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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: ISU Travels To Drake On Friday Night
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team hits the road for the first time in Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend, beginning with a trip to Des Moines, Iowa, to face the Drake Bulldogs on Friday, Jan. 11. Tipoff between the Sycamores and Bulldogs is set for 8:05 p.m. (ET).

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.

Indiana State enters the weekend at 9-4 on the season and 1-1 in league play after splitting with Bradley and Northern Iowa inside Hulman Center last weekend. Both games went down to the wire, as senior Taylor Whitley gave ISU a 55-54 win over Bradley by sinking a free throw with 7.5 seconds remaining on Friday before UNI's Jen Keitel banked in a hook shot in the paint with 1.6 seconds left on Sunday to give the Panthers a 54-52 road victory.

The Sycamores will be looking to win their MVC road opener for the second consecutive season, after ISU defeated UNI, 68-62, to open their road conference schedule last season.

A Little History - Drake
Friday's game will be the 66th all-time meeting between Indiana State and Drake, with the Bulldogs leading the series by a 47-18 margin. ISU and DU first met back in the 1977-78 season, with the Bulldogs coming out on top, 92-89. Drake holds a strong 27-3 edge over Indiana State when the game is played in Des Moines, with ISU's road wins coming in 2006-07, 2005-06 and 1991-92. The Bulldogs swept the Sycamores last season, winning 67-59 in Terre Haute on Jan. 22 and 60-43 in Des Moines on Feb. 17. Overall, Drake has won eight of the last 10 meetings with Indiana State including five straight at home.

Scouting The Bulldogs
Drake enters Friday's game with a 5-8 overall record and 0-2 in the MVC, falling at Evansville last Friday (68-62) and Southern Illinois last Sunday (77-70) to open league play. After starting the season at 1-4, the Bulldogs have split their last eight games overall. Drake is led by first-year head coach Jennie Baranczyk, who was named the sixth head coach in Bulldog history last April. The Bulldogs are 3-2 at home this season, earning wins over UIC (71-61, Nov. 18), Chicago State (67-39, Dec. 2) and Saint Louis (61-55, Dec. 21). Sophomore Kyndal Clark leads the team at 13.3 points per game this season while also adding 4.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Junior Morgan Reid also averages in double figures, checking in at 11.1 points and a team-leading 8.1 rebounds per game.

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

Feb. 17, 2012 at Drake - L, 43-60                           Jan. 2, 2010 at Indiana State - L, 73-87
Jan. 22, 2012 at Indiana State - L, 59-67                 March 7, 2009 at Drake - L, 38-63
Feb. 19, 2011 at Drake - L, 67-72                           Jan. 1, 2009 at Indiana State - W, 50-38
Jan. 20, 2011 at Indiana State - W, 77-74 (OT)        March 14, 2008 at St. Charles, Mo. - L, 59-65
March 4, 2010 at Drake - L, 58-77                          Feb. 29, 2008 at Drake - L, 68-77

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

Dec. 22, 2012 at Butler - L, 45-56                           March 9, 2012 vs. Wichita State - L, 49-70
Dec. 16, 2012 at UT Martin - W, 73-71 (OT)            March 3, 2012 at Evansville - W, 58-47
Nov. 29, 2012 at Saint Louis - W, 48-46                   March 1, 2012 at Southern Illinois - W, 69-46
Nov. 20, 2012 at IUPUI - L, 67-71                            Feb. 19, 2012 at Creighton - L, 48-63
Nov. 16, 2012 at Indiana - L, 48-60                         Feb. 17, 2012 at Drake - L, 43-60

On The Road Under Head Coach Moren
ISU is 12-27 on the road in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In MVC play, the Sycamores are 5-13 in league road games since the start of the 2010-11 season.

All About Defense
Indiana State leads the MVC and enters the week ranking 12th in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 50.3 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.

Under 61
Indiana State is 32-5 when holding their opposition under 61 points in their three seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including an 8-3 mark this season. During MVC games, ISU is 13-2 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.

Five Years Coming
Since sweeping Drake and Creighton to close out the 2006-07 season, Indiana State has lost 10 consecutive road games to the Bulldogs and Bluejays. The road swing to Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska, has not been kind to the Sycamores in the past, as Indiana State has just six combined roads wins against Drake and Creighton.

Whitley Sinks Game-Winning Free Throw Against Bradley
Senior Taylor Whitley completed a second-half comeback for Indiana State last Friday night inside Hulman Center, sinking a free throw with 7.5 seconds remaining in the game to put Indiana State in front of Bradley, 55-54, their first lead of the second half. The Sycamores trailed by nine points with less than six minutes remaining, but closed the game on a 15-5 run to earn the victory.

Extending The Streak
Indiana State's 55-54 victory over Bradley in their MVC opener last Friday night extended the Sycamores' home-court winning streak over the Braves to 16 straight games. Bradley's last win in Terre Haute came on Jan. 26, 1997.

Nine Out Of 13
Indiana State has started the 2012-13 season with wins in nine of their 13 matchups, their best start through 13 games under third-year head coach Teri Moren. This season's 9-4 start is the best for Indiana State since opening the 2009-10 season at an equal 9-4.

The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 373-289 (+84) in the opening 20 minutes of their 13 games this season, while holding a slim 13-point edge (378-365) in the second half and overtime. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in 10 of their 13 games.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 13.5 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 138-84 (+54) edge in second-chance points this season. The Sycamores have scored more or the same number of second-chance points as their opponents in 10 of their 13 games this season.

Indiana State leads the MVC with 142 steals this season, also ranking 70th in the nation by averaging 10.9 steals per game. ISU has posted double-digit efforts in eight of their 13 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 ninth in career steals at Indiana State, moving into the Top 10 in both categories this season. For her career, Whitley has posted 319 assists and needs 61 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place. The Geneva, Ill., product, has 201 steals in her career, needing 10 more to pass Judy Ellner (210 -- 1978-82) for eighth 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.

Munn Ranks Third In The Valley In Scoring
Junior Anna Munn leads the team and ranks third in the MVC in scoring, averaging 15.5 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 has posted double-figure efforts in 12 of ISU's 13 games this season.

Among The Best
Junior Anna Munn leads the MVC by averaging 2.8 three-pointers per game, entering the week ranking 27th on a national scale. The ISU junior has knocked down 37 treys this season and has made at least four in five separate contests.

Sophomore Jump
After averaging 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game as a freshman, Racheal Mahan has more than tripled her production in her second season at Indiana State. Mahan is second on the team by averaging 12.9 points per game, while leading the way at 8.5 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, posted her fifth double-double of the season last Sunday against Northern Iowa, going for 11 points and 12 rebounds. Mahan ranks fourth in the league in rebounds per game, while leading the conference with 55 offensive boards.

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
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Sunday's game with 902 career points, needing 98 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 ninth in career steals at ISU.

Sharp Shooter
Junior Anna Munn has knocked down 130 three-pointers in her time at Indiana State, an amount that places the junior guard in eighth place in ISU's career rankings. The Indianapolis native made two treys against Northern Iowa last Sunday, passing Krissy Holden (129 -- 1993-97) and Deja Mattox (129 -- 2008-12) in the career rankings. Next up for Munn is April Kirby (166 -- 1998-2002) in seventh place in ISU history.

Off The Bench
Freshman Marina Laramie has appeared in all 13 games off the bench for the Sycamores, averaging 5.8 points (fourth on the team) and 2.8 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.

Crashing The Boards
Sophomore Jessica Valley ranks second on the team with 82 total rebounds and an average of 6.3 boards per game this season, going for at least six rebounds in seven games. Over ISU's last five games, the sophomore from Lafayette, Ind., has grabbed 38 rebounds, going for double figures at UT Martin (10) and at home against Bradley (11).

A Little Bit Of Everything
Freshman Kasey Johnson has done whatever the team has needed her to do this season, averaging 4.2 points, 2.4 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in her rookie campaign. The Plainfield, Ind., product also ranks second on the team with seven blocked shots, including a season high of three 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          3.1 SPG
Racheal Mahan              Offensive Rebounds Per Game      1st          4.2 ORPG
Anna Munn                    Minutes Played Per Game             1st          38.2 MPG
Anna Munn                    3PT Per Game                             1st          2.8 3PT PG
Anna Munn                    Points Per Game                          3rd          15.5 PPG
Racheal Mahan              Field Goal Percentage                   3rd          50.7% (68-for-134)
Taylor Whitley               Minutes Played Per Game             T-3rd        34.2 MPG
Racheal Mahan              Total Rebounds Per Game             4th          8.5 RPG
Taylor Whitley               Assist-to-Turnover Ratio                5th          1.2 Ratio (42-to-34)
Racheal Mahan              Blocked Shots Per Game              T-5th        1.0 BPG
Anna Munn                    Free Throw Percentage                6th          82.9% (34-for-41)
Natasha Zurek               Steals Per Game                          T-8th        1.6 SPG
Taylor Whitley               Assists Per Game                         T-9th        3.2 APG
Jessica Valley                Steals Per Game                          T-10th       1.5 SPG

On To The Next One...
Indiana State travels to Omaha, Neb., for a matchup with the Creighton Bluejays on Sunday, Jan. 13. Tipoff from D.J. Sokol Arena is set for 3:05 p.m. (ET), 2:05 p.m. locally in Omaha.

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