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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Illinois State women's basketball team shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half in racing to a 20-point halftime lead before defeating Evansville, 72-61, in a Missouri Valley Conference game on Sunday at Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

TeTe Maggett led all scorers with 26 points while also contributing six assists and three rebounds. Maggett was 9-of-9 from the free-throw line, marking the sixth straight game in which she's been perfect at the charity stripe.

Simone Goods added 16 points and five rebounds for the Redbirds, who evened their Missouri Valley Conference mark at 2-2 while improving to 9-6 overall.

ISU never trailed and enjoyed its most productive quarter of the season, scoring 26 points in the second period to grab a 48-28 halftime lead.

Evansville rallied in the second half and was able to cut its deficit to single digits at 62-54 with 5:20 remaining.

ISU shot 40.7 percent for the game, including 8-of-24 from 3-point range. Evansville shot 38.8 percent.

The Redbirds outrebounded Evansville, 40-28. Viria Livingston led ISU on the glass with six boards, as the Redbirds outscored the Aces, 9-0, in second-chance opportunities.

ISU also had a 17-9 advantage in points off turnovers and saw its bench outscore the Aces 23-10.

ISU returns to Redbird Arena for a three-game homestand, beginning against Southern Illinois on Friday night.


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