ISU Womens Basketball Handles Bradley, 80-67
February 1, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
PEORIA, Ill. – Four players scored in double figures to help lead the Indiana State Women’s Hoops squad to shoot one of its highest shooting percentages of the season as it defeated Bradley, 80-67, Friday evening at Renaissance Coliseum. ISU improves to 12-7 overall and 71 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Junior forward Racheal Mahan led the Sycamores, scoring on the opening possession and not looking back as she scored 23 points on 10-for-11 shooting and 3-for-3 from the free throw line. She also had four rebounds, three steals and a block as Indiana State shot 49.3 percent on the evening and dished out 20 assists.
Indiana State came out strong on the defensive end, holding Bradley scoreless for the first 5:19 of the game. The Sycamores also won the rebounding battle, 41-29, including 20 offensive rebounds led by Munn’s six.
Senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir tied a career-high eight assists as she also scored 14 points including 10 in the first half. Senior guard Anna Munn led with a team-high eight boards to go along with 13 points and five assist.
On the evening, the Sycamores went 7-for-10 from the line including perfect efforts from Munn, Abdul-Qaadir and Mahan.
Junior forward Chelsea Small came off the bench to round out the double-figure scorers with 10 points and seven rebounds. Small went 4-for-6 from the floor while also recording a steal, block and assist.
Sophomore forward Marina Laramie and junior guard Stephanie Wittman also added six points each to round out the Sycamore scoring on the night.
The Sycamores put together one of their strongest halves of basketball this season as it scored the second-most points in a half, taking a 47-29 lead into the break.
ISU was led by 14 first half points from Mahan and 12 from Abdul-Qaadir as it shot 57.9 percent in the opening frame.
Junior forward Lashonda Littleton made her first career start as she pulled down seven rebounds and scored six points.
ISU would lead by as many as 20 with 18:46 to play in the second half, but Bradley made a run in the second half, cutting the lead to as few as 11. A charge call on Bradley’s leading scorer Michelle Young would take her out of the game with 8:55 left on the clock. Young finished the game as the Braves’ leading scorer with 15 points.
ISU continues road play at Loyola on Sunday with tipoff scheduled for 3 p.m. in Gentile Arena.