DECATUR — A tired Millikin women's basketball team got a much-needed boost on Wednesday.
Jordan Hildebrand scored 18 points, had six rebounds and led the Big Blue (4-8) with five assists in a 78-61 win against Milwaukee School of Engineering on Wednesday — Millikin's second straight win after three straight tough CCIW losses.
Millikin lead 16-11 at the end of the first quarter and blew the game open in the second quarter outscoring MSOE 24-6 to lead 40-17 at halftime. The Big Blue continued to roll in the third quarter, building a 33-point advantage with 1:34 left the third quarter.
"It was great to come out like we did — the girls played a really good first half," Millikin coach Olivia Lett said. "Having played three games in five days, it wasn’t easy, but we also saw much more out of Jordan Hildebrand than we have in the last two games. She was able to find her rhythm."
Yanni Saddler, Millikin's leading scorer at 18.5 points per game, had 23 points to lead Millikin and Aubrey Staton added 19. The Big Blue beat Eureka 88-79 on Tuesday.
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"I’m really proud of our kids’ effort — three games in five days is tough," Lett said. "We’re still not playing perfectly, but we’re shooting well and finding ways to win. That’s what matters at this point in the season. We’ve got a two-game winning streak going into the holiday break, so it’s something nice to hang our hats on."
Millikin shot 50 percent from the field and went 9-for-19 (47 percent) from 3-point range. The Big Blue shot 60 percent (9-15, 4-4 from three-point range) in the second quarter and 69 percent (9-13, 3-3 from three-point range) in the third quarter. MSOE hit on 40 percent of its shots, but went 2-of-15 (13 percent) from 3-point range. Millikin dominated the glass 40-27.
Kayla Barreto led MSOE (6-3) with 23 points.
Millikin will return to the court following Christmas break to play Monmouth on Dec. 30. The Big Blue (1-3 in the CCIW) will try to get back in the CCIW race with two straight on the road — Jan. 5 at Carthage and Jan. 9 at Wheaton.