The Illinois State University women’s basketball team (18-10, 10-7 MVC) battled against the Evansville Aces (3-25, 0-17 MVC) as the Redbirds beat them 68-51 at Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville, Indiana.
ISU guard Juliunn Redmond led both teams in scoring with a game-high 18 points as the Redbirds beat the struggling Aces. Senior forward Lexi Wallen also recorded a double-double with 15 points scored and 11 rebounds grabbed.
The Redbirds defense suffocated the aces in the third and fourth quarter limiting the Aces as their offense did enough to put the game away for the Redbirds.
Kayel Newland led the Redbirds through the first quarter scoring eight points as the Redbirds jumped out to a 23-14 lead.
Along with Newland’s eight first-quarter points, the Redbirds shot 50% from the field and dominated the glass with 12 rebounds overall compared to the Aces’ four.
The Redbirds’ second quarter was different as they were limited to only 10 points by the Aces’ defense.
However, the Redbirds also upped their defensive play limiting the Evansville offense to 16 points. Yet still, their limited offensive effectiveness allowed Evansville to tie the game up 33-33 at halftime.
TeTe Maggett scoring seven points coming out of halftime helped get the Redbirds offense back on track as they ended the third with a seven-point lead.
Along with Maggett’s seven-point third quarter, the Redbirds’ defense still held firm only allowing 11 points to the Ace’s offense and forcing them to shoot 31% from the field in the third quarter.
Both teams also shot very poorly from three with neither team eclipsing 20% from beyond the arc, with the Redbirds going 1-6 in the quarter.
Nevertheless, the Redbirds, ended the quarter on an 8-2 run, further pushing out their lead in the third quarter as they Redbirds ran out to a lead, 51-44.
Lexi Wallen scored the Redbird’s first six points in the fourth quarter extending the Redbirds’ lead.
Equally important was ISU’s defense. The Redbirds held Evansville scoreless for the first four minutes of the fourth quarter extending the score to 55-47.
In the fourth, Evansville shot 21% from the field and went 1-of-10 from three as the Redbird defense suffocated the Aces’ offense. Concurrently they only allowed seven fourth-quarter points as the Redbirds ran away in the fourth with the game ending 68-51.
The Redbirds’ next game is at which begins at 1 p.m. March 7 at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Indiana, as the Redbirds look to continue their win streak to four.