Women's basketball secures win

Natalia Lalic (12) looking to pass to a teammate in a game against Stephens College on Tuesday night. The Sycamores opened their season with a 88-33 victory.

It seemed like nothing could go wrong on Tuesday night for ISU as the women’s basketball team earned an impressive 88-33 victory over Stephens College.

The defense showed no mercy as they held Stephens College scoreless for the first 13:44 minutes of the contest. ISU only allowed two field goals in the opening half in the win. The Sycamore defense also caused 21 steals. Caitlin Anderson led ISU in steals with 6.

They forced Stephens to turnover the ball 22 times in the first half of the competition.

Indiana State shot 50 percent from the field and won the rebound battle 47-37. The Sycamores outscored Stephens in the paint 56-14. ISU also led in bench points with 40 compared to Stephens’ 5.

This is head coach Chad Killinger’s first regular season victory as his tenure as Indiana State’s women’s basketball coach. He is the fifth Sycamore women’s coach in program history to earn a victory in his debut.

“I think you can learn from any game,” said Killinger. “People say you win or learn but I think you can learn from a win just as much you can learn from a lost.”

Adrian Folks led in scoring and scored double-digits for the 13th time in her career at ISU. Folks also tied her career-high with eight made field goals in a contest.

“It feels good to get a win but there were a few things we noticed we need to work on,” Folks stated. “We have to make sure we keep our foot on the gas with teams. We noticed we were a little sluggish coming out of halftime.”

The Sycamores finished with five players who scored double-digits. As for Stephens Cedreanna Lee led in scoring with a team high of 12 points. Marveen Ross was second in scoring for Stephens with 10 points. The Stars were 9-of-49 from the field and 0-12 from the three-point line.

Indiana State’s next contest will be at Saint Louis Sunday. Tipoff is set for 2pm.