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Thursday, February 21, 2008 | Women's Basketball
Redbirds Stay in First; Drake, Creighton are Road Winners; Indiana State Wins in OT
NORMAL, Ill. - Nicolle Lewis scored a team-high 16 points and corralled eight rebounds to lead a dominating second half offensive effort, and lift the Illinois State women's basketball team (21-3, 11-2 MVC) to a convincing 77-57 win over visiting Wichita State (9-17, 3-11 MVC) on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena Thursday night. The win kept the Redbirds alone atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings, and secured the season sweep over the Shockers.
The first half was dominated by runs, as there were a combined five ties and lead changes. The Redbirds held off an early
The Redbirds opened the second half on a dominating 13-4 run, and forced
ISU's lead reached 27 points, 57-30, before the Shockers responded with a 10-2 run to pull back within 19, 59-40. The Shockers never got any closer than 17 points for the remainder of the game. Reserves
Creighton 69, UNI 51
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Indiana State senior guard Angela Phillips connected on 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch for the Sycamores as they overcame as much as a 13-point deficit to down the visiting Missouri State Lady Bears in overtime, 86-77, in front of 2,900 fans at Hulman Center.
ISU improves to 11-12, 5-8 MVC, while the Lady Bears fell to 9-16, 7-7 MVC.
The game was delayed for one hour as MSU experienced travel difficulties on game day and arrived in
The Sycamores began to chip away at the Lady Bear advantage with a 3-pointer by
The Lady Bears’
In a game that was tied four times in the first 13 minutes of action, the Sycamores took their first lead of the game on a 3-pointer by Kelsey Luna to march ahead 30-27. A trey by MSU’s Maggie Dwyer even the score at 30 with 6:15 to play, but ISU scored each of the game’s next four points to take a 34-30 lead with 4:40 left on a lay-up by Rudolphi.
Rudolphi finished the first half with 16 points as the Sycamores owned a 41-36 halftime edge.
The contest became tied for the eighth time at 45-45 in the second half on a pair of free throws by freshman Kelsie Colley with 16:29 left as ISU went on a 6-0 run to take a 49-45 advantage with 16 minutes left in regulation.
The Lady Bears actually surged ahead briefly on a 3-pointer by Marisha Brown for a 50-49 lead, but
The heavyweight fight continued between the two clubs on a 3-pointer by Tiffany Coppage to make it 53-51 and then MSU stretched the lead back out to 55-51 on a put-back by Coppage with 10:33 left.
ISU scored the game’s next 11 points over a nearly four minute span to stake themselves to a 62-55 lead with 5:43 left. Rudolphi converted a traditional 3-point play, and
MSU scored each of its next five points on free throws to inch within 62-60 as the clock ticked towards four minutes and the Lady Bears eventually knotted the score at 64 all with 1:33 left on a pair of free throws from Brown.
After Rudolphi connected on a jumper with just over a minute left, the lead was brief as the scored was knotted for the 11th time on a jumper by Tiff Terwelp at 66 with 40 seconds showing.
A pair of free throws by Brown with 12 seconds left made it 68-66 MSU, but
MSU’s Dwyer scored the first points of the extra stanza, and then Rudolphi answered a minute in to knot the score at 70. It would be the 13th and final time the score proved to be even in the game.
The Sycamores improved to a perfect 3-0 on the season in overtime games, all of those at
Rudolphi was joined in double figures scoring by
The Sycamores’ 86 points were the most since posting 89 on Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the season opening game.
ISU shot 46.3% from the field while limiting MSU to just 36.0%. The Sycamores out-scored the Lady Bears by an 18-9 margin in overtime, hitting 4-of-5 shots from the field and connecting on 9-of-10 attempts from the charity stripe in the victory.
MSU owned a 47-43 advantage on the glass, even though Rudolphi paced ISU with seven rebounds and Schilli added six.
Turnovers were plentiful both ways as the Sycamores committed 16 miscues and the Lady Bears converted them into 25 points, while ISU forced 17 MSU turnovers and converted them into 25 points. ISU held down a 42-28 advantage in the paint in large part to Rudolphi’s career night.
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