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Laramie, Johnson Post Career Bests As Sycamores Win Sixth Straight
Courtesy:ISU Athletics
Danny Pfrank

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Freshmen Marina Laramie and Kasey Johnson both posted career highs in scoring on Tuesday night as the Indiana State women's basketball team cruised to their sixth straight win on the season, a 69-35 victory over the Chicago State Cougars in front of 2,581 fans inside Hulman Center.

Indiana State (8-2) finishes the home portion of their nonconference schedule at 6-0, their first unbeaten home record outside of the Missouri Valley Conference since the 2006-07 season (3-0). The Sycamores are currently on a seven-game unbeaten streak at home, dating back to last season's 63-51 victory over Wichita State on Senior Day.

The Sycamores never trailed on Tuesday, as junior Anna Munn sank a layup following a pair of offensive rebounds on ISU's first possession of the game. ISU opened up a 10-point lead by starting the game on a 13-3 run over the game's first seven minutes.

Indiana State led 39-15 at the half, taking advantage of 20 turnovers by Chicago State (1-10). The Sycamores turned those miscues into 14 points on the offensive end. Laramie led ISU with 13 points in the first half, matching her previous best output of the season against Belmont.

The Sycamores did not let off the pedal after the halftime break, opening the second period on an 11-2 run to push their lead to 33 points, at 50-17, on a fastbreak jumper by sophomore Jessica Valley.

Indiana State took their largest lead of the game on a three-pointer from Munn, putting the Sycamores in front 59-22 with 12:17 remaining in the game.

Laramie, a freshman forward from O'Fallon, Mo., led the team with a career-high 15 points off the bench, going 7-for-10 from the field. Johnson, a freshman guard from Plainfield, Ind., added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists, career highs in all categories for the Plainfield High School product.

Munn (11) and sophomore Racheal Mahan (10) also went into double figures for the Sycamores, as Indiana State shot 28-for-63 (44.4%) for the game. The Sycamores forced 30 turnovers by the Cougars, totaling a 16-2 edge in fastbreak points and 23-6 margin on points off turnovers.

Jasmine Collins led the Chicago State with 12 points in 36 minutes of action, going 6-for-7 from the free-throw line.

Indiana State closes out nonconference play on Saturday, Dec. 22, with a trip to Indianapolis to face in-state rival Butler. Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. inside Hinkle Fieldhouse and will follow the Butler men's basketball team's game against the Evansville Purple Aces at 2:00 p.m.

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