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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: ISU Travels To IUPUI On Tuesday Night
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Release:11/19/2012
Danny Pfrank
GoSycamores.com
 

The Indiana State women's basketball team hits the road for their second-straight game, traveling to Indianapolis to lace it up against the IUPUI Jaguars on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. from The Jungle and the IUPUI Gymnasium.

The game can be heard live on WXXR 95.9 FM and on the Nelligan Sports Marketing Radio Network as Brent Holl covers all the action on the court.


Indiana State dropped their first game of the season at Indiana last Friday, falling to Hoosiers inside Assembly Hall by a score of 60-48. Junior Anna Munn led the team with 16 points, including four three-pointers, while sophomore Racheal Mahan posted her third-straight double-digit rebounding effort.


Defense has led the Sycamores early this season, as the ISU defense has forced 49 turnovers and tallied 28 steals through three games. For the season, opponents are averaging 49.3 points per game against Indiana State.


A Little History - IUPUI
Tuesday's game will be the ninth meeting between Indiana State and IUPUI, with the Sycamores holding a perfect 8-0 record in the series. The Sycamores and Jaguars met inside Hulman Center last season, their first meeting since 2002, when Indiana State picked up a 65-40 victory on Nov. 22. Indiana State's last trip to Indianapolis came during the 2001-02 season, when the Sycamores won 68-55 on Dec. 5, 2001. ISU has won four games in Indianapolis during the series, winning during the 1981-82, 1983-84, 1998-99 and 2001-02 seasons.


Scouting The Jaguars
IUPUI enters Tuesday's game with a 2-1 record, coming off a 75-69 win at home over Valparaiso on Saturday. The Jaguars began the season with a 107-48 victory over Grace College before falling at Wright State on Nov. 14, 75-51. Head coach Austin Parkinson is in his third year in charge of the women's basketball program, holding a 19-44 career record. IUPUI went 13-19 in 2011-12, finishing in a tie for fifth place in the Summit League with a 7-11 mark within the conference. The team was picked to finish in fifth place this season during the league's preseason vote and earned one first-place vote. Redshirt senior forward Karah Nelson was named to the Preseason First Team All-Summit while redshirt junior guard Katie Comello was selected to the second team. Redshirt junior DeAirra Goss leads the team this season by averaging 20.0 points per game while shooting 22-for-34 (64.7%) from the field.


Game-by-Game - IUPUI
Below is a quick look at the all-time series between Indiana State and IUPUI.


1977-78 vs. IUPUI - W, 108-30                                 Nov. 24, 1998 at IUPUI - W, 53-47

1981-82 at IUPUI - W, 77-53                                    Dec. 5, 2001 at IUPUI - W, 68-55
1983-84 at IUPUI - W, 88-58                                    Dec. 17, 2002 at Indiana State - W, 70-52
Dec. 3, 1997 at Indiana State - W, 70-52                   Nov. 22, 2011 at Indiana State - W, 65-40

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


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
Feb. 17, 2012 at Drake - L, 43-60                             Nov. 16, 2012 at Indiana - L, 48-60

On The Road Under Head Coach Moren
Indiana State is 10-25 on the road in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In nonconference action, the Sycamores are 3-10 in road games since the start of the 2010-11.


Munn Leads Indiana State In Scoring
Junior Anna Munn leads the Sycamores in scoring this season, averaging 16.0 points per game. The Indianapolis native and Decatur Central High School product has totaled at least 14 points in all three games this season, just the second time in her career that the ISU junior has posted three straight double-figure scoring games.


Off To A Good Start
Junior Anna Munn has posted double-figure scoring efforts in all three games this season, totaling 18 points against Eastern Illinois, 14 points against Marshall and 16 points at Indiana. Munn is the first Sycamore to start a season with three-straight double-digit scoring games since Kelsey Luna and Deja Mattox both accomplished the feat to start the 2009-10 season.


Dishing It Out
Senior Taylor Whitley stands in seventh place in Indiana State history for career assists, entering Tuesday's game with 292 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 88 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place.


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 before posting career highs with 18 points and 12 rebounds against Marshall. Mahan saw her string of consecutive double-doubles come to an end at Indiana last Friday, but still pulled down 11 rebounds in the game.


Crashing The Boards
Sophomore Racheal Mahan has posted double-digit rebounds in all three games this season, leading the team with an average of 11.0 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, did not have at least 10 rebounds in any game as a freshman.


Consistent Effort
Freshman Marina Laramie has appeared in all three games off the bench for Indiana State this season, scoring six points in each game against Eastern Illinois, Marshall and Indiana. The O'Fallon, Mo., and Fort Zumwalt West High School product has also been active on the glass, collecting eight offensive rebounds.


30-Point Win
Indiana State posted a 30-win over Eastern Illinois to open the season, 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.


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 26-3 when holding their opposition under 61 points in their three seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including a 2-1 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 on Friday, Nov. 9, inside Hulman Center, taking a 36-9 advantage into the locker room. The last time that ISU 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 against Eastern Illinois and 17 assists against Marshall, 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
The Sycamores combined for 22 offensive rebounds as a team 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 by a 47-31 margin (+16), the second-best margin under third-year head coach Teri Moren. 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.


Four In Double Figures
Junior Anna Munn led the team with 18 points against Eastern Illinois, 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 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 A Good Pace: Part I
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Tuesday's game with 803 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 103 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 20 threes away from 10th place, held by Georgia Bottoms (123 -- 1993-98). The Indianapolis native leads the team with 10 treys this season.


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.


The Creighton Bluejays, the 2012 MVC Tournament champions, were picked to win the league this season, receiving 26 of the 40 first-place votes and 382 points. Wichita State (12 first-place votes, 347 points), Illinois State (two first-place votes, 323 points), Northern Iowa (272 points) and Missouri State (265 points) round out the top-half of the league.


Bradley (144), Indiana State (135), Southern Illinois (123), Drake (121) and Evansville (119) complete the poll, as just 25 points separated sixth place and 10th place in the preseason standings.


Creighton junior Carli Tritz was named the Preseason Player of the Year and was joined on the Preseason All-MVC Team by Wichita State senior guard Jessica Diamond, Northern Iowa senior guard Jacqui Kalin, Illinois State senior guard Jamie Russell and Missouri State senior forward Christiana Shorter.


On To The Next One...
The Sycamores return to Terre Haute and Hulman Center on Sunday, Nov. 26, hosting Belmont at 4:05 p.m. Fans that cannot make it to the game can watch live on WTWO-TV locally in the Wabash Valley.


Sunday's game against the Bruins is part of a doubleheader inside Hulman Center, as the men's basketball team hosts High Point at 1:05 p.m.


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