HAUTE, Ind. - Senior Taylor Whitley knocked down a jump
shot in the opening minute of play in the second half on Sunday, becoming the
26th member of the 1,000 Point Club at Indiana State as the women's basketball
team claimed a 59-48 victory over Drake inside Hulman Center on Pink Day.
Indiana State improves to 14-8 overall and 6-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference with the win, completing a season sweep of the Drake Bulldogs (7-15, 2-9 MVC). The season sweep is the first for ISU over DU since the 2006-07 season.
The Sycamores never trailed on Sunday, opening the game on a 9-2 run during the first four minutes of action. Junior Anna Munn (five points) and freshman Marina Laramie (four points) provided all of Indiana State's offense during the opening stanza.
The Bulldogs cut the ISU lead to eight points, at 17-9, with 8:54 remaining in the first half on a jumper by Ashley Bartow, but Indiana State closed the half on a 14-4 run to take a 31-13 lead into the halftime locker room. Sophomore Racheal Mahan and Munn each totaled seven points in the first half, while sophomore Natasha Zurek went 2-for-2 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free-throw line to provide six points off the bench.
Indiana State took their largest lead of the game with 15:37 to play, as Whitley knocked down a free throw to put the Sycamores in front by 21 points at 40-19.
Neither side could work into much of a rhythm on Sunday, as Indiana State and Drake combined for 60 turnovers and 47 fouls. ISU went 20-for-29 (69%) at the stripe to DU's 16-for-25 (64%).
Indiana State put four into double figures, led by Mahan's 15 points and seven rebounds. Laramie (11 points), Munn (11 points) and Whitley (10 points) joined Mahan in double digits, the fifth time this season that ISU has had four score at least 10 points. Whitley also added six steals to push her career total to 217, passing Kelsey Luna (213 - 2006-10) for seventh in program history.
Drake's Kyndal Clark led all scorers with 20 points, including a 9-for-10 effort at the charity stripe.
ISU won the rebounding battle by a 35-29 margin, improving the Sycamores to 12-1 on the season when winning on the glass.
Indiana State hits the road for their next two games, traveling to Evansville on Thursday, Feb. 14, and Southern Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 16. Saturday's game in Carbondale can be seen live in Wabash Valley on WTWO-TV.