Redbirds Win OT Thriller, 71-67
Jan. 20, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State women's basketball team improved to 9-8 and 4-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference after defeating Drake (9-8, 3-3 MVC) 71-67 in its first overtime game this season. Candace Sykes led the Redbirds with 19 points and Katie Broadway and Marley Hall added 15 points each.
Drake marked the first points on the board with a basket from Kyndal Clark, but Hall answered right back with a layup on the following possession. Both teams went scoreless for two minutes until Clark hit a long three to give the Bulldogs a 5-2 lead. Hall continued to fight and notched a three-point play to tie the game, 5-5.
Illinois State broke away at the 10 minute mark and compiled a six-point run on baskets from Maddie Oliver and Sykes, to give the Redbirds a 17-11 lead. Drake was able get within two points with two-consecutive baskets from Amber Wollschlager, but Illinois State held off the Bulldogs, 30-22, heading into the break.
Sykes led the Redbirds in the first half with eight points and two steals. ISU shot 37.5 percent from the field compared to Drake's 29.6 percent and forced the Bulldogs to commit 12 turnovers in the opening stanza.
The Bulldogs came out firing after the break, tallying a four-point run and eight points in four possessions. Broadway regained control, sinking a three-point basket to extend the Redbird lead to 37-30. Sykes followed Broadway's lead and notched a four-point play after being fouled on her third three-point basket of the game.
Drake continued to battle and tied the game, 45-45, on a six-point run that was capped by a three-point basket from Wollschlager. The Bulldogs captured their first lead of the game after Brittnye McSparron marked her first bucket of the game. Drake extended its lead to four points at 53-49 with two-consecutive treys from Clark.
Hall's jumper and a three-point basket from Alison Seberger brought the `Birds within one point with less than five minutes to play. Another basket by Hall tied the game, but a Redbird turnover gave Drake the ball with eight seconds left to play. A solid Redbird defensive effort held off the Bulldogs on the final possession and forced the game into overtime for the first time this season.
Drake didn't waste any time and posted three-consecutive baskets from the field for a 66-61 lead. The Redbirds responded with four points off of two free throws and a basket from Alexis Jenkins. Broadway sank a three to tie the game, 67-67, with less than a minute to play in the extra period.
After a missed Drake free throw, Illinois State regained possession, but a missed jumper gave the Bulldogs the ball with 5.9 seconds to play. Broadway captured her second steal of the night and a Bulldog foul sent her to the line. Broadway converted both free throws to give ISU a 69-67 lead. With less than two seconds on the clock Drake committed another foul allowing Sykes to seal the win from the line for a 71-67 Redbird victory.
The Redbirds will host Creighton Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Before the game, the ISU Athletic Department will honor Dr. Laurie Mabry, former Director of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics at Illinois State, with a pregame ceremony and banner raising beginning at 1:45 p.m.
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