Redbirds Fall to No. 21 DePaul, 73-54
Marley Hall scored a team-high 16 points.

Marley Hall scored a team-high 16 points.

Dec. 19, 2011

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NORMAL, Ill. - Despite three Redbird double-digit scoring performances, the Illinois State women's basketball team lost to No. 21 DePaul, 73-54, Monday night on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. With the non-conference loss, the Redbirds fall to 5-5 overall, and DePaul improves to 11-2.

Marley Hall led the Redbirds with her third-consecutive double-digit effort. She scored 16 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Katie Broadway contributed 11 points, while Candace Sykes tallied 10 points. The Blue Demons were led by Anna Martin and Jasmine Penny who both scored 20 points. Megan Rogowski had 11 points. Katherine Harry topped DePaul's rebounding effort with eight boards.

Illinois State shot 30 percent from the field, while DePaul shot 48 percent. The Redbirds won the rebounding battle with 40 boards compared to 36. However, ISU also had more turnovers than DePaul, with the Blue Demons scoring 17 points off of 16 Redbird turnovers. DePaul committed 13 turnovers.

The Blue Demons outscored Illinois State, 8-to-2, over the first five and a half minutes of the game to take an early lead. Three-point baskets by Sykes and Broadway pulled the Redbirds within 10-8 with 12:43 remaining in the first half. However, the Blue Demons outscored ISU 5-to-2 to take a five-point advantage.

A free throw and a layup by Hall cut DePaul's lead to 15-13, but the Blue Demons answered with a 9-0 run to go ahead, 24-13, with 5:19 to play in the first half. DePaul outscored the Redbirds, 12-to-6, over the final five minutes to gain a 26-22 halftime lead. ISU shot 23 percent from the field in the first half, compared to a 43 percent clip for the Blue Demons.

Alexis Jenkins started the second half with a quick jump shot to trim DePaul's advantage and build Redbird momentum. Sykes then added a three pointer and Hall and Broadway both scored layups. The Redbirds pulled within 42-32 on a free throw by Alison Seberger with 17:05 remaining. ISU trimmed its deficit to single-digits with a Chloe Nelson free throw and two more free throws by Seberger. Nelson then made a layup, and after the Redbirds forced a turnover, Sykes scored to cut ISU's deficit to 44-39 with 14:21 to play.

The Blue Demons answered with a 10-2 run, sparked by two Rogowski three pointers. A free throw by Broadway and back-to-back baskets by Maddie Oliver pulled Illinois State within 54-46 with 10:38 remaining, before the Blue Demons outscored ISU 19-to-6 to take a 21-point lead, their largest of the game. With the loss, Illinois State drops to 3-2 at home.

Illinois State wraps up non-conference play Thursday, Dec. 22 on the road against Michigan, starting at 12:30 p.m. CT.

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