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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: Indiana State Continues Road Trip At Missouri State
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team continues their three-game road swing this weekend, beginning with a trip to Springfield, Mo., for a matchup with the Missouri State Bears on Friday, Feb. 1. Tipoff between the Sycamores and Bears is set for 8:05 p.m. (ET), 7:05 p.m. locally in Missouri.

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 on ESPN3.com and on the WATCHESPN mobile app.

Indiana State enters the game at 11-7 on the season and at 3-4 in league play after suffering their second-straight one-point loss, falling 66-65 at Illinois State last Friday. The Sycamores rallied from an eight-point deficit at the half and from 11 points down in the second half to have a game-winning attempt at the buzzer, but junior Anna Munn's jump shot rimmed out as time expired. Freshman Marina Laramie made her first career start against the Redbirds last week, totaling career highs with 17 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Racheal Mahan posted her seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

A Little History - Missouri State
Friday's game will be the 64th all-time meeting between Indiana State and Missouri State, with the Bears leading the series by a 49-14 margin. ISU and MSU first met during the 1982-83 season, with the Sycamores coming out on top, 83-66. Missouri State holds a strong 27-4 edge in games played in Springfield, with Indiana State's last win on the road coming on Jan. 27, 2008 (78-55). The Bears have won have nine straight games overall in the series, dating back to the 2008-09 season.

Scouting The Bears
Missouri State enters Friday's game at 10-9 on the season, sitting in seventh place in the MVC standings with a 2-5 record within the league. The Bears are 5-2 at home this season, including an even 1-1 record within the MVC. MSU did not lose consecutive games during the nonconference season, going 8-4 outside the MVC, but their defense has allowed at least 72 points in all seven of their league games to drop five of their seven contests. Senior Whitney Edie leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this season. Redshirt freshman Kenzie Williams (10.7 PPG) and senior Christiana Shorter (10.2 PPG) also average in double figures for the Bears. As a team, MSU ranks second in the MVC and 42nd in the NCAA by averaging 69.9 points per game.

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

Feb. 24, 2012 at Indiana State - L, 58-68                   Feb. 12, 2010 at Indiana State - L, 58-69
Jan. 27, 2012 at Missouri State - L, 70-84                  Jan. 16, 2010 at Missouri State - L, 65-69
March 12, 2011 at St. Charles, Mo. - L, 79-84             Feb. 14, 2009 at Indiana State - L, 40-53
Feb. 10, 2011 at Indiana State - L, 50-63                   Jan. 17, 2009 at Missouri State - L, 53-77
Jan. 16, 2011 at Missouri State - L, 54-65                  Feb. 21, 2008 at Indiana State - W, 86-77 (OT)

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

Jan. 25, 2013 at Illinois State - L, 65-66                     Nov. 29, 2012 at Saint Louis - W, 48-46
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

On The Road Under Head Coach Moren
ISU is 13-29 on the road in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In MVC play, the Sycamores are 6-15 in league road games since the start of the 2010-11 season. This season, the Sycamores are 3-5 away from Hulman Center.

All About Defense
Indiana State ranks second in the MVC and enters the week ranking 28th in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 52.8 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 8-33.

Winning On The Glass
The Sycamores are 9-1 this season when out-rebounding their opponents compared to 2-6 when rebounds are equal or the opposition has more. For the season, Indiana State has posted a 37.6-33.7 (+3.9) average edge on the glass, ranking third in MVC behind Illinois State (+4.9) and Missouri State (+4.7).

Close Losses In MVC Play
Of Indiana State's four losses in conference play this season, three have come on the final possession of the game. In ISU's 54-52 loss to Northern Iowa, UNI's Jen Keitel grabbed an offensive rebound and banked in a hook shot with 1.6 seconds remaining to give the Panthers the road victory. Indiana State had possession of the basketball in the closing seconds of both their losses to Evansville (55-54) and Illinois State (66-65), but could not find a go-ahead shot in either contest.

Down To The Wire
In Indiana State's three seasons under head coach Teri Moren, the Sycamores are 7-10 in games decided by five points or less, including a 3-4 mark this season. ISU's close wins this season are on the road over Saint Louis (48-46) and UT Martin (73-71) and at home over Bradley (55-54).

Closing In On 1,000 Points
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Friday's game with 955 career points, needing 45 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 13.3 points per game, while leading the way at 8.2 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, has posted seven double-doubles this season, tying with Missouri State's Whitney Edie for the most in the conference.

The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 521-426 (+95) in the opening 20 minutes of their 18 games this season, while holding a slim 14-point edge (538-524) in the second half and overtime. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in 13 of their 18 games and is 10-3 when leading at the break.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 13.4 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 184-114 (+70) 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 18 games this season.

Field Goal Percentage Defense
Indiana State ranks second in the MVC in field goal percentage defense, allowing their opponents to shoot 337-for-895 (37.7%) from the field this season. The Sycamores have held an opponent under 40% shooting in nine games this season, going 7-2 in those contests.

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.

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.

Munn Ranks Third In The Valley In Scoring
Junior Anna Munn leads the team and ranks third in the MVC in scoring, averaging 14.9 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 15 of her 17 games this season.

Laramie Makes First Career Start At Illinois State
Freshman Marina Laramie made her first career start last Friday at Illinois State, posting career highs with 17 points and nine rebounds. The newcomer from O'Fallon, Mo., ranks fourth on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

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 332 assists and needs 48 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place. The Geneva, Ill., product, has 208 steals in her career, needing three 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 2.8 three-pointers per game, entering the week ranking 25th on a national scale. The ISU junior has knocked down 48 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 47 steals in 18 games, averaging 2.6 steals per game. On a national scale, Whitley ranks in a tie for 80th 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.

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 141 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.

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, 2.5 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.

On To The Next One...
Indiana State closes out their three-game road swing on Sunday, Feb. 3, matching up with league-leading Wichita State inside Charles Koch Arena.  Tipoff between the Sycamores and Shockers is set for 3:05 p.m. (ET), 2:05 p.m. locally in Kansas. The Sycamores return to Hulman Center next weekend, hosting Creighton on Friday, Feb. 8, and Drake on Sunday, Feb. 10. Sunday's matchup with the Bulldogs is ISU's Pink Game for breast cancer awareness.

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