Indiana State Womenâ??s Basketball Visits East Tennessee State On Wednesday
December 18, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State Women’s Basketball team finds itself back on the road for a midweek matchup with East Tennessee State on Wednesday in Johnson City, Tenn. The game is set for a 5 p.m. ET tipoff inside Brooks Gym.
Play-by-play with Kurt Darling is available on 1440 WPRS AM in Terre Haute and streaming online. Live video is free and available from A Sun TV via ETSUBucs.com.
Indiana State Sycamores (3-4)
Head Coach: Teri Moren
Career Record: 182-122 (10th season)
Record at ISU: 52-49 (Fourth season)
ISU Projected Starters
East Tennessee State (2-6)
Head Coach: Brittney Ezell (First Season)
Career Record: 122-119 (Seventh Season)
Record at ETSU: 2-6 (First Season)
ETSU Projected Starters
Points: 14.9 ppg., Anna Munn
Rebounds: 6.9 rpg., Racheal Mahan
Assists:20, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir
Steals: 18, Natasha Zurek
East Tennessee State
Points: 15.0 ppg., Destiny Mitchell
Rebounds: 12.0 rpg., Serena Clark
Assists: 28, Brianna McQueen
Steals: 12 Cara Bowling
The Bucs lead the all-time series, 1-0. The two teams haven’t met in 31 years as the only game between the two took place during the 1981-82 regular season in the Cincinnati Coke Classic where the Bucs walked away with an 82-57 victory.
Sycamores Gain Wittman and Small for Remainder of Season
With the completion of the fall semester, Indiana State will add junior guard Stephanie Wittman (Kansas State) and junior forward Chelsea Small (American University) to their bench for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. Both are available for action against ETSU on Wednesday.
Things You Need To Know Before You Go
-Indiana State is looking for their first win in the month of December after dropping contest to nationally-ranked LSU (88-63) and IUPUI (68-64).
-Senior guard Anna Munn has led or tied for the lead in scoring in three of the last four games. She recorded a game-high 17 points against IUPUI and the same against LSU with 24 points.
-ISU has used the same starting line up in the past three games and just two different lineups overall this season
-ISU is leading its Missouri Valley Conference opponents in steals and turnover margin in 2013-14. In addition, they’re ranked second in scoring and fourth in both field goal percentage and rebounds.
-East Tennessee State is coming off three-straight losses to Western Carolina (Dec. 1) Vanderbilt (Dec. 3) and nationally-ranked Kentucky (Dec. 15). They return home to Brooks Gym for the first time since Nov. 29 where they are 1-2 on the season.
On the Road Again
ISU will hit the road again where it has played its last four of five games when they travel to East Tennessee State on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The Sycamores are 2-3 on the road this season with its wins at Eastern Illinois (Nov. 12) and Marshall (Nov. 24).
Junior forward Racheal Mahan has posted two of the five Sycamore double-doubles of the season. The junior from Mansfield, Ohio posted 12 points and 10 rebounds against EIU on Nov. 12 while recording 14 points and 10 boards against IUPUI at home on Dec. 9.
Other ISU Double-Doubles
Marina Laramie - 13 points, 14 rebounds (at Marshall - Nov. 24, 2013)
Lashonda Littleton - 12 points 11 rebounds (at Marshall - Nov. 24, 2013)
One Game At A Time
The Indiana State Women’s Basketball team hasn’t played two games in the same week since the Nov. 12 and Nov. 15 matchups against Eastern Illinois and Indiana. The Sycamores will face East Tennessee State on the road on Wednesday and return home on Saturday to host Butler at the Hulman Center. ISU will not play two games in a row at home until they open up MVC play against UNI and Drake on Jan. 3 and Jan. 5.
One of the Sycamores strongest weapons this season has been on the defensive end. ISU leads the league with 11.3 steals per game with junior guard Natasha Zurek averaging 2.5 points per game. Senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir also averages 2.2 picks per game while senior guard Anna Munn chips in 1.8 per game.
Sycamores Drop Last Two Games
Indiana State will look to return to its winning ways after dropping the last two games and three of four when they face East Tennessee State on Wednesday. The Sycamores were narrowly defeated by IUPUI on Dec. 9 at home while No. 13/17 LSU proved to be too much for Indiana State to handle as it fell on Dec. 3 in Baton Rouge. It ties for the second slowest start under head coach Teri Moren who was also 3-4 in her first season in 2010-11. That team went to finish 16-16 and seventh in the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Sycamores return to the Hulman Center for their final home game of 2013 when they host in-state rival Butler. Tipoff is set for 1:05 p.m. ET and is the first part of the double-header with the ISU men’s squad facing IUPUI at 3:35 p.m.