Colorado State Comes From Behind to Clip Redbirds
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Stekara Hall

Nov. 23, 2013

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NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State led by as many as 10 points midway through the second half, but Colorado State (3-1) overcame its double-digit deficit to defeat the Redbirds (0-3) in their home-opener, 76-61, Saturday evening on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. Chloe Nelsonscored a career-best 20 points in the loss.

CSU's Gritt Ryder led all scorers with 21 points, including nine out of 11 points during the Rams' second-half comeback. Octavia Crump grabbed a team-high five rebounds for Illinois State, while Stekara Hallcontributed 17 points. Nelson amassed career-high points for the second-straight game.

Illinois State jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the first four minutes, with two baskets by Crump. After Colorado State pulled within, 10-8, the Redbirds nailed three-consecutive three pointers by Hall, Nelson and Alison Sebergerto pull ahead, 19-10. However, the Rams answered with a 10-2 run to tie the game, 25-25. ISU held on for a narrow 34-33 halftime advantage.

The Redbirds started the second half on an 8-2 run to jump ahead, 42-35. ISU then established a 10-point lead - its largest of the game - with 11:16 remaining. However, Colorado State responded with a 9-0 run, while ISU went 0-for-5 from the field. CSU took its first lead of the second half at the 6:09 mark on a three-pointer by Caitlin Duffy.

Later, with CSU ahead 64-57, Maddie Oliverscored two-straight free throws to pull within 64-57, but the Rams held on to secure a 76-61 non-conference victory.

Illinois State now returns to the road where the Redbirds will face Florida Nov. 29 and either Penn State or Oregon State Nov. 30 at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas.

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