The Indiana State women's
basketball team returns to Hulman Center this weekend, beginning on Friday,
Feb. 8, when the Sycamores host the Creighton Bluejays. Tipoff is set for 7:05
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 game live online at GoSycamores.com through SycamoreVision with a premium subscription.
Indiana State enters the game at 12-8 on the season and at 4-5 in league play after splitting their road swing at Missouri State (W, 71-67) and Wichita State (L, 46-53) last weekend. Junior Anna Munn paced the Sycamores on the road by averaging 20.5 points in ISU's two games, including a career-high 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting against the Bears.
Indiana State is 8-2 at home this season, holding opponents to an average of 46.2 points per game while inside Hulman Center.
A Little History - Creighton
Friday's game will be the 47th all-time meeting between Indiana State and Creighton, with the Bluejays leading the series by a 34-12 margin. ISU and CU first met during the 1993-94 season, with the Bluejays coming out on top, 83-51. Creighton holds a 12-8 edge in games played in Terre Haute, including wins in three straight road games inside Hulman Center. The Bluejays have won eight straight games over the Sycamores, with Indiana State's last win coming at home on Jan. 3, 2009, a 56-54 victory. Under head coach Teri Moren, ISU is 0-5 against Creighton and 0-2 inside Hulman Center.
Scouting The Bluejays
Creighton enters Friday's game at 16-4 on the season, sitting in second place in the MVC standings with an 8-1 record within the league. The Bluejays are 7-2 on the road this season, including 4-1 within the MVC. Junior Sarah Nelson leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game this season. Freshman Marisa Janning also averages in double figures, coming off the bench in all 20 games this season to total 12.2 points per game. As a team, Creighton leads the nation in three-pointers made per game, averaging 9.6 treys as a team while shooting 39% (192-for-492) overall from beyond the arc, third-best in the NCAA. Seven members of the roster have connected on at least 12 three-pointers this season, led by senior Ally Jensen (45) and Janning (44).
Game-by-Game - Creighton
Below is a quick look at the last 10 games between Indiana State and Creighton.
Jan. 13, 2013 at Creighton - L, 50-69 March 6, 2010 at Creighton - L, 53-66
Feb. 19, 2012 at Creighton - L, 48-63 Dec. 31, 2009 at Indiana State - L, 44-55
Jan. 20, 2012 at Indiana State - L, 62-64 March 5, 2009 at Creighton - L, 35-54
Feb. 17, 2011 at Creighton - L, 62-71 Jan. 3, 2009 at Indiana State - W, 56-54
Jan. 22, 2011 at Indiana State - L, 53-62 March 2, 2008 at Creighton - L, 74-87
Last 10 Inside Hulman Center
Below is a quick look at the last 10 games for Indiana State inside Hulman Center.
Jan. 19, 2013 vs. Evansville - L, 54-55 Dec. 7, 2012 vs. UIC - W, 64-33
Jan. 17, 2013 vs. Southern Illinois - W, 72-57 Dec. 4, 2012 vs. Northern Illinois - W, 58-52
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
At Home Under Head Coach Moren
Indiana State is 29-10 inside Hulman Center in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In MVC action, the Sycamores are 14-8 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 143 games inside Hulman Center, coming away with victories on 111 occasions.
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 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.
Indiana State is 34-7 (.830) when holding their opposition under 61 points in their three seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including a 10-5 mark this season. During MVC games, ISU is 15-4 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 2-7 when rebounds are equal or the opposition has more. For the season, Indiana State has posted a 37.2-33.2 (+4.0) average edge on the glass, ranking in a tie for second in the conference with Illinois State (+4.0) and behind league-leader Missouri State (+5.4).
Close Losses In MVC Play
Of Indiana State's five 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 Friday's game with 981 career points, needing 19 more points in her senior season to become the 26th member of the 1,000 Point Club at Indiana State. The Geneva, Ill., product ranks seventh in career assists and tied for eighth in career steals at ISU.
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 ISU. Mahan is second on the team by averaging 13.0 points per game, while leading the way at 8.2 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, ranks second in the conference with seven double-doubles this season.
The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 580-484 (+96) in the opening 20 minutes of their 20 games this season, while holding a slim 10-point edge (596-586) in the second half and overtime. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in 14 of their 20 games and is 11-3 when leading at the break.
Indiana State is averaging 13.4 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 210-130 (+80) edge in second-chance points this season. The Sycamores have scored more or the same number of second-chance points as their opponents in 15 of their 20 games this season.
Field Goal Percentage Defense
Indiana State ranks second in the MVC in field goal percentage defense, allowing their opponents to shoot 378-for-995 (38.0%) 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.
Munn Ranks Second In The Valley In Scoring
Junior Anna Munn leads the team and ranks second in the MVC in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game this season. The ISU junior scored a career high 27 points at Missouri State last Friday, leading the Sycamores to a 71-67 victory on the road. Munn has posted double-figure efforts in 17 of her 19 games this season and has went over 20 points in three games (23 points vs. UIC, Dec. 7; 25 points at UT Martin, Dec. 16; 27 points at Missouri State, Feb. 1).
Laramie Moves Into Starting Lineup
Freshman Marina Laramie was inserted into the starting lineup over each of the past three games and has responded by averaging 9.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 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 at Missouri State last Friday.
Assists And Steals
Senior Taylor Whitley ranks seventh in career assists and tied for eighth in career steals at ISU, moving into the Top 10 in both categories this season. For her career, Whitley has posted 339 assists and needs 41 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place. The Geneva, Ill., product, has 210 steals in her career, needing one more to pass Judy Ellner (210 -- 1978-82) to be alone in eighth and four more to edge Kelsey Luna (213 -- 2006-10) for seventh. 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 22nd on a national scale. The ISU junior has knocked down 54 treys this season and has made at least four in seven separate contests.
Whitley Is Tied For The MVC Lead In Steals
Senior Taylor Whitley is tied with Drake's Kyndal Clark for the MVC lead in steals, totaling 49 in 20 games for an average of 2.5 steals per game. The ISU senior is looking to be the first Sycamore to lead the conference in steals since Melanie Boeglin in 2005-06.
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.
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.
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.
Junior Anna Munn has knocked down 147 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.
On To The Next One...
The Sycamores host Drake on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2:05 p.m.. Sunday's matchup with the Bulldogs is ISU's Pink Game for breast cancer awareness.