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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores Open Three-Game Road Swing Friday At Illinois State
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team plays their next three games on the road, beginning with a trip to Normal, Ill., for a matchup with the Illinois State Redbirds on Friday, Jan. 25. Tipoff between the Sycamores and Redbirds is set for 8:05 p.m. (ET), 7:05 p.m. locally in Illinois.

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 game at 11-6 on the season and an even 3-3 in league play after splitting with Southern Illinois (W, 72-57) and Evansville (L, 54-55) inside Hulman Center last weekend. The Sycamores stand in sixth place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.

The Sycamores have been paced all season by their defense, which ranks first in the MVC and 20th in the NCAA by allowing 52.0 points per game. Indiana State has allowed 50 points or fewer in seven of their 17 games this season, posting a perfect 7-0 record when holding their opposition below 50 points.

A Little History - Illinois State
Friday's game will be the 82nd all-time meeting between Indiana State and Illinois State, with the Redbirds leading the series by a 44-37 margin. ISU and ILS first met during the 1971-72 season, with the Redbirds coming out on top, 44-26. Illinois State has won five straight games over Indiana State in Normal, with the Sycamores' last win coming on Feb. 18, 2007 (76-66). Under head coach Teri Moren, Indiana State is 3-2 against Illinois State and 0-2 on the road.

Scouting The Redbirds
Illinois State enters Friday's game at 12-6 on the season, sitting in fourth place in the MVC standings with a 4-2 record within the league. The Redbirds are 7-4 at home this season, including a 3-1 record within the MVC. Illinois State employs a balanced attack this season, ranking in the top half of the conference in every statistical category except steals (sixth in the MVC) and three-pointers (seventh in the MVC). Sophomore transfer Janae Smith leads the Redbirds in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.6 points (second in the MVC) and 9.1 rebounds (1st in the MVC) per game. Smith has earned the MVC Newcomer of the Week award six times this season. Illinois State has been very good at the free-throw line this season, ranking third in the conference and 22nd on a national scale by shooting 244-for-324 (75.3%) at the charity stripe.

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

Feb. 3, 2012 at Illinois State - L, 67-78                    March 12, 2010 at St. Charles, Mo. - L, 39-76
Jan. 6, 2012 at Indiana State - W, 67-53                  Feb. 6, 2010 at Illinois State - L, 61-90
March 11, 2011 at St. Charles, Mo. - W, 80-51         Jan. 8, 2010 at Indiana State - L, 53-69
Feb. 5, 2011 at Illinois State - L, 52-75                    Feb. 7, 2009 at Illinois State - L, 48-69
Jan. 8, 2011 at Indiana State - W, 74-55                  Jan. 10, 2009 at Indiana State - W, 72-65

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

Jan. 13, 2013 at Creighton - L, 50-69                       Nov. 20, 2012 at IUPUI - L, 67-71
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

On The Road Under Head Coach Moren
ISU is 13-28 on the road in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In MVC play, the Sycamores are 6-14 in league road games since the start of the 2010-11 season. This season, the Sycamores are 3-4 away from Hulman Center.

All About Defense
Indiana State leads the MVC and enters the week ranking 20th in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 52.0 points per game. The Sycamores allowed 64.5 points per game in head coach Teri Moren's first season (2010-11) and 63.4 points per game last season.

Under 61
Indiana State is 34-6 (.850) when holding their opposition under 61 points in their three seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including a 10-4 mark this season. During MVC games, ISU is 15-3 under head coach Moren when teams score 60 points or fewer. When teams go over 61 points against ISU in the last three seasons, the Sycamores are 8-32.

Winning On The Glass
The Sycamores are 9-1 this season when out-rebounding their opponents compared to 2-5 when rebounds are equal or the opposition has more. For the season, Indiana State has posted a 37.4-33.2 (+4.2) average edge on the glass, ranking third in MVC behind Illinois State (+5.2) and Missouri State (+4.5).

Closing In On 1,000 Points
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Friday's game with 944 career points, needing 56 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.

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 13.4 points per game, while leading the way at 8.7 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, has posted six double-doubles this season, tying with Evansville's Mallory Ladd, Illinois State's Janae Smith and Missouri State's Whitney Edie for the most in the conference.

Offensive Rebounds
ISU pulled down a season-high 23 offensive rebounds in their 72-57 victory over Southern Illinois, leading to 20 second-chance points. ISU's 23 offensive rebounds were their most since grabbing 24 offensive rebounds in a 68-48 win over Illinois State on March 5, 2005.

11 Out Of 17
Indiana State has posted wins in 11 of their 17 matchups this season, their best mark through 17 games under third-year head coach Teri Moren. This season's 11-6 record is the best for Indiana State since opening the 2005-06 season at 15-2.

The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 490-387 (+103) in the opening 20 minutes of their 17 games this season, while holding a seven-point edge (504-497) in the second half and overtime. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in 13 of their 17 games and is 10-3 when leading at the break.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 13.7 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 176-104 (+72) edge in second-chance points this season. The Sycamores have scored more or the same number of second-chance points as their opponents in 13 of their 17 games this season.

Field Goal Percentage Defense
Indiana State ranks second in the MVC in field goal percentage defense, allowing their opponents to shoot 313-for-832 (37.6%) from the field this season. The Sycamores have held an opponent under 40% shooting in eight games this season, going 7-1 in those contests.

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 2011 MVC Tournament.

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 327 assists and needs 53 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place. The Geneva, Ill., product, has 207 steals in her career, needing four 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 leads in the MVC by averaging 2.9 three-pointers per game, entering the week ranking in a tie for 23rd on a national scale. The ISU junior has knocked down 46 treys this season and has made at least four in seven separate contests.

Whitley Leads The MVC In Steals
Senior Taylor Whitley leads the MVC with 46 steals in 17 games, averaging 2.7 steals per game. On a national scale, Whitley ranks in a tie for 64th in the NCAA. The ISU senior is looking to be the first Sycamore to lead the conference in steals since Melanie Boeglin in 2005-06.

Five Years Coming
With Indiana State's 67-49 victory at Drake, 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.

Extending The Streaks
With their wins over Bradley (55-54) and Southern Illinois (72-57) earlier this season, ISU extended lengthy home-court winning streaks over both the Braves and Salukis. ISU holds a 16-game streak over BU, with the Braves' last win in Terre Haute coming on Jan. 26, 1997, while the Sycamores hold a 13-game streak over the Salukis since SIU's win on Dec. 29, 1999.

Munn Ranks Fourth In The Valley In Scoring
Junior Anna Munn leads the team and ranks fourth in the MVC in scoring, averaging 14.8 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 14 of her 16 games this season.

Recent Overtime Success
With their 73-71 overtime victory on the road at UT Martin, ISU 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 home win over #17 Vanderbilt 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 139 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 on Jan. 6, 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 17 games off the bench for the Sycamores, averaging 6.1 points (fourth on the team) and 2.9 rebounds (fifth on the team) per game. The newcomer from O'Fallon, Mo., has totaled 27 points over Indiana State's last three games.

Crashing The Boards
Sophomore Jessica Valley ranks second on the team with 113 total rebounds and an average of 6.6 boards per game this season, going for double figures in four games. Over ISU's last five games, the sophomore from Lafayette, Ind., has grabbed 35 rebounds (7.0 RPG), tying her career-best with 12 on the road at Drake.

A Little Bit Of Everything
Freshman Kasey Johnson has done whatever the team has needed her to do this season, averaging 4.4 points, 2.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in her rookie campaign. The Plainfield, Ind., product also ranks second with seven blocked shots and 15 three-pointers.

Indiana State leads the MVC with 166 steals this season, averaging 9.8 steals per game. ISU has posted double-digit efforts in eight of their 17 games, including a season-high of 19 against Northern Illinois on Dec. 4.

On To The Next One...
Indiana State opens February with the road swing to Missouri State (Friday, Feb. 1) and Wichita State (Sunday, Feb. 3).

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