Illinois Struggles in 80-66 Loss to Dayton
Dec. 20, 2011
LAS VEGAS - Illini women's basketball sophomore Amber Moore posted 17 points and finished 6-of-8 from the field, but it was not enough, as the Orange and Blue fell to Dayton, 80-66, Tuesday afternoon at the South Point Arena. With the loss, Illinois drops to 5-7 on the season, while Dayton improves to 6-3.
"We couldn't get in a rhythm," Illini head coach Jolette Law said. "We never had the key people in the game at the right times, which is unfortunate. Right now, we just have to worry about our next opponent."
Three Illini finished the day in double figures, as Moore led the team in scoring for the second time this season and reached double digits for the sixth game this year. The Detroit, Mich., native also pulled down four rebounds, just missing her season high of five.
The Illini got off to a strong start, taking an early 9-3 advantage four minutes into the game and held a lead for much of the first half. With 4:19 remaining in the first period, the teams were tied at 28; however, the Flyers were able to pull away with a 10-2 run to close the half, taking a 38-30 lead into the break.
The Illini were in foul trouble most of the second half, picking up 17 fouls after the break. Junior Karisma Penn, Illinois' leading scorer this season, saw only 13 minutes of action, marking a season low for the Shaker Heights, Ohio, native, who eventually fouled out. Three other Illini players each finished with four fouls apiece.
The Orange and Blue also struggled with the Flyers' depth, as Dayton outscored Illinois, 32-16, in points off the bench.
The game marked the end of a nine-game road trip for the Illini, who are 4-6 away from Assembly Hall this year. The Orange and Blue will return home on Wednesday, Dec. 28 to take on Alabama A&M in Champaign at 7 p.m. CT.