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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: ISU Travels For Road Test At UT Martin
Courtesy:ISU Athletics
Release:12/13/2012
Danny Pfrank
GoSycamores.com
 

The Indiana State women's basketball team travels to Martin, Tenn., this weekend, looking to push their winning streak to five games with a matchup against UT Martin on Sunday, Dec. 16. Tipoff against the Skyhawks is set for 3:00 p.m. (ET), 2:00 p.m. locally in Tennessee.

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. Fans can also watch the game live online for free through the OVC Digital Network at OVCDigitalNetwork.com.

Indiana State enters Sunday's game at 6-2 on the season and on a four-game winning streak, last taking the court on Friday, Dec. 7, in a 64-33 victory inside Hulman Center over UIC. The victory over the Flames improved the Sycamores to a perfect 5-0 in Terre Haute this season.

The Sycamores are 2-0 against members of the Ohio Valley Conference this season, topping Eastern Illinois (Nov. 9, 69-39) and Belmont (Nov. 25, 48-34) in Terre Haute. ISU has dropped three straight on the road to OVC members, with their last road win coming in 2009 at EIU.

A Little History - UT Martin
Sunday's game will be the seventh meeting between Indiana State and UT Martin, with the Sycamores holding a 4-2 edge in the series. ISU and UTM met last season in Terre Haute, with the Sycamores picking up a 66-55 victory on Nov. 30, 2011. Indiana State fell in their last trip to Martin, Tenn., in 2010, as the Skyhawks won a close game, 68-66.

Scouting The Skyhawks
UT Martin enters Sunday's game with a 4-7 record, falling at home to #15 Purdue last Sunday, 68-60. Four of UT Martin's seven losses this season have come to teams ranked in the AP Top 25, as the Skyhawks have dropped games against #1 Stanford, #3 Baylor, #8 Louisville and #15 Purdue. UT Martin has posted 20 wins and claimed the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship in each of the last two seasons, going 21-11 in 2010-11 and 23-9 in 2011-12. A pair of junior guards lead the Skyhawks, as Heather Butler (21.5 PPG, 31 3PT) and Jasmine Newsome (20.9 PPG, 6.1 APG) both rank in the top 15 for scoring on a national scale.

Game-by-Game - UT Martin
Below is a quick look at series between Indiana State and UT Martin.

1974-75 vs. UT Martin - W, 61-57 (OT)                   Nov. 14, 2010 at Indiana State - W, 70-62
1978-79 vs. UT Martin - W, 61-53                           Dec. 19, 2010 at UT Martin - L, 66-68
1983-84 at Tampa, Fla. - L, 65-75                          Nov. 30, 2011 at Indiana State - W, 66-55

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

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
Feb. 19, 2012 at Creighton - L, 48-63                     Nov. 20, 2012 at IUPUI - L, 67-71
March 1, 2012 at Southern Illinois - W, 69-46          Nov. 29, 2012 at Saint Louis - W, 48-46

On The Road Under Head Coach Moren
ISU is 11-26 on the road in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In nonconference action, the Sycamores are 4-11 in road games since the start of the 2010-11 season.

Under 61
Indiana State is 30-3 when holding their opposition under 61 points in their three seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including a 6-1 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.

Nonconference Winners
With their victory over UIC on Friday, Indiana State secured their fourth straight season of finishing nonconference play at the .500 mark or above. Over the past four seasons, Indiana State has posted a 27-15 record outside of the MVC.

All About Defense
Indiana State leads the MVC and ranks ninth in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 48.0 points per game through eight 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.

Off To A Good Start
Junior Anna Munn has posted double-figure scoring efforts in all eight games this season, leading the team with a 16.4 points per game average. Munn posted a career-high 23 points against UIC last Friday, knocking down five three-pointers in the first half. The Indianapolis native is the first Sycamore to start a season with eight 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.

#PureHustle
Indiana State totaled 37 steals in their two games last week, going for 19 against Northern Illinois and 18 against UIC. Those figures rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in Sycamore history for single-game steals behind the school record of 20 accomplished three times in the late-80s. Senior Taylor Whitley was the most active participant for ISU, recording 11 steals in ISU's two wins.

Half-by-Half
The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 232-166 (+66) in the opening 20 minutes of their eight games this season, while holding a slim 225-218 (+7) edge in the second half. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in seven of their eight games.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 13.8 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 91-52 (+39) edge in second-chance points this season. The Sycamores have scored more or the same number of second-chance points as their opponents in seven of their eight games this season.

Money At The Line
Junior Anna Munn has knocked down 15 consecutive free-throws this season, including a 10-for-10 effort against Northern Illinois on Dec. 4. The Indianapolis native leads the team by going 26-for-29 (89.7%) at the line this season and is 79-for-87 (90.8%) at the charity stripe over the last two seasons.

Home / Road Splits
Indiana State is 5-0 at home and 1-2 on the road through eight 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
Home
       103-271     .380      .319             22-65          .338         16.4       39.6       41.4
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 Sunday's game with 307 for her career. The Geneva, Ill., native, has passed JoDee Rigel (278 -- 1977-81), Barbara Graves (280 -- 1979-83), Tracy Johnson (282 -- 1978-82), Angela Phillips (283 -- 2006-08) and Kim Darner (286 -- 1988-92) this season to break into the Top 10. Whitley needs 73 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 13th in the NCAA with an average of 3.1 three-point field goals made per game. The ISU junior has knocked down at least one trey in all eight games and has made at least four in four separate contests.

On A Good Pace: Part I
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Sunday's game with 851 career points, needing 149 more points in her senior season to become the 26th member of the 1,000 Point Club at Indiana State. The Geneva, Ill., product already ranks seventh in career assists and is close to entering the Top 10 in career steals for the Sycamores.

On A Good Pace: Part II
Junior Anna Munn has knocked down 118 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 five threes away from 10th place, held by Georgia Bottoms (123 -- 1993-98). The Indianapolis native is second in the conference with 25 treys this season.

Six Out Of Eight
Indiana State has started the 2012-13 season with wins in six of their first eight matchups, their best start through eight games under third-year head coach Teri Moren. This season's 6-2 start is the best for Indiana State since opening the 2009-10 season at 7-1.

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.


Taylor Whitley            Steals Per Game                              1st           3.5 SPG
Anna Munn                 3PT Per Game                                 1st           3.1 3PT PG
Anna Munn                 Minutes Played Per Game                 1st           37.8 MPG
Racheal Mahan           Offensive Rebounds Per Game          1st           4.4 ORPG
Anna Munn                 Points Per Game                             2nd           16.4 PPG
Racheal Mahan           Rebounds Per Game                        3rd           9.0 RPG
Taylor Whitley            Assist-to-Turnover Ratio                   4th           1.5 Ratio (30-to-20)
Taylor Whitley            Minutes Played Per Game                 4th           34.6 MPG
Racheal Mahan           Field Goal Percentage                      5th           49.4% (38-for-77)
Anna Munn                 Free-Throw Percentage                   5th           89.7% (26-for-29)
Taylor Whitley            Assists Per Game                             6th           3.8 APG
Natasha Zurek            Steals Per Game                            T-7th          1.6 SPG

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 eight games off the bench for the Sycamores, averaging 6.4 points (fourth on the team) and 3.6 rebounds (third on the team) per game. The newcomer from O'Fallon, Mo., played a season-high 27 minutes against UIC, posting 11 points and a season-best eight rebounds with a pair of steals.

Sophomore Jump
After averaging 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game as a freshman, Racheal Mahan has more than tripled her production early in her second season at Indiana State. Mahan is second on the team by averaging 11.8 points per game, while leading the way at an even 9.0 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, posted her third double-double of the season on Dec. 4, going for 12 points and 17 rebounds against Northern Illinois.

Recent Overtime Success
Indiana State has played just one overtime game under third-year head coach Teri Moren, defeating Drake inside Hulman Center, 77-74, on Jan. 20, 2011. Dating back to the start of the 2004-05 season, Indiana State has a 7-2 record in games that go past regulation, including their 77-72 home victory over #17 Vanderbilt on Nov. 12, 2007. Dating back to the 1971-72 season, Indiana State is 20-23 in overtime games.

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 has just one day off before returning to action, hosting Chicago State inside Hulman Center on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. with the Cougars.

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