NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State shot 51.3 percent from the field and held SIUE women's basketball to a season-low 26.6 percent shooting as the Redbirds defeated the Cougars 62-47 Thursday at Redbird Arena.
Both teams are now 3-2.
"We just need to step back, regroup and play our style of basketball," said SIUE Head Coach Paula Buscher. "We have to step up and make shots."
Illinois State, which never trailed, started the game with an 8-2 run and controlled the game's tempo.
"We didn't come out of the gate playing good defense," Buscher said.
Viria Livington led all scorers with 17 points for the Redbirds. Hannah Green pumped in 16 points while Megan Talbot scored 12. Illinois State shot 20 of 39 from the field.
"We didn't shoot the ball well and I thought our defense dropped off," added Buscher.
SIUE returns to the Vadalabene Center Sunday for the first of two straight home contests. The Cougars face Stetson Sunday in a 2 p.m. contest and Central Michigan Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.