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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores Face Unbeaten Shockers On Sunday
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team closes out their three-game road swing on Sunday, Feb. 3, as the Sycamores travel to Wichita, Kan., for a matchup with the first place and unbeaten Wichita State Shockers. Tipoff between the Sycamores and Shockers inside Charles Koch Arena is set for 3:05 p.m. (ET), 2:05 p.m. locally in Kansas.

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 12-7 on the season and at an even 4-4 in league play after snapping their nine-game losing streak against Missouri State on Friday. Junior Anna Munn poured in a career-high 27 points in the game, leading the Sycamores to their first victory over the Bears since the 2007-08 season.

Wichita State is off to their best start within league play in program history, posting an 8-0 record in the MVC this season, while sitting at 14-6 overall.

A Little History - Wichita State
Sunday's game will be the 62nd all-time meeting between Indiana State and Wichita State, with the Sycamores leading the series by a 34-27 margin. ISU and WSU first met during the 1983-84 season, with the Shockers coming out on top, 67-49. Wichita State holds an 18-12 edge in games played in Kansas, with Indiana State's last win on the road coming on Jan. 15, 2009 (52-48). Home-court advantage has held over each of the past three seasons, with the home side winning each of the last six games. Under head coach Teri Moren, the Sycamores are 2-3 against Wichita State and 0-2 on the road inside Charles Koch Arena.

Scouting The Shockers
Wichita State enters Sunday's game at 14-6 on the season, sitting in first place in the MVC standings with an unbeaten 8-0 record within the league. The Shockers are 8-2 at home this season, including 4-0 within the MVC. Dating back to Dec. 7, WSU has won 11 of their last 12 games overall. As a team, Wichita State leads the MVC by allowing just 52.2 points per game this season and has averaged forcing 19.8 turnovers by their opponents. Senior Jessica Diamond is the only Shocker averaging in double figures, as she checks in at 13.5 points per game, but Wichita State employs a deep bench with 10 members of the roster averaging at least 12 minutes played per game.

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

March 9, 2012 at St. Charles, Mo. - L, 49-70              Feb. 14, 2010 at Indiana State - W, 81-59
Feb. 26, 2012 at Indiana State - W, 63-51                  Jan. 14, 2010 at Wichita State - L, 61-65
Jan. 29, 2012 at Wichita State - L, 63-74                    Feb. 12, 2009 at Indiana State - W, 71-50
Feb. 12, 2011 at Indiana State - W, 65-57                  Jan. 15, 2009 at Wichita State - W, 52-48
Jan. 13, 2011 at Wichita State - L, 56-73                    Feb. 23, 2008 at Indiana State - W, 69-50

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

Feb. 1, 2013 at Missouri State - W, 71-67                  Dec. 16, 2012 at UT Martin - W, 73-71 (OT)
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

On The Road Under Head Coach Moren
ISU is 14-29 on the road in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In MVC play, the Sycamores are 7-15 in league road games since the start of the 2010-11 season. This season, the Sycamores are 4-5 away from Hulman Center.

All About Defense
Indiana State ranks second in the MVC and enters the weekend ranking 24th in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 53.5 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 9-33.

Winning On The Glass
The Sycamores are 10-1 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 37.7-33.3 (+4.4) average edge on the glass, ranking second in conference behind Illinois State (+5.4).

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 8-10 in games decided by five points or less, including a 4-4 mark this season. ISU's close wins this season are on the road over Saint Louis (48-46), UT Martin (73-71) and Missouri State (71-67) and at home over Bradley (55-54).

Rare Road Wins
Indiana State has earned road wins at Drake (67-49, Jan. 11) and at Missouri State (71-67, Feb. 1) this season, places that the Sycamores have struggled in the past.  The road victory over the Bulldogs was just their fourth in program history and first since 2006-07, while ISU's win in Springfield was their first since 2007-08 and the fifth in school history.

Closing In On 1,000 Points
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Sunday's game with 968 career points, needing 32 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 13.1 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 560-458 (+102) in the opening 20 minutes of their 19 games this season, while holding a slim 11-point edge (570-559) in the second half and overtime. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in 14 of their 19 games and is 11-3 when leading at the break.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 13.5 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 201-124 (+77) edge in second-chance points this season. The Sycamores have scored more or the same number of second-chance points as their opponents in 14 of their 19 games this season.

Field Goal Percentage Defense
Indiana State ranks second in the MVC in field goal percentage defense, allowing their opponents to shoot 360-for-950 (37.9%) 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 Second In The Valley In Scoring
Junior Anna Munn leads the team and ranks second in the MVC in scoring, averaging 15.6 points per game this season. The ISU junior scored a career high 27 points at Missouri State on Friday, leading the Sycamores to a 71-67 victory on the road. Munn has posted double-figure efforts in 16 of her 18 games this season.

Laramie Moves Into Starting Lineup
Freshman Marina Laramie was inserted into the starting lineup over each of the past two games and has responded with two of her better offensive efforts of the season. The newcomer from O'Fallon, Mo., went for 17 points and nine rebounds at Illinois State on Jan. 25, before posting 10 points and eight rebounds against Missouri State last Friday.

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 336 assists and needs 44 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 weekend ranking 25th on a national scale. The ISU junior has knocked down 51 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 19 games, averaging 2.5 steals per game. On a national scale, Whitley ranks in a tie for 78th 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.

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 144 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, 2.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game in her rookie campaign. The Plainfield, Ind., product also ranks second with seven blocked shots and 16 three-pointers.

On To The Next One...
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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