ISU women claim second straight road win | Sports

The Indiana State women’s basketball team came back from an early double-digit deficit on Saturday afternoon, beating Valparaiso 66-58 at the Athletics-Recreation Center to cap a weekend Missouri Valley Conference street sweep.

Del’Janae Williams led all goalscorers with a season-high 25 points, while Anna McKendree and Chelsea Cain added nine and eight points, respectively. Alona Blackwell and Hattie Westerfeld came on as substitutes and each scored seven points for the Sycamores, who were up to 11 points behind.

ISU started slow but came up with 61 points in the last three quarters, with 43 points in the second half. The Sycamores led less than 10 minutes but hit in time when it mattered and made 10 of their last 12 shots. McKendree finally gave the Sycamores the lead with a 3-pointer off the wing midway through the fourth frame. The Indiana State defense kept Valpo to just one goal in the final five minutes to seal the win.

Indiana State got off to a slow start, hitting just two shots in the first 10 minutes. Valpo prevailed in the early stages and rose in double digits thanks to two 7-0 goals. McKendree hit a 3-pointer and Westerfeld added a layup low, but the Trees were down 14-5 after a quarter.

The Sycamores increased their intensity in the second third and opened with a 10-0 run. Blackwell played a big role in the early run with four points while Cain and Mya Glanton added baskets in the color for the blue-and-whites. Williams gave the visitors a 15-14 lead with a fast break layup, and the teams stayed within four points in the final four minutes of halftime. A midrange pull-up jumper from Williams and a pair of free throws from Caitlin Anderson sent the teams into the dressing room with 23 points.

Williams put Indiana State ahead with a layup early in the third quarter and scored each of the Sycamores’ first six points of the quarter. Blackwell and Williams knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to put Indiana State 35-34, and Westerfeld followed up with a putback to put the Sycamores by three. Valpo hit a trio of 3-pointers late in the quarter, including one just before the buzzer, to take a 43-41 lead after three quarters.

Indiana State’s most efficient quarter was the fourth, as the Sycamores hit nine of their 11 shots during those 10 minutes.

ISU (7-6 overall, 2-2 MVC) will visit Evansville Wednesday for a matchup starting at 7 p.m. EST. Valparaiso (2-10, 0-4) travels to Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday.