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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores, Hoosiers Meet In Assembly Hall On Friday
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team hits the road for the first time this season on Friday, Nov. 16, traveling to Bloomington, Ind., for a matchup with the Indiana Hoosiers. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. from Assembly Hall.

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.

Indiana State stands as the only undefeated team remaining in the Missouri Valley Conference after their 2-0 start against Eastern Illinois and Marshall. The Sycamores picked up back-to-back wins to begin the season inside Hulman Center, topping the Panthers 69-39 last Friday before defeating the Thundering Herd 55-49 on Monday. ISU's 2-0 start is their third in the last four seasons, after also going 2-0 in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Sophomore Racheal Mahan led ISU in both victories, posting a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double against EIU, before going for 18 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Marshall.

A Little History - Indiana

Friday's game will be the 31st meeting between Indiana State and Indiana, with the Hoosiers holding a 23-7 edge in the series. The Sycamores and Hoosiers last met during the 2006 Postseason WNIT, with Indiana earning a 68-62 victory inside Hulman Center on March 20. Indiana State last played Indiana in Bloomington during the 1991-92 season, falling 86-51. The Sycamores and Hoosiers have met just twice since the 1998-99 season, with ISU winning 66-59 on Dec. 4, 2004, in Terre Haute, before IU took the last matchup in 2006. Indiana State has won twice on the road at Indiana, picking up victories in 1989-90 (75-73) and 1973-74 (52-41).

Scouting The Hoosiers
Indiana enters Friday's game with a 1-1 record, earning head coach Curt Miller his first win in Bloomington with a 63-62 road victory at Murray State on Monday. The Hoosiers opened the season with a 64-52 road loss at Valparaiso last Friday. IU returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last year's team that went 6-24, while also welcoming seven combined freshmen and transfers into the roster. Senior Aulani Sinclair leads the team after two games by averaging 18.0 points per game after placing second on the team last season with a 12.4 points per game average as a junior. Senior Jasmine McGhee led Indiana with 12.6 points per game last season and has totaled 26 points (13.0 PPG) this season. For the season, IU is shooting 45-for-129 (.349) from the field and 7-for-27 (.259) from beyond the three-point arc.

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

1988-89 at Indiana State - L, 60-67                         Dec. 10, 1994 at Indiana State - L, 69-77

1989-90 at Indiana - W, 75-73                                Dec. 8, 1996 at Muncie, Ind. - L, 57-66
1990-91 at Indiana State - L, 68-76                         Dec. 6, 1998 at Indiana State - L, 63-73
1991-92 at Indiana - L, 51-82                                 Dec. 6, 2004 at Indiana State - W, 66-59
Dec. 12, 1992 at Muncie, Ind. - L, 70-87                  March 20, 2006 at Indiana State - L, 62-68

Three Out Of Four
ISU is off to their third 2-0 start in the last four seasons after earning a 55-49 victory over Marshall on Monday night. The Sycamores also started 2-0 back in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Indiana State's last 3-0 start came in 2009-10 when ISU started that season 7-0.

30-Point Win
Indiana State posted a 30-win over Eastern Illinois last Friday, topping the Panthers 69-39 inside Hulman Center. ISU's win by 30 points was their largest margin of victory since defeating Southern Illinois by 36 points (93-57) on Feb. 25, 2011 and their largest in nonconference play since topping Southeast Missouri by 44 points (72-28) on Nov. 24, 2009.

Road Openers
Dating back to the 1982-83 season, the Sycamores are 9-21 in their first true road game of the season. Indiana State has dropped their last two road openers, with their last victory coming at Kansas State (77-73) to start the 2009-10 season.

Game-by-Game - Road Openers
Below is a quick look at the last 10 true road openers for Indiana State.

Nov. 22, 2002 at Akron - W, 87-59                          Nov. 24, 2007 at Loyola Marymount - L, 51-74

Dec. 20, 2003 at Western Illinois - L, 67-75             Nov. 15, 2008 at Central Michigan - L, 83-84
Nov. 19, 2004 at Miami (Ohio) - L, 59-62                 Nov. 14, 2009 at Kansas State - W, 77-73
Nov. 14, 2005 at Connecticut - L, 73-86                   Nov. 17, 2010 at Kansas State - L, 48-64
Nov. 15, 2006 at Iowa - L, 83-88                            Nov. 13, 2011 at Notre Dame - L, 34-99

Last Win Against The Big Ten Conference
Indiana State's last victory over a member of the Big Ten Conference came during the 2004-05 season, as the Sycamores defeated Illinois 72-60 on March 16, 2005, inside Hulman Center in the opening game of the 2005 Postseason WNIT. Since the victory over the Illini, ISU has dropped six games in a row to members of the Big Ten Conference.

Game-by-Game - Big Ten Conference
Below is a quick look at the last 10 games for Indiana State against the Big Ten Conference.

March 11, 1999 at Wisconsin - L, 43-80                   Nov. 15, 2006 at Iowa - L, 83-88

Dec. 4, 1999 vs. Purdue - L, 67-69                          Nov. 24, 2006 at Michigan State - L, 66-85
Dec. 6, 2004 vs. Indiana - W, 66-59                        Dec. 8, 2007 vs. Michigan State - L, 58-83
March 16, 2005 vs. Illinois - W, 72-60                     Nov. 22, 2010 vs. Michigan - L, 58-63
March 20, 2006 vs. Indiana - L, 62-68                     Dec. 17, 2011 at Michigan - L, 44-72

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

Jan. 12, 2012 at Northern Iowa - W, 68-62              Feb. 17, 2012 at Drake - L, 43-60

Jan. 14, 2012 at Bradley - L, 58-79                         Feb. 19, 2012 at Creighton - L, 48-63
Jan. 27, 2012 at Missouri State - L, 70-84               March 1, 2012 at Southern Illinois - W, 69-46
Jan. 29, 2012 at Wichita State - L, 63-74                 March 3, 2012 at Evansville - W, 58-47
Feb. 3, 2012 at Illinois State - L, 67-78                    March 9, 2012 vs. Wichita State - L, 49-70

On The Road Under Head Coach Moren
Indiana State is 10-24 on the road in their first two seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In nonconference action, the Sycamores are 3-9 in road games since the start of the 2010-11.

Dominant At 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, ISU has played 135 games inside Hulman Center, coming away with victories on 105 occasions.

Under 61
Indiana State is 26-2 when holding their opposition under 61 points in their three seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including a 2-0 mark this season. During MVC games, ISU is 12-1 under head coach Moren when teams score 60 points or fewer. When teams go over 60 points against ISU in the last three seasons, the Sycamores are 7-30.

First-Half Defense
The Sycamores allowed just nine points in the first half to Eastern Illinois last Friday inside Hulman Center, taking a 36-9 advantage into the locker room. The last time that Indiana State allowed nine points or less to an opponent in a half came back on Dec. 28, 2002, when ISU took a 59-9 lead after 20 minutes over IPFW en route to a 96-28 victory inside Hulman Center.

Helping Out
Indiana State tallied 21 assists on 26 field goals against Eastern Illinois last Friday and 17 assists on 21 field goals against Marshall last Monday, the first time since early last season that the Sycamores have posted at least 17 assists in back-to-back games. Last year, ISU posted 22 assists in a 66-55 victory over UT Martin on Nov. 30 before passing out 19 assists in a 75-59 road victory at Illinois (Chicago) on Dec. 2.

Offensive Rebounds
As a team last Monday, the Sycamores combined for 22 offensive rebounds against Marshall led by five from sophomore Racheal Mahan and four from freshman Marina Laramie. The 22 offensive boards was the team's best total since grabbing 24 in a 91-73 win over Pepperdine on Nov. 26, 2005, in the Pepperdine Thanksgiving Classic in Malibu, Calif., and their first time over 20 offensive rebounds since totaling 21 at home against Bradley on Feb. 10 last year.

Dominating The Glass
The Sycamores out-rebounded Eastern Illinois last Friday by a 47-31 margin (+16), the second-best margin under third-year head coach Teri Moren. ISU's rebounding advantage led to a 16-4 edge in second-chance points against EIU. Indiana State's best margin on the glass under head coach Moren came back on Feb. 25, 2011, when the Sycamores held a +17 edge (48-31) in a 93-57 win at home over Southern Illinois.

Back-To-Back Double-Doubles For Mahan
Sophomore Racheal Mahan has started her second season at Indiana State with back-to-back double-doubles, the first two of her career. The Mansfield, Ohio, native, went for 10 points and 10 rebounds against Eastern Illinois last Friday before posting career highs with 18 points and 12 rebounds against Marshall on Monday. The last Sycamore to post back-to-back double-doubles was Shannon Thomas against Bradley (Feb. 10) and Northern Iowa (Feb. 12) last year. Thomas was also the last Sycamore to go for three straight double-doubles, going for at least 10-and-10 against Chicago State (Dec. 20), Northern Illinois (Dec. 22) and Evansville (Dec. 30) last season.

Dishing It Out
With her six assists against Marshall on Monday, senior Taylor Whitley moved into seventh place in Indiana State history for career assists, entering Friday's game with 288 for her career. The Geneva, Ill., native, has passed JoDee Rigel (278 -- 1977-81), Barbara Graves (280 -- 1979-83), Tracy Johnson (282 -- 1978-82) and Kim Darner (286 -- 1988-92) this season to break into the Top 10. Whitley needs 92 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place.

Four In Double Figures
Junior Anna Munn led the team with 18 points against Eastern Illinois last Friday, while senior Taylor Whitley (14), sophomore Travecia Franklin (12) and sophomore Racheal Mahan (10) also went into double figures. Friday's win over Eastern Illinois marks the third time in ISU's last five games dating back to last season that Indiana State has had four scorers go into double figures. Munn joined Deja Mattox, Brittany Schoen and Shannon Thomas in double digits against Southern Illinois and Evansville in the final two regular season games from last season.

Stat Sheet Stuffer
Sophomore Jessica Valley made her first collegiate start last Friday against Eastern Illinois and turned in an all-around performance. The Lafayette, Ind., native, led the team with a career-high 12 rebounds while also adding four points, four assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes on the court.

On A Good Pace: Part I
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Friday's game with 795 career points, needing to average 7.5 points per game in her senior season to become the 26th member of the 1,000 Point Club at Indiana State. The Geneva, Ill., product averaged 7.6 points per game as a freshman and 12.1 points per game as a sophomore before totaling a 7.5 points per game average as a junior following an early-season knee injury.

On A Good Pace: Part II
Junior Anna Munn has knocked down 99 three-pointers in her time at Indiana State, a pace that puts the junior guard on her way to enter the Top 10 in the career rankings. Munn is just 24 threes away from 10th place, held by Georgia Bottoms (123 -- 1993-98). The Indianapolis native leads the team with six treys this season in 19 attempts.

Replacing A Big Three
Indiana State will look to replace the scoring of Deja Mattox, Brittany Schoen and Shannon Thomas this season, three Sycamores that finished their careers in 2011-12 as members of the 1,000 Point Club. ISU also replaced three 1,000-point scorers following the 2005-06 season, going 19-11 overall and 12-6 in the MVC that season.

Sycamores Tabbed Seventh In MVC Preseason Poll
In the annual preseason poll voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and a media panel from around the Missouri Valley Conference, the Indiana State women's basketball team has been picked seventh in the league heading into the 2012-13 season as announced by the league office.

On To The Next One...
The Sycamores remain on the road next week, traveling to Indianapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 20, for a matchup at IUPUI. Tipoff set for 7:00 p.m. from The Jungle.

In Case You Missed It...
Highlights from Monday's 55-49 victory over Marshall.

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