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Brechelle Beachum led the Redbirds with 13 points in Friday night's loss to Southern Illinois.

The Illinois State women’s basketball fell to Southern Illinois, 57-48, Friday night in Carbondale.

Illinois State (7-20, 4-12 Missouri Valley Conference) had one lead in the game, which was in the first quarter and was only by one point.

Southern Illinois (13-13, 7-8 MVC) led by as much as 17 points in the third quarter, cruising to victory Friday night.

Turnovers continued to haunt the Redbirds against the Salukis, as Illinois State turned the ball over 19 times.

“We gave up too many rebounds and turned the ball over too many times,” said coach Barb Smith.

Illinois State did dominate inside the paint, outscoring SIU, 34-22.

The Redbirds shot just 1-for-12 from three-point range, equaling just 8 percent.

Despite the poor three-point shooting, Illinois State shot 45 percent from the field, which was better than Southern Illinois’ 36 percent from the field.

The Redbirds were led by Brechelle Beachum with a team-high 13 points and Hannah Green with 12 points.

Green played 24 minutes tonight, the most she has played since irritating her knee just about two weeks ago.

“We need to score with more than two people,” Smith said.

The Salukis were led by Kylie Giebelhausen who had a game-high 18 points, followed by Rishonda Napier who tallied 13 points of her own.

The Redbirds conclude their weekend road trip when on Sunday, when they travel to Evansville.

Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. from the Ford Center.

MICHAEL MARRA is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at vidette_mmarra@ilstu.edu Follow him on Twitter at @MikeMarraILSTU

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