Category: Redbirds

Bradley University sophomore Kathryn Spenn delivered a RBI pinch hit single in the sixth and senior Madeline Lynch-Crumrine tossed a three-hit shutout as Bradley defeated I-74 rival Illinois State 1-0 Wednesday afternoon at Laura Bradley Park. Lynch-Crumrine was dominant, striking out four and walking three in the complete game shutout for her fourth shutout in Missouri Valley Conference play this season. The Braves (19-24 overall, 10-7 MVC) did not manage a base runner off the Redbirds (17-24 overall, 8-5 MVC) starter Regan Romshek until a single to open the fifth.

-Bob

The Illinois State men’s basketball team’s 62-55 win Monday night over Texas A&M in the quarterfinal round of the College Basketball Invitational marks just the third time in program history that the Redbirds have won two postseason contests in the same season, with the last time coming during the 1995-96 season. ISU was led by Daishon Knight, who connected on 50 percent of his shot attempts from the field, scoring 17 points. Knight also pulled down a career-high nine rebounds, all coming at the defensive end in 36 minutes. John Jones was the only other Redbird to score in double figures, as he tied a career-high 12 points, scoring nine-straight in the first half. The Aggies were led in scoring by sophomore forward Antwan Space. With the win, the Redbirds continue CBI play Siena College in Loudonville, NY Wednesday evening at 6:05 p.m. CT in the tournament semifinals.

-Bob

Bradley turned in one of its best defensive efforts of the season and came up with a pair of stops in the closing seconds of the contest to hold off I-74 rival Illinois State 64-62 Sunday afternoon at Renaissance Coliseum.  The 62 points scored by the Redbirds were a season low for a Bradley opponent this year. The game was tight throughout with neither team leading by more than six points and the contest featured 12 ties and 11 lead changes.  Senior Kelsey Budd hit a floater in the lane at the six-minute mark and made a pair of free throws after coming up with a steal to give Bradley (5-15 overall, 2-7 MVC) a 59-54 advantage with just over five minutes to play. Budd’s basket with six minutes left proved to be the final field goal of the game for the Braves, however, and Illinois State (5-14 overall, 4-5 MVC) chipped away at the BU lead to eventually pull even at 60-60 with 1:51 to play. Senior Alyson Spinas-Valainis made a pair of free throws with 1:38 left to give Bradley a 62-60 advantage, but a Bradley foul on the next trip down the floor allowed the Redbirds to knot the score at 62-62 on a pair of Lindsay Smith free throws. Senior Catie O’Leary was fouled with 44.4 seconds left and split a pair of free throws to put the Braves ahead 63-62.  Spinas-Valainis came up with a block on the next Illinois State possession, but a BU turnover with 10 seconds to play gave the Redbirds one more chance. Bradley opens the second half of the Missouri Valley Conference schedule with a 7 p.m. game at Wichita State Friday.

-Bob

Playing against its second top-25 ranked team of the season, Illinois State led for the majority of the game over No. 25 Dayton and shot 50 percent from the field on its way to an 81-75 win for the Redbirds (5-4) over the nationally-ranked Flyers (7-2) Saturday night on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. The victory was the first for the Redbirds over a nationally-ranked opponent since Feb. 9, 2013, when ISU defeated No. 16 Creighton 75-72, and was the first win over a ranked opponent inside Redbird Arena. Daishon Knight led four Redbird players in double figures with 20 points, just one point shy of his career high, and added six rebounds and four assists in the victory for ISU. Bobby Hunter added 16 points, Zach Lofton chipped in 13 points and Reggie Lynch added 10 points and six rebounds for the Redbirds. Dayton attempted to trim the lead, but Illinois State held on for the 81-75 win over the Flyers. Illinois State will return to action Monday, Dec. 16, at Oakland for a 6 p.m. tipoff.

-Bob

The Metamora lady Redbirds defeated  the Washington Panthers (24-11), 18-25, 25-21, 25-21 to capture the IHSA Class 3A Metamora Regional title Thursday night. The Redbirds (30-6) trailed 21-19 in the third set before an ace from Delaney Tjaden capped a 3-0 run for 22-21 lead, forcing Washington to call a timeout. Hannah Heinz (15 kills), Michelle Escue (34 assists) and Baylie Little (15 digs) led the Panthers. This is the Redbirds fourth straight regional title and 12th since 2001. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob



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