PEORIA, Ill. - Bradley trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, before scoring on 12 of 14 possessions in the late stages of the game to pull within one point with 1:33 to play, but a Brittni Donaldson three-pointer gave Northern Iowa a four-point lead and the Panthers made 9-of-10 free throws in the final 47 seconds to hold on for an 81-77 victory Sunday afternoon at Renaissance Coliseum.
The Braves (9-19 overall, 3-11 MVC) got off to a slow start offensively shooting 34.5 percent from the field in opening 20 minutes. Northern Iowa (15-11 overall, 11-4 MVC) took advantage of Bradley’s struggles, building a 15-point lead first-half lead and the Panthers took a 39-26 advantage into the locker room.
The second half was a different story, however, with the Braves using an early 11-3 run to trim the UNI lead to five (48-43) with 13 minutes left to play. Bradley outrebounded the Panthers 27-16 in the second half and shot 48.7 percent from the field after the break
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Illinois State women's basketball team (8-16, 7-7 MVC) sank 25 free throws in the second half on its way to a 66-57 victory over Missouri State (12-14, 7-8 MVC) Sunday at JQH Arena. For the game, the Redbirds shot 28-of-39 from the free throw line, setting a season-high made free throws. The free throws helped ISU score 44 second-half points, the most points scored by ISU in a half this season.
Lindsay Smith, who shot a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line, scored a career-high 15 points all coming in the second half. Chloe Nelson also netted 15 points, while Katy Winge added 11 points, shooting 5-of-8 from the field. ISU was led by Octavia Crump on the boards, as she pulled down seven. Crump and ISU grabbed 43 rebounds, nine more than MSU.