The Indiana State women’s basketball team defeated the Illinois-Chicago Flames 61-40 in Chicago. ISU evens their season record with the win, standing at 2-2. UIC remains winless with a 0-5 record.
After a relatively close game at halftime, with the Sycamore leading 30-21, it was a strong third quarter that propelled them to a victory.
ISU outscored Illinois-Chicago 23-7 in the third quarter. The Sycamores got huge contributions from freshman guard Del’Janae Williams, junior forward Jamyra McChristine and junior guard LeAndra Echi.
Williams was the most impressive of the three, scoring 23 points, securing five rebounds, and was active on defense with seven steals. McChristine added 13 points along with six rebounds and three assists.
Echi continues her strong start to the season, posting her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. These three combined for 48 of the Sycamores 60 points. For the Flames, senior guard Tylah Lampley led the team in scoring with 14 points.
ISU Head Women’s Basketball Coach Vicki Hall had nothing but positive takeaways for her players. “She (Williams) was our spark offensively, did a lot of great things, and did a great job in the steal column as well.”
When talking about Echi, Hall stated, “LeAndra just makes a lot of things happen, she works so hard on the boards and defensively. She’s a double-double every night.”
Defense played a key role in the Sycamores victory. ISU limited UIC to a lackluster 24.5 percent from the field and a 23.5 three-point percentage. ISU was able to tightly guard their matchups, and forced 23 turnovers. Additionally, the Sycamores were active with their hands, swiping 14 steals.
One of the keys for ISU was to limit their turnovers as they only committed 12 turnovers compared to UIC’s 23. Furthermore, another key factor for the team was to limit the fouls. The Sycamores delivered on both key factors of the game. They only allowed 16 free throw attempts after giving up 47 attempts last game against Western Illinois.
Hall was happy her team was able to lock down defensively, and limit the number of fouls they committed.
“Our goal in this game was to have 20 fouls or less,” said Hall. “We had 18, so we were right there. And that’s got to be a key factor for what we’re going to do for the future. We need to build on that.”
The Sycamores won’t play another game until Nov. 26 against the Colorado Buffaloes on the road. Colorado is currently 3-0 on the season. The Sycamores will have a chance to have a positive for the first time this season.