YSU women win at Ill.-Chicago
CHICAGO -- Junior Heather Karner scored a game-high 21 points Saturday as the Youngstown State University women's basketball team staved off a late University of Illinois-Chicago rally for a 67-62 victory.
It marked the first YSU win at the UIC Pavilion since Jan. 28, 2002.
Sophomores Monique Godfrey and Nikita LaFleur each also scored in double figures for the Penguins (3-11, 1-3 Horizon League) with 15 and 13 points, respectively. UIC is 7-9, 1-3.
Clinging to a 65-62 lead, Godfrey' s two free throws with 24 seconds remaining gave YSU a five-point lead.
The Penguins owned a nine-point advantage, 45-36, at the 15:34 mark then held the Flames scoreless for the next four minutes. They bolstered their lead to a game-high 15 points, 51-36, on Velissa Vaughn's layup at 12:24.
After a LaFleur layup put the Penguins back up 13, 63-50, the Flames began their run.
A jumper by Jacquay Holmes and two 3-pointers by Krystal Hugelier cut the deficit to seven, 65-58, with 1:37 remaining.
Jackie Parker's two charity tosses brought the Flames within five, 65-60, and her layup at with 30 seconds left cut the Penguins' lead to three, 65-62.
In the first half, the Penguins shot at a 45.2 percent clip while holding the Flames to a mere 29.4 percent from the field.
The Penguins return home to host Detroit on Saturday at 5:15 p.m.