CHARLESTON — Karle Pace recorded her eighth consecutive double-figure scoring performance as she poured in a game-leading 18 points in the Panthers' 63-39 win over Indiana State Friday night. EIU improves to 5-5 overall while ISU falls to 5-5.
The Panthers jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first minute and a half of the first quarter and held on to the lead for the remainder of the game. Pace was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field, including two 3-pointers, to lead EIU to an 18-8 first quarter.
EIU went on an 11-0 run early in the second quarter led by Taylor Steele and Pace. They combined for 9 of EIU's 11 points to give the Panthers a 29-15 lead at the half. Regan Wentland was the Sycamores' leading scorer at halftime with 6 points.
ISU scored their first field goal of the third quarter at the 5:10-minute mark on a 3-pointer from Alexis Delgado followed by a layup from Ty Battle. Those back-to-back baskets for the Sycamores would get the Panthers lead down to 16, which was their lowest lead of the half. Delgado finished the game with a team-leading seven points.
Seven EIU players scored in the fourth quarter led by Abby Wahl with 7 points, leading the Panthers to a 63-39 win over the Sycamores.
The Panthers shot 47.9 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from 3-point range making 7 of their 17 three-point attempts. Steele hit three from the arc, while Pace knocked down two. Jennifer Nehls and Wahl each connected on one.
Pace recorded a season and game-best six assists for EIU. Steele was the only other player to record double figures with 12 points. She also tallied four steals. Grace Lennox finished with 9 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
The Panthers dominated the glass over the Sycamores 39-25. Jennifer Nehls grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, while Grace McRae tallied eight.
EIU will be back in action Sunday, Dec. 30 for a 4:15 p.m. game vs. Eureka College in Lantz Arena.
Shareef Smith scores 15 points in EIU loss to Iowa State
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State showed why the Cyclones are ranked just outside the current Top 25 rankings as they shot 56 percent in the opening half and 57 percent for the game, beating Eastern Illinois 101-53 on Friday evening at Hilton Coliseum.
"They are a very good team and we didn't put up much resistance," EIU coach Jay Spoonhour said.
ISU improved to 10-2 on the season. EIU fell to 6-6 and will wrap up the non-conference schedule on Dec. 30 hosting North Alabama in Lantz Arena.
The Cyclones converted a couple of EIU early turnovers into baskets as they led 49-29 at the half. Mariel Shayok had 7 early points to pace Iowa State as he scored 11 in the first half and 23 for the game.
Shareef Smith scored 11 first-half points to lead the Panthers offense. Smith finished with 15.
"Shareef Smith played with some real toughness and grit. I was happy with his game," Spoonhour said.
Iowa State was efficient in the first half as they had 15 assists on 19 made baskets. The Cyclones committed only two turnovers in the first half, with both of those coming on offensive charge calls. EIU had only six turnovers in the first half, but ISU converted all six into baskets. ISU would end the game with 22 points off turnovers.
"The speed that Iowa state plays at was a little too much for us," Spoonhour said. "They were able to get behind our defense too often in the open floor."
The Cyclones continued the hot shooting in the second half as they opened with a 16-4 run extending the lead to 65-33 on a 3-pointer by Shayok. ISU was 11-of-27 from 3-point range on the night. EIU would have a number of its 3-point shots contested during the game as the Panthers finished 5-of-23 from 3-point range. Lucas Jones knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute to finish with 8 points.
Michael Jacobson finished with 15 points. Lindell Wigginton had 15. The Cyclones had a 47-22 rebounding advantage.