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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: Indiana State Hosts Northern Illinois On Tuesday
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team opens up the month of December with a two-game homestand, beginning with a matchup against the Northern Illinois Huskies on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. from inside Hulman Center.

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 watch the game live online at GoSycamores.com through SycamoreVision with a premium subscription.

Indiana State enters Tuesday's game at 4-2 on the season, coming off their first road victory of the year last Thursday, 48-46 at Saint Louis. Junior Anna Munn knocked down a jumper with 51.1 seconds left to play to give Indiana State the lead and ISU's defense held the Billikens to just two points and without a field goal over the final seven minutes of the game.

The Sycamores are a perfect 3-0 at home this season, earning nonconference wins over Eastern Illinois (69-39), Marshall (55-49) and Belmont (48-34) in the month of November.

A Little History - Northern Illinois
Tuesday's game will be the fifth meeting between Indiana State and Northern Illinois, with the Huskies holding a 3-1 edge in the series. ISU and NIU met for the first time since the mid-80s when the teams played in DeKalb last season, with the Huskies picking up a 47-43 victory on Dec. 22, 2011. Northern Illinois has won three straight games in the series, dating back to wins in the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons. Indiana State's lone win in the series came during the MAIAW Tournament at the end of the 1981-82 season, a 65-64 victory in Terre Haute.

Scouting The Huskies
Northern Illinois enters Tuesday's game with an even 3-3 record, coming off a 67-63 win at home over Loyola (Chicago) last Friday. The Huskies are 1-2 in true road games this season, falling at Iowa (40-63) and Bradley (58-67) while topping Morehead State (76-46). Sophomore Amanda Corral is one of three Huskies to average in double-figures this season, leading the way with an 11.4 points per game average. Senior Satavia Taylor (10.8 PPG) and redshirt sophomore Jada Buggs (10.5 PPG) also average in double figures. Northern Illinois leads the Mid-American Conference in field goal percentage (44.7%, 136-for-304) and three-point field goal percentage (36.5%, 23-for-63) this season.

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

1981-82 at Indiana State - W, 65-64                        1984-85 at Northern Illinois - L, 72-86

1983-84 at Indiana State - L, 49-71                         Dec. 22, 2011 at Northern Illinois - L, 43-47

Last 10 Inside Hulman Center
Below is a quick look at the last 10 games for Indiana State inside Hulman Center.

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
Feb. 12, 2012 vs. UNI - W, 71-60                            Nov. 25, 2012 vs. Belmont - W, 48-34

At Home Under Head Coach Moren
ISU is 24-8 inside Hulman Center in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In nonconference action, the Sycamores are 12-2 in home games since the start of 2010-11.

Under 61
Indiana State is 28-3 when holding their opposition under 61 points in their three seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including a 4-1 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.

Looking For Five
Indiana State has won four straight games inside Hulman Center, dating back to last season's win over Wichita State on Senior Day. The last time that the Sycamores posted five straight wins at home was during a six-game streak last season against IUPUI, UT Martin, Butler, Evansville, Southern Illinois and Illinois State.

Free-Throw Defense
The free-throw line has not been kind of the opposition inside Hulman Center this season, as the visitors are shooting just 47.4% (18-for-38) at the charity stripe in Terre Haute.

Off To A Good Start
Junior Anna Munn has posted double-figure scoring efforts in all six games this season, totaling 18 points against Eastern Illinois, 14 points against Marshall, 16 points at Indiana, 12 points at IUPUI, 19 points against Belmont and 14 points at Saint Louis. Munn is the first Sycamore to start a season with six straight double-digit scoring games since Melanie Boeglin in 2005-06. That season, Boeglin posted at least 10 points in the first 16 games of the season.

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 136 games inside Hulman Center, coming away with victories on 106 occasions.

Late-Game Defense
In their first road victory of the season at Saint Louis last Thursday, Indiana Stat turned a nine-point deficit with seven minutes to play into a two-point victory with a game-ending 15-4 run. The Sycamores did not allow a field goal by the Billikens in the closing seven minutes of the game during the run, forcing Saint Louis to shoot 0-for-6 from the field with six turnovers.

Munn Hits Game-Winning Shot Against Saint Louis
Junior Anna Munn capped a late-game run for the Sycamores last Thursday, as her jumper with 51.1 seconds left to play put Indiana State in front for good in ISU's 48-46 victory over Saint Louis. Before Munn's jumper against SLU, the last time that Indiana State hit a go-ahead shot in the last minute of a game was on Shannon Thomas' game-winning layup with 5.4 seconds left in ISU's 56-54 home victory over Creighton on Jan. 3, 2009.

Home / Road Splits
Indiana State is 3-0 at home and 1-2 on the road through six games this season. Below is a quick look at statistics in home and road games for the Sycamores.

                FG-FGA     FG%    Opp FG%    3PT-3PTA    3PT FG%   TO/PG   RPG    Opp PPG
       62-162     .383        .313             16-44          .364          13.7     40.7        40.7
      53-135     .385        .451             12-43          .279           21.7     27.7        59.0

Dishing It Out
Senior Taylor Whitley stands in seventh place in Indiana State history for career assists, entering Tuesday's game with an even 300 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 80 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place.

Among The Best
Junior Anna Munn leads the MVC and ranks in a tie for 14th in the NCAA with an average of 3.2 three-point field goals made per game. The ISU junior has knocked down at least one trey in all six games and has made at least four in three separate contests.

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.

Anna Munn                    3PT Per Game                               1st           3.2 3PT PG
Anna Munn                    Minutes Played Per Game               1st           38.5 MPG
Racheal Mahan              Offensive Rebounds Per Game        1st           4.3 ORPG
Taylor Whitley               Steals Per Game                            2nd           2.8 SPG
Kasey Johnson               3PT Field Goal Percentage              3rd           43.8% (7-for-16)
Taylor Whitley               Minutes Played Per Game                3rd           34.5 MPG
Taylor Whitley               Assist-to-Turnover Ratio                  4th           1.5 Ratio (23-to-15)
Taylor Whitley               Assists Per Game                         T-4th          3.8 APG
Racheal Mahan              Rebounds Per Game                       5th           8.2 RPG
Anna Munn                    Points Per Game                            5th           15.5 PPG
Racheal Mahan              Field Goal Percentage                   T-5th          50.0% (29-for-58)
Anna Munn                    Free-Throw Percentage                  6th           82.4% (14-for-17)

The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 179-123 (+56) in the opening 20 minutes of their six games this season, while trailing by a 176-156 (-20) edge in the second half. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in five of their six games.

League-Leading Defense
Indiana State leads the MVC and is ranked 16th in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 49.8 points per game through six contests. ISU allowed 60.0 points per game in head coach Teri Moren's first season (2010-11) and 58.6 points per game last season.

Team Assists
The Sycamores have posted double-digit assists in all six games this season, including 21 in their season-opening victory over Eastern Illinois. As a team, Indiana State ranks third in the league with an average of 14.0 assists per game.

On A Good Pace: Part I
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Tuesday's game with 828 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 112 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 12 threes away from 10th place, held by Georgia Bottoms (123 -- 1993-98). The Indianapolis native is tied for the MVC lead with 19 treys this season.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 13.8 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 62-41 (+21) edge in second-chance points this season. The Sycamores have scored more or the same number of second-chance points as their opponents in five of their six games this season.

Off The Bench
Freshman Marina Laramie has appeared in all six games off the bench for the Sycamores, averaging 6.2 points (fourth on the team) and 3.5 rebounds (third on the team) per game. The newcomer from O'Fallon, Mo., had the best game of her young career against Belmont on Nov. 25, totaling 13 points and seven rebounds in a season-high 24 minutes off the bench.

Sophomore Jump
After averaging 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game as a freshman, Racheal Mahan has more than doubled her production early in her second season at Indiana State. Mahan is second on the team by averaging 12.3 points per game, while leading the way at 8.2 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, posted back-to-back double-doubles to begin the season, going for 10-and-10 against Eastern Illinois before totaling 18 points and 12 rebounds against Marshall.

Indiana State Adds Five On Signing Day
Third-year head coach Teri Moren announced the addition of five student-athletes to the 2013-14 roster, as Jasmine Grier, Ricquia Jones, Chelsea Small, Rhagen Smith and Stephanie Wittman all inked National Letters of Intent to join the Sycamores.

Name                           Height      Pos.      Hometown / Previous School
Jasmine Grier                   6-0            F        Commerce, Ga. / Central Georgia Technical College
Ricquia Jones                   5-1            G        Bellwood, Ill. / Seward County Community College
Chelsea Small                  6-1            F        Denver, Colo. / American University
Rhagen Smith                  6-2            F        Sullivan, Ind. / Sullivan High School
Stephanie Wittman           5-9            G        San Antonio, Texas / Kansas State University

On To The Next One...
Indiana State continues their two-game homestand this Friday, Dec. 7, with a matchup against Illinois (Chicago) inside Hulman Center. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. between the Sycamores and Flames.

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