TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Illinois State women's basketball team was unable to fully engage its offensive attack Friday at Hulman Center.
Indiana State pulled ahead in the second quarter and stayed there while defeating the Redbirds, 59-44, in Missouri Valley Conference action.
Illinois State slipped to 8-6 overall and 1-2 in the MVC, while the Sycamores advanced to 8-6 and 2-1 in league play.
"They get all the credit," Redbirds coach Kristen Gillespie said. "We did not deserve to win."
The Redbirds held a 13-10 edge after one quarter but managed just five second-quarter points.
After a Simone Goods three-point play at the 9:09 mark of the second period, Illinois State did not score again until a pair of Goods free throws 26 seconds before halftime.
Indiana State held a 21-18 halftime lead as Goods (nine) and TeTe Maggett (seven) scored all but two of the Redbird points.
The Sycamores were up 38-32 after three quarters and pulled away in the fourth.
Goods was the lone Redbird to score in double figures with 14 points as Illinois State shot just 28 percent from the field (15 of 44) while hitting just 1 of 12 from 3-point range.
Maggett added nine points.
Ashli O'Neal paced all scorers with 19 points for Indiana State. Kierra Isaiah chipped in 12 and Tamara Lee 10.
Goods grabbed 10 rebounds and Lexi Wallen eight as the Redbirds controlled the boards by a 44-28 margin.
Illinois State committed 21 turnovers, eight more than the hosts.
The Redbirds return to action Sunday in a 1 p.m. (Central) start at Evansville.