Chloe Nelson led ISU with 13 points, while Mackenzie Freeman added a
career-best 12 points, all coming from beyond the 3-point line.
Zenobia Bess, Octavia Crump, Stekara Hall and Kalyn Gebhardt all
tallied 10 points in ISU's second straight win. The 10 points for
Bess and Gebhardt set and tied career highs, respectively. Hall led
all players with eight boards, setting a career high, as Nelson
pulled down seven and Taylor Stewart had a career-high six rebounds.
All nine Redbirds in the game grabbed a rebound.
As a team, ISU
collected 40 rebounds, bringing down one more than Evansville.
Illinois State also had a season-high 18 assists. The Purple Aces
struggled from the field, as they shot 25 percent, while the
Redbirds scored 40 points in the paint.
Hall scored six of ISU's first nine points of the game, as the
two teams traded baskets until the Redbirds went on a 9-0 run that
lasted nearly three minutes. Four different Redbirds scored during
the run, as Illinois State jumped ahead to a 16-10 lead with 12
minutes remaining in the first half.
Evansville answered with an 8-3 run, but ISU responded with a 7-0
run, including four straight points from the free-throw line, to
take a 26-18 lead with 4:34 left on the clock before the break.
During the Redbird run, the Purple Aces were scoreless on four
straight possessions. Then, Illinois State jumped ahead to a 29-20
advantage off a 3 by Katy Winge. The Redbirds kept the momentum,
ending the half on a 6-0 run that lasted nearly two minutes and
taking a 12-point lead, ISU's largest of the half, at 35-23.
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Hall led Illinois State with eight points at the half, shooting
75 percent from the field. Freeman added six points, while Nelson
scored five. Hall pulled down four rebounds, and Nelson led ISU with
six boards. The Redbirds shot 44 percent from the field, while the
Purple Aces sank 26 percent of their shot attempts. Despite a strong
shooting performance in the first half by ISU, Evansville had the
advantage on the boards, grabbing 23 rebounds, three more than
Crump opened the second half with a 5-0 run, including an and-one
play, to increase ISU's lead to 17 points, 40-23. The Redbirds
jumped ahead to a 20-point lead, 55-35, off a 3 by Freeman with
15:11 remaining in the game. In the middle of the second half, both
teams went on brief runs, but ISU still maintained an 18-point
advantage. Then Smith connected from 3-point territory to get back
to a 20-point lead, 66-46, at the 7:42 mark.
ISU used the clock to its advantage late in the game, as
Evansville couldn't connect from the field in the final 7:21 of the
game. The final six points of the game for UE came from the
free-throw line, and Bess scored the final eight points for the
Redbirds, giving ISU the 78-54 victory.
After three straight road games, the Redbirds return home to
Redbird Arena next weekend to welcome Wichita State on Saturday at
4:05 p.m. for the "Pack the Arena" game, before hosting Missouri
State on Jan. 27 at 7:05 p.m.
news release received from
Illinois State University]