Friday, January 17, 2014

Palmer reaches 1,000 career points in UIS women's basketball victory

It was Alyssa Palmer’s night, which translated into a 60-56 win Thursday for the University of Illinois Springfield women’s basketball team over Wisconsin-Parkside, UIS’ first Great Lakes Valley Conference victory of the season.

Palmer’s driving layup gave UIS a 58-56 lead with 22.6 seconds remaining at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

“I saw an open lane and I took it,” Palmer said.

Next, she put the game out of reach with two free throws with :08.1 left. Her final foul shot gave her 1,000 points for her career. She is only the second UIS player in program history to reach the mark, joining Megan Bergerud.

Palmer led all scorers with 19 points and added six assists. Her teammate, Elizabeth Kelly, came up with the contest’s biggest assist with time running out. Palmer missed two free throws with 48.7 seconds to go in the second half. Kelly grabbed the rebound on the second miss, then dished it to Palmer, who scored the go-ahead basket. Kelly collected 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The win was featured by The State Journal-Register on January 17, 2014.

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