wbb vs Evansville

Mary Crompton drives to the hoop against Evansville. Crompton scored 22 points in the Redbirds' 87-68 win to help Illinois State move 3-0 in conference play.

Sunday, the Illinois State women’s basketball team was in Indiana to take on the University of Evansville — the Redbirds came out on top with an 87-68 win.

The Aces opened the game in a full-court press, but ISU broke through it with a couple of look ahead passes. This led to open lanes for ISU to take advantage of.

Maya Wong took advantage of one of those lanes and sank a floater that gave ISU an 18-8 lead with four minutes left in the first quarter.

The Redbirds continued to breakdown the press, but the Aces stayed committed to it. ISU shot 63 percent in the first quarter and took a 24-17 lead, with Mary Crompton leading with five points.

Crompton knocked down a three to give ISU another double-digit lead, but Celine Dupont responded with two threes for Evansville to cut the ISU lead to four.

The Aces’ full-court press finally caught up to the Redbirds, which led to a couple of ISU turnovers. Evansville’s Abby Feit hit an And one layup to give the Aces a 36-34 lead with a minute left in the second quarter.

Evansville added onto its lead with a three, which gave the Aces a five-point lead going into the half.

The Redbirds would get going again in the beginning of the third quarter with DeAnna Wilson earning a couple trips to the free-throw line, while also making a pair of layups.

With the Redbirds trailing 50-48, Crompton hit back-to-back threes to give ISU a four-point advantage. Jasmine McGinnis-Taylor would then score six straight points for the Redbirds to help give them a 62-56 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Aces continued to leave Crompton open, and she would make them pay with a three that gave the Redbirds an eight-point lead with eight minutes left.

ISU turned to the pick and roll for their offense, and it helped them build their lead to 18 with three minutes left in the fourth.

They remained in control, and with the win, climbed back to .500. Crompton and Wilson combined for 43 points, with McGinnis-Taylor and Juliunn Redmond scoring in double-digits.

“It’s starting to be really fun," head coach Kristen Gillespie said on the Redbirds' recent performances. "DeAnna took control in the second half and Mary is shooting the ball really well."

The Redbirds' fourth straight win moved them to 3-0 in conference play this season.

JACOB URISH is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. Urish can be contacted at jauris1@ilstu.edu. Follow Urish on Twitter at @urishjac

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