Redbird Defense, Rebounding Shine in Win Over UIS
Kenyatta Shelton
Kenyatta Shelton

Nov. 2, 2010

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NORMAL, Ill. - Coaching her team for the first time from the Redbird Arena sidelines, new Illinois State women's basketball coach Stephanie Glance saw the Redbirds cruise to a 78-28 win over Division II Illinois-Springfield Tuesday night in ISU's loan exhibition game of the season.

All 12 Redbirds who played scored and 11 grabbed at least one rebound in the winning effort. Emily Hanley and Katie Broadway led ISU's offense with 11 points apiece. Broadway was a rebound shy of a double-double, while Kenyatta Shelton finished a point shy of a double-double with a team-best 16 rebounds, including 11 offensive boards, to go with nine points. Illinois State shot 35.9 percent from the field in the game and the outrebounded UIS 69-to-36.

"Every person who went in played hard," said Glance. "I thought we got smarter and sharper as the game went on. We were a little tight to start the game, but we played through it. We really got things going in the first half with our defense."

After UIS jumped out to a 7-2 lead early, Kenyatta Shelton scored five straight points for the Redbirds in a two minute span to tie the game at seven with 16:18 left in the first half. An Emily Hanley free throw put Illinois State up for good, and ISU's defense proceeded to limit the Prairie Stars to just four more first-half points. Nine Redbirds teamed up to score at least one field goal apiece as ISU took a 36-11 lead into halftime.

The Redbirds shot 31.7 percent from the field and grabbed 35 rebounds, including 19 offensive boards, in the first half, while UIS was limited to 16.7 percent shooting along with 18 turnovers. Shelton was one point shy of a double-double with nine points and 11 first-half rebounds.

In the second half, Illinois State outscored UIS 42-17, as the Redbirds improved their shooting percentage to 40.5, scoring 20 points in the paint. ISU also limited its second-half turnovers to five.

Bailey Beale scored a team-high eight points for UIS, while Bloomington, Ill. native Amanda Hainlen led the Prairie Stars with eight rebounds.

Illinois State will begin the regular-season schedule at Illinois, Friday, Nov. 12.

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