The Indiana State women's
basketball team returns to Terre Haute and Hulman Center on Sunday, Nov. 25,
hosting the Belmont Bruins in game two of a Sycamore basketball doubleheader.
Tipoff is set for 4:05 p.m. on Sunday and will follow the men's basketball team's
game with High Point that tips at 1:05 p.m.
The game can be heard live on WIBQ 98.5 FM and on the Nelligan Sports Marketing Radio Network as Brent Holl and Jimmy Kendall cover all the action on the court. Fans can also watch the game live in the Wabash Valley on WTWO-TV with Jason Pensky on the call.
Indiana State looks to remain perfect at home this season, as the Sycamores have won both their games in Terre Haute. The Sycamores began the season by sweeping a two-game homestand, topping Eastern Illinois (69-39) and Marshall (55-49).
ISU and Belmont met last season in Nashville, with the Bruins coming away with a 69-59 victory inside the Curb Event Center.
A Little History - Belmont
Sunday's game will be the fifth meeting between Indiana State and Belmont, with the Bruins holding a 3-1 edge in the series. The Sycamores and Bruins met in Nashville last season, their first meeting since the 1978-79 season with Belmont picking up a 69-59 victory on Nov. 27. Indiana State's lone win in the series came during the 1978-79 season, with the Sycamores earning a 63-61 win.
Scouting The Bruins
Belmont enters Sunday's game with a 2-3 record, coming off a 66-47 win at home over Binghamton on Tuesday. The Bruins are 1-2 on the road this season, topping Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (75-54) while falling at Texas State (76-82) and nationally-ranked Georgia (38-70). Belmont was picked to finish in third place in the West Division of the Ohio Valley Conference prior to the season, earning three first-place votes. Senior Alyssa Visbeen tops the roster with an 11.8 points per game average while fellow senior Jordan Coleman (10.0) is also averaging in double figures with a team-leading 9.4 rebounds per game.
Game-by-Game - Belmont
Below is a quick look at the all-time series between Indiana State and Belmont.
1975-76 vs. Belmont - L, 64-65 1978-79 vs. Belmont - W, 63-61
1976-77 vs. Belmont - L, 56-78 Nov. 27, 2011 at Belmont - L, 59-69
Last 10 Inside Hulman Center
Below is a quick look at the last 10 games for Indiana State inside Hulman Center.
Jan. 1, 2012 vs. Southern Illinois - W, 72-66 Feb. 12, 2012 vs. UNI - W, 71-60
Jan. 6, 2012 vs. Illinois State - W, 67-53 Feb. 24, 2012 vs. Missouri State - L, 58-68
Jan. 20, 2012 vs. Creighton - L, 62-64 Feb. 26, 2012 vs. Wichita State - W, 63-51
Jan. 22, 2012 vs. Drake - L, 59-67 Nov. 9, 2012 vs. Eastern Illinois - W, 69-39
Feb. 10, 2012 vs. Bradley - W, 77-60 Nov. 12, 2012 vs. Marshall - W, 55-49
At Home Under Head Coach Moren
ISU is 23-8 inside Hulman Center in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In nonconference action, the Sycamores are 11-2 in home games since the start of 2010-11.
Munn Leads Indiana State In Scoring
Junior Anna Munn leads the Sycamores in scoring this season, averaging 15.0 points per game. The Indianapolis native and Decatur Central High School product has totaled at least 12 points in all four games this season, the first time in the junior guard's career that she has posted four-straight double-figure scoring efforts.
Off To A Good Start
Junior Anna Munn has posted double-figure scoring efforts in all four games this season, totaling 18 points against Eastern Illinois, 14 points against Marshall, 16 points at Indiana and 12 points at IUPUI. Munn is the first Sycamore to start a season with four-straight double-digit scoring games since Kelsey Luna at the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
Dishing It Out
Senior Taylor Whitley stands in seventh place in Indiana State history for career assists, entering Sunday's game with 293 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 87 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place.
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 7-31.
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.
Missouri Valley Rankings - Individual
Several members of the Indiana State women's basketball team rank in the Top 10 around the Missouri Valley Conference. Below is a quick look at the individual rankings for the Sycamores.
Mahan Rebounds Per Game 1st 9.8 RPG
Racheal Mahan Offensive Rebounds Per Game 1st 5.3 RPG
Anna Munn Minutes Played Per Game 1st 38.2 MPG
Taylor Whitley Assists Per Game 2nd 4.0 APG
Taylor Whitley Steals Per Game T-2nd 3.0 SPG
Taylor Whitley Assist-to-Turnover Ratio 3rd 1.5 Ratio (16-to-11)
Anna Munn 3PT Per Game T-3rd 2.8 3PT PG
Kasey Johnson 3PT Field Goal Percentage 4th 42.9% (6-for-14)
Anna Munn Points Per Game 7th 15.0 PPG
Racheal Mahan Field Goal Percentage 7th 51.4% (18-for-35)
Taylor Whitley Minutes Played Per Game T-8th 33.2 MPG
Racheal Mahan Minutes Played Per Game T-8th 33.2 MPG
Anna Munn Free-Throw Percentage T-8th 84.6% (11-for-13)
Racheal Mahan Blocks Per Game T-10th 0.8 BPG
Anna Munn Blocks Per Game T-10th 0.8 BPG
Racheal Mahan Defensive Rebounds Per Game T-10th 4.5 DRPG
Jessica Valley Defensive Rebounds Per Game T-10th 4.5 DRPG
Indiana State leads the Missouri Valley Conference with an average of 15.0 assists per game as a team. The Sycamores have posted double-digit assists in all four games this season, including 21 in their season-opening victory over Eastern Illinois.
On A Good Pace: Part I
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Sunday's game with 819 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 104 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 19 threes away from 10th place, held by Georgia Bottoms (123 -- 1993-98). The Indianapolis native leads the team with 11 treys this season.
Indiana State forced a season-high 29 turnovers at IUPUI last Tuesday, assisting the team to a 29-12 (+17) edge in points off turnovers. The 29 turnovers were the most forced by the Sycamores since the team also forced 29 miscues against Evansville on Jan. 21, 2010.
For the season, Indiana State holds 51-31 (+20) edge in second-chance points. In ISU's two wins over EIU and Marshall, the Sycamores led by a combined 28-8 on extra possessions.
Indiana State posted a 30-point 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.
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.
Indiana State Adds Four On Signing Day
Third-year head coach Teri Moren announced the addition of four student-athletes to the 2013-14 women's basketball roster, as Jasmine Grier, Ricquia Jones, Rhagen Smith and Stephanie Wittman all inked National Letters of Intent to join the Sycamores during the early signing period.
Jasmine Grier - 6-0 - Forward
Commerce, Georgia - Central Georgia Technical College - Commerce High School
Will have two years of eligibility at ISU at the start of the 2013-14 season ... one of 40 sophomores from around the nation invited to the 2012 NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches' Association's All-Star game this past July ... earned Second Team All-GCAA as a freshman under head coach Fala Bullock ... an athletic shooter with play-making skills ... named Honorable Mention All-State by the Georgia Sportswriters Association at Commerce High School.
Ricquia Jones - 5-1 - Guard
Bellwood, Illinois - Seward County Community College - Proviso East High School
Will have two years of eligibility at ISU at the start of the 2013-14 season ... has started every game in her career at SCCC under head coach Toby Wynn ... assisted the team to a 23-8 record last season ... a floor-leader with character and great quickness ... one of 40 sophomores from around the nation invited to the 2012 NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches' Association's All-Star game this past July ... averaged 8.0 points, 4.3 assists and 3.1 steals per game as a freshman ... through five games this season, Jones is averaging 13.4 points, 4.8 steals, 4.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game ... named the KJCCC Player of the Week to start this season after averaging 20.0 points, 6.0 steals, 5.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds in a pair of SCCC wins.
Rhagen Smith - 6-2 - Forward
Sullivan, Indiana - Sullivan High School
Listed as one of the Top 25 prospects out of the state of Indiana by ESPN HoopGurlz ... named an Indiana High School Junior All-Star last season ... participated in the IBCA/IHSAA Girls Top 100 Underclass Showcase in Indianapolis this past summer ... 2012 IBCA First Team All-State selection ... led the Western Indiana Conference in scoring and rebounding as a junior, averaging 15.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while also totaling 54 assists, 32 blocks and shooting over 50% from the field ... led the Golden Arrows to their first sectional championship since 2003 last season, defeating South Knox, Eastern Greene and North Knox in the tournament ... assisted SHS to back-to-back 20-win seasons, going 20-4 in 2010-11 and 21-4 in 2011-12 ... her mother, Maria, played basketball at Indiana State and her brother, Rhett, is currently a freshman on the men's basketball team for the Sycamores.
Stephanie Wittman - 5-9 - Guard
San Antonio, Texas - Kansas State University - Alamo Heights High School
Will be eligible to play at the start of the spring semester during the 2013-14 season (Jan. 4, 2014) ... rated as the No. 37 guard in the nation for the class of 2010 by ESPN HoopGurlz ... Honorable Mention Sporting News High School All-American following her senior season at Alamo Heights High School ... averaged 15.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a senior at AHHS ... played in 35 games over the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons at Kansas State University, totaling 24 points and 32 rebounds.
On To The Next One...
ISU closes out the month on November with a road game at Saint Louis on Thursday, Nov. 29.