Bradley (11-7 overall, 2-4 MVC) struggled early on, making just 3-of-16 shots to open the contest and trailed 18-6 midway through the first half. Indiana State (10-7 overall, 4-1 MVC) entered the contest tied with Wichita State for first in the Valley standings and made 6-of-12 shots to open the game en route to an 18-6 Sycamore advantage midway through the first half before the Braves caught fire.
Junior Katie Yohn (Elgin, Ill./St. Edward) opened a 16-1 Bradley run with back-to-back three-pointers and Budd followed a Leah Kassing (Mt. Sterling, Ill./Brown County) hoop with her first three-pointer of the game. Yohn had a steal and found Kassing for a quick basket as the Braves scored 13 points in less than three minutes to go in front 19-18 with six and a half minutes remaining in the first half.
Budd entered the game with 17 points in the first five MVC games of the season, but scored 16 in the second half. She added two more three-pointers in the opening minutes of the second period, but Indiana State was within 10 points at the 14-minute mark following a Brittany Schoen three.
BU's lead 51-40 with 11 minutes to play when the Braves put the game out of reach with a 24-5 run over the next 6:30 of play. Bradley led by as many as 32 points in the second half and snapped a three-game home losing streak with the 79-58 victory.
Bradley returns to
action Friday, opening a three-game MVC road swing with a 7 p.m. game at
defending MVC regular-season and tournament champion Northern Iowa.