ISU Falls to Drake in Valley Tournament, 56-54
March 9, 2012
ST. CHARLES, Mo. - Katie Broadway scored 20 points, but an ISU turnover late in the game hurt the Illinois State women's basketball team (18-2, 13-5 MVC), as it fell to Drake (17-14, 9-9 MVC), 56-54, Friday at the 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at Family Arena.
Only four Redbirds scored in the loss, as Candace Sykes recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Marley Hall added 11 points and Jamie Russell had six. Chloe Nelson and Russell each finished the game with four assists. Russell also recorded five steals. Drake brought down 31 boards compared to Illinois State's 27. The Bulldogs connected on 52.1 percent of their shots from the field, while the Redbirds made 38.2 of their attempts.
Sykes hit a three from the top of the key in the first possession for ISU, but Drake warmed up quickly and went on a 7-0 run to take a 7-3 lead, while Illinois State was scoreless for four minutes. ISU answered back with a 7-0 run of its own, giving the Redbirds a three-point lead, 10-7, with 12:57 left to play in the opening half. The two teams traded baskets and were tied at 14 points, when ISU went on a 12-5 run to give the Redbirds a five-point lead, 24-19, with 4:35 remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs finished the first half on a 6-2 run, as the Redbirds headed into the locker room with a two-point lead, 27-25.
Broadway and Sykes each scored nine points in the first half, while Broadway led the team with three boards. Russell had four assists, three steals and one block in the opening half. ISU shot 46.2 percent from the field, while Drake made 45.8 percent of its shots. The Bulldogs had the advantage on the boards, 18-10, while the Redbirds scored 14 points off of 11 Drake turnovers.
The Redbirds and the Bulldogs exchanged points, until Illinois State went on a 5-0 run off of a Broadway three and a pair of free throws from Russell to take a six-point lead, 39-33, with 14:33 left to play. Broadway hit two-straight shots from beyond the arc, as ISU took an eight-point advantage over Drake, 46-38, with just under 11 minutes left to play. The eight points was ISU's largest lead of the game.
After ISU grabbed an eight-point lead, Drake used a 14-4 run to regain the lead, 52-50, with just under two minutes to play. The Redbirds tied the game off of a jumper by Hall, but a shot by Kyndal Clark with eight seconds left put Drake up by two, 56-54. Illinois State had one last chance, but a Redbird turnover didn't allow a shot to get off, as ISU fell to Drake, 56-54.
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