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Illinois State women's basketball coach Kristen Gillespie did not want to leave Terre Haute, Ind., until her team was held accountable for its performance there.

So, an impromptu video session Saturday morning for Redbird players featured every single moment from Friday's unsightly 59-44 Missouri Valley Conference loss to Indiana State.

"If we would have played well and lost or won, we usually direct our (players') attention to the next opponent," Gillespie said. "But I was really disappointed in our effort and execution. It looked like we didn't even want to be there.

"I wanted them to see the body language, the bench, all the intangibles we can control and learn from it. I liked our game plan, but we had no grit. It can never happen again."

The Redbirds slipped to 8-6 overall and 1-2 in the MVC heading into another league game against Evansville on Sunday at 1 p.m. (Central) at Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville, Ind.

Against Indiana State, ISU shot a miserable 27.8 percent from the floor, hit just 1 of 12 from 3-point range and committed 21 turnovers.

"We were very careless with the ball," said the Redbird coach. "I can't tell you how many shots we missed in the paint. They played so much harder than we did. I thought our desire to defend wasn't there."

Evansville (2-12, 0-3 in the MVC) led Bradley at halftime Friday before the Braves rallied for a 75-68 triumph.

"We have to guard the 3-point line. That's the X factor," Gillespie said. "If we're scoring 2s and they're scoring 3s, it will be challenging."

The Purple Aces started a small lineup of 5-foot-4, 5-4, 5-7, 5-9 and 5-11 against Bradley. The Redbirds feature a front line of 6-2 Simone Goods and 6-0 Lexi Wallen with 6-2 Megan Talbot and 6-2 Lexy Koudelka off the bench.

Goods ranks third in the Valley in scoring (17.3) and fourth in rebounding (8.4). Guard TeTe Maggett contributes 15.5 points.

Evansville's top player is 5-11 senior Kerri Gasper, who checks in at 11.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per outing.

"We have a significant size advantage," said Gillespie, whose team has a plus 5.1 rebounding margin while Evansville is minus 11.5. "We have to win paint touches whether it's on penetrations or post touches."

The Aces were 3-27 last season including losses to ISU by margins of 67-43 and 70-44.

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Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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