Women's Basketball Heads to Milwaukee for Third-Straight Road Game

Dec. 21, 2013

Game 9: Illinois state at Milwaukee
Date: December 22
Time: 1 p.m. (CST)
Location: Milwaukee, Wis.
Audio: WJBC
Live Stats: GameTracker
Twitter: @ISUwbb

NORMAL, Ill. -The Illinois State women's basketball team travels to Milwaukee Sunday to take on the Panthers of Wisconsin- Milwaukee for its third-straight road game. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. tip.

Sunday's game marks just the second meeting between Illinois State and Milwaukee. The Redbirds and the Panthers faced off for the first time in program history last season in Normal, Ill. ISU won by 19 points, 75-54, on Nov. 29, 2012.

Despite tough defense that held Princeton to its second-lowest point total of the season, Illinois State dropped its fourth-straight game to the Tigers, 65-39, Wednesday (Dec.18). The last time ISU lost four-straight games was during the 2005-06 season. As a team, ISU shot 20 percent from the field, while Princeton connected on 55 percent of its shot attempts. Princeton dominated the boards, pulling down 21 more rebounds than ISU.

NEED MORE OFFENSE
In ISU's 57-32 loss at Fordham (Dec. 15) ISU only scored six points in the first half, after 17-scoreless minutes, and added 26 points in the second half. The 32 total points is the second fewest points scored in a game in program history. The fewest points scored was during the 1972-73 season, when ISU fell to Southern Illinois (Jan. 28, 1973), 38-27.

FINDING THE BOTTOM OF THE NET
The last time ISU lost by 25 points or more was during the 2010-11 season, when the Redbirds fell to Southern California (March 30, 2011), 63-36, in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. In ISU's road swing on the east coast, the Redbirds fell by 25 points and 26 points. ISU fell by 25 points at Fordham (Dec. 15), 57-32, and by 26 points at Princeton (Dec. 18), 65-39. It was the first time in program history that ISU ever had back-to-back losses in which the Redbirds score less than 40 points.

EIGHT IS GREAT
Senior guard Alison Seberger scored a career-high eight points at Princeton (Dec. 18) with all of her points coming in the second half. Seberger tallied the total by scoring eight-straight points thanks to a pair of free throws and then back-to-back shots from three-point range.

CAUSING MISTAKES
The Redbird defense forced Princeton (Dec. 18) to commit 28 turnovers in the 65-39 loss, but the strong defense wasn't enough, as Illinois State could only turn the Tiger mistakes into 14 points, while Princeton scored 19 points off of 15 ISU turnovers. The Redbirds' 15 turnovers are the fewest miscues by ISU this season, which it also accomplished against Florida (Nov. 29) and Fordham (Dec. 15).

SHARING THE BALL
At Princeton, the Redbirds only collected three assists, a season-low mark for the team. It was the third-straight game ISU has registered single-digit assists in the stat line and its fourth of the season. Over the last three games, ISU is averaging 4.3 assists per game as a team.

WORK TO DO ON THE BOARDS
Princeton pulled down 21 more rebounds than ISU Wednesday (Dec. 15) in the Redbirds' 65-39 loss. Princeton grabbed 51 rebounds, while Illinois State collected 30, tying its lowest mark of the season. ISU has been outrebounded five times during the 2012-13 season. Before the Princeton game, the most an opponent outrebounded the Redbirds by was 10 rebounds.

PLAYING IN THE PAINT
Princeton outrebounded Illinois State by 21 boards, but they also controlled play in the paint, as the Tigers scored 42 points in the paint compared to the Redbirds' 18. Princeton also had 13 second-chance points. The Tigers also collected 11 blocks in the game, while the Redbirds tallied three.

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