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Illini women improve to 2-0 with a balanced attack against Miami Ohio

Illinois guard Jayla Oden fires a shot from long range during the Illini's 72-65 win Sunday over Miami (OH).

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s basketball team raced to an 18-point halftime lead, then held on for a 72-65 win over Miami (OH) on Sunday at State Farm Center.

The Illini got 31 points off the bench to improve to 2-0 on the season, led by 14 points from freshman guard Jayla Oden. Sara Anastasieska and De’Myla Brown each scored 12 points.

Illinois led the game from start to finish, actually taking a 1-0 lead before the opening tip. Officials assessed the Redhawks an administrative technical foul during pregame, and Aaliyah Nye made 1-of-2 free throws.

The Illini led 18-12 after the first quarter, before stretching that to a 40-22 lead at the half. Miami would outscore Illinois 22-11 in the third period to stay fairly close the rest of the way.

Peyton Scott led the Redhawks with 22 points. Maddi Cluse added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Next for Illinois is a home game with SIU-Edwardsville on Thursday night. Tipoff is set for 7pm.

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Brian Moline

Brian Moline is the Managing Editor of Illinois Newsroom and host of Morning Edition for Illinois Public Media/WILL. He's been with WILL since 2015, after a long stint at WDWS-AM in Champaign where he covered both news and sports for more than a decade. If you have story or interview ideas, you can reach Brian at bmoline@illinois.edu.

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