players score at least seven points and hit 11 3-pointers in a 67-54 win at UIC on Thursday evening at the UIC Pavilion.

The win improves YSU to 14-5 overall and 4-2 in Horizon League play while UIC drops to 6-13 and 2-4. The Penguins have matched their conference win total from last year and have tied for their most overall wins since 1999-2000. YSU also earned its seventh road win tonight, its most since 1999-2000.

Senior Brandi Brown was her normal self with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but she got plenty of help in this win. Liz Hornberger scored nine of her 12 points in the second half, and Monica Touvelle scored nine of her 11 in the first half. Heidi Schlegel added nine points, and Karen Flagg posted seven. Shar'Rae Davis led all players with seven assists.

UIC's Rachel Story finished with 19 points, and Katie Hannemann and Taylor Foulkes had 12 apiece. The other six Flames who played combined for 11 points.

Both teams started fast as UIC made its first five attempts, and Brown did everything she could to keep pace. She scored all nine of her first-half points in the first four-and-a-half minutes, and her three-point play gave YSU a 12-11 lead with 15:35 to go. There were nine lead changes and four ties in the first 10:25, but a Touvelle trey sparked an 8-0 run that put the Penguins up for good. After UIC led 18-16 with 11:30 left, the Flames scored just six points the rest of the half as YSU went on a 19-6 burst.

UIC did not back down and cut a 12-point deficit in the second half to five with 8:26 left. Hornberger hit her first of three second-half triples on YSU's next possession, and she hit another just over a minute later to put the Penguins up 56-47.

Hannemann hit a bucket for the Flames to get the margin back down to seven, but the Penguins scored the next eight points and went ahead 64-49 with 3:33 left. Hornberger's third trey of the period gave YSU its largest lead at 67-51 with 2:22 to play.

While UIC was 2-3 in league play coming into the contest, it had been ahead or tied with five minutes left in all five games.

YSU outscored UIC 18-4 off turnovers and 15-0 in second-chance points. Touvelle and Schlegel combined for 20 points off the bench while UIC had five bench points as a team.

Youngstown State will remain on the road to play at Wright State on Sunday at 3 p.m.