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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores Host Bulldogs Sunday On Pink Day
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team looks to move back above the .500 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference on Sunday as the Sycamores host Drake inside Hulman Center. Tipoff is set for 2:05 p.m. and is ISU's Pink Game for breast cancer awareness.

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 13-8 on the season and at an even 5-5 in league play after defeating Creighton 58-41 on Friday, snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Bluejays. Senior Taylor Whitley and sophomore Racheal Mahan led the way with 14 points each while freshman Marina Laramie posted her first career double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Indiana State stands at 9-2 at home this season, holding opponents to an average of 45.7 points per game while inside Hulman Center.

A Little History - Drake
Sunday's game will be the 67th all-time meeting between Indiana State and Drake, with the Bulldogs leading the series by a 47-19 margin. ISU and DU first met during the 1977-78 season, with the Bulldogs coming out on top, 92-89. Drake holds a 16-14 edge in games played in Terre Haute, including a 67-59 victory inside Hulman Center last season. Indiana State earned just their fourth road win in program history over the Bulldogs earlier this season, picking up a 67-49 win in Des Moines on Jan 11. Under head coach Teri Moren, Indiana State is 2-3 against Drake and 1-1 inside Hulman Center.

Scouting The Bulldogs
Drake enters Sunday's game at 7-14 on the season, sitting in ninth place in the MVC standings with a 2-8 record within the league. The Bulldogs are 2-7 on the road this season, including 0-5 within the MVC. Sophomore Kyndal Clark leads the team by averaging 13.8 points per game, while junior Morgan Reid adds 11.3 points and a team-leading 8.0 rebounds per game. Junior Alyssa Marschner leads the conference in assists, averaging 4.6 per game. During conference games, the Bulldogs rank eighth in the MVC by allowing 72.9 points per game to their opponents and last in the league in field goal percentage defense (46.7%). After dropping their first six games of the conference season, the Bulldogs have split their last four contests, picking up wins at home over Bradley (66-62) and Northern Iowa (63-55).

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

Jan. 11, 2013 at Drake - W, 67-49                          March 4, 2010 at Drake - L, 58-77
Feb. 17, 2012 at Drake - L, 43-60                           Jan. 2, 2010 at Indiana State - L, 73-87
Jan. 22, 2012 at Indiana State - L, 59-67                 March 7, 2009 at Drake - L, 38-63
Feb. 29, 2011 at Drake - L, 67-72                           Jan. 1, 2009 at Indiana State - W, 50-38
Jan. 20, 2011 at Indiana State - W, 77-74 (OT)        March 14, 2008 at St. Charles, Mo. - L, 59-65

Last 10 Inside Hulman Center
Below is a quick look at the last 10 games for Indiana State inside Hulman Center.

Feb. 8, 2013 vs. Creighton - W, 58-41                     Dec. 18, 2012 vs. Chicago State - W, 69-35
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

At Home Under Head Coach Moren
Indiana State is 30-10 (.750) inside Hulman Center in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In MVC action, the Sycamores are 15-8 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 144 games inside Hulman Center, coming away with victories on 112 occasions.

All About Defense
Indiana State ranks second in the MVC and entered the weekend ranking 28th in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 52.9 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 35-7 (.833) when holding their opposition under 61 points in their three seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including an 11-5 mark this season. During MVC games, ISU is 16-4 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.

Closing In On 1,000 Points
Senior Taylor Whitley enters Sunday's game with 995 career points, needing five 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 eighth in career steals at ISU. Below is a quick look at the 1,000 Point Club at Indiana State.

1. Amy Hile (1983-87) - 1,944                                14. Shannon Thomas (2008-12) - 1,253
2. Kourtney Mennen (1999-03) - 1,843                    15. Hazel Olden (1990-94) - 1,244
3. Melanie Boeglin (2002-06) - 1,800                       16. Laura Rudolphi (2004-08) - 1,208
4. Julie Lein (1987-91) - 1,585                                17. Angie Eichorst (1988-92) - 1,174
5. Barbara Graves (1979-83) - 1,498                       18. Lori Castetter (1985-89) - 1,166
6. Shelly Newell (1976-80) - 1,435                          19. Brittany Schoen (2008-12) - 1,118
7. Amy Vanderkolk (1985-89) - 1,434                       20. Trish Porter (1972-76) - 1,112
8. Kelsey Luna (2006-10) - 1,429                             21. Tammy Hammel (1983-87) - 1,080
9. Georgia Bottoms (1993-98) - 1,383                      22. Deja Mattox (2008-12) - 1,051
10. Judy Ellner (1978-82) - 1,367                             23. Lisa Verhoff (2002-06) - 1,041
11. Amy Walker (1991-95) - 1,333                           24. Rachel Maenpaa (2003-07) - 1,029
12. Livia Hester (1992-96) - 1,332                           25. Stephanie Lisch (2003-06) - 1,007
13. Amy Amstutz (1996-99) - 1,274                         26. Taylor Whitley (2009-present) - 995

Winning On The Glass
The Sycamores are 11-1 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 37.8-33.4 (+4.4) average edge on the glass, ranking second in the conference behind league-leader Illinois State (+4.5).

Rare 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. ISU picked up a 58-41 victory over Creighton last Friday, snapping an eight-game losing streaks to the Bluejays.

Close Losses In MVC Play
Of Indiana State's five losses in MVC 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 a rebound and banked in a hook shot with 1.6 seconds remaining to give the Panthers the 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).

Munn Ranks Third In The Valley In Scoring
Junior Anna Munn leads the team and ranks third in the MVC in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game this season. The ISU junior scored a career high 27 points at Missouri State, leading the Sycamores to a 71-67 victory on the road. Munn has posted double-figure efforts in 17 of her 20 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 The Starting Lineup
Freshman Marina Laramie was inserted into the starting lineup over each of the past four games and has responded by averaging 9.8 points and 9.3 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 on Feb. 1. Laramie tallied her first career double-double last Friday against Creighton, totaling 10 points and 14 rebounds.

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 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 608-498 (+110) in the opening 20 minutes of their 21 games this season, while holding a slim 13-point edge (626-613) in the second half and overtime. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in 15 of their 21 games and is 12-3 when leading at the break.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 13.3 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 220-134 (+86) edge in second-chance points this season. The Sycamores have scored more or the same number of second-chance points as their opponents in 16 of their 21 games this season.

Field Goal Percentage Defense
Indiana State ranks second in the MVC in field goal percentage defense, allowing their opponents to shoot 391-for-1052 (37.2%) from the field this season. The Sycamores have held an opponent under 40% shooting in 10 games this season, going 8-2 in those contests.

Assists And Steals
Senior Taylor Whitley ranks seventh in career assists and eighth in career steals at ISU, moving into the Top 10 in both categories this season. For her career, Whitley has posted 344 assists and needs 36 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place. The Geneva, Ill., product, has 211 career steals, three shy of Kelsey Luna (213 -- 2006-10) in seventh 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 2.7 three-pointers per game, entering the weekend 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.

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.

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 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 hit the road next week, traveling to Evansville on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 8:00 p.m. (ET) and Southern Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 3:05 p.m. (ET). Saturday's game with the Salukis can be seen locally in the Wabash Valley on WTWO-TV.

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