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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: ISU Travels To UNI On Thursday
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team begins their final road swing of the regular season this week as the Sycamores travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, for a matchup with Northern Iowa on Thursday, March 7. Tipoff between the Sycamores and Panthers is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET).

The game can be heard live on WIBQ 98.5 FM and on the Nelligan Sports Marketing Radio Network as Brent Holl covers all the action on the court. Fans can also watch the game live online at GoSycamores.com through SycamoreVision with a premium subscription.

Indiana State enters the game at 17-10 on the season and 9-7 in MVC, sitting in a tie for fourth place in the league standings. Indiana State is an even 6-6 on the road this season, including wins in two straight games and three of their last four road matchups overall. Northern Iowa (14-14, 9-7 MVC) is also tied for fourth place in the MVC standings entering the contest.

The Sycamores picked up a 68-62 victory against the Panthers last season and will look for their first back-to-back road wins inside the McLeod Center since 2004-05 and 2005-06.

A Little History -- Northern Iowa
Thursday's game will be the 62nd all-time meeting between Indiana State and Northern Iowa, with the Sycamores leading the series by a 39-22 margin. ISU and UNI first met during the 1983-84 season with the Sycamores sweeping a pair of games. The Panthers won 54-52 in Terre Haute earlier this season on Jan. 6, as UNI's Jen Keitel banked in a hook shot as time expired to earn Northern Iowa a road victory. Indiana State holds a 15-14 all-time record in Cedar Falls, including a 68-62 victory on Jan. 12, 2012. Under head coach Teri Moren, Indiana State is 2-3 against Northern Iowa and 1-1 on the road.

Scouting The Panthers
Northern Iowa enters Thursday's game at an even 14-14 on the season, sitting in a tie with Indiana State for fourth in the MVC standings with a 9-7 record within the league. The Panthers are 6-6 at home this season, including a 4-3 mark within the MVC. Redshirt senior Jacqui Kalin leads the MVC by averaging 19.3 points per game this season, improving her average to 20.5 PPG in league games. The Panthers rank second in the MVC and 11th in the NCAA in three-pointers this season, connecting on 226 treys for an average of 8.1 per game. Junior Jess McDowell paced the Panthers in their road wins at Evansville and Southern Illinois last week, connecting on seven three-pointers for 21 points against the Purple Aces and six treys with 22 points against the Salukis.

Game-by-Game -- Northern Iowa
Below is a quick look at the last 10 games between Indiana State and Northern Iowa.

Jan. 6, 2013 at Indiana State -- L, 52-54                    Feb. 26, 2010 at Indiana State -- W, 70-62
Feb. 12, 2012 at Indiana State -- W, 71-60                 Jan. 30, 2010 at Northern Iowa -- L, 68-85
Jan. 12, 2012 at Northern Iowa -- W, 68-62               Feb. 27, 2009 at Indiana State -- W, 56-51 (OT)
March 3, 2011 at Northern Iowa -- L, 46-73               Jan. 30, 2009 at Northern Iowa -- W, 66-59
Dec. 30, 2010 at Indiana State -- L, 46-71                  Feb. 9, 2008 at Northern Iowa -- L, 65-68

Last 10 On The Road
Below is a quick look at the last 10 neutral site and road games for Indiana State.

Feb. 16, 2013 at Southern Illinois -- W, 77-64             Jan. 13, 2013 at Creighton -- L, 50-69
Feb. 14, 2013 at Evansville -- W, 55-48                      Jan. 11, 2013 at Drake -- W, 67-49
Feb. 3, 2013 at Wichita State -- L, 46-53                    Dec. 22, 2012 at Butler -- L, 45-56
Feb. 1, 2013 at Missouri State -- W, 71-67                  Dec. 16, 2012 at UT Martin -- W, 73-71 (OT)
Jan. 25, 2013 at Illinois State -- L, 65-66                    Nov. 29, 2012 at Saint Louis -- W, 48-46

On The Road Under Head Coach Moren
Indiana State is 16-30 (.349) on the road in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In MVC play, the Sycamores are 9-16 in league road games since the start of the 2010-11 season. This season, the Sycamores are an even 6-6 away from Hulman Center.

Tournament Seeding On The Line
The winner of Thursday's matchup in Cedar Falls between Indiana State and Northern Iowa secures a spot in the No. 4 / No. 5 game in next week's Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. ISU and UNI both enter the game at 9-7 in the MVC.

All About Defense: Part I
Indiana State is well on its way to setting a school record for the fewest points allowed per game for a single season. Below is a quick look at the five best defensive seasons for Indiana State since the inception of 20-minute halves during the 1975-76 season.

Season       Opp. PPG      Total Points        Games       Team Record    Opp. Held Under 50 Points
2012-13       54.1             1,460               27              17-10                         Ten
1975-76         60.2              1,685               28                19-9                          Seven
2008-09         61.9              1,856               30               14-16                          Four
1997-98         62.2              1,742               28               17-11                          Five
2009-10         62.7              1,943               31               17-14                          Four

All About Defense: Part II
Indiana State ranks second in the MVC and enters the week ranking 35th in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 54.1 points per game. The Sycamores allowed 64.5 points per game in head coach Teri Moren's first season (2010-11) and 63.4 points per game last season.

Under 61
Indiana State is 37-7 (.841) when holding their opposition under 61 points in their three seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including a 13-5 mark this season. During MVC games, ISU is 18-4 under head coach Moren when teams score 60 points or fewer. When teams go over 61 points against ISU in the last three seasons, the Sycamores are 11-35.

Taylor Whitley Joins The 1,000 Point Club
Senior Taylor Whitley knocked down a jump shot in the first minute of play in second half against Drake on Feb. 10, becoming the 26th member of the 1,000 Point Club at Indiana State. The Geneva, Ill., product ranks seventh in career assists and seventh in career steals at ISU. Below is a quick look at the 1,000 Point Club at Indiana State.

1. Amy Hile (1983-87) -- 1,944                                  14. Shannon Thomas (2008-12) -- 1,253
2. Kourtney Mennen (1999-03) -- 1,843                     15. Hazel Olden (1990-94) -- 1,244
3. Melanie Boeglin (2002-06) -- 1,800                        16. Laura Rudolphi (2004-08) -- 1,208
4. Julie Lein (1987-91) -- 1,585                                 17. Angie Eichorst (1988-92) -- 1,174
5. Barbara Graves (1979-83) -- 1,498                        18. Lori Castetter (1985-89) -- 1,166
6. Shelly Newell (1976-80) -- 1,435                           19. Brittany Schoen (2008-12) -- 1,118
7. Amy Vanderkolk (1985-89) -- 1,434                       20. Trish Porter (1972-76) -- 1,112
8. Kelsey Luna (2006-10) -- 1,429                             21. Tammy Hammel (1983-87) -- 1,080
9. Georgia Bottoms (1993-98) -- 1,383                       22. Taylor Whitley (2009-present) -- 1,062
10. Judy Ellner (1978-82) -- 1,367                             23. Deja Mattox (2008-12) -- 1,051
11. Amy Walker (1991-95) -- 1,333                           24. Lisa Verhoff (2002-06) -- 1,041
12. Livia Hester (1992-96) -- 1,332                            25. Rachel Maenpaa (2003-07) -- 1,029        
13. Amy Amstutz (1996-99) -- 1,274                          26. Stephanie Lisch (2003-06) -- 1,007

Top Four
Indiana State enters Thursday's game in a tie for fourth place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings, checking in at 9-7 in league play. The last time that the Sycamores finished in the top four of the MVC standings was during the 2006-07 season when Indiana State finished third with a 19-11 overall record and 12-6 with in the conference.

Sycamores Secure First Winning Season Since 2009-10
With their 77-64 victory at SIU on Feb. 16, Indiana State secured their first winning season under head coach Teri Moren and the program's first since the 2009-10 season. The Sycamores finished an even 16-16 in Moren's debut season in 2010-11 before going 15-16 in 2011-12.

Comeback Kids
Indiana State has rallied from a double-digit deficit in each of their last three MVC wins, coming back from 13 points down at Evansville (55-48, Feb. 14), 15 points down at Southern Illinois (77-64, Feb. 16) and 11 points down against Missouri State (71-63, March 1).

Freshman Marina Laramie Scores 27 Points Against Missouri State
Freshman Marina Laramie led ISU in their 71-63 comeback win over Missouri State last Friday, pouring in 21 points in the second half for a career-high 27 points for the game. A newcomer from O'Fallon, Mo., Laramie's 27 points are the most for an Indiana State freshman since Bianca Jarrett posted 32 points on the road at Southern Illinois on Feb. 21, 2009.

Winning On The Glass
The Sycamores are 14-1 this season when out-rebounding their opponents compared to 3-9 when rebounds are equal or the opposition has more. For the season, Indiana State has posted a 37.3-33.7 (+3.6) average edge on the glass while allowing the fewest rebounds per game in the conference (33.7).

Munn Ranks Second In The Valley In Scoring
Junior Anna Munn leads the team and ranks in a tie for second in the MVC in scoring, averaging an even 15.0 points per game this season. The ISU junior tied her career high with 27 points at Southern Illinois on Feb. 16, also going for 27 points on the road at Missouri State on Feb. 1. Munn has posted at least 20 points in four games this season, with three coming on the road. If Munn keeps up her 15.0 points per game pace, her average would be the best for a Sycamore since Laura Rudolphi averaged 15.9 points per game during the 2007-08 season and make her the first Sycamore to finish either first or second in the league standings since Kourtney Mennen led the MVC with an 18.6 PPG average during the 2002-03 season.

Mahan Nears Offensive Rebounds Record
Sophomore Racheal Mahan has pulled down an MVC-leading 90 offensive rebounds this season, good for an average of 3.3 offensive rebounds per game. Mahan enters Thursday's game ranking third in ISU's single-season offensive rebound standings, behind Georgia Bottoms (92 -- 1994-95) and record holder Kristin Stewart (94 -- 2001-02).

The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 770-668 (+102) in the opening 20 minutes of their 27 games this season, while holding a 41-point edge (833-792) in the second half and overtime. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in 16 of their 27 games and is 13-3 when leading at the break.

Field Goal Percentage Defense
Indiana State leads in the conference in field goal percentage defense, allowing their opponents to shoot 507-for-1358 (37.3%) from the field this season. The Sycamores have held an opponent under 40% shooting in 14 games this season, going 10-4 in those contests.

ISU Rallies For Road Victories At Evansville and Southern Illinois
Indiana State trailed at the half at both Evansville (26-15) and Southern Illinois (42-36) in mid-February before posting a pair of second-half runs to earn victories, the first time since Jan. 3, 2009, against Creighton and Jan. 10, 2009, against Illinois State that ISU trailed at the break in back-to-back games before earning wins. At UE, ISU trailed by 13 points with less than 15 minutes to play before totaling a 26-0 scoring run to turn a 32-19 deficit into a 45-32 lead with four and a half minutes to play. ISU's comeback from 13 points was their largest since also rallying from 13 points down in their 48-42 victory at Southern Illinois on Jan. 29, 2011. At SIU, Indiana State trailed by 15 points, at 21-6, early in the contest but began the second half on a 20-4 run to earn their 10th straight victory over the Salukis. ISU's comeback from 15 points was their largest in program history.

Assists And Steals
Senior Taylor Whitley ranks seventh in career assists and seventh in career steals at ISU, moving into the Top 10 in both categories this season. For her career, Whitley has posted 362 assists and needs 18 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place. The Geneva, Ill., product, has 227 career steals, one shy of Amy Hile (228 -- 1983-87) in sixth place. Whitley joins Melanie Boeglin (2002-06), Hazel Olden (1990-94) and Shavonda Averette (1987-91) as one of just four Sycamores to rank in the Top 10 in school history in both categories.

Laramie Moves Into The Starting Lineup
Freshman Marina Laramie was inserted into the starting lineup over each of the past 10 games and has responded by averaging 11.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. In her 17 games coming off the bench, the newcomer from O'Fallon, Mo., averaged 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Laramie has posted a career-high 27 points against Missouri State last Friday and a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double against Creighton on Feb. 8.

Better At The Line
Sophomore Racheal Mahan has improved at the free-throw line during MVC action, shooting 51-for-74 (68.9%) from the charity stripe during league games. Mahan finished nonconference play at 50%, going 25-for-50 at the line. The sophomore forward is also better shooting at the line inside Hulman Center (36-for-55, 65.5%) than on the road (40-for-69, 58.0%).

49 Combined
Junior Anna Munn (27 points) and sophomore Racheal Mahan (22 points) combined for 49 points in Indiana State's road victory at Southern Illinois on Feb. 16, the most points from a pair of Sycamores since Kelsey Luna (33 points) and Shannon Thomas (19 points) combined for 52 points in an 80-72 road victory at USC Upstate on Nov. 21, 2009.

Sophomore Jump
After averaging 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game as a freshman, Racheal Mahan has tripled her production in her second season at ISU. Mahan is second on the team by averaging 13.3 points per game, while leading the way at 8.0 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, ranks in a tie for second in the MVC lead with eight double-doubles.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 13.0 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 281-190 (+91) edge in second-chance points this season. The Sycamores have scored more or the same number of second-chance points as their opponents in 20 of their 27 games this season.

Sharp Shooter
Junior Anna Munn has knocked down 158 three-pointers in her time at Indiana State, an amount that places the junior guard in eighth place in ISU's career rankings. The Indianapolis native made two treys against Northern Iowa on Jan. 6, passing Krissy Holden (129 -- 1993-97) and Deja Mattox (129 -- 2008-12) in the career rankings. Next up for Munn is April Kirby (166 -- 1998-2002) in seventh place in ISU history.

Rare Wins
Indiana State has earned road wins at Drake (67-49, Jan. 11) and at Missouri State (71-67, Feb. 1) this season, places that the Sycamores have struggled in the past. The road victory over the Bulldogs was just their fourth in program history and first since 2006-07, while ISU's win in Springfield was their first since 2007-08 and the fifth in school history. ISU picked up a 58-41 home victory over Creighton on Feb. 8, snapping an eight-game losing streaks to the Bluejays.

Down To The Wire
In Indiana State's three seasons under head coach Teri Moren, the Sycamores are 8-10 in games decided by five points or less, including a 4-4 mark this season. ISU's close wins this season are on the road over Saint Louis (48-46), UT Martin (73-71) and Missouri State (71-67) and at home over Bradley (55-54).

Close Losses In MVC Play
Of ISU's seven losses in MVC play this season, three have come on the final possession of the game. In ISU's 54-52 loss to Northern Iowa, UNI's Jen Keitel grabbed a rebound and banked in a hook shot with 1.6 seconds remaining to give the Panthers the victory. Indiana State had possession of the basketball in the closing seconds of both their losses to Evansville (55-54) and Illinois State (66-65), but could not find a go-ahead shot in either contest.

Extending The Streaks
With their wins over Bradley (55-54) and Southern Illinois (72-57) earlier this season, ISU extended lengthy home-court winning streaks over both the Braves and Salukis. ISU holds a 16-game streak over BU, with the Braves' last win in Terre Haute coming on Jan. 26, 1997, while the Sycamores hold a 13-game streak over the Salukis since SIU's win on Dec. 29, 1999.

Recent Overtime Success
With their 73-71 overtime victory on the road at UT Martin, ISU improved to 2-0 past regulation under third-year head coach Teri Moren. Dating back to the 2004-05 season, the Sycamores are 8-2 in overtime contests, including a 77-72 home win over #17 Vanderbilt on Nov. 12, 2007. Dating back to the 1971-72 season, Indiana State is 21-23 in overtime games.

On To The Next One...
The Sycamores close out the regular season with a trip to Peoria, Ill., for matchup with the Bradley Braves. Tipoff is set for 3:00 p.m. (ET), 2:00 p.m. locally in Illinois.

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