ISU Ties Best Home Court Start With Win Over MSU, 78-59
Feb. 12, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State extended its overall win streak to seven games and improved to 12-0 at home this season, which ties the best home court start in Illinois State history, as the Redbirds (17-6, 9-3 MVC) topped Missouri State (17-8, 8-5 MVC), 78-59, Saturday afternoon on Doug Collins Court in Redbird Arena.
Four Redbirds finished the game with double digit scoring efforts. Amanda Clifton recorded the first double-double of her career with 11 points and a career-high 10 assists and tied her career high with six rebounds. Katie Broadway led all Redbird scorers with 19 points, also a season-best performance. Emily Hanley threw in 17 points during the game, while Shala Jackson added 14. ISU shot 57 percent from the field, while MSU shot 44 percent.
The Redbirds went on an 8-0 run in just over a minute to take a 14-6 lead five minutes into the game. During the run, five of ISU's points came off of fastbreaks. The Redbirds jumped out to their largest lead of the half, 27-11, at the 9:14 mark thanks to a three pointer by Broadway. Hanley played a large role in the Redbirds' early lead, as she tallied 10 points only eight minutes into the game.
Missouri State cut Illinois State's lead to 10 points, but Broadway hit another shot from behind the arc to give the Redbirds a 13-point lead, 37-24, with 3:21 left before intermission. MSU's Regan Soldner dropped ISU's lead to single digits with a free throw seconds before halftime giving the Redbirds a 38-29 advantage heading into the locker room.
Illinois State regained its double digit lead in the opening minute of the second half, as Clifton laid in a shot to give ISU an 11-point lead. The lead didn't last long, as MSU's Casey Garrison hit a three-point basket to shorten the Redbirds' lead to five, 48-43, with 12:59 left in the game.
After five-straight turnovers by Missouri State, Illinois State took an 18-point lead after Hannah Spanich hit a three with 8:20 remaining in the game. The Redbirds grabbed their largest lead of the game with 22 points with 3:41 left in the game, when Alexis Jenkins hit a jumper to make the score 76-54. The Bears were not able to slow down the Redbirds during the final minutes of the game, as ISU won the contest, 78-59.
The Redbirds will return to action Thursday, Feb. 17, in Des Moines, Iowa, when they take on Drake. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at the Knapp Center.
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