Friday, January 20, 2012

Stars prove they can beat the elite

It wasn’t a win over a top 25 opponent, but it was pretty darn close.

The University of Illinois Springfield women’s basketball team posted a 64-58 victory over Missouri S&T in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game Thursday at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

Missouri S&T (11-4 overall, 6-2 in the GLVC) dropped out of USA Today/ESPN’s NCAA Division II rankings Tuesday. The Miners were rated 25th last week. It is the second major win in a row for the Stars (8-8, 3-5). UIS won 67-63 over Quincy on Monday.

“I told them, ‘We can play with anyone in this league,’’’ UIS third-year coach Marne Fauser said.

Carly Goede’s driving layup put UIS ahead 50-40 with 11 minutes 53 seconds left. It was the game’s sole double-digit lead.

The win was featured in an January 20, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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