Taking the court for the first time under new head coach Barb Smith, the Illinois State women’s basketball team defeated Division II’s Northwest Missouri State 55-50 in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3, at Redbird Arena in Normal, IL. Chloe Nelson led the Redbirds with 16 points, followed by Stekara Hall with 13. Roland-Story alum Maddie Oliver, now in her third year at ISU, scored eight points, including four down a key stretch late in the game after NWMSU had tied it at 46-46 with 4.29 remaining. A 6-0 run by ISU broke the tie and enabled the Redbirds to regain control and seal the victory.

ISU officially opens the 2013-14 season Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Northern Kentucky, followed by another road gamea at DePaul on Nov. 18. The Redbirds return to Doug Collins Court on Nov. 23 against Colorado State.