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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores Go For Sixth Straight Win On Tuesday
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team looks to push their winning streak to six games on Tuesday, Dec. 18, hosting Chicago State inside Hulman Center. Tuesday's game between the Sycamores and Cougars, sponsored by Pepsi, is set for a 7:05 p.m. tipoff.

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 online at GoSycamores.com through SycamoreVision with a premium subscription.

Indiana State enters Tuesday's game at 7-2 on the season and on a five-game winning streak, coming off a 73-71 overtime victory at UT Martin on Sunday. The Sycamores closed the game on an 8-1 run in overtime, with sophomore Natasha Zurek hitting a pair of free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining to give Indiana State a late lead. Junior Anna Munn went for a career-high 25 points while sophomore Racheal Mahan posted a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double.

ISU is also looking to remain perfect inside Hulman Center, entering at 5-0 at home this season.

A Little History - Chicago State
Tuesday's game will be the fourth meeting between Indiana State and Chicago State, with the Sycamores holding a 3-0 edge in the series. ISU and CSU met last season in Chicago, with the Sycamores picking up a 67-59 victory on Dec. 20, 2011. Indiana State was led by Shannon Thomas last season, who went for 31 points and 12 rebounds in the road victory.

Scouting The Cougars
Chicago State enters Tuesday's game with a 1-9 record, dropping seven consecutive games since their 67-44 win over Indiana Northwest on Nov. 16. The Cougars have played two road games against MVC opponents this season, falling at Drake (67-39) and Northern Iowa (81-41) to begin December. Sophomore Tierra Williams tops the roster at 9.2 points per game, also knocking down 14 three-pointers this season. The 2012-13 season will the last for Chicago State in the Great West Conference, as the Cougars will join the Western Athletic Conference in all sports next season.

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

1975-76 vs. Chicago State -- W, 80-48                     Dec. 20, 2011 at Chicago State -- W, 67-59
1976-77 vs. Chicago State -- W, 67-61

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

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
Feb. 26, 2012 vs. Wichita State -- W, 63-51              Dec. 7, 2012 vs. UIC -- W, 64-33

At Home Under Head Coach Moren
Indiana State is 26-8 inside Hulman Center in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In nonconference action, the Sycamores are 14-2 in home games since the start of 2010-11 with an average winning margin of 12.7 points per game.

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 8-31.

Looking For Seven
Indiana State has won six 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 seven consecutive wins at home was during a 10-game streak in the 2005-06 season.

All About Defense
Indiana State ranks second in the MVC and 23rd in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 50.6 points per game through nine contests. The Sycamores 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 nine games this season, leading the team and ranking second in the Missouri Valley with a 17.3 points per game average. Munn posted a career-high 25 points at UT Martin on Sunday, her second consecutive game with at least 20 points. The Indianapolis native is the first Sycamore to start a season with nine 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.

Indiana State leads the Missouri Valley Conference with 105 steals this season, going for double-digit efforts in seven of their nine games. The Sycamores are averaging 15.7 steals per game over their last three outings, with 19 against Northern Illinois, 18 against UIC and 10 on the road at UT Martin.

Nonconference Winners
With their victory over UIC on Friday, Dec, 7, 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 28-15 record outside of the MVC.

The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 261-188 (+73) in the opening 20 minutes of their nine games this season, while playing their opposition even (256-256) in the second half. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in eight of their nine games.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 13.4 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 97-60 (+37) 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 nine games this season.

Recent Overtime Success
With their 73-71 overtime victory on the road at UT Martin on Sunday, Indiana State improved to 2-0 past regulation under third-year head coach Teri Moren. Dating back to the 2004-05 season, the Sycamores are 8-2 in overtime contests, including a 77-72 win over #17 Vanderbilt inside Hulman Center on Nov. 12, 2007. Dating back to the 1971-72 season, Indiana State is 21-23 in overtime games.

Seven Out Of Nine
Indiana State has started the 2012-13 season with wins in seven of their first nine matchups, their best start through nine games under third-year head coach Teri Moren. This season's 7-2 start is the best for Indiana State since opening the 2009-10 season at 8-1.

Home / Road Splits
Indiana State is 5-0 at home and 2-2 on the road through nine 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
              103-271    .380      .319           22-65           .338         16.4       39.6       41.4
Road                78-195    .400      .418            17-57           .298         22.8      33.0       62.0

Dishing It Out
Senior Taylor Whitley stands in seventh place in Indiana State history for career assists, entering Tuesday's game with 309 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 71 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place.

On A Good Pace: Part I
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Tuesday's game with 861 career points, needing 139 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 121 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 two threes away from 10th place, held by Georgia Bottoms (123 -- 1993-98). The Indianapolis native leads the conference with 28 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.

Taylor Whitley         Steals Per Game                               1st          3.3 SPG
Anna Munn              3PT Per Game                                  1st          3.1 3PT PG
Anna Munn              Minutes Played Per Game                  1st          38.6 MPG
Racheal Mahan        Offensive Rebounds Per Game           1st          4.2 ORPG
Anna Munn              Points Per Game                               2nd         17.3 PPG
Racheal Mahan        Total Rebounds Per Game                 3rd          9.1 RPG
Racheal Mahan        Field Goal Percentage                        3rd          52.2% (47-for-90)
Taylor Whitley         Minutes Played Per Game                  4th           34.0 MPG
Taylor Whitley         Assist-to-Turnover Ratio                    5th           1.3 Ratio (32-to-25)
Anna Munn              Free-Throw Percentage                     6th          84.2% (32-for-38)
Natasha Zurek         Steals Per Game                               7th          1.7 SPG
Taylor Whitley         Assists Per Game                              8th          3.6 APG
Racheal Mahan        Defensive Rebounds Per Game        T-10th        4.9 DRPG

Among The Best
Junior Anna Munn leads the MVC and ranks 14th 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 nine games and has made at least four in four separate contests.

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 nine games off the bench for the Sycamores, averaging 6.0 points (fourth on the team) and 3.2 rebounds (fourth 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 12.6 points per game, while leading the way at 9.1 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, posted her fourth double-double of the season on Dec. 16, going for 19 points and 10 rebounds at UT Martin.

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 plays their final game of the nonconference season on Saturday, Dec. 22, when the Sycamores travel to Indianapolis to face the Butler Bulldogs. Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m., the second game of a doubleheader inside Hinkle Fieldhouse as the Butler men's basketball team hosts Evansville at 2:00 p.m.

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