Redbirds Continue Road Swing at Southern Illinois, Evansville

Jan. 16, 2014

Game 15: Illinois state at Evansville
Date: January 19
Time: 2:05 p.m. (CST)
Location: Evansville, Ind. .
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Audio: WJBC
Twitter: @ISUwbb

NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State women's basketball team will continue its Missouri Valley Conference road swing, as it travels to in-state rival Southern Illinois Friday at 6 p.m., before heading to Evansville Sunday at 2:05 p.m.

Illinois State leads the all-time series with Southern Illinois, 52-38. In the longest running series in school history, Illinois State has played Southern Illinois annually since 1972. ISU leads the all-time series with Evansville, 26-13.

Last weekend, the Redbirds fell to league-favorite Indiana State by just three points, 47-44. Chloe Nelson led all scorers with 14 points, while transfer Lindsay Smith added 10 as the two were the only Redbirds with double-digit scoring performances.

Illinois State leads the all-time series with Southern Illinois, 52-38. In the longest running series in school history, Illinois State has played Southern Illinois annually since 1972. The Redbirds went 22-5 against the Salukis through 1985. After that, SIU posted a 29-13 record in the series, including a string of 12-straight wins. The Redbirds have won 11-straight over the Salukis. Illinois State holds a slight 20-19 advantage of games played in Carbondale, Ill., the last time ISU lost to SIU on the road was on March 4, 2006, in an overtime loss.

Illinois State leads the all-time series with Evansville, 26-13. The series began when Evansville joined the Valley in 1995, with ISU winning the first eight meetings. Illinois State holds a slight 18-13 advantage since then, including 13 wins in the last 16 games. The Redbirds are 15-4 all-time against the Purple Aces in Evansville, Ind., winning the last eight matchups.

As the Redbirds continue their three-game road swing this weekend, ISU is looking to win it first road game, as both of its victories have been at home and a neutral site. In road games, ISU is shooting 31 percent from the field and just 18 percent from three-point territory. In games played at Redbird Arena, the team is shooting much better. From the field, ISU connects on 40 percent of their shots, including 26 percent from behind the arc.

In an opening half that was made up of runs between Illinois State and Indiana State, a late run by the Redbirds sent them into the locker room with a one-point advantage, 24-23, thanks to a three at the buzzer that bounced around the rim before falling in. Late in the first half, Indiana State regained the momentum, as Illinois State was scoreless for nearly four minutes. An off -balanced three by Lindsay Smith gave the advantage back to the Redbirds, 18-16, with just over two minutes to play in the opening half. Then, the Sycamores answered with seven-straight points, but back-to-back threes by Chloe Nelson, including one at the buzzer, gave
Illinois State a one-point lead at the break. Despite the late momentum change in the first half, the Redbirds fell to Indiana State by three, 47-44, their closest loss of the season.

Transfer Lindsay Smith has played in seven games for the Redbirds since Dec. 15, including one starting assignment, and she has gotten comfortable being back on the court, which has been obvious in conference play. At Indiana State, Smith recorded her second-straight game scoring in double figures and also set a career-high in rebounds (6) and minutes (35). In conference games, she has scored 9.7 points per game and brought down 4.3 rebounds per game. She is shooting 41 percent from the field in Valley contests and 46 percent beyond the arc.

Kalyn Gebhardt has gotten more minutes during the conference season and has made an early impact. During the nonconference season, Gebhardt averaged 3.9 minutes per game and 0.9 points per game. During conference play, the freshman post is averaging 14.3 minutes per game and is pulling down two rebounds and scoring 4.7 points per game. Gebhardt scored a career-high against Northern Iowa (Jan. 5), netting 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field.  Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.