The Indiana State Sycamores secured a vital road victory against Valparaiso, completing a season sweep with a hard-fought 70-65 win at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Mya Glanton led the charge for the Sycamores, tallying 17 points, while Kiley Bess made a significant impact off the bench with 15 points, contributing to Indiana State's resilient performance in the Missouri Valley Conference matchup.
In a tightly contested first half, the Sycamores established an early lead, fueled by a balanced offensive effort. Despite a spirited comeback attempt from Valparaiso, Indiana State maintained composure, entering halftime with a slim 33-31 advantage.
The Sycamores surged ahead in the third quarter, embarking on a decisive 10-0 run, spearheaded by Bess, to extend their lead to double digits. Stellar performances from Glanton, Bess, and Ella Sawyer propelled Indiana State to a commanding 54-43 lead heading into the final frame.
Although Valparaiso mounted a late comeback, trimming the deficit to just two points, Indiana State showcased resilience down the stretch. Crucial free throws from Glanton, Sawyer, and Bess, coupled with stout defense, ensured the Sycamores clinched the victory and completed the season sweep of the Beacons.
Noteworthy performances included Chelsea Cain and Ella Sawyer's impressive stat lines, with both players nearing triple-double territory. Additionally, Kiley Bess delivered a career-best defensive performance with six steals, underscoring Indiana State's all-around effort.
The Sycamores' triumph was bolstered by their bench contributions, as they registered a season-high 23 bench points, showcasing their depth and versatility. Moreover, Indiana State's proficient three-point shooting and stout defense proved pivotal in limiting Valparaiso's offensive opportunities.
With momentum on its side, Indiana State looks ahead to its upcoming matchup against UIC, aiming to build upon its recent success and continue its pursuit of excellence in the Missouri Valley Conference. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. as the Sycamores seek to maintain their winning ways on the road.