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’Birds fall to in-state rival BU in close 64-62 decision

The Illinois State women’s basketball team failed to run on the momentum it gained after a Friday night win at Loyola, and a career-night for Octavia Crump Sunday afternoon. Taking on Missouri Valley Conference rival Bradley at the Renaissance Colosseum in Peoria, the Redbirds fell to the Braves 64-62.

The sophomore forward had a career-high in both rebounds and points, 15 and 21 respectively, with 17-second half points and 10 offensive boards.

“As well as we shot the other night, we struggled and that’s a bummer,” head coach Barb Smith said. “You have good games and bad games, but Octavia had a great game. She did great on the boards and was hitting her shots. They had two or three people on her most of the time, and she was still scoring. It is a tough loss, because we could have had it, but missed the shot.”

Aside from Crump, only Lindsay Smith scored in the double-digits Sunday afternoon, with 10 points.  Stekara Hall recorded nine points of her own and Zenobia Bass added eight.  Smith and Hall each grabbed their share of boards, as well, with six and five respectively.

The Braves outdid the Redbirds in shooting from the field, sinking 44 percent of their shots while ISU shot 36 percent.  The Redbirds had an advantage on rebounds, however, pulling down 40 as the Braves had 37.

Hall led all scorers at halftime with nine points, while Smith was close behind with six. Bradley was shooting 48 percent at halftime while Illinois State was sinking 34 percent.  As they did throughout the game, ISU led BU in rebounds pulling down 21 at the halfway mark, besting Bradley by four. With 14 points in the paint and five steals, the ’Birds went into the locker room trailing their MVC foe by just two points.

With 14:26 on the clock, Taylor Stewart took a layup to tie the game at 39-39, forcing BU a timeout. Crump scored eight of ISU’s nine points leading up to this point. The Braves shortly took the lead again before ISU went on a five-point run to tie the game again. The first 12 minutes of the second half saw two lead changes and six ties in a back and forth battle that wound down the clock. With 4:17 remaining, back-to-back layups from Bass and Winge brought ISU within one. The battle continued up until eight seconds remained on the clock, when a layout turnover took ISU’s chance to tie the game and BU grabbed the win by two, 64-62.

ISU 65, Loyola 54

In an effort led by Katy Winge, ISU blew past Loyola Friday night in their first win since beating Evansville on January 19.  Winge recorded 10 points in the second half, and 13 total on the night, shooting 5-of-9 and also serving up three assists. ISU performed better offensively, connecting 51 percent of its shots, including 46 percent from behind the arch — both season highs for Illinois State women’s hoops.

Crump added 12 points and eight boards, and Kaylyn Gebhardt had a career-high 11 points on the night. Stekara Hall nine points and four assists, and Chloe Nelson added seven points.

The ISU women’s basketball team will take on Indiana State at 7:05 p.m., Friday at Redbird Arena.

Archive Photo:  Octavia Crump had a career-high showing  Sunday with 17 second-half points.

Archive Photo:
Octavia Crump had a career-high showing Sunday with 17 second-half points.

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