Sycamore Womens Basketball Coasts to Victory over Missouri State
February 22, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A tenacious defensive effort by the Indiana State Women’s Basketball team helped fuel a 73-37 win over Missouri State on Friday evening in JQH Arena. The Sycamores improve to 14-10 and 9-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
The 36-point win marked the largest win versus a league opponent on the road since the 2004-05 season when it defeated Southern Illinois 94-51 in Carbondale. It also marked the largest road win since the 2005-06 season when the Sycamore upended Youngstown State, 96-57.
The ISU defense held Missouri State to the lowest shooting percentage by an opponent this season, as it went just 20 percent from the floor. The Sycamores also held the Bears to just 11 made field goals on the night, another season low. No Bear scored in double-figures as it they turned the ball over 15 times on the night.
On the offensive end, the Sycamores shot 48.2 percent from the floor, the third-highest percentage of the season, backed by four players in double figures. Sophomore forward Marina Laramie led with 18 points, one shy of her season-high on 7-for-10 shooting along with five rebounds.
Senior guard Anna Munn dropped 12 points in her return to the Sycamore lineup while leading with a game-high four assists and a 4-for-4 effort from the free throw line.
Junior forward Racheal Mahan also posted 12 points and senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir added 11 points and three assists. The Sycamores dished out 18 assists on 27 made field goals backed by Munn and junior guard Travecia Franklin who both handed out four. Franklin also led ISU with three steals.
ISU crashed the boards as it out-rebounded MSU, 46-30. Junior forward Chelsea Small came off the bench to lead with eight rebounds while Mahan added six. 11 of 13 players who saw action recorded at least one rebound.
From the charity stripe, the Sycamores posted one of its best performances of the season going 17-for-21 (81.0 percent) with Munn, Laramie and freshman forward Rhagen Smith all knocking down four.
Indiana State took a commanding lead in the first half, holding the Bears scoreless for nearly five minutes halfway through the opening period. The Sycamores took advantage of the Bears’ poor shooting, going on a 17-2 run midway through the first half to spark their offensive production on the evening.
Holding a 32-18 lead at the break, the Sycamores allowed just three field goals in the first half on 13 percent shooting.
The win also marked the second Friday in a row with 30 point wins, as ISU defeated Southern Illinois by 37 at the Hulman Center on Feb. 14. The wins are the two largest conference victories by any team this season.
The Sycamores continue on to Wichita, Kan. to face league-leading Wichita State on Sunday. Tipoff is at 3:05 p.m. ET in Koch Arena.