Redmond and Wilson set career highs as state of Illinois falls to state of Sacramento
IRVINE, Calif. – The Redbirds (1-5) fought back from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to tie the game twice in the closing minutes of Saturday’s game, but ultimately fell to Sacramento State (3-3), 65- 63, at the Bren Events Center to close the UCI’s invitation to thanksgiving.
Fifth year Julien redmond led all scorers with a career-high 28 points, adding six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Junior ByAnna Wilson also set a new career record, scoring 21 points while capturing six boards and three interceptions.
The Hornets shot a dazzling 50% from behind the arc, passing 12 of 24 from a distance. Summer Menke led Sac State with 20 points in the win.
Illinois State dug a hole early, converting just a pair of baskets and two free throws in the first quarter to fall, 13-6. Wilson and Redmond were the entire ISU offense in the first half, Wilson scoring the Redbirds first 10 points before Redmond took away the next 12 to end the half eight, 30-22 behind. .
The ISU regained the upper hand, beating the Hornets 41-35 in the last two periods. Redmond took control in the fourth quarter, starting an 8-0 midterm streak that tied the game at 59. 10 of the fifth-year’s 28 points came in the final period.
The Redbirds equalized two more times in the last minute, but the Hornets responded each time and the ISU never got to take the lead. Sacramento State graduate student Lianna Tillman delivered the final blow to Illinois State with three seconds remaining, stopping to jump into the paint and come back up two for the final score , 65-63. The ISU took a time-out and advanced the ball, but couldn’t convert their final possession.
IN THE SCORE BOX
- Redmond’s 28 points were the most scored by an Illinois state player since Lexi wallen had 35 in the Feb.14, 2020 double overtime win over Loyola Chicago, 86-85.
- Sacramento State’s 12 three-pointers were the most scored by an ISU opponent since Valparaiso had 13 on February 3, 2019.
- Graduate student Jada stinson notched six assists in his second start of the season, tied for most against a Redbird this season.
- First-year student Chloe Van Zeeland scored his first points in a Redbird uniform, opening the fourth quarter with six straight points for the ISU. She finished 3-for-5 with a rebound on the day.
QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH KRISTEN GILLESPIE:
On the opponent: âSac State shot 50% on all three. All credit to them, they played really well. It’s just difficult because we had more offensive boards, we went further down the line and we had fewer turnovers – those are the standards we set in this game. But when a team shoots like that at three, it will always be a challenge to win. “
On the performances of Redmond and Wilson: âDeAnna was exceptional in the first half – she was our only attack at the start. She’s playing so hard and I’m proud of her growth. I thought JuJu was phenomenal. We really challenged her a lot with her leadership. and her consistency and she really took matters into her own hands today. “
The Redbirds host the Missouri Baptist for Education Day on Wednesday, December 1. Kick-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT.
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