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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: ISU Looks To Secure Winning Season Against SIU On Saturday
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team looks for their fourth straight win and to secure the team's first winning season since 2009-10 this Saturday at 3:05 p.m. (ET), as the Sycamores travel to SIU Arena for a matchup with the Southern Illinois Salukis.

The game can be seen live in the Wabash Valley on WAWV-TV with Jason Pensky on the call. Fans can also listen to the game live on WPRS AM 1440 and on the Nelligan Sports Marketing Radio Network as Brent Holl covers all the action on the court.

Indiana State enters the game at 15-8 on the season and 7-5 in Missouri Valley Conference, sitting in fourth place in the league standings. The Sycamores are riding a three-game winning streak after earning a sweep of Creighton (W, 58-41) and Drake (W, 59-48) inside Hulman Center last weekend and a 55-48 road victory at Evansville on Thursday. Indiana State rallied after halftime against Evansville, turning a 13-point deficit into a 13-point lead following a 26-0 run over nine minutes of play in the second half. Sophomore Racheal Mahan led the Sycamores on Thursday, totaling 17 points and seven rebounds.

A Little History - Southern Illinois
Saturday's game will be the 81st all-time meeting between Indiana State and Southern Illinois, with the Salukis leading the series by a 41-39 margin. ISU and SIU first met during the 1971-72 season with the Salukis coming out on top, 50-40. Indiana State has won nine straight games in the series, dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season. Beginning with a 67-52 road victory on March 4, 2000, Indiana State has posted a 25-3 record against Southern Illinois, including a 10-3 mark on the road. Under head coach Teri Moren, Indiana State is 6-0 against Southern Illinois and 2-0 on the road.

Scouting The Salukis
Southern Illinois enters Saturday's game at 4-18 on the season, sitting in 10th place in the MVC standings with a 1-10 record within the league. The Salukis are 2-8 at home this season, including 1-5 within the MVC. SIU enters the matchup on a nine-game losing skid, dating back to their 77-70 victory over Drake in their second conference game of the season on Jan. 5. Head coach Missy Tiber resigned on Monday, Jan. 21, after four years in charge of the women's basketball program, finishing her career with a 19-86 record in Carbondale. Sophomore Cartaesha Macklin leads the Salukis by averaging 13.7 points per game while also chipping in 3.9 assists per contest. SIU ranks last in the conference by allowing 74.8 points per game.

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

Jan. 17, 2013 at Indiana State -- W, 72-57               Jan. 29, 2011 at Southern Illinois -- W, 48-42
March 1, 2012 at Southern Illinois -- W, 69-46          March 11, 2010 at St. Charles, Mo. -- W, 73-57
Jan. 1, 2012 at Indiana State -- W, 72-66                 Feb. 28, 2010 at Southern Illinois -- W, 70-62
March 10, 2011 at St. Charles, Mo. -- W, 83-68        Jan. 23, 2010 at Indiana State -- W, 63-51
Feb. 25, 2011 at Indiana State -- W, 93-57               Feb. 21, 2009 at Southern Illinois -- L, 71-74

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

Feb. 14, 2013 at Evansville -- W, 55-48                    Jan. 11, 2013 at Drake -- W, 67-49
Feb. 3, 2013 at Wichita State -- L, 46-53                  Dec. 22, 2012 at Butler -- L, 45-56
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

On The Road Under Head Coach Moren
ISU is 15-30 (.333) on the road in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In MVC play, the Sycamores are 8-16 in league road games since the start of the 2010-11 season. This season, the Sycamores are 5-6 away from Hulman Center.

All About Defense: Part I
Indiana State leads the MVC and enters the week ranking 18th in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 52.5 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.

All About Defense: Part II
Indiana State is well on its way to setting a school record for the fewest points allowed per game for a single season. Below is a quick look at the five best defensive seasons for Indiana State since the inception of 20-minute halves during the 1975-76 season.

Season        Opp. PPG    Total Points      Games     Team Record    Opp. Held Under 50 Points
2012-13          52.5             1,207             23              15-8                            Ten
1975-76            60.2              1,685              28              19-9                            Seven
2008-09            61.9              1,856              30              14-16                            Four
1997-98            62.2              1,742              28              17-11                            Five
2009-10            62.7              1,943              31              17-14                            Four

Under 61
Indiana State is 37-7 (.841) when holding their opposition under 61 points in their three seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including a 13-5 mark this season. During MVC games, ISU is 18-4 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.

Taylor Whitley Joins The 1,000 Point Club
Senior Taylor Whitley knocked down a jump shot in the first minute of play in second half against Drake on Feb. 10, becoming the 26th member of the 1,000 Point Club at Indiana State. The Geneva, Ill., product ranks seventh in career assists and seventh 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. Taylor Whitley (2009-present) -- 1,014
13. Amy Amstutz (1996-99) -- 1,274                       26. Stephanie Lisch (2003-06) -- 1,007

Looking To Secure A Winning Season
Indiana State can secure their first winning season under third-year head coach Teri Moren with a victory this Saturday. The Sycamores finished an even 16-16 in Moren's debut season in 2010-11 before going 15-16 in 2011-12. ISU's last winning season came in 2009-10, when the Sycamores finished the year at 17-14.

26-0 Run Sparks Indiana State Comeback At Evansville
After trailing by 13 points with less than 15 minutes to play on Thursday at Evansville, Indiana State ran off a 26-0 scoring run to turn a 32-19 deficit into a 45-32 lead with four and a half minutes to play. ISU's comeback from 13 points was their largest since also rallying from 13 points down in their 48-42 victory at Southern Illinois on Jan. 29, 2011.

Winning On The Glass
The Sycamores are 12-1 this season when out-rebounding their opponents compared to 3-7 when rebounds are equal or the opposition has more. For the season, Indiana State has posted a 37.5-33.5 (+4.0) average edge on the glass while allowing the fewest rebounds per game in the conference (33.5).

The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 654-537 (+117) in the opening 20 minutes of their 23 games this season, while holding a slim 14-point edge (694-670) in the second half and overtime. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in 16 of their 23 games and is 13-3 when leading at the break.

Field Goal Percentage Defense
Indiana State leads in the conference in field goal percentage defense, allowing their opponents to shoot 422-for-1144 (36.9%) from the field this season. The Sycamores have held an opponent under 40% shooting in 12 games this season, going 10-2 in those contests.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 13.1 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 238-148 (+90) edge in second-chance points this season. The Sycamores have scored more or the same number of second-chance points as their opponents in 18 of their 23 games this season.

Assists And Steals
Senior Taylor Whitley ranks seventh in career assists and seventh in career steals at ISU, moving into the Top 10 in both categories this season. For her career, Whitley has posted 347 assists and needs 33 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place. The Geneva, Ill., product, has 220 career steals, eight shy of Amy Hile (228 -- 1983-87) in sixth 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.

Munn Ranks Third In The Valley In Scoring
Junior Anna Munn leads the team and ranks third in the MVC in scoring, averaging 14.6 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 18 of her 22 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 six games and has responded by averaging 9.5 points and 8.2 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 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 13.3 points per game, while leading the way at 8.1 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, ranks in a tie for second in the MVC with seven double-doubles this season.

Better At The Line
Sophomore Racheal Mahan has improved at the free-throw line during MVC action, shooting 46-for-66 (69.7%) from the charity stripe during league games. Mahan finished nonconference play at 50% from the stripe, going 25-for-50 at the line. The sophomore forward is also better shooting free throws inside Hulman Center, going 35-for-51 (68.6%) compared at 36-for-65 (55.4%) on the road.

Sharp Shooter
Junior Anna Munn has knocked down 148 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.

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 weekend, 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.

On To The Next One...
The Sycamores return to Hulman Center for a three-game homestand against Illinois State (Feb. 24), Missouri State (March 1) and Wichita State (March 3).

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