The Illinois State University women’s basketball team (10-3) (2-0 MVC) defeated the Evansville Purple Aces (3-10) (0-2 MVC) 81-58 on Sunday.
Every active ISU player scored in this game. Junior guard Juliunn Redmond led both teams with 15 points on six of 12 shooting, including 11 rebounds and making both of her three-point attempts.
Redmond led ISU in rebounds, although Evansville’s freshman guard Abby Feit led the contest with 14 total rebounds. The Redbirds won the total rebound battle 54-37.
ISU made 11 of 25 three-pointers, with three coming from freshman guard Cameron Call, and seven coming in the third quarter. Senior guard TeTe Maggett made two of her three attempts, and redshirt freshman guard Mary Crompton made two of five.
Evansville shot a poor 20 of 61 from the field, and four of 25 from three. Sophomore guard Makayla Wallace, who came off the bench, was their leading scorer with 14 points on three of six shooting and six made free throws.
The Redbirds entered this game right after defeating Indiana State on Friday; Evansville lost to Bradley on Friday.
The starters for ISU were: senior forward Megan Talbot, junior guard Paige Saylor, TeTe Maggett, senior forward Lexi Wallen and Mary Crompton.
ISU went on an early 7-0 run in the first quarter. During the scoring streak, Maggett and Redmond made one three-pointer each. The ’Birds led 19-10 after the first.
The ’Birds extended their lead in the second quarter. The team showed much more aggression on offense and scored eight free throws on 10 attempts. Maggett made her second three-pointer of the game and ISU’s halftime lead was 36-16.
Illinois State kept its momentum in the third quarter by making 12 of 21 shots from the field and seven of 10 three-pointers. Crompton made both of her three-point attempts. Cameron Call made three three-point shots to extend ISU’s lead to 67-32.
The blowout continued in the fourth, although Evansville battled and whittled the deficit down from 35 to 23 by the end. There was a 90-second scoring drought in the middle of the quarter. Freshman forward Hannah Kelle grabbed the final rebound as time expired and ISU officially won 81-58.
Illinois State has shown signs of dominance thus far. The Redbirds will play Bradley (10-2) in a blockbuster matchup 7 p.m. Jan. 10 in Peoria.
In today’s Missouri Valley Conference games, Missouri State beat Valparaiso 81-68, Bradley beat Indiana State 91-75 and Loyola beat Southern Illinois 51-49.