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Women's Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores Open MVC Play Against Braves
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team begins their 30th season of play in the Missouri Valley Conference this weekend, opening up league play against the Bradley Braves on Friday, Jan. 4. Tipoff is sponsored by Toyota of Terre Haute and is set for 7:05 p.m. from inside Hulman Center.

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 MVC play tied with Creighton for the best nonconference record in the league, posting an 8-3 mark in November and December. The Sycamores have been off the court for the last 13 days, last lacing it up on Saturday, Dec. 22, in a 56-45 loss at Butler.

The Sycamores went a perfect 6-0 at home during the nonconference season and have won seven straight games overall inside Hulman Center.

A Little History - Bradley
Friday's game with be the 64th all-time meeting between the Sycamores and Braves, with ISU leading the series by a 39-24 mark. Indiana State and Bradley first met during in the 1976-77 season, with the Sycamores winning a neutral site contest. Indiana State holds an 18-8 record against Bradley since the start of the 2000-01 season, while posting an all-time record of 23-7 against the Braves when the game is played in Terre Haute. ISU has won 15 straight games against BU inside Hulman Center, with the Braves last road win coming on Jan. 26, 1997.

Scouting The Braves
Bradley enters Friday's game with a 6-5 record, falling at Western Illinois (92-81) to end their nonconference season on Friday, Dec. 21. The Braves are an even 3-3 away from Peoria this season, picking up road wins over Eastern Illinois (66-65, Nov. 12), Illinois (83-77, Nov. 15) and Northern Arizona (95-83, Nov. 24). Bradley leads the MVC and ranks 22nd on a national scale in scoring, averaging 75.2 points per game this season. The Braves are also strong at the free-throw line, ranking fifth in the NCAA by making 79.9% (211-for-264) of their shots at the stripe. Sophomore Shronda Butts leads the Braves in scoring, averaging 13.6 points per game, and is one of four members of the roster to average in double figures. Redshirt junior Catie O'Leary (13.2 PPG), senior Katie Yohn (11.1 PPG) and junior Kelsey Budd (10.7 PPG) also pace the Bradley offense.

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

Feb. 10, 2012 at Indiana State - W, 77-60                Jan. 28, 2010 at Bradley - L, 54-59
Jan. 14, 2012 at Bradley - L, 58-79                          March 13, 2009 at St. Charles, Mo. - L, 49-70
March 5, 2011 at Bradley - L, 69-77                         March 1, 2009 at Indiana State - W, 62-58
Jan. 1, 2011 at Indiana State - W, 84-68                  Feb. 1, 2009 at Bradley - L, 62-81
Feb. 28, 2010 at Indiana State - W, 70-57                Feb. 7, 2008 at Bradley - L, 50-62

Last 10 Missouri Valley Conference Openers
Below is a quick look at the last 10 opening games in MVC play for Indiana State.

Dec. 30, 2011 vs. Evansville - W, 73-54                   Dec. 29, 2006 vs. Drake - W, 84-67
Dec. 30, 2010 vs. UNI - L, 46-71                             Dec. 30, 2005 at Evansville - W, 79-69
Dec. 31, 2009 vs. Creighton - L, 44-55                    Jan. 1, 2005 at Illinois State - L, 73-82
Jan. 1, 2009 vs. Drake - W, 50-38                           Jan. 2, 2004 vs. Bradley - W, 76-55
Jan. 3, 2008 at Southern Illinois - L, 76-95               Jan. 4, 2003 at Illinois State - W, 70-51

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

Dec. 18, 2012 vs. Chicago State - W, 69-35             Nov. 9, 2012 vs. Eastern Illinois - W, 69-39
Dec. 7, 2012 vs. UIC - W, 64-33                              Feb. 26, 2012 vs. Wichita State - W, 63-51
Dec. 4, 2012 vs. Northern Illinois - W, 58-52            Feb. 24, 2012 vs. Missouri State - L, 58-68
Nov. 25, 2012 vs. Belmont - W, 48-34                     Feb. 12, 2012 vs. UNI - W, 71-60
Nov. 12, 2012 vs. Marshall - W, 55-49                     Feb. 10, 2012 vs. Bradley - W, 77-60

At Home Under Head Coach Moren
Indiana State is 27-8 inside Hulman Center in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In MVC action, the Sycamores are 12-6 in home games since the start of 2010-11, posting a 6-3 record in each of the previous two seasons.

Indiana State Finishes Nonconference Play Perfect At Home
Indiana State won all six of their nonconference games inside Hulman Center over the months of November and December, 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 33 teams from around the nation to be unbeaten at home with at least six games played, with just nine of those schools coming from the non-BCS conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac 12 and SEC). Below is a quick look at the other schools in this select group from non-BCS conferences.

BYU (6-0)                      Cleveland State (6-0)      Duquesne (6-0)            Eastern Kentucky (6-0)
Fresno State (6-0)          Pacific (6-0)                   Toledo (6-0)                UTEP (9-0)

Under 61
Indiana State is 31-4 when holding their opposition under 61 points in their three seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including a 7-2 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.

All About Defense
Indiana State leads the MVC and ranks in a tie for 13th in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 49.6 points per game. 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 11
Indiana State has started the 2012-13 season with wins in eight of their 11 matchups, their best start through 11 games under third-year head coach Teri Moren. This season's 8-3 start is the best for Indiana State since opening the 2009-10 season at 9-2.

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 29-16 record outside of the MVC.

The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 326-226 (+100) in the opening 20 minutes of their 11 games this season, while trailing by two points (318-320) in the second half and overtime. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in 10 of their 11 games.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 13.8 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 120-74 (+46) edge in second-chance points this season. The Sycamores have scored more or the same number of second-chance points as their opponents in nine of their 11 games this season.

Indiana State leads the MVC and ranks 44th in the nation with 129 steals this season, going for double-digit efforts in eight of their 11 games. The Sycamores are averaging 14.3 steals per game in their home games, including a season-high of 19 against Northern Illinois on Dec. 4.

Assists And Steals
Senior Taylor Whitley ranks seventh in career assists and 10th in career steals at Indiana State, moving into the Top 10 in both categories this season. For her career, Whitley has posted 313 assists and needs 67 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place. The Geneva, Ill., product, has 197 steals in her career, needing three more to pass Dru Cox (199 -- 1977-80) for ninth place. Whitley joins Melanie Boeglin (2002-06), Hazel Olden (1990-94) and Shavonda Averette (1987-91) as one of just four Sycamores to rank in the Top 10 in school history in both categories.

Among The Best
Junior Anna Munn leads the MVC and ranks in a tie for 35th in the NCAA with an average of 2.7 three-point field goals made per game. The ISU junior has knocked down 30 treys this season and has made at least four in four separate contests.

Munn Ranks Second In The Valley In Scoring
Junior Anna Munn leads the team and ranks second in the MVC in scoring, averaging 15.7 points per game this season. The ISU junior scored a career-high 25 points at UT Martin on Dec. 16, leading the Sycamores to a 73-71 overtime victory. Munn saw her streak of 10 consecutive games with at least 10 points come to an end at Butler on Dec. 22, scoring six points with eight rebounds. The Indianapolis native's scoring streak to start this season was the best for a Sycamore since Melanie Boeglin tallied at least 10 points in the first 16 games of the 2005-06 campaign.

Recent Overtime Success
With their 73-71 overtime victory on the road at UT Martin on Dec. 16, 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.

On A Good Pace: Part I
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Friday's game with 878 career points, needing 122 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 entered the Top 10 in career steals with three thefts on Dec. 22 at Butler.

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 11 games off the bench for the Sycamores, averaging 6.5 points (fourth on the team) and 3.2 rebounds (fifth on the team) per game. The newcomer from O'Fallon, Mo., totaled a season high 15 points against Chicago State on Dec. 18, 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 12.6 points per game, while leading the way at 8.4 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, posted her fourth double-double of the season on Dec. 18, 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 5 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         2.7 3PT PG
Anna Munn                    Minutes Played Per Game                   1st         37.9 MPG
Racheal Mahan              Offensive Rebounds Per Game            1st         4.0 ORPG
Anna Munn                    Points Per Game                               2nd         15.7 PPG
Racheal Mahan              Field Goal Percentage                        3rd         51.8% (57-for-110)
Racheal Mahan              Total Rebounds Per Game                  4th          8.4 RPG
Taylor Whitley               Assist-to-Turnover Ratio                     5th          1.2 Ratio (36-to-29)
Taylor Whitley               Minutes Played Per Game                   5th          33.5 MPG

On To The Next One...
Indiana State returns to action inside Hulman Center on Sunday, Jan. 6, hosting Northern Iowa at 2:05 p.m. The Sycamores and Panthers feature the top two scoring individuals in the MVC this season, in ISU's Anna Munn (15.7 PPG) and UNI's Jacqui Kalin (17.7 PPG).

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