The Indiana State women's
basketball team faces their toughest test of the season on Sunday, Jan. 13, as
the Sycamores travel to Omaha, Neb., for a matchup with the Creighton Bluejays.
Tipoff between the Sycamores and Bluejays is set for 3:05 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. Fans can also watch the game live online at GoSycamores.com through SycamoreVision with a premium subscription.
Indiana State enters the game at 10-4 on the season and 2-1 in league play after earning a 67-49 road victory at Drake on Friday. The win snapped a five-game road losing streak to the Bulldogs dating back to the 2006-07 season. The Sycamores also won their MVC road opener for the second consecutive season, after winning 68-62 at UNI in the 2011-12 season.
Creighton checks in at 11-3 and in first place in the MVC at 3-0 in league play, as the Bluejays won for the ninth time in the last 10 games with a 64-45 victory on Friday against Illinois State.
A Little History - Creighton
Sunday's game with be the 46th all-time meeting between Indiana State and Creighton, with the Bluejays leading the series by a 33-12 margin. ISU and CU first met during the 1992-93 season, with the Bluejays coming out on top, 83-51 in Omaha. Creighton has won seven straight games in the series, dating back to ISU's 56-54 home win on Jan. 3, 2009. The Bluejays have won 10 of the last 11 meetings overall, including five straight in Omaha. Indiana State enters the game holding a 3-17 all-time record against Creighton on the road.
Scouting The Bluejays
Creighton enters Sunday's game at a MVC-leading 11-3 on the season, including a perfect 3-0 in league play with wins over Southern Illinois (81-60), Evansville (70-63) and Illinois State (64-45). Two of the Bluejays' three losses this season have come to nationally ranked opponents, as Creighton fell to #12 Oklahoma (48-69) and #22 Kansas (48-58) before topping #25 Nebraska (66-57) on Dec. 5. Creighton entered the weekend ranking second in the nation by averaging 9.5 three-pointers made per game, while checking in 10th in the NCAA by connecting on 38.1% of their shots from beyond the arc. Junior Sarah Nelson leads the team in points, rebounds and assists, averaging 12.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game this season. Freshman Marissa Janning highlights to CU bench, averaging 11.9 points per game while playing 24.9 minutes per game without starting a game this season.
Game-by-Game - Creighton
Below is a quick look at the last 10 games in the series between Indiana State and Creighton.
Feb. 19, 2012 at Creighton -- L, 48-63 Dec. 31, 2009 at Indiana State -- L, 44-55
Jan. 20, 2012 at Indiana State -- L, 62-64 March 5, 2009 at Creighton -- L, 35-54
Feb. 17, 2011 at Creighton -- L, 62-71 Jan. 3, 2009 at Indiana State -- W, 56-54
Jan. 22, 2011 at Indiana State -- L, 53-62 March 2, 2008 at Creighton -- L, 74-87
March 6, 2010 at Creighton -- L, 53-66 Jan. 31, 2008 at Indiana State -- L, 60-68
Last 10 On The Road
Below is a quick look at the last 10 neutral site and road games for Indiana State.
Jan. 11, 2013 at Drake -- W, 67-49 Nov. 16, 2012 at Indiana -- L, 48-60
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
On The Road Under Head Coach Moren
ISU is 13-27 on the road in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In MVC play, the Sycamores are 6-13 in league road games since the start of the 2010-11 season.
When Indiana State (10-4, 2-1 MVC) and Creighton (11-3, 3-0 MVC) take the court on Sunday, it will be on just 15 matchups from around the nation to feature two teams with at least 10 wins on the season. 10 of those 15 matchups come within the BCS conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Big East, SEC and Pac 12).
All About Defense
Indiana State leads the MVC and enters the weekend ranking 13th in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 50.2 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.
Indiana State is 33-5 when holding their opposition under 61 points in their three seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including a 9-3 mark this season. During MVC games, ISU is 14-2 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.
Two For 20
Sophomore Racheal Mahan (23 points) and senior Taylor Whitley (20 points) each scored over 20 points for Indiana State in the team's 67-49 road victory at Drake on Friday, the first time that a pair of Sycamores have posted 20-point games in a span of 46 contests. The last time two Sycamores scored 20 points in a game was when Whitley (21) and Deja Mattox (22) accomplished the feat in ISU's 80-51 victory over Illinois State on March 11, 2011 in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
Five Years Coming
With Indiana State's 67-49 victory at Drake on Friday night, the Sycamores snapped a five-season streak of being swept on the road swing to Drake and Creighton. Indiana State is now a combined 7-45 on the road against the Bulldogs and Bluejays. ISU last swept the road swing during the 2006-07 season, also Indiana State's last victory at Creighton.
10 Out Of 14
Indiana State has started the 2012-13 season with wins in 10 of their 14 matchups, their best start through 14 games under third-year head coach Teri Moren. This season's 10-4 start is the best for Indiana State since opening the 2005-06 season at 12-2.
The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 406-307 (+99) in the opening 20 minutes of their 14 games this season, while holding a slim 16-point edge (412-396) in the second half and overtime. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in 11 of their 14 games.
Indiana State is averaging 13.6 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 146-86 (+60) edge in second-chance points this season. The Sycamores have scored more or the same number of second-chance points as their opponents in 11 of their 14 games this season.
Whitley Sinks Game-Winning Free Throw Against Bradley
Senior Taylor Whitley completed a second-half comeback for Indiana State on Friday, Jan. 4, 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 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.
Indiana State leads the MVC with 148 steals this season, also entering the weekend ranking 70th in the nation by averaging 10.9 steals per game. ISU has posted double-digit efforts in eight of their 14 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 321 assists and needs 59 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.
Among The Best
Junior Anna Munn ranks second in the MVC by averaging 2.7 three-pointers per game, entering the week ranking 28th on a national scale. The ISU junior has knocked down 38 treys this season and has made at least four in five separate contests.
Munn Ranks Third In The Valley In Scoring
Junior Anna Munn leads the team and ranks third in the MVC in scoring, averaging 14.7 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 has posted double-figure efforts in 12 of ISU's 14 games this season.
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 13.6 points per game, while leading the way at 8.4 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, tied her career high with 23 points at Drake last Friday, shooting 9-for-13 from the field with seven rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
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 922 career points, needing 78 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.
Junior Anna Munn has knocked down 131 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 14 games off the bench for the Sycamores, averaging 5.4 points (fourth on the team) and 2.6 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 94 total rebounds and an average of 6.7 boards per game this season, going for at least six rebounds in eight games. Over ISU's last five games, the sophomore from Lafayette, Ind., has grabbed a team-leading 40 rebounds, going for double figures against Bradley (11) and on the road at Drake (12).
A Little Bit Of Everything
Freshman Kasey Johnson has done whatever the team has needed her to do this season, averaging 3.9 points, 2.4 assists, 2.0 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.
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, including an 8-3 record this season.
On To The Next One...
Indiana State returns to Hulman Center next week, hosting Southern Illinois on Thursday, Jan. 17, and Evansville on Saturday, Jan. 19. Thursday's matchup with the Salukis is set for an 8:00 p.m. tipoff and will be televised on the MVC-TV Network.