ISU Runs Out To Big Halftime Lead Against USF
Nov. 18, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. - Illinois State closed out the first half with a 24-6 run to open up a 20-point lead on South Florida, 42-22, in the championship game of the Best Western Roundball Classic in Tampa, Fla. Sophomore guard Maggie Krick led the Redbirds with 15 points, including three three-point field goals. ISU was 16-of-29 (.552) from the field in the first half and scored 17 points off turnovers.
The Redbirds were running right from the opening whistle, jumping out to a 6-3 lead in the first 90 seconds with three fastbreak baskets. A pair of Cirone free throws and back-to-back three-pointers by Hudson and Krick put the Redbirds ahead 14-5. The Redbirds then went more than five minutes without a field goal, which allowed USF to pull within a basket, 18-16. ISU got back on track with the 24-6 run, highlighted by three-straight three-pointers and four fastbreak buckets, to take its biggest lead of the half, 42-22. South Florida had just two field goals in the final nine minutes of the period.