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Women's Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores Host Salukis On MVC-TV Network This Thursday
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team returns to Hulman Center on Thursday, Jan. 17, hosting the Southern Illinois Salukis in a nationally televised contest on the MVC-TV Network. Tipoff between the Sycamores and Salukis is sponsored by the Terre Haute Tribune-Star and is set for 8:07 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 and Jimmy Kendall cover all the action on the court. Fans can also watch the contest on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX Sports Indiana, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and on ESPN3.com and the WATCHESPN mobile app (outside of the MVC six-state footprint).

Indiana State enters the game at 10-5 on the season and an even 2-2 in league play after splitting their road swing at Drake (W, 67-49) and Creighton (L, 50-69) last weekend. The win at Drake snapped a five-game road losing streak to the Bulldogs dating back to the 2006-07 season and was Indiana State's first win on the road trip to Des Moines and Omaha over the past five seasons.

A Little History - Southern Illinois
Thursday's game with be the 80th all-time meeting between Indiana State and Southern Illinois, with the Salukis leading the series by a 41-38 margin. ISU and SIU first met during the 1971-72 season, with the Salukis coming out on top, 50-40. Indiana State has won eight straight games overall in the series dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season. ISU's home-court winning streak over SIU sits at 12 games, with the Salukis' last win in Terre Haute coming on Dec. 29, 1999 (64-62). Since that victory for Southern Illinois to start the 1999-2000 conference season, Indiana State has won 24 of their 27 meetings.

Scouting The Salukis
Southern Illinois enters Thursday's game at 4-10 on the season, winning three of their last five games since Dec. 21. The Salukis are 1-2 in the MVC, topping Drake at home (77-70) while falling at home to Creighton (81-60) and on the road to Evansville (71-65). Sophomore Cartaesha Macklin ranks in a tie with ISU's Anna Munn for third in the league in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game. Redshirt freshman Dyana Pierre highlights the SIU defense, ranking second in the league in rebounds (8.6 RPG) and blocks (1.3 BPG). As a team, Southern Illinois allows 74.6 points per game to their opponents, the most in the MVC. The Salukis average 5.9 three-pointers per game and shoot 32.5% (82-for-252) from the beyond the arc, ranking in the Top 100 in the nation in both categories.

Game-by-Game - Southern Illinois
Below is a quick look at the last 10 games between Indiana State and Southern Illinois.

March 1, 2012 at Southern Illinois - W, 69-46             March 11, 2010 at St. Charles, Mo. - W, 73-57
Jan. 1, 2012 at Indiana State - W, 72-66                    Feb. 28, 2010 at Southern Illinois - W, 70-62
March 10, 2011 at St. Charles, Mo. - W, 83-68           Jan. 23, 2010 at Indiana State - W, 63-51
Feb. 25, 2011 at Indiana State - W, 93-57                  Feb. 21, 2009 at Southern Illinois - L, 71-74
Jan. 29, 2011 at Southern Illinois - W, 48-42              Jan. 22, 2009 at Indiana State - W, 63-37

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

Jan. 6, 2013 vs. Northern Iowa - L, 52-54                  Nov. 25, 2012 vs. Belmont - W, 48-34
Jan. 4, 2013 vs. Bradley - W, 55-54                          Nov. 12, 2012 vs. Marshall - W, 55-49
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

At Home Under Head Coach Moren
Indiana State is 28-9 inside Hulman Center in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In MVC action, the Sycamores are 13-7 in home games since the start of 2010-11, posting a 6-3 record in each of the previous two seasons.

Dominant At Home
Thanks to the home-court advantage of Hulman Center, the Sycamores have been dominant in Terre Haute over the past 11 seasons. Since the 2002-03 season, ISU has played 141 games inside Hulman Center, coming away with victories on 110 occasions.

All About Defense
Indiana State leads the MVC and enters the week ranking 18th in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 51.5 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 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 8-32.

On A Good Pace
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Thursday's game with 926 career points, needing 74 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.

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, 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 last Friday, the Sycamores snapped a five-season streak of being swept on the road swing to Drake and Creighton. The road victory over the Bulldogs was just their fourth in program history and first since 2006-07.

10 Out Of 15
Indiana State has started the 2012-13 season with wins in 10 of their 15 matchups, their best start through 15 games under third-year head coach Teri Moren. This season's 10-5 start is the best for Indiana State since opening the 2005-06 season at 13-2.

The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 426-339 (+87) in the opening 20 minutes of their 15 games this season, while holding a nine-point edge (442-433) in the second half and overtime. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in 11 of their 15 games and is 9-2 when leading at the break.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 13.2 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 151-94 (+57) 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 15 games this season.

Winning On The Glass
The Sycamores are 8-1 this season when out-rebounding their opponents compared to 2-4 when rebounds are equal or the opposition has more. For the season, Indiana State has posted a 37.2-33.3 (+3.9) average edge on the glass.

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.

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 322 assists and needs 58 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 35th 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 in a tie for 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 her 14 games this season.

Sophomore Jump
After averaging 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game as a freshman, Racheal Mahan has tripled her production in her second season at Indiana State. Mahan is second on the team by averaging 13.3 points per game, while leading the way at 7.9 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.

Sharp Shooter
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 15 games off the bench for the Sycamores, averaging 5.8 points (fourth on the team) and 2.7 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 100 total rebounds and an average of 6.7 boards per game this season, going for at least six rebounds in nine games. Over ISU's last five games, the sophomore from Lafayette, Ind., has grabbed a team-leading 42 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 4.3 points, 2.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 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.

Indiana State leads the MVC with 151 steals this season, averaging 10.1 steals per game. ISU has posted double-digit efforts in eight of their 15 games, including a season-high of 19 against Northern Illinois on Dec. 4.

On To The Next One...
Indiana State plays the first game of the Sycamore basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 19, hosting the Evansville Purple Aces at 2:05 p.m. The Sycamores have won six straight games and eight of the last nine matchups with the Purple Aces.

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