ISU v. Bradley
Illinois State’s women’s basketball team fought back from a nine-point halftime deficit against the Bradley Braves last Thursday to reduce the point gap to one point. Unfortunately for the Redbirds, ISU (8-17, 7-8 MVC) was on the wrong end of the gap and lost to Bradley (7-19, 4-11 MVC) in a 59-58 decision.
Throughout the close game, the score was tied six times and the lead changed a resounding nine times. In the end, Bradley was able to pull 19 second-chance points off of 20 offensive rebounds.
Offensively, Katy Winge led the Redbirds with 14 points, only one point behind her career-high performance. Closely behind Winge was fellow Redbird Stekara Hall with 13 points and five rebounds.
After struggling to keep Bradley down in the first half and heading into the locker room trailing behind the Braves, 33-24, the Redbirds stormed into the second half with a 16-6 advantage to take back the lead.
Both teams remained scoreless for several minutes, haulting the game until Chloe Nelson connected a three-point shot to tie the game at 58.
A free throw by the Braves tipped the score in Bradley’s favor and ended the game with a 59-58 score.
ISU v. Loyola
The ISU women’s basketball team had a 69-61 victory over Loyola (9-19, 5-11 MVC) Sunday afternoon at Redbird Arena.
The Redbirds (9-17, 8-8 MVC) shot 40 percent from the field, making 18-of-45 attempts. On defense, the ’Birds pulled down 37 rebounds, 10 of which were thanks to Octavia Crump.
On the offense, Crump sank 18 points, followed closely by Nelson, with 15 points and Winge with 11.
After a 7-0 Ramblers run, Loyola took the lead, 17-13. ISU struggled on the floor, not making a shot in eight possessions, but were saved by Crump with a layup off of a Winge assist.
Closing out the half, Loyola outscored ISU, 7-4, putting them in the lead, 26-21 heading into halftime.
The Redbirds took advantage of the halftime breather and came out for the second half revitalized. ISU opened the half going 4-for-4 in the field, including a trey from Lindsay Smith and three Winge jumpers.
ISU continued to fight, going on a 5-1 run to take the lead back from the Ramblers 35-34. Both teams continued to trade baskets, however ISU maintained the lead.
Crump put up seven Redbird free-throw points, keeping the Ramblers down for a ISU victory, 69-61.
The Redbirds head back out on the road for their final two games of the regular season when they travel to Northern Iowa Thursday. Tipoff is slated for 7:05 p.m.