In a game #27 Bradley dominated, but struggled to find the back of the net, senior midfielder Bryan Gaul stepped up to bury a penalty kick in the 84th minute, lifting the Braves (8-3-2) to a 1-0 home victory against UMKC (4-6-1) Monday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Senior forward Christian Meza drew the penalty when he was taken down trying to split a pair of Kangaroos defenders on the right side of the box at 83:34. Gaul caught UMKC keeper Kevin Korby moving the wrong direction to net his seventh goal of the year and fourth game-winner before 660 fans.
Illinois State advanced to the second round of the WNIT for the third-consecutive year Thursday night as the Redbirds beat Central Michigan, 72-59, on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. ISU (21-10) remained undefeated at home in 2011, extending its home-court win streak to a program-best 15 consecutive games. ISU’s defense held Central Michigan to its second-lowest point total of the season, forcing the Chippewas to commit 23 turnovers. Illinois State also teamed up to block eight shots, which tied for the second-most blocks by the Redbirds in a WNIT game. ISU shot 48 percent from the field, while Central Michigan shot 29 percent.
Kenyatta Shelton led Illinois State with a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double. Shelton has now grabbed 12 or more rebounds in three of the four WNIT games she has played in. Additionally, Shelton blocked four shots, which tied for the second-most blocks in a Redbird WNIT game. Shelton was also credited with four blocks against Rice in 2007. Shala Jackson was ISU’s top scorer, netting 19 points, while Katie Broadway scored 18.
The Peoria Notre Dame boys basketball won there third game this week at the 5th annual State Farm Tournament of Champions in Washington, IL. The Irish defeated a talented McCluer Comets team from from Florissant, MO 73-70. Senior center Max Bielfeldt led his PND team with a tournament record 40 points.