Indiana State Women's Basketball Travels to Evansville on Thursday
January 16, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. –. The Indiana State Women’s Basketball team will open up the road portion of their Missouri Valley Conference slate as it visits Evansville on Thursday evening. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET in the Ford Center. Live audio will also be available on 98.5 WIBQ FM with Kurt Darling (play-by-play) and Jimmy Kendall (color) on the call.
Indiana State Sycamores (8-6, 3-0 MVC)
Head Coach: Teri Moren
Career Record: 187-124 (10th season)
Record at ISU: 57-51 (4th season)
ISU Projected Starters
Points: 14.0, Anna Munn
Rebounds: 7.3, Racheal Mahan
Assists: 54, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir
Steals: 30, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir
Evansville Purple Aces
Head Coach: Oties Epps
Career Record: 21-54 (4th Season)
Record at Evansville: Same
Evansville Projected Starters
Points: 17.9, Sara Dickey
Rebounds: 10.5, Mallory Ladd
Assists: 58, Kat Taylor
Steals: 27, Dakota Weatherford
The Sycamores lead the all-time series with the Purple Aces, 26-13. ISU holds a 7-1 record against UE since the 2009-10 season but the lone loss came last season in Terre Haute.
Things to Know Before You Go
-The Sycamores narrowly escaped with a 47-44 victory over Illinois State on Sunday at home to close out a three-game homestand.
-Stephanie Wittman made her first career start for ISU against the Redbirds on Sunday as ISU used its third different starting lineup this season.
-Just two MVC teams remain perfect in conference action with Indiana State and Wichita State both sitting at 3-0 overall.
-ISU is in the top of many Missouri Valley Conference statistics as they lead in rebounding margin (+2.1), second in steals (10.0) and turnover margin (+2.0) in 2013-14. In addition, they’re ranked second in scoring defense (63.2), third in scoring margin (0.0), second in defensive rebounding (36.4), fourth in offensive rebounding (38.5) and seventh in scoring (63.2).
-Individually, Anna Munn, leads in free throw percentage (.925), ranks eight in scoring (14.0), second in three pointers made 31, 2.4 per game) and 10th in steals (1.5). Racheal Mahan and Marina Laramie rank seventh and tied for eighth respectively, in rebounds (7.3, 7.0), Mahan ranks fifth in field goal percentage (46-for-92, .500) and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir is sixth in assists (54, 3.9 apg.), 10th in scoring (13.5) and third in steals (30, 2.1). Natasha Zurek is fourth in steals per game (28, 2.0).
Sycamores Edge Redbirds
The preseason MVC favorite Sycamores survived a scare from Illinois State on Sunday as it won a close game, 47-44, in the Hulman Center. Sophomore forward Marina Laramie posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead her team to a 3-0 start in MVC play
Wittman’s First Start
Junior guard Stephanie Wittman made her first career start for Indiana State on Sunday versus Illinois State. The transfer from Kansas State is currently averaging 7.4 points per game and 3.1 rebounds since becoming eligible against ETSU on Dec. 18
Can They Match It?
With the 3-0 start, the MVC preseason favorite Sycamores have started conference play with three straight wins for the second time in four years. The best start in Valley play came during the 2005-06 season, when ISU won a regular-season championship as they won their first 12 contests in league play.
Seniors Lead The Way
Senior guards Anna Munn and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir have paved the way for the Sycamores this season on the offensive end. The duo has combined to lead ISU in 13 of 14 games this season. Abdul-Qaadir posted back-to-back 20 point performances that led ISU to a sweep in the opening weekend of MVC play and has led in scoring the three of the last four games. Munn has led the team in scoring in seven contest this season and has in double-figures in 10 of 13 games including a season-high 24 points against nationally-ranked LSU.
The Sycamores have played seven of their 14 games this season down to the wire, with point totals within six points or less. ISU is 4-3 in those games with wins over Marshall (68-67), Butler (62-56), Northwestern (70-67) and Illinois State (47-44). Under four seasons at the helm, Head Coach Teri Moren is 12-12 in games decided by five points or less.
No Place Like Home
Thanks to the home-court advantage of Hulman Center, the Sycamores have been dominant in Terre Haute over the past 11 seasons. Since the 2002-03 season, Indiana State is 119-35 (.772) on their home floor. Currently, ISU is 5-2 at home this season.
Indiana State is second in the MVC with 10.0 steals per game this season. Three players are in the top 10 in the MVC in steals per game including Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (30, 2.2), Natasha Zurek (28, 2.0) and Anna Munn (20, 1.5).
Help off the Bench
The depth of the Indiana State bench has provided a tremendous lift this season. Bnech play has scored in double-figures in 11 of 14 games this season with a season-high 36 points against Drake on Jan. 5.
Junior forward Racheal Mahan and sophomore forward Marina Laramie have each posted two 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. Laramie led in scoring and rebounding with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Illinois State and 13 points and 14 rebounds against Marshall.
Other ISU Double-Doubles
Chelsea Small - 14 points, 12 rebounds (vs. Drake - Jan. 5, 2014)
Lashonda Littleton - 12 points 11 rebounds (at Marshall - Nov. 24, 2013)
Senior guard Anna Munn and junior forward Racheal Mahan have both held lengthy scoring streaks for the Sycamores. Munn recorded a point in every contest for the past 97 games over three seasons. That ended on Jan. 12 when she sat out due to a shoulder injury against Illinois State. Mahan holds a streak of 35 games which dates back to last season.
Munn For 1,000
Senior guard Anna Munn became the 27th player in Indiana State women’s basketball history to score 1,000 points on Nov. 24 at Marshall. Munn scored her 1,000th point on a free throw with 57 seconds left in the first half. The Indianapolis, Ind. native averages 14.7 points per game this season and is currently 19th in school history with 1,126 points scored.
MVC Players of the Week
The Sycamores have had three Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Week in senior guards Anna Munn and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir. Munn earned the honor after her season-high 24 points against LSU on Dec. 3. Abdul-Qaadir picked up both Newcomer (11/18) and Player (1/6) honors this season after 24 point (vs. EIU) and 26 point (vs. Drake) performances.
ISU travels to Carbondale, Ill. for a 3:05 p.m. ET tip on Sunday afternoon against Southern Illinois. The game will be shown live on WAWV-TV in Terre Haute with Jason Pensky and Grant Pugh on the call.