SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A late 22-2 Missouri State run proved to be the undoing of the Illinois State women's basketball team in a 58-35 Missouri Valley Conference loss on Sunday at JQH Arena. The loss drops the Redbirds to 0-18 overall and 0-7 in conference play.
ISU's Katy Winge led all scorers with 17 points while Sue Crump chipped in eight. Taylor Stewart pulled down a career-high eight rebounds for the Redbirds who shot 24 percent while turning the ball over 24 times. Kenzie Williams had 12 points and seven rebounds to pace Missouri State (8-10, 5-2).
“They had a couple big shots that turned it up for them, but I thought we played harder this game,” head coach Barb Smith said. “We played better defensively, and we played together much better. It has been hard for us to score all year, and it is hard for us to keep turnovers and missed layups down. It is a focus thing on offense, and we are doing better, but we have to be able to finish our shots.”
After trailing at the half, 30-20, ISU rallied to pull back to within three at 36-33 before Missouri State went on a 12-0 run to take a 48-33 lead with three minutes left. Crump hit a jumper to end the MSU run, but back-to-back threes by the Bears ignited a 10-0 run to put the Redbirds away.
Illinois State returns home to open a four-game homestand, beginning Friday at 7:05 p.m., against Bradley.