Smith's Double-Double Lifts Redbirds Over Ball State, 71-56
Katy Winge

Katy Winge

Dec. 16, 2012

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NORMAL, Ill. - Three players score double-figures as the Illinois State women's basketball team (6-3, 0-0 MVC) defeats the Ball State Cardinals (3-8, 0-0 MAC) on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena Sunday afternoon. Janae Smith led all scoring with 22 points, while pulling in 11 rebounds for her second career double-double.

Katy Winge drained a career-high five three-pointers for a career-high 15 points, while teammate Candace Sykes was the only other Redbird to reach double figures, finishing with 12 points. As a team, Illinois State shot 43 percent from the field (26-60) and 35 percent from three-point land (9-26). The Cardinals shot 41 percent from the field (20-49), while sinking just 2-of-8 from beyond the arc.

Illinois State opened the scoring in the first half after a steal and fast-break layup by Jamie Russell. The Redbirds added another five-straight points, thanks to a jumper in the paint by Smith and a trey by Winge.

Smith then scored six-straight points out of the first media timeout, increasing the Redbird lead to 10, with 14:20 to play in the first half, 13-3. Ball State scored its first field-goal of the half at the 13:55 mark, off a Shanee' Jackson layup. Alexis Jenkins added a layup of her own for ISU, giving the Redbirds an eight-point advantage, 15-7, heading into the second media timeout.

Sykes hit a back-to-back three-balls out of the break, adding to the Illinois State lead, 21-7. Winge added back-to-back treys of her own at the 4:21 mark, lifting the Redbirds to a 12-point advantage. Jenkins followed suit with yet another three for the Redbirds, adding to the ISU lead, 36-23. The Redbirds would add one more trey in the half, thanks to Alexis Foley, heading into the break on top.

ISU closed the first half with a season-high 15-point advantage, scoring a season-high 43 points. Smith led all scorers with 15 points. Redbird fouls played an important part in the first half, as Ball State scored 10 of its 28 points from the charity stripe. As a team, Illinois State shot 49 percent from the field (17-35) and 50 percent from beyond the arc (7-14), while holding the Cardinals to a 40-percent field goal percentage (8-20).

Jenkins opened the scoring in the second half for the Redbirds, hitting a jumper at the 19:32 mark. Maddie Oliver drained two free throws, increasing the ISU lead to 19-points, its largest of the game. Ball State chipped away, scoring the next three-consecutive baskets, pulling within 13 points. Winge added her fourth three ball of the game, tying her career high, before a Cardinal basket, giving the Redbirds a 14-point advantage.

At the 14:22 mark, Winge drained her fifth three-pointer of the game, setting a new career-high in points (15) and three-point baskets made (5). Ball State cut the Redbird lead down to 12 points, until back-to-back jumpers and a free throw by Sykes increased that lead back to 17 points, 60-45. The teams exchanged baskets the remainder of the half, solidifying the victory for Illinois State.

The Redbirds return to action Wednesday, Dec. 19, as they close out their five-game homestand against Princeton. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m.

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