Redbirds Can't Overcome Turnovers; Fall at Wichita State, 85-66
Chloe Nelson
Chloe Nelson

Feb. 21, 2014

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WICHITA, Kan. - Seven minutes into the game, Wichita State pressed the Illinois State women's basketball team, and it proved to be too much for the Redbirds, as ISU fell to WSU, 85-66, Friday night at Charles Koch Arena. The season-high 30 turnovers was the difference in the game, as the Shockers (22-3, 13-1 MVC) turned the Redbird (7-16, 6-7 MVC) miscues into 38 points in the Missouri Valley Conference contest.

Illinois State was led by Chloe Nelson, who scored 14 points, while Katy Winge added 12 points, shooting 5-of-6. Ten Redbirds scored in the contest, as Illinois State shot 50 percent from the field and 73 percent from three-point range, which is a season high beyond the arc. Illinois State also controlled the boards, pulling down 34 compared to Wichita State's 31, and Lindsay Smith led the effort on the boards with five rebounds. WSU's 38 points off of ISU's turnovers helped the Shockers put up 85 points on the Redbirds, the most points scored against Illinois State this season.

"This is the first game all year that we have been affected by a press, and we had all guards out there," head coach Barb Smith said. "It was a momentum swing, and then, we couldn't bounce back. We shot well and took better shots, and we even got the ball inside in the second half. There were 30 turnovers, and we just couldn't break the press. We don't turn the ball over like that, and we couldn't turn it off, but credit Wichita State for a great press. If we could have settled down, we would have been fine."

ISU's first five made field goals of the game came from three-point range, as Illinois State took a 16-11 lead with 11:15 to play in the opening half. Four different Redbirds connected beyond the arc, as ISU's first field goal inside the three-point line came at the 10:20 mark by Winge. Wichita State went on a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the game, 20-18, with a full court press that rattled Illinois State, but another three by Smith gave the lead back to ISU.

The Shockers scored eight-straight points off of a pair of threes and took a seven-point lead, 28-21, with 6:33 left before the break. Then, four-straight free throws by Nelson got ISU back within five points, 30-25. WSU had a 12-point lead with 2:20 to play in the game, but ISU was able to cut the lead down to seven, 40-33, at the half thanks to five points from Winge during the final two minutes of the half.

ISU shot 41 percent from the field and 78 percent from three-point range in the first half, as Winge led the Redbirds with 10 points. Smith added nine, all coming from beyond the arc, while Nelson scored eight points in the opening half. Stewart had four rebounds, leading ISU on the boards. The Redbirds pulled down 19 rebounds, six more than the Shockers. The difference in the first half was turnovers, as Illinois State had 12 miscues, which Wichita State turned into 14 points.

Wichita State opened the second half with a 6-0 run, taking a 46-33 lead, before the two teams traded baskets. Octavia Crump scored five of ISU's first seven points of the half, 52-40. The Shockers' press continued to be problematic for the Redbirds, as ISU was scoreless for over five minutes, while WSU went on an 11-0 run to take a 23-point lead, 63-40, with 10:17 left in the game. Nelson tried to give life back to Illinois State with back-to-back baskets, but a 6-0 run by Wichita State increased its lead, 69-44, with eight to play. The Shockers had a 75-47 advantage, but ISU's late 19-10 run to end the game wasn't enough, as WSU won the game, 85-66.

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