Russell has Career Performance; Redbirds Fall to Iowa, 74-64
Nov. 11, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Senior guard Jamie Russell set or tied a career high in five categories, including points, rebounds and steals and recorded the first double-double performance of her career in the Illinois State's women's basketball team's second round game against Iowa. Despite Russell's stellar performance, the Redbirds (1-1) fell to the Hawkeyes (2-0), 74-64, Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Russell tied a career-high 30 points in the contest, a feat she also accomplished last season against Eastern Illinois (Nov. 21, 2011). The Rock Falls, Ill., native brought down 12 rebounds, including seven in the second half, and recorded eight steals. Sophomore Janae Smith just missed a double-double, as she netted 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while freshman Alexis Foley brought down six boards. Iowa sank 35 percent of their shots, while ISU made 33 percent of its attempts. The Hawkeyes had the advantage on the boards, grabbing 50, while the Redbirds brought down 44. Iowa was 32-of-41 from the free throw line. The last time a Redbird opponent made 30 or more free throws was on March 5, 2011, when Missouri State sank 32 from the charity stripe.
Iowa used a 7-0 run early in the game to take a quick lead three minutes into the contest, 11-4, but a three from Alexis Jenkins cut the Hawkeyes' lead to four, 11-7. Russell quickly sank two free throws to shrink Iowa's lead to two, 11-9, just over four minutes into the game.
The Redbirds went over seven minutes without connecting on a shot from the field, while the Hawkeyes scored five-straight points to take an eight-point advantage, 20-12, with 10:15 left in the opening half, forcing ISU to take a timeout. Out of the break, Iowa netted a basket and a pair of free throws to take a 12-point lead, but Illinois State answered back with two-straight baskets, 24-16. ISU used a 6-2 run to get within six, 30-24, with just over four minutes to play before the half. The Hawkeyes shot five-straight free throws to end the half, heading into the locker room with a 10-point lead, 39-29.
At the half, Russell led the Redbirds with 14 points, while Smith added nine. Russell, Smith and Foley each brought down five boards. Russell recorded five steals in the opening half of the second round game. ISU shot 28 percent from the field, while Iowa connected on 27 percent of its shot attempts, but the Hawkeyes advantage came at the free throw line. Iowa sank 23 free throws out of 26 attempts compared to Illinois State's 6-of-9. The Hawkeyes had a slight advantage on the boards in the first half, 27-22.
The two teams traded points to open the second half, but a 6-0 run by Iowa gave the Hawkeyes a 47-33 advantage with 15:53 left to play. Illinois State hadn't scored since the 18:46 minute mark, when Russell hit a jumper in the lane with 14:44 left to play, 48-35. Foley hit a three and Chloe Nelson sank a free throw to get the Redbirds within 11 points, 50-39, six minutes into the second half.
The Hawkeyes regained momentum, as they went on a quick 6-0 run, taking a 17-point advantage, 56-39. Russell scored six-straight points for the Redbirds, getting within 13 points, 58-45, with 6:50 left in the game. Iowa jumped ahead by 20 points, 65-45, with five minutes left to play. Illinois State got back within 10, but ran out of time, as it fell, 74-64.
Illinois State moves to the consolation bracket of the Preseason WNIT. The Redbirds will find out the details of their next game after all of Sunday's games are complete.
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