Bradley, Evansville and Indiana State were each road winners on a busy post-Thanksgiving Friday night in women’s basketball action. Bradley is off to its best start (4-1) in eight years after knocking off host Northern Arizona in the opening game of the NAU Thanksgiving Classic, 83-66. Evansville turned in an outstanding defensive effort at UAB, topping the Blazers, 62-47, to move to 3-1 on the year. Indiana State outlasted SEMO, 75-72, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., behind Leah Phillips’ 27 points and six three-pointers.
Evansville 62 (3-1, 0-0 MVC), UAB 47
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.The University of Evansville women’s basketball team held Conference USA member UAB to just 28.4 percent shooting from the floor Friday night and forced 17 turnovers defensively, as the Purple Aces doused the Blazers, 62-47, in the first round of the Samford-UAB Thanksgiving Classic at the Pete Hanna Center in Birmingham, Alabama.
Complete Evansville at UAB game story
Bradley (4-1, 0-0 MVC) 83, Northern Arizona 66
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Bradley’s bench combined for 38 points on 13-of-21 shooting and five BU players reached double figures to help the Braves top Northern Arizona 83-66 Friday night during the first day of play at the NAU Thanksgiving Classic. BU shot nearly 70 percent in the second half en route to the highest scoring output in a road game since Dec. 2004.
Complete Bradley at Northern Arizona game story
Indiana State (2-2, 0-0 MVC) 75, SEMO 72
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. The Southeast Missouri State women’s basketball team enjoyed a career-night as a team from behind the 3-point line, but it was Indiana State senior Leah Phillips, who posted a career-high 27 points that helped the Sycamores to a key 75-72 road victory over the RedHawks.
Florida 67, Southern Illinois (2-1, 0-0 MVC) 56
FREEPORT, Bahamas - The Southern Illinois women's basketball team (2-1) dropped a hard-fought game, 67-56, to Florida (5-1) Friday afternoon to open the Junkanoo Jam tournament. The Salukis were tied with Florida, 31-31, at halftime, but played from behind much of the second half en route to their first loss of the season. Senior Jasmine Gibson led all scorers with 16 points and six rebounds, despite only playing 26 minutes due to foul trouble.
Complete Southern Illinois v. Florida game story
Memphis 61, Wichita State (3-2, 0-0 MVC) 54
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- WSU's Marcy Sudbeck posted her fifth-consecutive double-double but it wasn't enough as the Shockers opened the 24th Annual Piggly Wiggly Classic with a 61-54 loss to host Memphis, Friday evening inside Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Complete Wichita State at Memphis game story
DePaul 80, Illinois State (2-3, 0-0 MVC) 68
CHICAGO Illinois State (2-3) lost to ARV/ARV DePaul, (5-1), 80-68, Friday night at McGrath Arena, snapping the Redbirds two-game winning streak. Maggie Krick and Kristi Cirone both turned in 20-point efforts to lead an ISU offense that struggled throughout the night.
Complete Illinois State at DePaul game story
Nevada 71, UNI (2-2, 0-0 MVC) 63
The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team was able to cut a 16-point second-half deficit to two, but the Panthers were unable to completely close the gap in a 71-63 loss at Nevada in the first round of the Nugget Classic on Friday night.
Complete UNI at Nevada game story