ISU Womens Basketball Set For Regular Season Conclusion at UNI
March 8, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
INDIANA STATE SPORTS RELEASE
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – With a conference championship and a No. 1 seed on the line, the Indiana State Women’s Basketball team closes out regular season action at Northern Iowa on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. ET in the McLeod Center with Kurt Darling on the call on 98.5 WIBQ FM.
Indiana State Sycamores (18-10, 13-4 MVC)
Head Coach: Teri Moren
Career Record: 197-128 (10th Season)
Record at ISU: 67-55 (4th Season)
Indiana State Projected Starters
Points (per game): 13.9 , Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir
Rebounds (per game): 6.5, Racheal Mahan
Assists: 123, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir
Steals: 54, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir
W, 73-71 at Drake (3/6)
W, 73-60, vs. Bradley (3/2)
W, 66-45, vs. Loyola (2/28)
Northern Iowa Panthers (17-11, 13-4 MVC)
Head Coach: Tanya Warren
Career Record: 121-102 (7th Season)
Record at UNI: Same
Northern Iowa Projected Starters
Points (per game): 12.9, Jen Keitel
Rebounds (per game): 7.7, Hannah Schonhardt
Assists: 63, Brittni Donaldson
Steals: 29, Hannah Schonhardt
W, 89-70, vs. Illinois State (3/6)
W, 99-97 (OT), at Drake (3/2)
W, 81-77, at Bradley (2/23)
MVC Standings (As of Mar. 7)
Indiana State leads the all-time series 38-20 including a win earlier this season at the Hulman Center on Jan. 3 that opened up conference play. In her ISU career, head coach Teri Moren is 3-5 against the Panthers. UNI swept the series in 2012-13 as ISU last won at the McLeod Center on Jan. 12, 2012, 86-82.
Among The MVC
The Sycamores are at the top of many Missouri Valley Conference statistics as they lead in rebounding margin (+3.9) rank second in scoring defense (59.1), and ranked second in turnover margin (+2.04) in 2013-14. In addition, they’re ranked second in scoring margin (+5.4) and offensive rebounds (38.9) . They are ranked third in 3-point field goal percentage (.321) and steals (9.4), fourth in field goal percentage defense (.404) and fifth in field goal percentage (.395) and assists (13.7). Indiana State also leads in defensive rebounding percentage (.711).
Individually, Anna Munn, leads in free throw percentage (.895), second in three pointers made (49, 2.0 per game), ninth in assists (65, 2.7) and 15th in scoring (12.5). Racheal Mahan ranks third in field goal percentage (108-for-196, .551), fourth in offensive rebounds (81, 3.0) and ninth in rebounds per game (6.6). Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir is second in assists to turnover ratio (1.5), third in assists (117, 4.3), tied for fifth in steals (53, 2.0), eighth in free throw percentage (.772) and 11th in scoring (13.6) . Natasha Zurek is also eighth in steals per game (42, 1.8).
In the National Stats
The Sycamores are 35th in scoring defense (59.7) in this week’s NCAA stats. Individually, senior guard Anna Munn ranks 10th in free throw percentage (.895). Racheal Mahan’s 10-for-11 (.909) performance ranks tied for the 11th best field goal percentage in a game this season.
Top Three Guarantee
With Indiana State’s 73-71 decision at Drake Thursday night, the Sycamores are assured a top-three finish in the league standings for the first time since 2007 and the sixth time since the 1982-83 season. Indiana State will be looking for a share of its first regular-season championship since the 2006 season. A three-way tie for the conference championship sits between Indiana State, Wichita State and Northern Iowa. To ensure a No. 1 seed, the Sycamores must win Sunday’s game over the Panthers. It would guarantee at least a share of regular season championship for ISU.
Let’s End It Like We Started It
The preseason MVC favorite Sycamores opened up conference play with six-straight wins and looks to do the same on Saturday at UNI. ISU is currently in the midst of a five-game win streak that dates back to Feb. 21 when it defeated Missouri State on the road.
Sycamores Survive Nail Biter With Drake For Fifth-Straight Win
ISU let a 12 point second half lead slip under it fingers but held on in the end for a 73-71 win over Drake on Thursday evening in the Knapp Center. The win marked the second-consecutive series sweep of the Bulldogs in as many seasons. ISU was led by senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir who scored 23 points and dished out a game-high six assists. ISU shot 51.9 percent from the field - the second-best percentage of the season.
Successful Senior Weekend
The Sycamores completed their final regular season weekend in the Hulman Center with wins over Loyola (66-45) and Bradley (73-60). Sophomore forward Marina Laramie led with 14 points against the Ramblers on Friday while junior forward Jasmine Grier led with 18 points on Senior Day versus the Braves.
Grier Sparks Sycamores
Since making her first appearance in the starting lineup on Feb. 7, junior transfer Jasmine Grier has sparked the Sycamores, scoring at least five points in every contest. She dropped double digit performances at Wichita State (22 points) and versus Bradley (18 points). She also picked up a career-high nine rebounds against the Braves on Mar. 2.
Pink Chuck Taylors Do The Trick
Since debuting her pink Chuck Taylors in the Feb. 14 game vs. Southern Illinois, head coach Teri Moren has guided her team to a 6-0 record and defeated opponents by an average of 21.8 points per game. Moren and the Sycamores have wins over Southern Illinois (37 points), Missouri State (36 points), Wichita State (12 points), Loyola (21 points) Bradley (23 points) and Drake (two points) when wearing her pink Chuck Taylors.
Back-To-Back 10 Win Seasons
With the win over Wichita State on Sunday, Indiana State secured back-to-back 10 win Missouri Valley Conference seasons for the first time since 2005-06 and 2006-07. Indiana State finished 10-8 overall last season, which marked head coach Teri Moren’s best finish in the league. The Sycamores will beat that mark with a 13-4 record and just two games remaining on the 2013-14 schedule. It’s also currently the fewest losses in MVC play for the Sycamores since 2005-06 - the same year they won a regular season championship.
Thursday’s win over Drake marked the fourth MVC sweep for the Sycamores this season. ISU has also swept Bradley, Missouri State and Southern Illinois earlier this season. The Sycamores have split series with Evansville, Wichita State and Loyola and are guaranteed at least splits with UNI on Saturday.
The Sycamores have played eight games this season down to the wire, with point totals within six points or less. ISU is 5-4 in those games with wins over Marshall (68-67), Butler (62-56), Northwestern (70-67), Illinois State (47-44) and Drake (73-71). Under four seasons at the helm, Head Coach Teri Moren is 13-13 in games decided by five points or less.
Senior guard Anna Munn became just the fourth person in ISU history to make more than 200 three pointers in her career with four against Evansville on Jan. 16. Munn holds a 217-for-646 (.331) mark from behind the arc in her Sycamore career. With her three 3-pointers versus Drake on Thursday, Munn took sole posession of fourth place all-time for three-pointers made.
The Sycamores will head to St. Charles, Missouri to begin play in the MVC Tournament at the Family Arena. Official seeding and times for ISU’s matchup will be announced by the league on Sunday.