ISU Women Roll at EIU, Improve to 2-0

ISU Women Roll at EIU, Improve to 2-0

 Eastern Illinois dropped its home opener on Tuesday night, 65-53, to Indiana State on a night in which the Panthers presented championship rings to members of the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Championship team.  ISU improved to 2-0 while EIU fell to 0-2.

The Panthers did their best playing without those previous players which included three 1,000 point career scorers.  EIU built an early lead on the solid play of Morgan Palombizio who finished with a career high 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor.  Palombizio put EIU up 18-11 with a lay-up at the 8:19 mark of the first half.

Katlyn Payne extended the Panthers margin to eight points with a 3-pointer with 6:53 left to play.  Point guard Jordyne Crunk picked up her second foul of the game shortly after that 3-pointer and Indiana State slowly took advantage of some of the Panthers inexperienced ball handlers. 

Indiana State closed the half with an 8-2 run with lay-ups by Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, Natasha Zurek and Anna Munn all coming off of EIU turnovers.  The Sycamores led 25-23 at the half.

Inside buckets by Marina Laramie to open the half helped ISU extend the lead to eight points with 16:20 to play.  ISU finished the game with a 38-24 points in the paint advantage.  A lay-up by Adbul-Qaadir with 13:58 to play gave ISU its first double digit lead of the game.  The Memphis transfer led all players with 24 points making 10-of-16 from the floor.

EIU closed the lead to 39-36 with 9:43 left to play as Payne sank a pair of free throws after Sabina Oroszova and Crunk had converted easy lay-ups in the run.  Payne led EIU with 17 points making 6-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-6 from 3-point range. 

Adbul-Qaadir answered for the Sycamores with back-to-back baskets and EIU never got closer than six points the rest of the game.  Munn had 16 points while Racheal Mahan added 12 points with 10 rebounds for ISU.

Oroszova collected her third career double-double in the loss with 15 points and 11 rebounds.  Oroszova also blocked five shots as EIU finished with eight blocks.  The junior now has seven blocks this season and 90 for her career.

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