News From Terre Haute, Indiana


October 11, 2012

Can Indiana State's women's team get over the hump?

Sycamores looking for first winning season of Moren era

TERRE HAUTE — Entering her third season as head coach at Indiana State, Teri Moren will be trying to leave two middling seasons as far as win-loss record is concerned in the past.

The Sycamores concluded their sixth day of practice for the 2012-13 season on Wednesday, and Moren — 31-32 in her ISU career thus far — is excited about the possibilities that abound with a young, energetic team and a brand new coaching staff.

“It kind of feels like starting over with some of the young kids,” Moren said before referencing several players that return. “The nice thing with Taylor [Whitley], Anna [Munn], [Jessica] Valley and Andrea [Rademacher] and [sophomores] Racheal [Mahan], Travecia [Franklin] and [Natasha] Zurek we have some experience. I wouldn’t call them all veterans.”

Rademacher, a junior who begins practice in the best shape of her career, said she has the same feeling of starting over.

“We all have high expectations this year. It’s a whole new group, new set of coaches, new girls,” Rademacher said. “We’re all still expecting great things. I know a lot of people are doubting us due to our age and how young the team is. But I think we’re all so driven right now and focused on accomplishing big things that we haven’t done in a while.”

Like many coaches, she sees potential.

”We’ve got a long ways to go. But I think we’re at a good starting point,” Moren said.

So the big question is can the Sycamores get over the hump and have a winning season for the first time since a 17-14 mark in 2009-10? (ISU’s last winning Missouri Valley Conference season was 2008-09 when ISU was 14-16 overall).

If the Sycamores can answer a few of the following questions, they could definitely get where they want to be.

<center>Is point guard Taylor Whitley back to full health?</center>

Whitley played just 23.6 minutes per game and missed 11 games during the Sycamores’ 15-16 campaign last year.

The senior point guard has had multiple knee surgeries, but she’s been looking strong in practice so far, giving her and Moren reasons to believe she could be poised for a career year.

“It’s just one of those unfortunate things. You can’t look back,” Moren said. “[Whitley] was very smart over the summer. She watched herself and tried not to do too much. We’ve watched her in preseason,” Moren continued. “She looks great, she feels great. She’s not pain-free everyday, but she’s as close to 100 percent as she’s been in a long time.”

Last season, Whitley was never the dynamic player that she was in 2010-11 when she made the MVC All-Tournament team thanks to an outstanding three-day run. The Chicago-area native was a big-time playmaker in 2010-11, averaging 4.7 assists. That number was down to 2.8 last year.

“I don’t think I was ever close to 100 percent health, but my knee’s feeling great now. It occasionally gets sore, but it’s 100 times better than last season which is really good news,” Whitley said.

With added athleticism around her, Whitley could be the throttle the Sycamores need to be a surprise in the league this year.

“This is the hardest working team I’ve ever been on, we’re super positive and encouraging of eachother,” Whitley said. “If we stay working this hard and positive all year long, good things will come out of it.”

<center>Who replaces Shannon Thomas in the paint?</center>

The 6-foot-4 Thomas graduated as the Sycamores’ all-time leader in rebounds and blocked shots, and sophomore Racheal Mahan, who averaged 13 minutes as a freshman, is the most experienced option to pick up minutes.

Mahan, whose production peaked during MVC action when she posted 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15.8 minutes of action, says she’s ready to be a go-to option in the post.

“Sixty percent of our points are gone from last season so we’re going to have to see who’s going to score that 60 percent,” Mahan said. “I’ve worked very hard in the offseason, and I’m going to have to step up big-time.”

The 6-foot-1 but forceful Mahan said she’s worked on all aspects of her game.

“There’s a lot I can do to improve,” she said. “I have to be better at free throws, rebounding and ball-handling.”

The 6-foot-3 Rademacher, who played 7.7 minutes a game last season, is hoping to earn a bigger role this year. The 21-year-old enters her fourth year in the program is hoping to prove to the coaching staff she can contribute.

“I’ve lost quite a bit of weight after last season which I needed to be able to guard faster players,” Rademacher said. “Because in our league I lot of guards in our league play that 4 spot, play in post. I needed to become faster, be a better defender. I feel I’ve improved on that this summer, by gaining speed and losing weight.”

Moren also has freshmen Marina Laramie, a 6-foot-2 post out of O’Fallon, Mo., and Makenzi Reasor, a 6-2 Hoosier out of Mount Vernon, trying to break into the rotation.

“I just think it’s too early to tell. When you look at the fact that, out of our four post players, two of them our freshmen, you would just assume that Rademacher and Rachel would be ready to step in,” Moren said. “Those are some big shoes to fill, replacing Shannon, not only offensively but everything she did for us on the defensive end as well.”

<center>Will Ann Munn have a breakout season?</center>

Yes, Munn has been a solid player for the Sycamores the past two seasons, averaging 10 points last season, good for fourth on the team.

But the junior has the all-around skills to be a first-team performer in the Missouri Valley.

The problem is Munn had offseason shoulder surgery that kept her off the basketball floor the entire off-season. She was cleared by doctors for her first full practice Friday, but she looked ready to go.

Friday “was first day in six months she’s really been in the thick of things,” Moren said. “She’s in fantastic shape. Expectations are always going to be high on a kid like that, that can shoot the ball like she can. She’s the most experienced player from last year’s team, coming back just based on the fact that Taylor was injured.”

Munn shot 38.1 percent from the 3-point arc last year, second only to Deja Mattox. But Mattox and Brittany Schoen, who led the team in 3-pointers made, are gone, meaning Munn should have plenty more looks at the goal.

Munn, also ISU’s leader in assists and second-best rebounder last year, is ready to pick up her production in another big area.

“I think I just need to be more of a vocal leader,” Munn said. “I think last year I let some of the seniors take that role, and I think this year it’s time to just step up and be that vocal leader and exemplify what’s supposed to be going on on and off the court.”

“It’s been a pretty good start. Coach is really just trying to get our fundamentals down and put in a couple plays. Just have to get some more conditioning in. I think we’re going to hit the ground running the next couple weeks coming up.

<center>What do the freshman add to the team?</center>

When Moren talks about the Sycamores being more athletic this season, sophomores Jessica Valley and Travecia Franklin certainly come to mind.

ISU assistants have been impressed by Franklin so far, and Valley returned to the court ahead of schedule after reconstructive knee surgery in February.

Watch the Sycamores practice and freshman Kasey Johnson of Plainfield comes to the forefront of the discussion.

While she’s only 5-8, Johnson is strong, fast and a good leaper.

“Kasey Johnson has really stood out as a freshman,” Moren said. “Valley’s finally back, and she’s about a month ahead of schedule as far as her release. We’re way more athletic than we’ve been in the past on the perimeter, not as deep as we’d like to be on the inside. But we still feel like we have some pieces that we can play different ways.”

Johnson and Valley provide needed versatility.

“It’s neat to have two kids like that, that are so athletic. That’s a luxury you have. Valley can play the 1 through the 4 [positions]. That’s what she did last year, maybe not so much the 4.  Then you have a kid like Kasey that can play the 4. She can jump. I’m comfortable playing her at a 4 spot. She would be a headache for a 4 in our league trying to guard her. It’s nice to have an option like that.”

The 6-2 freshmen, 5-7 guard Kalliste Haskins and Johnson make up the freshman class for ISU. Right now, Moren sees Johnson as a definite contributor.

“The nice thing about a kid like Kasey is she has an unbelievable basketball IQ. You can put her in those spots and she can retain and know where she’s supposed to be. I’m excited about her in particular,” Moren said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • SPT041614 SMWC jordan.jpg Saint Mary-of-the-Woods sweeps doubleheader over Rose-Hulman

    Over the years, defeating its crosstown rival has not usually been easy for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods or Rose-Hulman when they’ve met in college softball.
    But on Wednesday afternoon at The Woods, the home team made its doubleheader sweep look easy to first-year coach Mark Feller with five-inning decisions of 10-0 and 11-1.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT 030714 ODUM 02O'LEARY.jpg Terre Haute North grad O'Leary to transfer from Loyola

    Matt O’Leary is one of three men's basketball players at Loyola recently granted a release from his scholarship from the Missouri Valley Conference school.
    The former Terre Haute North standout told the Tribune-Star he doesn’t yet know his next move.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Rose-Hulman, Woods to face off on softball diamond

    The Rose-Hulman softball team will visit a familiar foe today when the Engineers take on crosstown rival Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in a nonleague doubleheader.

    April 15, 2014

  • ISU baseball holds off Eastern Illinois for 24th win

    Indiana State freshman left-hander Ryan Keaffaber won his first game as a Sycamore and senior catcher Mike Fitzgerald went 3 for 3 as ISU defeated host Eastern Illinois 6-4 in college baseball Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Top returners lead Cream over Crimson in Hoosiers' spring game

    The Cream team at Saturday’s Cream and Crimson intrasquad game had Indiana’s top returning rusher and receiver and the Hoosiers’ top-rated passer from last season.
    No surprise, then, that Tevin Coleman, Shane Wynn and Tre Roberson guided the Cream to a resounding 24-14 win over the Crimson.

    April 12, 2014

  • Rose-Hulman baseball gets wild doubleheader sweep

    Host Rose-Hulman came back from an early six-run deficit in the first game Saturday and went on to a 13-12, 7-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball sweep over Mount St. Joseph.
    The wild opener featured a Rose-Hulman comeback from an 8-2 deficit and included 18 hits and two school records for the Engineers.

    April 12, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball earns doubleheader sweep at Missouri State

    Yvette Alvarez’s one-hit shutout capped a dominant day of pitching Saturday as Indiana State swept a Missouri Valley Conference softball doubleheader at Missouri State by scores of 6-1 and 4-0.
    “We pitched well,” coach Shane Bouman said. “Both Taylor Lockwood in the first game and Yvette Alvarez in the second game threw great. When you pitch good and you play good defense and get some key hits, good things are going to happen.

    April 12, 2014

  • SPT 032414 COACH SANFORD.jpg ISU football set for first spring scrimmage

    Thanks to a limited number of available offensive linemen — a group that will at least double in numbers in the fall with the addition of recruits and currently injured players — the Sycamores won’t have a full-scale scrimmage, but will still intersperse scrimmage plays (with officials) among other practice drills.
    “We’re thin,” coach Mike Sanford admitted after practice Thursday. “The scrimmage will be part of practice — probably 30 or 40 plays altogether. We only have five to seven healthy offensive linemen, so we can’t go [in a scrimmage format] for long stretches of time.”

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Waltman's funeral Saturday at Indianapolis

    Royce Waltman’s visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Methodist Church at 100 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis.

    April 10, 2014

  • ISU baseball falls to Vanderbilt 6-2

    The seventh-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores took control early to defeat the Indiana State Sycamores 6-2

    April 9, 2014

  • SPT 040514 JACOB HAYES DIVE.jpg ISU baseball sweeps doubleheader against Wichita State

    Indiana State baseball coach Mitch Hannahs finally got what he’s been looking for from the Sycamores’ Friday and Saturday starters ... and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
    Preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite Wichita State is in town for a crucial series. With ISU 2-4 in the league, it was vital for the Sycamores to validate their better-than-expected form in nonconference play with MVC success in Saturday’s doubleheader at Bob Warn Field.

    April 5, 2014 3 Photos

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Rose-Hulman's nine-game winnings streak snapped

    Rose-Hulman had its nine-game winning streak snapped with two tightly contested losses at defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champion Manchester on Saturday.

    April 5, 2014

  • Newbolt.jpg Sycamores get commitment from junior-college point guard

    Help wanted.
    Following Indiana State’s loss to Marquette in the WNIT, coach Teri Moren touched on the future of the program after the loss of Sycamore senior Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir.

    April 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grant Prusator …nd jones 0.jpg Prusator gives ISU a shooter for 2015

    Grant Prusator, a native of Rochelle, Ill., has made a verbal commitment to play basketball for Indiana State starting in the 2014-15 season. He will have three years of eligibility with the Sycamores as he played just one year for Highland Community College.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Metro sports: Locks of Love tournament today at Memorial Stadium

    The Indiana State Women’s Soccer team will host its annual Locks of Love tournament today. The 4th annual event will begin at 9 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.

    April 4, 2014

  • SPT040314 ISUFB thurman.jpg Indiana State secondary could be mending into a strength

    During Indiana State’s injury-ravaged 2013 season, there wasn’t a unit on either side of the ball that was spared from the carnage.
    But if one had to be singled out as hardest hit in the injury department, it would be difficult to out-do the Sycamores’ secondary.
    Every player that started in ISU’s season opener at Indiana not only missed at least one game last season, but the entire starting unit was out of action by the end of September.

    April 3, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT031114 reed1.jpg Reed named Midseason National Player of the Year

    Half of the college baseball season is done and one prominent college baseball publication thinks Terre Haute’s A.J. Reed is best player in the land.
    Reed, a junior at Kentucky, was named the Midseason National Player of the Year by Perfect Game USA, a website devoted to college baseball.

    April 3, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT012714ISUWBB laramie.jpg Laramie to transfer from ISU women's basketball program

    Indiana State forward Marina Laramie averaged 9.9 points and started all 32 games as a sophomore for the Sycamores.
    But the 6-foot-2 women’s basketball player will continue her career elsewhere.

    April 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • Metro sports: ISU blanks Austin Peay in 6-plus innings

    Indiana State’s baseball team posted another mid-week victory Wednesday night as four pitchers combined to throw a three-hit shutout and lead a 3-0 victory over Austin Peay State at Bob Warn Field.

    April 2, 2014

  • 20140401_145857.jpg Chicago guard commits to ISU women's basketball

    The Indiana State women’s basketball team picked up a verbal commitment from Chicago guard Kiera Brooks on Tuesday.
    The 5-foot-7 junior for North Lawndale College Prep visited ISU’s campus for the first time, met the team and chose her college home. Brooks averaged 18.7 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals for coach Corey Morgan’s 15-11 squad.

    April 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball tops IU 7-5

    The Indiana State softball team remained a perfect 13-0 when scoring in the first inning as it defeated Indiana (9-24-1) 7-5 Tuesday for its second consecutive victory over a Big Ten opponent.

    April 1, 2014

  • Stout_action3.jpg Dedicated to helping others

    It’s not like Marissa Stout is bored out of her mind and lacking for things to do.

    March 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Metro sports: ISU’s Stone, Riemenschneider honored by MVC

    Indiana State junior Megan Stone and freshman Brooke Riemenschneider each earned Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week honors, according to an announcement from the league office Monday.

    March 31, 2014

  • SPT 032914 TYLER WAMPLER.jpg ISU baseball shows mental toughness in win over Illinois State

    When the pressure’s on, there’s nothing a coach likes more than to see his team double down on their approach and grit out a positive result.

    March 29, 2014 4 Photos

  • SPT032814 ISUBB hayes.jpg Going the distance: Redbirds ace Savas allows just five hits while shutting down Sycamores

    Indiana State’s pitchers weren’t their best in Friday’s series opener against Illinois State, but it seemed the Sycamores might get away with it. Through seven innings, ISU had issued six walks, gave up six hits and hit a batter, but still trailed by just a run. But ISU’s luck with its generosity would give out in the eighth, and even if it hadn’t, Illinois State standout starter Dan Savas had the Sycamores’ bats in a deep freeze anyway. The Redbirds defeated the Sycamores 5-2 at Bob Warn Field.

    March 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Woods softball team wins 4th straight

    The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods softball team swept Grace College with a pair of wins in its home opener Wednesday.

    March 28, 2014

  • 13256387835_31de30fb40.jpg Devoted brothers: Mahurins relish chance to team up and win NAIA title

    It wasn’t a great year for NCAA basketball in the Hoosier state outside of Indiana State’s 23-victory season.
    But a team in NAIA Division II with eight Indiana natives — and coached by former Valparaiso point guard Greg Tonagel, an Indiana All-Star for his hometown of LaPorte — brought home a national basketball championship.
    Tonagel, the scrappy point guard who played alongside Bryce Drew for that magical Valpo team, created more March hoops memories with the help of Rockville brothers R.J. and Lane Mahurin.

    March 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT032614 ISU BB curry.jpg ‘A full night’: Leadoff hitter Curry leads 16-hit attack as Sycamores pound Hoosiers

    Lead-off man Landon Curry had four of Indiana State’s 16 hits Wednesday afternoon, and cleanup hitter Mike Fitzgerald reached for the 17th straight game to lead the Sycamores to a 12-8 victory.

    March 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • SPT 032414 ISU FOOTBALL.jpg Fresh start: ISU football team springs into action for coach Sanford’s second season

    Many things change from year one to year two in someone’s coaching regime, but when it comes to football, few things change more dramatically in that span than spring football practice.

    March 24, 2014 4 Photos

  • Nebraska Indiana Bask_Tayl.jpg Etherington, Hollowell leaving IU

    Two players are leaving Indiana University’s basketball program while a third is reportedly planning to leave early for the NBA. IU confirmed Monday afternoon that redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington and sophomore Jeremy Hollowell will transfer.

    March 24, 2014 1 Photo

Latest News Poll
AP Video
Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Today in History for April 16th Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Combat Vehicles in East Ukraine Fly Russian Flag Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast
NDN Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010