Milwaukee Shoots Past Women's Basketball, 73-58
Dec. 22, 2013
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Chloe Nelson led the Illinois State women's basketball team with 13 points against Milwaukee Sunday afternoon, but despite her effort, the Redbirds (1-8) dropped their fifth-straight game to the Panthers (3-8), 73-58, at the Klotsche Center.
Katy Winge and Octavia Crump also recorded double-digit scoring efforts with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Alison Seberger scored a career-high nine points, marking the second-straight game that Seberger has set a career high in points. She also had seven rebounds, while Brianna Puni led the Redbirds with eight boards. Nelson had four assists, and Taylor Stewart had three steals.
As a team, ISU shot 31 percent from the field, while UWM connected on 45 percent of its shot attempts. Milwaukee sank nine three pointers, the second most by a Redbird opponent this season, shooting 53 percent from three-point range, as the Redbirds shot just 10 percent from beyond the arc, making two threes. The Panthers had three more rebounds than the Redbirds with 45 boards. Even though ISU had 42 total rebounds, the Redbirds had 17 offensive boards, while the Panthers had nine. The Panthers had 40 free throw attempts compared to the Redbirds' 22, as ISU got into foul trouble.
"We played aggressive defense, which I loved our defense, but now we have to stop fouling," head coach Barb Smith said. "It is a game with a clock, and you have to do it in 40 minutes, which we weren't able to do. We just ran out of time. We have one more game before the conference season starts to refuel and get going."
ISU used a couple of short runs to take two leads early in the game, but a pair of 6-0 runs by Milwaukee switched the momentum over to the Panthers for a 12-10 advantage with 13:10 left in the first half. Crump scored four-straight points and started an 8-0 run for Illinois State that lasted over three minutes. Nelson and Stewart added quick layups in the run to give the Redbirds a six-point advantage, 18-12, with 9:19 to remaining in the opening half.
Lindsay Smith scored her first basket as a Redbird and snapped a 5-0 Milwaukee run at the 6:30 mark of the first half, giving Illinois State a 20-17 lead. Milwaukee used an 8-1 run to take a five-point advantage, 26-21, while ISU couldn't connect from the field for nearly six minutes. In the final minute before the break, Seberger worked in the paint for a layup, but a three by the Panthers sent the Redbirds into the locker room down by six, 29-23, at the half.
Nelson led Illinois State with six points, shooting 3-of-4 from the field, while eight Redbirds scored in the opening half. ISU shot 33 percent from field, while UWM sank 39 percent of its shot attempts. On the boards, both teams pulled down seven offensive rebounds, but the Panthers had 22 total rebounds compared to the Redbirds' 20. Illinois State had 14 points in the paint, while Milwaukee had 12, and the Redbirds recorded two blocks and three steals in the first half.
Winge had four-straight points for the Redbirds early in the second half followed by an offensive board and put back by Seberger to get Illinois State within two, 33-31, with 16:15 to play in the game. Then, the Panthers used a 7-0 run, while the Redbirds struggled to find the bottom of the net for nearly four minutes, to increase their lead to nine, 40-31, at the 13:26 mark. ISU got back within five, 40-35, thanks to four-straight points, but UWM scored 10 points, taking a 12-point lead, 51-39, at the nine-minute mark.
ISU was scoreless for nearly four minutes until Smith got a layup with 4:49 to play in the game, as the Redbirds trailed by 12 points, 59-47. Smith's basket started an 8-1 run for the Redbirds, as they got back within seven, 60-53. Milwaukee's last 10 points came at the free throw line, including seven-straight from the charity stripe, as the Redbirds dropped the game by 15 points, 73-58.
The Redbirds return to Redbird Arena for their final non-conference contest of the 2013-14 season, as they take on Denver at 7:05 p.m., Monday, Dec. 30.
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