Terre Haute, Indiana – Indiana State couldn’t keep up with a strong start Wednesday night as the Sycamores were scheduled to visit 68-66 Evansville inside the Hullman Center.
Bella Finnegan Leading the tree with a career-high 17 points, all of which came in the second half. Deljaney Williams and Anna McKendry They finished with 14 points each. Chelsea Kane Recorded 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Similar to their last matchup this season, Indiana State quickly took a double-digit lead in the first quarter, leading 24-10 after 10 minutes. However, Evansville regained the lead in the third quarter after Indiana’s strong start faltered. The Sycamores regained the lead midway through the fourth, but the visitors’ late runs were enough to win. Indiana State had a chance to win at the buzzer, but Williams’s 3-point attempt was off the mark.
Williams scored Indiana’s first five points as Sycamore got off to a blistering start off the field.McKendry started his 11-0 run with his 3-pointer, followed by Kaitlyn Anderson Free throws from Cain and Ella SawyerWilliams tackled a pair of baskets in the second half, the last one coming just before the buzzer, giving the Sycamores a 24–10 lead and advancing to second.
Evansville started the second quarter with a hot hand as the purple ace scored the first 10 points of the period before Williams ended the run with a jumper. Baskets by Sawyer and Cain followed, but this quarter proved to be floor-cold for Trees. With Sycamore’s double-digit lead at half and he cut to 32-30, Indiana State made only four of his 15 shots from the floor, all of them from inside the arc. It was from
Finnegan led Indiana State with each of the first nine points for the Blues and Whites early in the third quarter. The freshmen hit three of their first four shots to start the second half, but Evansville answered every time.The visitors took a 7-point lead late in the quarter, but 3-point plays Lily Niebuhr They put the Sycamores in fourth place within 50-46.
McKendry cut Evansville’s lead to 1 on a 3-pointer early in the quarter, and a back-to-back jumper by Finnegan midway through the frame tied it 57-all. Finnegan later gave Sycamore a 60–59 lead on a pair of free throws, but a 6–0 Evansville run followed, with the Purple Aces holding the lead for the rest of the game. A late 3-point shot by Williams and McKendry gave Indiana State a chance, but a last-second shot from Williams to win the game was off the mark.
- Indiana was ahead in points in the paint (32-26), second chance points (12-11) and bench points (13-3).
- Indiana State was plus five (41-36) in rebounding, and 14 of Sycamore’s 41 rebounds were on the offensive grass.
- Lily Niebuhr Recorded a career-high five points and five rebounds. Niebuhr played his 20 minutes and played more than his 20 minutes in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
- Chelsea Kane She had a season-high 4 assists in Wednesday’s game, and also had the most 4 assists in an MVC game.
News & Notes
- Deljaney Williams She is now 31 points away from reaching 1,000 in her career. Williams becomes her 29th player in program history to reach the milestone.
- Bella Finnegan Wednesday’s career-high 17 points marked her first double-digit scoring game since the opening weekend of conference play.
- Indiana State edged Evansville 40-20 in the first quarter in two games between teams this season.
- Ella Sawyer The four points were her most in a game since the non-conference finale against the Detroit Mercy.
Indiana State begins a three-game trip in Northern Iowa on Sunday afternoon.Tip-off is scheduled for 3pm
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