VALPARAISO, Ind. — A second consecutive abysmal shooting performance doomed the Illinois State women's basketball team to a 56-50 loss to Valparaiso on Friday at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

The Redbirds shot 24.6 percent from the field and were under 25 percent for the second straight game while dropping to 6-7 overall and 0-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Valpo (8-6, 1-2) wasn't particularly hot, either, at 28.8 percent from the floor.

But the difference came beyond the 3-point arc. The Redbirds coaxed in just 2 of 22 (9 percent) from long range, while the Crusaders were 9 of 22 (41 percent).

ISU led only at 2-0 on a Paige Saylor layup to initiate the scoring. Valpo enjoyed leads of 32-26 at the half and 48-39 through three quarters.

The Redbirds got as close as 48-44 in the fourth quarter on a Megan Talbot 3-pointer.

Dani Franklin, who led her team with 17 points, responded with a 3-pointer of her own to boost the Crusaders' lead back to seven.

Viria Livingston paced the Redbirds with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Green added 10 points, while Megan Talbot snared nine rebounds as the teams battled to a 46-46 draw on the boards.

Saylor was credited five five steals. ISU leading scorer Simone Goods was held to three points.

The Redbirds next face Loyola on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Chicago.

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