Women's Basketball Wins Fifth-Straight Game; Tops Indiana State, 63-54
Feb. 24, 2013
TERRE HAUTE, Ind - Brianna Puni recorded the first double-double of her career, as she led both teams with 17 points and brought down a career-high 10 rebounds in the Illinois State (18-8, 10-4 MVC) women's basketball team's win over Indiana State (16-9, 8-6 MVC), 63-54, at the Hulman Center Sunday afternoon. Candace Sykes also recorded a double-double in the Redbirds' fifth-straight win.
Sykes had 12 points and led all rebounders with 14 boards. Alexis Foley scored a career-high 13 points and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the field, setting a career-high in made free throws and free throw attempts. Jamie Russell netted eight points, along with four assists and two steals. Illinois State shot 40 percent from the field, while Indiana State made 35 percent of its shot attempts. The Redbirds had the advantage on the boards bringing down four more rebounds than the Sycamores. ISU was 23-of-25 from the free throw line, marking its fourth game this season making 90 percent or more of its shots from the charity stripe.
The two teams traded baskets until Indiana State went on a 6-0 run, including a deep three by Anna Munn, giving the Sycamores a 13-8 advantage. The Redbirds regrouped and took the momentum, as they went on a 6-0 run of its own, off of four-straight points by Janae Smith. Alexis Jenkins made a nice move at the free throw line to regain the lead, 14-13, with 10:25 to play, to cap off the run.
After exchanging baskets, Illinois State used a 9-0 run, with five-straight points from Sykes for a six-point lead, 26-20, with 4:05 left before the break. Puni and Foley connected on a pair of free throws late in the opening half, as the Redbirds went into the locker room with a four-point lead, 30-26.
Puni led the Redbirds with seven points and six rebounds, while Foley and Sykes each added six points. Illinois State shot 45 percent from the field, while Indiana State connected on 36 percent of its field goal attempts. The Sycamores had the advantage on the boards bringing down 17 compared to the Redbirds' 14 rebounds.
Indiana State hit a three to get within four, 37-33, forcing an Illinois State timeout early in the second half. After going scoreless for nearly three minutes, Maddie Oliver made a play in the paint to give ISU an eight-point advantage, 41-33, with 13:13 to play. The Sycamores didn't score for nearly five minutes, until Taylor Whitley made a layup, starting an 8-0 run by Indiana State to tie the game, 41-41, with 10:04 to play in the game.
Illinois State took back the momentum and went on a 12-4 run to take a 53-45 advantage with 3:33 remaining in the game. Sykes made six-straight points during the run, including two jumpers and a pair of free throws. The Redbirds secured the win with a late 8-0 run, winning its fifth-straight conference game.
Illinois State returns to Redbird Arena for its final homestand of the regular season, as it hosts Wichita State and Missouri State. The Redbirds and the Shockers meet Thursday at 7:35 p.m.
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