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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: ISU Closes Out Nonconference Schedule At Butler
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team closes out their nonconference schedule this weekend, traveling to Indianapolis for an in-state matchup against Butler on Saturday, Dec. 22. Tipoff between the Sycamores and Bulldogs is set for 5:00 p.m. from Hinkle Fieldhouse and will follow a Butler men's basketball game with the Evansville Purple Aces.

The game can be heard live on WPRS AM 1440 and on the Nelligan Sports Marketing Radio Network as Brent Holl and Jimmy Kendall cover all the action on the court.

Indiana State enters Saturday's game at 8-2 on the season and on a six-game winning streak, coming off a 69-35 victory over Chicago State inside Hulman Center on Tuesday. Freshman Marina Laramie led four Sycamores in double figures, posting a career-high 15 points.

Entering the weekend, ISU's six-game winning streak is tied for 17th longest active winning streak in the nation and is the longest streak in nonconference play for a MVC team other than Indiana State since Illinois State won seven games in a row in 2008.

A Little History - Butler
Saturday's game will be the 25th meeting between Indiana State and Butler, with the all-time series sitting even at 12-12. ISU and BU met last season in Terre Haute, with the Sycamores picking up a close 49-46 victory on Dec. 6, 2011. Despite the Bulldogs winning 10 of the last 14 meetings since the 1989-90 season, the Sycamores have won two out of the last three matchups inside Hinkle Fieldhouse (wins in 2002-03 and 2008-09).

Scouting The Bulldogs
Butler enters Saturday's game with a 6-5 record, carrying a three-game winning streak after defeating Indiana at home (59-56) and earning road wins at Northern Kentucky (66-56) and IUPUI (67-58). The Bulldogs are 3-1 inside Hinkle Fieldhouse this season, holding their opponents under 60 points in each game. A trio of Division I transfers lead Butler this season, as Taylor Schippers (Oklahoma State, 16.6 PPG), Daress McClung (Cincinnati, 16.3 PPG) and Liz Stratman (Xavier, 14.0 PPG) all average in double figures. McClung also leads the team with 9.1 rebounds per game, tying for 17th in the NCAA with five double-doubles this season.

Game-by-Game - Butler
Below is a quick look at the last 10 games in the series between Indiana State and Butler.

Jan. 2, 1994 at Indiana State - L, 59-71                   Dec. 1, 2007 at Valparaiso, Ind. - L, 70-83
Dec. 19, 1994 at Butler - L, 76-88                            Dec. 22, 2008 at Butler - W, 66-63
Dec. 18, 1995 at Indiana State - L, 68-84                 Dec. 9, 2009 at Indiana State - L, 60-67
Dec. 7, 2002 at Butler - W, 102-72                           Dec. 4, 2010 at Butler - L, 72-81
Dec. 4, 2005 at Muncie, Ind. - W, 85-72                   Dec. 6, 2011 at Indiana State - W, 49-46

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

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
March 3, 2012 at Evansville - W, 58-47                    Dec. 16, 2012 at UT Martin - W, 73-71 (OT)

On The Road Under Head Coach Moren
ISU is 12-26 on the road in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In nonconference action, the Sycamores are 5-11 in road games since the start of the 2010-11 season.

Under 61
Indiana State is 31-3 when holding their opposition under 61 points in their three seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including a 7-1 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.

Indiana State Finishes Nonconference Play Perfect At Home
Indiana State won all six of their nonconference games inside Hulman Center over the last two months, earning wins over Eastern Illinois (69-39), Marshall (55-49), Belmont (48-34), Northern Illinois (58-52), UIC (64-33) and Chicago State (69-35). The Sycamores are the only unbeaten team at home in the MVC and this season marks the first time that ISU has finished perfect on their home court outside of league play since going 3-0 during the 2006-07 season.

Select Group
Indiana State is one of just 17 teams from around the nation to unbeaten at home with at least six games played. Below is a quick look at the other schools in this select group.

#25 Colorado (6-0)         Duquesne (6-0)               Eastern Kentucky (6-0)   Florida (6-0)
#23 Florida State (6-0)    Fresno State (6-0)          #6 Georgia (8-0)           #19 Kansas (8-0)
#7 Kentucky (6-0)           Michigan State (7-0)        Missouri (10-0)             #17 North Carolina (8-0)
Ohio State (6-0)             #15 Oklahoma St. (7-0)   Texas Tech (7-0)            UTEP (7-0)

All About Defense
Indiana State is tied for the MVC lead and entered the week ranking 23rd in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 49.0 points per game through 10 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.

Eight Out Of 10
Indiana State has started the 2012-13 season with wins in eight of their first 10 matchups, their best start through 10 games under third-year head coach Teri Moren. This season's 8-2 start is the best for Indiana State since opening the 2009-10 season at 9-1.

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 29-15 record outside of the MVC.

The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 300-203 (+97) in the opening 20 minutes of their 10 games this season, while holding just a slim 10-point edge (286-276) in the second half. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in nine of their 10 games.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 14.0 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 110-71 (+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 eight of their 10 games this season.

Indiana State leads the Missouri Valley Conference with 121 steals this season, going for double-digit efforts in eight of their 10 games. The Sycamores are averaging 15.8 steals per game over their last four outings, with 19 against Northern Illinois, 18 against UIC, 10 at UT Martin and 16 against Chicago State last Tuesday.

Off To A Good Start
Junior Anna Munn has posted double-figure scoring efforts in all 10 games this season, leading the team and ranking second in the Missouri Valley with a 16.7 points per game average. Munn posted a career-high 25 points at UT Martin last Sunday, her second consecutive game with at least 20 points. The Indianapolis native is the first Sycamore to start a season with 10 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.

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.

Home / Road Splits
Indiana State is 6-0 at home and 2-2 on the road through 10 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
    131-334     .392      .319            26-81           .321          16.3      39.5      40.3
Road      78-195     .400       .418            17-57           .298          22.8     33.0       62.0

Among The Best
Junior Anna Munn leads the MVC and entered the week ranking 14th in the NCAA with an average of 3.0 three-point field goals made per game. The ISU junior has knocked down at least one trey in all 10 games and has made at least four in four separate contests.

Munn Sweeps Weekly Valley Awards
After her career high 25-point performance last Sunday at UT Martin, junior Anna Munn was named the MVC Player of the Week on Monday and the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. The ISU junior scored seven of her 25 points in overtime as ISU won 73-71.

Dishing It Out
Senior Taylor Whitley stands in seventh place in Indiana State history for career assists, entering Saturday's game with 312 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 68 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place.

On A Good Pace: Part I
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Saturday's game with 868 career points, needing 132 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 just two steals away from entering the Top 10 in the career standings for the Sycamores.

On A Good Pace: Part II
Junior Anna Munn has knocked down 123 three-pointers in her time at Indiana State, an amount that ties the junior guard with Georgia Bottoms (123 -- 1993-98) for 10th place in ISU's career rankings. The Indianapolis native is seven treys away from passing Krissy Holden (129 -- 1993-97) and Deja Mattox (129 -- 2008-12) who are tied for eighth place.

Off The Bench
Freshman Marina Laramie has appeared in all 10 games off the bench for the Sycamores, averaging 6.9 points (fourth on the team) and 3.0 rebounds (fourth on the team) per game. The newcomer from O'Fallon, Mo., totaled a season-high 15 points against Chicago State on Tuesday, going 7-for-10 from the field in 24 minutes on the court.

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 12.3 points per game, while leading the way at 8.7 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, posted her fourth double-double of the season last Sunday, going for 19 points and 10 rebounds at UT Martin.

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         3.0 3PT PG
Anna Munn          Minutes Played Per Game           1st        37.7 MPG
Racheal Mahan    Offensive Rebounds Per Game    1st         4.2 ORPG
Anna Munn          Points Per Game                        2nd       16.7 PPG
Racheal Mahan    Field Goal Percentage                 2nd       52.1% (50-for-96)
Racheal Mahan    Total Rebounds Per Game           4th        8.7 RPG
Natasha Zurek     Steals Per Game                       T-4th      2.0 SPG
Taylor Whitley     Minutes Played Per Game            5th        33.0 MPG
Taylor Whitley     Assist-to-Turnover Ratio              6th        1.3 Ratio (35-to-27)
Kasey Johnson     3PT Field Goal Percentage          7th        38.5% (10-for-26)
Anna Munn          Free-Throw Percentage              8th        82.5% (33-for-40)
Taylor Whitley     Assists Per Game                        8th        3.5 APG

On To The Next One...
Indiana State has a 13-day break over the holiday season, returning to the court for their Missouri Valley Conference opener against Bradley on Friday, Jan. 4. Tipoff between the Sycamores and Braves is set for 7:05 p.m. inside Hulman Center.
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