Sunday, December 3, 2017

Bradley Women's Basketball defeats Illinois-Chicago

Shunseere Kent shoots for Bradley. The junior had a team-high 9 points in the win over Illinois-Chicago.
PHOTO / MIKE ROEDELL
Peoria, IL - It was the first Saturday afternoon home game for Bradley Women's Basketball (4-3) (0-0) and the Braves were up against Illinois-Chicago (3-3) (0-0) in the non-conference contest.

The Braves started the game in the right direction, capping a 7-2 run off with a shot from behind the arc by Jailynn Lawson. From there, the scoring was down, as the Braves and Flames would tie each other through the end of the first quarter, 5-5. After 10 minutes, the Braves would have a 12-7 advantage over UIC.

The second quarter saw the Braves double up their score from the first quarter. Shunseere Kent, who would end up being the Braves' leading scorer, had 5 of her 9 points in this quarter. Bradley's offense was finding it's rhythm, keeping the Flames at bay until later in the quarter, when the visitors closed within 5 of the Braves. Bradley would have a slim 5-point lead headed into the halftime locker room, 28-23.

The second half started out back-and-forth, with both teams able to increase the rate of scoring. Bradley may have only allowed a tie on just two separate occasions in the third quarter, but that's as close as Illinois-Chicago was going to get, as the Braves would have lead the game by it's end for 37:15 of the 40 minutes. Bradley would have the lead with just one quarter to go, 44-38.

In the fourth quarter, the Braves were able to shut the door on the visiting Flames. In fact, UIC was held scoreless by the Bradley defense until the 2:18 mark of the quarter, when the Flames' Taylor Toney hit two free throws, but it was already too late, as the Bradley lead was still 14 after the Toney free throws.

UIC would slowly get back within ten, but time ran out on the visitors, and Bradley had come away with their fourth victory of the season, 58-48.

Shunseere Kent was the leading scorer for the Braves with 9 points. After the game, Bradley Head Coach Andrea Gorski shed a light on the fact that the double digit scoring hasn't been happening, but believe that can be a good thing.

"We're not even averaging anyone in double digits so far. I think our depth today is what won the game. They hung around and we were pretty fresh."

Braves sophomore Chelsea Brackmann finished with a game-high 15 rebounds, just 4 shy of her career high of 19, set against Indiana State last season. Coach Gorski certainly had some praise for Brackmann.

"She's not afraid to bang on the boards. Chelsea always plays hard."

With the game staying within 10 for almost the entire 40 minutes, Brackmann believed the defense needed to step up, and did, holding UIC scoreless for 8:42 between the third and fourth quarters. She would also say that it's "amazing that we're so deep", citing it, as Coach Gorski had, as a reason for the game having gone the way it did.

Bradley senior Anneke Schlueter had 6 points on two threes today, making her 24 from tying and 25 from passing Coach Gorski on the all-time 3's made list in program history.

Brackmann thinks there are certainly a few things to work on headed into this next road stretch.

"We need to limit those turnovers. Taking better shots is what we're trying to focus on."

The Braves will hit the road for two games before returning to Peoria December 19th to take on Cleveland State with a special 11:00 am tipoff time for Field Trip Day.

Braves Scorers: 
Shunseere Kent (9), Danielle Brewer (8), Chelsea Brackmann (7), Madison Dellamuth (7), Anneke Schlueter (6), Jailynn Lawson (5), Emily Marsh (5), Vanessa Markert (4), Shareece Burrell (4), Nyjah White (2), Gabi Haack (1)

Braves Statistical Leaders: 
Field Goals Made | 8 players with 2
3's Made | Anneke Schlueter (2)
Free Throws Made | Madison Dellamuth (7 for 10)
Rebounds | Chelsea Brackmann (15)
Assists | Madison Dellamuth (3)
Blocks | Emily Marsh & Chelsea Brackmann (2 each)
Steals | Brackmann / Dellamuth / Shareece Burrell (2 each)

Braves Team Statistics:
Field Goals | 17 for 53 (32.1%)
3's | 4 for 16 (25%)
Free Throws | 20 for 30 (66.7%)
Rebounds | 47
Assists | 13
Turnovers | 19
Blocks | 6
Steals | 11

Next Bradley Women's Basketball Game:
Tuesday, December 5th
@ Eastern Illinois
6:00 pm
Radio - 1290 AM WIRL (Ed Hammond - Play-by-Play)

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