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Sycamores Dominate The Glass, Cruise Past Salukis On Thursday Night
Courtesy:ISU Athletics
Danny Pfrank

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State women's basketball team pulled down 46 rebounds against Southern Illinois on Thursday night inside Hulman Center, including 23 on the offensive glass, leading the Sycamores to a 72-57 Missouri Valley Conference victory over the Salukis.

Indiana State improves to 11-5 on the season and 3-2 in league play, moving the Sycamores into a tie with Illinois State for fourth in the conference standings. Southern Illinois drops to 4-11 on the season, 1-3 in the MVC. ISU's victory was their ninth straight overall against SIU and 13th consecutive inside Hulman Center against the Salukis.

Southern Illinois and Indiana State traded the lead four times in the opening 10 minutes of the contest, with the Salukis taking a 20-16 lead with 9:15 remaining in the first half on a three-pointer by Jordyn Courier. Indiana State's offense began to click following Courier's trey, as the Sycamores closed the half on a 23-5 run to hold a 39-25 advantage at the break.

Junior Anna Munn returned to the starting lineup on Thursday after sitting out last Sunday's game at Creighton and led the team with 11 points and four assists in the first half. Sophomore Racheal Mahan added 10 points and eight rebounds at halftime. Indiana State pulled down 16 offensive rebounds in the opening 20 minutes, leading to an 11-0 edge in second-chance scoring.

The Sycamores did not let the Salukis into the game at the start of the second half, opening the period on a 19-9 run over the first 10 minutes. Mahan and senior Taylor Whitley led ISU with six points each during the run.

Indiana State took a 24-point lead on two occasions, following a pair of free throws from Mahan with 10:38 remaining (58-34) and on a jumper by sophomore Travecia Franklin with 9:07 to play (60-36).

Nine of the 10 Sycamores that took the court on Thursday night tallied at least three points, led by Mahan's sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Munn (14 points) and Whitley (13 points) also went into double figures.

SIU's Cartaesha Macklin led all scorers with 17 points, shooting 6-for-16 from the field and 5-for-7 from the charity stripe.

Indiana State's 46 rebounds are one shy of their season high of 47 against Eastern Illinois in the opening game of the season on Nov. 11. ISU's 23 offensive rebounds are the most for the team since the Sycamores grabbed 24 offensive boards in a 68-48 home victory over Illinois State on March 5, 2005.

For the game, Indiana State shot 24-for-62 (38.7%) from the field and 20-for-26 (76.9%) from the free-throw line while their defense forced 19 turnover by Southern Illinois. ISU turned those miscues into 20 points on the offensive end while finishing the game with a 20-8 edge in second-chance scoring.

Indiana State returns to action inside Hulman Center on Saturday, Jan. 19, opening the ISU basketball doubleheader against Evansville at 2:05 p.m. The Purple Aces (5-10, 3-1 MVC) picked up a 71-57 road victory at Illinois State on Thursday night.

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