Turnovers hurt Redbirds in season opener

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

Turnovers and a scoreless 10-minute period in the second half proved to be the differences in the game, as the Illinois State women’s basketball team (0-1) fell in its season opener 61-48 at Northern Kentucky (2-0) last Wednesday night (Nov. 13).

Alexis Foley led ISU with nine points, shooting 50 percent (4 of 8) from the field. Chloe Nelson added eight, while former Roland-Story standout Maddie Oliver was among three players that each scored six points. Illinois State shot 36 percent from the field for the game, while Northern Kentucky shot 40 percent, thanks to a 61 percent shooting effort in the second half. The Redbirds out-rebounded NKU 41-24, but 28 turnovers hurt ISU.

Oliver had four of her six points in the second half, as she managed to score four of her team’s first six points following intermission. Maddie also grabbed four rebounds.

Illinois State returned to action on Monday (Nov. 18) against in-state rival DePaul in Chicago and lost to the 25th ranked Blue Demons 80-67. Maddie Oliver scored the Redbirds’ first field goal after nearly five minutes had elapsed in the game. Maddie ended up fouling out with two points after playing about nine minutes.