Candace Sykes also scored in double figures, scoring 10 points, while Brianna Puni added eight points.
Illinois State advances to play at Kansas State Monday in the second round of the WNIT.
Illinois State leads the all-time series with IUPUI, 2-0.
For their efforts throughout the tournament, Russell and Smith were named to the All-Tournament Team.
With the win, the Redbirds advance to the championship game of the Valley Tournament, as they will take on No. 1-seeded Wichita State Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
WJBC Redbird Recap - IUPUI. vs. ISU
MVC Women's Awrads Night
WJBC Recap - WBB Indiana State vs. Illinois State
WJBC Redbird Recap - WBB Bradley vs. ISU
Thursday, March 21
Illinois State vs. Missouri State 3/3/13
Thursday, February 28 at 7:35 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 10 at Redbird Arena in the Play4Kay game
Feb. 8 at 7:05 p.m., on Doug Collins Court
College of Charleston