On Friday the Indiana State women’s basketball team enjoyed a season sweep over in-state rival, Evansville, after a 70-58 victory.
Coming into this match-up, the Sycamores had beaten Evansville earlier in the season 68-58 in Terre Haute. Both teams opened the game rough as they both shot below 29% in the first quarter. The Sycamores went 4-15 from the field in the first while Evansville shot 4-15 from the field.
Indiana State’s star junior forward Jamyra McChristine did not play this game meaning someone had to take McChristine’s place for the second consecutive game. Freshman guard Caitlin Anderson had a career night as she dropped 27 points and grabbed four rebounds for her team.
“I knew we were down a player,” Anderson said. “So, I knew somebody was going to have to step up. I just carried it over from the last game until now.”
Junior guard Hunter Marie was second in scoring for the Sycamores as she had 16 points. Marie was 46% from the field.
The scored tied five times this game and both squads tallied 14 turnovers. The Sycamores were hot at free throw line as they went 25-30. Evansville went 14-22 from the free throw line. Junior guard/forward CeCe Mayo was a force under the rim as she snatched 10 rebounds for ISU. Freshman guard/forward Abby Feit led the Purple Aces in rebounds as she grabbed 13. Indiana State won the rebound battle 48-39.
“One of our big keys was to make sure that we were going to rebound today,” Indiana State women’s basketball head coach Vicki Hall said. “We won the battle of the boards and that was a huge key for us.”
Evansville sophomore guard A’Niah Griffin led her team in scoring with 17. Griffin went 5-9 from the field and 2-6 from behind the 3-point line. Junior forward Jada Poland added 14 as she was 35% from the field and 1-5 from the 3-point line.
Free throws were another big key to this win. Indiana State finished 83% from the free throw line compared to Evansville’s 63%. Anderson went was 100% at the line going 11-11.
The Sycamores team improved to 5-23 overall and 3-13 in the MVC. Evansville dropped to 3-24 overall and 0-16 in conference. The next game for ISU will be 6 p.m. March 5 at home against Bradley University (20-7).