NORMAL, Ill.- Stekara Hall scored a career-high 26 points and Illinois State (6-14, 5-5 Missouri Valley Conference) erased an eight point second half deficit to topple Indiana State (12-9, 7-3 Missouri Valley Conference) 53-50 Friday night at Redbird Arena. The Redbirds have now won two of its last three games to return to .500 in MVC play.
Hall led all scorers with 26 points, while Chloe Nelson added 10 for Illinois State. The Redbirds shot 40% (10-of-25) from the floor in the second half and outscored Indiana State 33-27 over the game’s final 20 minutes to secure the come-from-behind win. Illinois State forced 25 turnovers in the win.
Stephanie Wittman was the only Sycamore to tally double-figure scoring, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. The Sycamores shot 43% (20-for-47) from the floor and led 23-20 at the half.
Illinois State fell behind 43-34 late in the second half before Octavia Crump banked a layup to snap a 5:16 stretch without a field goal. Hall added a layup and Lindsay Smith made a pair of free throws to bring Illinois State within two points, 43-41, with 6:16 to play. After a defensive stop, Nelson drew a foul and made one free throw to make it a 43-42 game with 5:42 on the clock.
Wittman missed a jumper on Indiana State’s next possession, leading to a Hall banked jumper, giving Illinois State its first lead, 44-43, since the opening half. Marina Laramie’s jumper snapped the 9-0 Illinois State run, and sparked a 6-0 Sycamores advantage that put Indiana State on top, 49-44, with 3:48 to play.
Crump stopped the Indiana State streak with a spinning layup and Katy Winge added a defensive rebound to give Illinois State possession of the ball. On the other end of the court, Hall hit a layup and drew a foul. She completed the three-point play to set a career-high for points scored and tie the game, 49-49, with 2:30 left in regulation.