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Top Seed Sycamores Set for Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Friday

March 14, 2014
HOOSIER SPORTS 365



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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The No. 1 seed Indiana State Sycamores are set for quarterfinal action of Missouri Valley Conference tournament in St. Charles, Mo. on Friday afternoon. ISU will face the winner of the No. 8 Loyola and No. 9 Bradley matchup at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be seen live on Valley Live with Scott Warmann (play-by-play) and Jill Hutchinson (analyst) on the call.

 

The game will also be heard live on 1440 AM WPRS  with Kurt Darling (play-by-play) and Jimmy Kendall (color) on the call.

 

Quick Hits

Indiana State Sycamores (19-10)

Head Coach: Teri Moren

Career Record: 198-128 (10th Season)

Record at ISU: 68-55 (4th Season)

 

Indiana State Projected Starters

Position

Number

Name

Height

Year

PPG

RPG

F

3

Marina Laramie

6-2

So.

9.7

5.7

G

10

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir

5-4

Sr.

14.4

2.8

F

15

Jasmine Grier

6-0

Jr.

4.9

3.2

G

33

Anna Munn

5-10

Sr.

12.3

4.9

F

34

Racheal Mahan

6-1

Jr.

9.7

6.4

 

Loyola Ramblers (10-20)

Head Coach: Sheryl Swoopes

 

Loyola Projected Starters

Position

Number

Name

Height

Year

PPG

RPG

F

5

Bailey Farley

5-10

Fr.

8.9

2.3

C

20

Courtney Lindfors

6-4

Sr.

6.0

2.3

F

21

Troy Hambric

5-11

Sr.

17.5

7.2

G

23

Becca Smith

5-8

So.

7.7

5.5

G

32

Lyndsey Booker

5-8

Sr.

2.4

2.8

 

Bradley Braves (8-21)

Head Coach: Michael Brooks

Bradley Projected Starters

Position

Number

Name

Height

Year

PPG

RPG

G

1

Michelle Young

5-9

Jr.

14.3

3.0

G

3

Kelsey Budd

5-9

Sr.

11.5

4.0

G

22

Catie O’Leary

5-10

RSr.

10.6

7.2

F

44

Kelly Frings

6-1

Sr.

9.9

5.8

C

53

Aly Spinas-Valainis

6-3

Sr.

8.8

5.3

 

MVC Final Standings (Ranked by Tournament Seed)

Rank (seed)

Team

Records (Overall, MVC)

T1. (1)

Indiana State

19-10, 14-4

T1. (2)

Wichita State

23-6, 14-4

3.   (3)

Northern Iowa 

17-12, 13-5

4.   (4)

Evansville

14-14, 9-8

T5. (5)

Drake

14-14, 8-9

T5  (6)

Illinois State

9-18, 8-9

T5. (7)

Missouri State

13-15, 8-9

8.   (8)

Loyola

10-19, 6-11

9.   (9)

Bradley

7-21, 4-13

10. (10)

Southern Illinois

5-23, 3-14

 

All-Time Series

Indiana State is 12-21 all-time in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.  The Sycamores are 1-1 against Bradley and 0-0 versus Loyola in tournament play.  In the all-time series, ISU holds a 39-22 advantage over the Braves and a 4-3 advantage over the Ramblers.  The No. 1 seed has won the tournament 17 times since it began in 1983 (named Gateway Conference from 1983-1992).  ISU will be looking to win its first ever conference tournament championship as it has finished runner up three times (2003, 2005, 2006). Head coach Teri Moren is 1-3 in her ISU career in the tournament.

 

ISU vs. Bradley - 1-1

W, 83-59 - 3/10/05 at Illinois State

L, 70-49 - 3/13/09 in St. Charles, Mo. 

 

ISU vs. Loyola - 0-0

 

In the National Stats

The Sycamores are 45th in scoring defense (60.0) in this week’s NCAA stats. Individually, senior guard Anna Munn ranks ninth in free throw percentage (.889).  Racheal Mahan’s 10-for-11 (.909) performance ranks tied for the 11th best field goal percentage in a game this season.

 

Sycamores Earn Numerous MVC Honors

Indiana State has been honored with numerous post season awards handed out by the Missouri Valley Conference this week:

 

Anna Munn - Scholar-Athlete of the Year, MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, MVC All-Conference Honorable Mention

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir - MVC Scholar-Athlete Second Team, MVC All-Conference First Team

Kasey Johnson - MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention

 

Sycamores Sweep Iowa Road Trip to earn No. 1 Seed

ISU survived a nail biter on Thursday over Drake and used a season-high shooting percentage to defeat UNI on Saturday to help earn a share of the MVC regular season title and secure the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. ISU let a 12 point second half lead slip under it fingers but held on in the end for a 73-71 win over the Bulldogs that marked the second-consecutive series sweep 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.

ISU continued on to Cedar Falls to close out the regular season with an 85-72 win. ISU shot a season high 53.6 percent on the day and second-highest point total of the year. Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir dropped her second-straight 20 point game with a game-high 28 points on the afternoon.

 

Abdul-Qaadir and Munn Named MVC All-Conference

Senior guards Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and Anna Munn have both been named to Missouri Valley Conference All-Conference teams, announced by the league on Wednesday. Abdul-Qaadir earned a spot on the first-team while Munn was named honorable mention. Abdul-Qaadir is the first first-team honoree for the Sycamores since Kelsey Luna in 2009. Munn earns her second all-conference honor, as she earned second team honors a season ago.

 

Munn Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year; Abdul-Qaadir and Johnson Earn Honors

Senior guard Anna Munn became the fifth player in school history to be named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and sophomore guard Kasey Johnson both earn spots on the second and honorable mention teams, respectively, the league announced Monday. Munn, who holds a 3.8 GPA in exercise science and will graduate in May 2014, makes her third-consecutive appearance on the scholar-athlete teams, picking up first team honors twice and second team as a sophomore. Abdul-Qaadir, named to the second team, holds a 3.5 GPA in Coaching (master’s) after earning a 3.71 GPA at Memphis where she earned her degree in exercise science. Johnson holds a 3.96 GPA in biology makes an apperance on the honorable mention squad in her first year eligible for the award.

 

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.

 

Keeps Getting Better

With a 19-10 regular season finish and 14-4 in the MVC, the Sycamores post their best record under fourth year head coach Teri Moren. The Sycamores have steadily improved in both overall record and MVC finishes since Moren took over in the 2010-11 season.

 

Records Under Moren

 

Year

Overall

MVC (Finish)

2010-11

16-16

8-10 (7th)

2011-12

15-16

9-9 (T5th)

2012-13

18-13

10-8 (T4th)

2013-14

19-10

14-14 (T1st)

 

Sycamores Sweep Iowa Road Trip to earn No. 1 Seed

ISU survived a nail biter on Thursday over Drake and used a season-high shooting percentage to defeat UNI on Saturday to help earn a share of the MVC regular season title and secure the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. ISU let a 12 point second half lead slip under it fingers but held on in the end for a 73-71 win over the Bulldogs that marked the second-consecutive series sweep 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.

 

ISU continued on to Cedar Falls to close out the regular season with an 85-72 win. ISU shot a season high 53.6 percent on the day and second-highest point total of the year. Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir dropped her second-straight 20 point game with a game-high 28 points on the afternoon.

 

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 7-0 record and defeated opponents by an average of 20.5 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), Drake (two points) and UNI (13 points) when wearing her pink Chuck Taylors.

 

Back-To-Back 10 Win Seasons

With the win over Wichita State on Feb. 23, 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 beat that mark with a 14-4 conference record this season.  It’s also the fewest losses in MVC play for the Sycamores since 2005-06 - the same year they won a regular season championship.

 

Series Sweeps

Sunday’s win over UNI marked the fifth MVC sweep for the Sycamores this season. ISU also swept Bradley, Drake, Missouri State and Southern Illinois earlier this season. The Sycamores have split series with Evansville, Wichita State and Loyola.

 

Countdown to 200

Over the weekend trip to Drake and UNI, ISU head coach Teri Moren earned her 198th career win as a head coach, putting her two wins from the 200 mark. Moren is 68-55 in her career at ISU and went 130-73 in seven seasons at the helm of Division II Indianapolis.

 

Under 60

The Sycamores’ defense has held 16 opponents to 60 points or less in contest this season and holds a 13-3 record in those games.  They held league opponents to less than 60 points 11 different times.  They hold the second-rank defensive unit in the league, allowing just 57.4 points per MVC contest. In addition, six of those contest resulted in the opponent scoring 50 points or less.

 

Let Me Assist You

The Sycamores have dished out a combined 267 assists for the third-best average in the league, dishing out 14.8 per game. Senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir leads the team with 127 assists (4.3 per game).

 

Turn It Over

The Sycamores are not only picking up 8.2 steals per game; they force an average of 16.7 turnovers per contest, both of which rank second in the MVC. Senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir leads with 56 steals with 11 others in double-digits for ISU this season.

 

Streakin’

Junior forward Racheal Mahan currently holds the Sycamores’ longest scoring streak as she’s recorded a point in 61 consecutive games, which dates back to the 2011-12 season. 

 

For the latest information on the Sycamore Women’s Basketball team, make sure to check GoSycamores.com. You can also find the team on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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