Tuesday, January 19, 2016

UIS women earn first conference victory

The University of Illinois Springfield women’s basketball team rebounded from a humiliating defeat Thursday with a 63-52 win against William Jewell at The Recreation and Athletic Center on Saturday.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and earned the Prairie Stars their first Great Lakes Valley Conference win. They are 6-8 overall and 1-6 in the conference.

UIS found the win column with good ball movement and solid defense.

“We played as a team,” UIS senior forward Ashley McHenry said. “We played for each other rather than playing for ourselves. We moved the ball a lot. Nobody was selfish today. Everybody moved their feet. We helped on defense.”

UIS fell behind 12-5 but rallied to a 27-24 halftime lead. The Stars started pulling away from the Cardinals in the third quarter. They used a 12-2 run to go ahead 51-41 with 6 minutes 52 seconds left in the fourth. UIS remained in control the rest of the way.

It was a much needed bounce-back win for the Stars after shooting 18.2 percent from the field in the first half of a 72-46 loss to Rockhurst on Thursday.

“I am proud as I can be of that group after what we went through Thursday night,” UIS coach Mark Kost said. “To come back 36 hours and perform the way we performed after laying an egg says something about their character.

 “The defense was much better. We were focused and paid attention to detail.”

 McHenry led all players with 18 points. She also had five of the team’s 16 assists. Sophomore guard  Shelbi Patterson scored 14 points. Junior forward Chelsea Cross had 11 rebounds.
 The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on January 17, 2016.
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