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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores Look To Extend Winning Streak On Friday
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team looks to push their winning streak to four games on Friday night, hosting Illinois (Chicago) on Dec. 7. Tipoff inside Hulman Center is set for 7:05 p.m. between the Sycamores and Flames.

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 Friday's game at 5-2 on the season and on a three-game winning streak, running off wins over Belmont (48-34), Saint Louis (48-46) and Northern Illinois (58-52). A victory over UIC would match the longest winning streak at Indiana State for third-year head coach Teri Moren, who also won four-straight games to start the MVC season last year.

A win over the Flames this Friday would also secure a winning nonconference season for ISU, which would be their fourth-straight season finishing .500 or above outside of the MVC.

A Little History - Illinois (Chicago)
Friday's game will be the 12th meeting between Indiana State and Illinois (Chicago), with the Sycamores holding a 9-2 edge in the series. ISU and UIC met for the first time since the late-80s when the teams played in Chicago last season, with the Sycamores picking up a 75-59 victory on Dec. 2, 2011. Indiana State has won two straight and four of the last five games in the series overall.

Scouting The Flames
Illinois (Chicago) enters Friday's game with a 1-5 record, dropping their last four games since a 68-61 victory at home over SIU Edwardsville on Nov. 15. The Flames have played two teams from the MVC during the four-game skid, falling at Drake (61-71) and at home to Illinois State (74-86). Junior Rachel Story ranks fourth in the Horizon League with an average of 19.0 points per game while also averaging 3.8 assists per game. Redshirt junior Katie Hannemann leads the team at 8.2 rebounds per game, while also totaling 12.3 points per contest.

Game-by-Game - Illinois (Chicago)
Below is a quick look at the last 10 games between Indiana State and Illinois (Chicago).

1976-77 vs. UIC - W, 62-61                                    1981-82 at Indiana State - W, 78-60
1977-78 vs. UIC - W, 69-66                                    1982-83 at UIC - W, 81-55
1978-79 vs. UIC - W, 77-67                                    1986-87 at UIC - L, 65-70
1979-80 vs. UIC - W, 65-64                                    1987-88 at Indiana State - W, 69-36
1980-81 vs. UIC - L, 66-74                                      Dec. 2, 2011 at UIC - W, 75-59

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

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
Feb. 24, 2012 vs. Missouri State - L, 58-68              Dec. 4, 2012 vs. Northern Illinois - W, 58-52

At Home Under Head Coach Moren
ISU is 25-8 inside Hulman Center in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In nonconference action, the Sycamores are 13-2 in home games since the start of 2010-11.

Under 61
Indiana State is 29-3 when holding their opposition under 61 points in their three seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including a 5-1 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 Six
Indiana State has won five 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 six straight wins at home was last season against IUPUI, UT Martin, Butler, Evansville, Southern Illinois and Illinois State from Nov. 22 though Jan. 6.

Off To A Good Start
Junior Anna Munn has posted double-figure scoring efforts in all seven games this season, leading the team with a 15.4 points per game average. Munn is the first Sycamore to start a season with seven 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 137 games inside Hulman Center, coming away with victories on 107 occasions.

ISU totaled 19 steals against Northern Illinois last Tuesday, including a career-high seven from senior Taylor Whitley. The 19 steals by the Sycamores is the fourth-most in a single game in school history, trailing the program record of 20 accomplished three times in the late-80s.

The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 202-145 (+57) in the opening 20 minutes of their seven games this season, while trailing by a 206-191 (-15) edge in the second half. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in six of their seven games.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 13.6 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 73-44 (+29) edge in second-chance points this season. The Sycamores have scored more or the same number of second-chance points as their opponents in six of their seven games this season.

League-Leading Defense
Indiana State leads the MVC in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 50.1 points per game through seven 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. Entering the week, the Sycamores ranked 16th in the NCAA in scoring defense.

Money At The Line
Junior Anna Munn went 10-for-10 at the free-throw line in Tuesday's 58-52 victory over Northern Illinois, a spot where the Indianapolis native is comfortable on the court. Over the past two seasons, Munn is 77-for-85 (90.5%) at the charity stripe.

Home / Road Splits
Indiana State is 4-0 at home and 1-2 on the road through seven 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
        82-214     .383      .340            17-52         .327          14.0       38.0      43.5
Road         52-135     .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 Friday's game with 303 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 77 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place.

Among The Best
Junior Anna Munn leads the MVC with an average of 2.9 three-point field goals made per game. The ISU junior has knocked down at least one trey in all seven games and has made at least four in three separate contests. Entering the week, Munn ranked in a tie for 14th in the NCAA in three-point field goals per game.

On A Good Pace: Part I
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Friday's game with 846 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 113 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 11 threes away from 10th place, held by Georgia Bottoms (123 -- 1993-98). The Indianapolis native is tied for the MVC lead with 20 treys this season.

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          2.9 3PT PG
Anna Munn              Minutes Played Per Game                  1st          38.6 MPG
Taylor Whitley         Steals Per Game                               1st          3.4 SPG
Racheal Mahan        Offensive Rebounds Per Game           1st          4.7 ORPG
Racheal Mahan        Rebounds Per Game                          3rd          9.4 RPG
Taylor Whitley         Minutes Played Per Game                  3rd          35.3 MPG
Kasey Johnson         3PT Field Goal Percentage                 4th          43.8% (7-for-16)
Taylor Whitley         Assist-to-Turnover Ratio                    4th           1.5 Ratio (26-to-17)
Anna Munn              Points Per Game                               4th          15.4 PPG
Anna Munn              Free-Throw Percentage                     5th          88.9% (24-for-27)
Racheal Mahan        Field Goal Percentage                        6th          48.6% (35-for-72)
Taylor Whitley         Assists Per Game                              6th           3.7 APG
Jessica Valley          Offensive Rebounds Per Game          T-9th         2.1 RPG
Natasha Zurek         Steals Per Game                              10th         1.6 SPG
Racheal Mahan        Blocked Shots Per Game                 T-10th         0.7 BPG

Five Out Of Seven
Indiana State has started the 2012-13 season with wins in five of their first seven matchups, their best start through seven games under third-year head coach Teri Moren. This season's 5-2 start is the best for Indiana State since opening the 2009-10 season at 7-0.

Munn Hits Game-Winning Shot Against Saint Louis
Junior Anna Munn capped a late-game run for the Sycamores against the Billikens, 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.

Off The Bench
Freshman Marina Laramie has appeared in all seven games off the bench for the Sycamores, averaging 5.7 points (fourth on the team) and 3.0 rebounds (fourth 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 9.4 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, has posted three double-doubles in seven games this season, including 12-point, 17-rebound effort against Northern Illinois on Tuesday.

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...
ISU has a nine-day break before returning to action, traveling to UT Martin on Sunday, Dec. 16.

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