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Bradley, ISU women drop Sunday contests

BU falls to Wichita State at home, and ISU loses to Indiana State on the road.

PEORIA, IL - Bradley scored 11 points in the final 70 seconds of play to nearly erase a double-digit Wichita State lead, but the league-leading Shockers held on for a 74-72 victory to extend their win streak to a school-record 11 games Sunday afternoon at Renaissance Coliseum.

Bradley jumped out to a 14-5 lead less than five minutes into the game before foul trouble and struggles on the offensive end allowed Wichita State to take control.  The Shockers (12-2 overall, 3-0 MVC) scored nine points in less than two minutes to erase the BU lead and knot the score at 14-14.  Wichita State followed a Bradley hoop with an 18-2 spurt, which included eight points from Jamillah Bonner, as the Shockers built a 32-18 lead with more than seven minutes left before halftime.

Wichita State led by double digits for most of the remainder contest, holding off several spurts by the Braves.  Junior Michelle Young (Woodbury, Minn,/Woodbury) highlighted a 9-1 BU run with a three-point play and five points, to cut the Shocker lead to six (56-50) with 12 minutes left on the clock.

Back-to-back Wichita State fastbreak layups on Shocker steals quickly pushed the WSU advantage back to double digits, however, and Bradley trailed 74-61 with 2:32 to play after an Alex Harden jumper in the lane.

Sophomore Fantasia Vine (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North) had a layup with 1:09 to play to end an eight-minute stretch without a field goal for the Braves.  Harden was whistled for a charge on Wichita State’s next possession and freshman Leti Lerma (Muscatine, Iowa/Muscatine), who made her first career start, made a pair of free throws with 41 seconds to play.

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TERRE HAUTE, IN - Chloe Nelson led all scorers with 14 points, but her efforts weren't enough as the Illinois State (2-11, 1-2 MVC) women's basketball team fell to Indiana State (8-6, 3-0 MVC) by three points, 47-44, Sunday afternoon at Hulman Center in its first Missouri Valley Conference road game of the season. Nelson had nine points in the opening half of the game.

Lindsay Smith scored 10 points for her second-straight game with a double-digit scoring performance, while eight players scored in the game. The field goal percentage for both teams was similar, as the Redbirds connected on 37 percent of their shot attempts, and the Sycamores made 38 percent of their shots. Smith also led the Redbirds on the boards, as she pulled down a career-high six rebounds. Octavia Crump, Kalyn Gebhardt and Alison Seberger each grabbed five boards. Indiana State had the advantage on the boards, pulling down 34 compared to Illinois State's 28.

In the middle of the first half, Illinois State went on a 7-0 run. Stekara Hall had four-straight points in the run followed by a three from Smith in the corner, giving the Redbirds its first lead of the game, 13-11, with 8:32 to play in the opening half. During the Redbird run, the Sycamores were scoreless for nearly six minutes thanks to strong defense and a press.

Indiana State regained the momentum, as Illinois State was scoreless for nearly four minutes. An off-balanced three by Smith gave the advantage back to the Redbirds, 18-16, with just over two minutes to play in the opening half. Then, the Sycamores answered with seven-straight points, but back-to-back threes by Nelson, including one at the buzzer, gave Illinois State a one-point lead, 24-23, at the break. 


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