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Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: Sycamores Host Bears On Friday Night
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Danny Pfrank

The Indiana State women's basketball team plays their final regular season home games inside Hulman Center this weekend, beginning with a matchup against the Missouri State Bears on Friday, March 1. Tipoff between the Sycamores and Bears is sponsored by Labor Link and is set for 7:05 p.m.

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 16-9 on the season and 8-6 in MVC, sitting in fourth place in the league standings.

The Sycamores saw their four-game winning streak come to an end last Sunday against Illinois State, just the team's third loss at home this season. Indiana State is 10-3 on their home court this season, allowing their opponents an average of 47.2 points per game.

A Little History -- Missouri State
Friday's game will be the 65th all-time meeting between Indiana State and Missouri State, with the Bears leading the series by a 45-19 margin. ISU and MSU first met during the 1982-83 season with the Sycamores coming out on top, 83-66. Indiana State earned a 71-67 road victory earlier this season on Feb. 1, snapping a nine-game losing streak to Missouri State and just the fifth win over MSU on the road in program history. The Sycamores are 10-20 at home against the Bears with their last win coming on Feb. 21, 2008 (86-77 in overtime). Under head coach Teri Moren, Indiana State is 1-5 against Missouri State and 0-2 inside Hulman Center.

Scouting The Bears
Missouri State enters Friday's game at 14-13 on the season, sitting in seventh place in the MVC standings with a 6-9 record within the league. The Bears are 3-8 on the road this season, including a 1-6 mark within the MVC. Missouri State enters the matchup on a two-game winning streak after sweeping Southern Illinois (81-74) and Evansville (66-63) at home last weekend. The Bears employ one of the best offenses in the nation, ranking second in the MVC and 32nd in the NCAA by averaging 71.0 points per game as a team. On the defensive end, Missouri State allows 74.0 points per game to their opponents, seventh-most in the NCAA and second in the MVC. Senior Whitney Edie leads the conference with nine double-doubles this season, averaging 14.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

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

Feb. 1, 2013 at Missouri State -- W, 71-67                 Jan. 16, 2011 at Missouri State -- L, 54-65
Feb. 24, 2012 at Indiana State -- L, 58-68                  Feb. 12, 2010 at Indiana State -- L, 58-69
Jan. 27, 2012 at Missouri State -- L, 70-84                 Jan. 16, 2010 at Missouri State -- L, 65-69
March 12, 2011 at St. Charles, Mo. -- L, 79-84           Feb. 14, 2009 at Indiana State -- L, 40-53
Feb. 10, 2011 at Indiana State -- L, 50-63                 Jan. 17, 2009 at Missouri State -- L, 53-77

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

Feb. 24, 2013 vs. Illinois State -- L, 54-63                 Jan. 6, 2013 vs. Northern Iowa -- L, 52-54
Feb. 10, 2013 vs. Drake -- W, 59-48                         Jan. 4, 2013 vs. Bradley -- W, 55-54
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

At Home Under Head Coach Moren
Indiana State is 31-11 (.738) inside Hulman Center in their three seasons under head coach Teri Moren. In MVC action, the Sycamores are 16-9 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 146 games inside Hulman Center, coming away with victories on 113 occasions.

All About Defense: Part I
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          53.4             1,334               25               16-9                             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

All About Defense: Part II
Indiana State ranks second in the MVC and enters the week ranking 27th in the NCAA in points allowed per game this season, as ISU's opponents have averaged 53.4 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 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 10-34.

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. Taylor Whitley (2009-present) -- 1,033
12. Livia Hester (1992-96) -- 1,332                            25. Rachel Maenpaa (2003-07) -- 1,029        
13. Amy Amstutz (1996-99) -- 1,274                          26. Stephanie Lisch (2003-06) -- 1,007

Top Four
Indiana State enters the weekend in fourth place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings, checking in at 8-6 in league play. The last time that the Sycamores finished in the top four of the MVC standings was during the 2006-07 season when Indiana State finished third with a 19-11 overall record and 12-6 with in the conference.

Sycamores Secure First Winning Season Since 2009-10
With their 77-64 victory at Southern Illinois on Feb. 16, Indiana State secured their first winning season under head coach Teri Moren and the program's first since the 2009-10 season. The Sycamores finished an even 16-16 in Moren's debut season in 2010-11 before going 15-16 in 2011-12.

Winning On The Glass
The Sycamores are 13-1 this season when out-rebounding their opponents compared to 3-8 when rebounds are equal or the opposition has more. For the season, Indiana State has posted a 37.3-33.5 (+3.8) average edge on the glass while allowing the fewest rebounds per game in the conference (33.5).

Munn Ranks Second In The Valley In Scoring
Junior Anna Munn leads the team and ranks second in the MVC in scoring, averaging 15.2 points per game this season. The ISU junior tied her career high 27 points at Southern Illinois on Feb. 16, also going for 27 points on the road at Missouri State on Feb. 1. Munn has posted at least 20 points in four games this season, with three coming on the road. If Munn keeps up her 15.2 points per game pace, her average would be the best for a Sycamore since Laura Rudolphi averaged 15.9 points per game during the 2007-08 season and make her the first Sycamore to finish either first or second in the league standings since Kourtney Mennen led the MVC with an 18.6 points per game average during the 2002-03 season.

Senior Day Success
Indiana State will honor senior Taylor Whitley and redshirt junior Andrea Rademacher on Sunday against Wichita State, a duo that has combined for 64 victories since their first season in 2009-10. The Sycamores have seen plenty of recent success on Senior Day, picking up a victory for 11 straight years dating back to the Senior Day during the 2001-02 season.

The Sycamores have outscored their opponents by a margin of 716-609 (+107) in the opening 20 minutes of their 25 games this season, while holding a 38-point edge (763-725) in the second half and overtime. This season, Indiana State has led at the half in 16 of their 25 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 464-for-1249 (37.1%) from the field this season. The Sycamores have held an opponent under 40% shooting in 13 games this season, going 10-3 in those contests.

ISU Rallies For Road Victories At Evansville and Southern Illinois
Indiana State trailed at the half at both Evansville (26-15) and Southern Illinois (42-36) in mid-February before posting a pair of second-half runs to earn victories, the first time since Jan. 3, 2009, against Creighton and Jan. 10, 2009, against Illinois State that ISU trailed at the break in back-to-back games before earning wins. At UE, ISU trailed by 13 points with less than 15 minutes to play before totaling 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. At SIU, Indiana State trailed by 15 points, at 21-6, early in the contest but began the second half on a 20-4 run to earn their 10th straight victory over the Salukis. ISU's comeback from 15 points was their largest in program history.

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 354 assists and needs 26 more assists to pass Amy Walker (379 -- 1991-95) for sixth place. The Geneva, Ill., product, has 222 career steals, six 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.

Laramie Moves Into The Starting Lineup
Freshman Marina Laramie was inserted into the starting lineup over each of the past eight games and has responded by averaging 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. In her 17 games coming off the bench, the newcomer from O'Fallon, Mo., averaged 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Laramie has went into double figures in five of her eight games as a starter, including a career-high 17 points at Illinois State on Jan. 25 and a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double against Creighton on Feb. 8.

Better At The Line
Sophomore Racheal Mahan has improved at the free-throw line during MVC action, shooting 50-for-70 (71.4%) 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 40-for-69 (58.0%) on the road.

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. Mahan (22) and junior Anna Munn (27) also went over 20 points each in Indiana State's road victory at SIU on Feb. 16.

49 Combined
Junior Anna Munn (27 points) and sophomore Racheal Mahan (22 points) combined for 49 points in Indiana State's road victory at Southern Illinois on Feb. 16, the most points from a pair of Sycamores since Kelsey Luna (33 points) and Shannon Thomas (19 points) combined for 52 points in an 80-72 road victory at USC Upstate on Nov. 21, 2009.

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 13.6 points per game, while leading the way at 8.1 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, ranks second in the MVC lead with eight double-doubles this season.

Second-Chance Points
Indiana State is averaging 12.9 offensive rebounds per game, leading to a 255-164 (+91) edge in second-chance points this season. The Sycamores have scored more or the same number of second-chance points as their opponents in 19 of their 25 games this season.

Sharp Shooter
Junior Anna Munn has knocked down 155 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 home victory over Creighton on Feb. 8, snapping an eight-game losing streaks to the Bluejays.

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).

Close Losses In MVC Play
Of Indiana State's six 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.

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.

On To The Next One...
The Sycamores host league-leading Wichita State on Sunday, March 3, in a game that can be seen live on the MVC-TV Network at 1:30 p.m. Indiana State will honor senior Taylor Whitley and redshirt junior Andrea Rademacher following the game with Senior Day festivities.

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