TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Bradley entered Friday's game at Indiana State as the best free throw shooting team in the conference, but shot a season-low 52.9 percent from the line and the Sycamores shot 55.6 percent in the second half to top the Braves 77-60.
A strong defensive effort in the first half helped Bradley (13-11, 4-8 MVC) take a 29-27 halftime lead as the Braves limited Indiana State (11-12 overall, 5-6 MVC) to 26.5 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes.
The Sycamores pulled down 17 offensive rebounds in the first half and scored nine second chance points to keep the score close at the break, despite Bradley shooting 41.9 percent from the field and committing just four first half turnovers.
Indiana State came out hot in the second half, scoring six points in the opening minute of the period and shot 55.6 percent from the field after the break.
Bradley trailed 47-43 nearing the midway point of the second half, when Natasha Zurek had a three-point play to push the Sycamores lead to seven (50-43). Later on an 8-2 Indiana State spurt extended the lead to 61-48 with 5:25 remaining and the Braves got no closer than eight points down the stretch.
BU committed 10 second half turnovers and couldn't keep pace with the Sycamores who made 5-of-8 second-half three-pointers to end a six-game losing streak with the 77-60 victory.
Sophomore Catie O'Leary (Janesville, Wis./Parker/Wisconsin) scored 17 points to lead the Braves, while senior MacKenzie Westcott (Williamsburg, Iowa/Williamsburg) added 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
Shannon Thomas led Indiana State with 24 points and 11 rebounds to pace three Sycamores in double figures. Deja Mattox added 16 points and Brittany Schoen scored 10 of her 11 points in the second half.
Bradley returns to action Sunday, playing a 2 p.m. game at I-74 rival Illinois State. The game will be televised on Comcast 74.