HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Limited to three minutes of action by first-half foul woes, Illinois State senior Simone Goods made up for lost time after the break.
Goods scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half as the Redbirds outlasted Northern Kentucky, 58-53, in a nonconference basketball game Friday at BB&T Arena.
The Redbirds evened their record at 4-4 with their first road win of the season.
ISU led 25-19 at the half with TeTe Maggett scoring 10 of her 15 points.
A nine-point Redbird lead was cut to three with 1:25 remaining on a Kailey Coffey layup.
ISU's Kayel Newland then split two free throws before the Norse (1-5) missed a pair at the line.
Redbird Lexy Koudelka rebounded her own miss, scored, was fouled and completed the three-point play for a 56-49 ISU margin with 39 seconds left.
"I thought we got out toughed in the second half. We were playing on our heels defensively," ISU coach Kristen Gillespie said. "We have been so good in the last couple games, so I'm not sure what our mindset was. But I have to give Northern Kentucky a lot of credit."
The Redbirds sank just 1 of 10 3-point tries but were an efficient 21 of 37 (57 percent) inside the arc.
Viria Livingston's 10 rebounds helped ISU to a 33-22 advantage on the boards. The Redbirds held on despite committing seven of their 21 turnovers in the final 3:07.
Lexi Wallen, who just began practicing with ISU this week after completing her volleyball season, scored her first two points in three minutes of first-half play.
"Lexi went out and got her first collegiate points, which is awesome in her first game," Gillespie said. "Poor kid, I threw her out there and she knows one play."
Coffey paced Northern Kentucky with 17 points and Molly Glick had 11.