Women's Basketball
Illinois tops Maryville, 79-52 in exhibition

Amber Moore had eight points as the Illini defeated Maryville in exhibition play.
Amber Moore had eight points as the Illini defeated Maryville in exhibition play.

Nov. 8, 2011

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Champaign, Ill. - Illinois had four players in double figures in a 79-52 victory over Maryville in an exhibition game Tuesday night at Assembly Hall. The game served as a tune-up to the season opener, which is Friday afternoon at 3:30 pm against South Carolina.

Freshman Ivory Crawford, who got the start, led the scoring with 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting. Senior guard Lydia McCully (6-7 FG) and junior All-Big Ten performer Karisma Penn each added 13 while sophomore Kersten Magrum, back from a medical hardship year, added 12 points.

Penn, who was among the Big Ten leaders in double-doubles a year ago, followed suit with one vs. Maryville, a Division II team from St. Louis. Penn had 11 rebounds and three blocked shots while making 4 of 9 from the floor.

As is the trademark for Jolette Law teams, defense was key to victory. The Illini forced 32 turnovers and blocked 10 shots while limiting Maryville to 29.7 percent shooting from the floor.

Illinois jumped to an early 10-2 lead three minutes into the game and used an 18-7 run at the end of the half to take a 39-18 advantage into halftime. In fact, the Illini scored the last seven points of the first half, the last three on an jumper and free-throw from Crawford.

While Illinois forced a lot of turnovers, the Illini also committed 24 themselves. The miscues midway through the second half allowed Maryville to go on an 11-0 run and close to within 61-46. Marvyille's Abby Duethman ignited the rally en route to a game-high 21 points for the visitors.

After an Illinois timeout, the lead quickly increased to a 73-52 margin and the Illini were able to hold the Saints without a point in the last 5:37 of the game.

The Illini used full-court pressure to help turn steals into points. McCully had six steals while Crawford had five as Illinois scored nearly 50 percent of its points off turnovers. Illinois out-rebounded Maryville, 47-38.