Crump Leads Women's Basketball to Victory over Southern Illinois, 76-59
Jan. 17, 2014
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Octavia Crump scored a career-high 20 points for the first 20-point game of her career, as she led the Illinois State (3-11, 2-2 MVC) women's basketball team over Missouri Valley Conference rival Southern Illinois (3-13, 1-4 MVC), 76-59, Friday at SIU Arena. Crump shot 7-of-9 from the field and was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line, as ISU scored the second-highest point total of the season.
Chloe Nelson added 19 points, while Stekara Hall contributed 11 points, as nine Redbirds scored in the game. Illinois State shot 49 percent from the field for its best shooting performance of the season, and Southern Illinois connected on 43 percent of its shots. ISU pulled down 35 rebounds, nine more than SIU's 26. Alison Seberger led the Redbirds on the boards, pulling down eight rebounds, which tied a career high, while Hall and Lindsay Smith both recorded four steals. ISU dominated the paint, scoring 42 points, including 17 second-chance points.
The Redbirds scored six-straight points to take an early 8-2 lead, while the Salukis committed five-straight turnovers, as they were scoreless for nearly three minutes. The two teams exchanged baskets until Crump scored five-straight points for Illinois State and successfully completed an and-one play to take an 18-9 lead in the middle of the first half. During ISU's run, SIU was scoreless for nearly three minutes.
After a brief 3-0 run by Southern Illinois, Nelson hit a shot from three-point range to get Illinois State's lead back to 10 points, 29-19, with 3:46 remaining before the break. Four-straight points gave the Redbirds their largest lead of the half, 33-20, with just under two minutes to play. SIU scored back-to-back baskets, but the late effort wasn't enough, as ISU took an 11-point advantage, 35-24, at the break.
Nelson led all scorers in the first half with 13 points, shooting 57 percent from the field, while Crump added nine. The Redbirds shot 44 percent from the field, while the Salukis had a slight advantage, connecting on 45 percent of their shot attempts. Seberger led all rebounders with six, as ISU pulled down 15 rebounds in the first half, two more than SIU.
The opening minutes of the second half saw a lot of offense. The Redbirds went on a 6-0 run before the Salukis answered with a 7-0 run. Then, while Illinois State went without a field goal for nearly five minutes, Southern Illinois scored seven-straight points from the free throw line to get within 11, 49-38, with 12:19 to play.
ISU maintained its offensive threat late in the second half, including a 7-0 run that increased the Redbirds lead to 23 points, 70-47, with 4:34 left in the game. The 23-point advantage was Illinois State's largest lead of the game. A late attack by the Salukis wasn't enough, as the deficit was too much for SIU to handle and ISU won the game, 76-59.
ISU returns to the floor Sunday against Evansville. Tip is scheduled for 2:05 p.m., at the Ford Center.
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