News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Breaking News

Given to Fly

February 18, 2007

Given to Fly: Sycamores doing it with more than just offense

Back on Nov. 28, 2006, the Indiana State women’s basketball team allowed a Loyola (Ill.) team to come into Hulman Center, shoot 50.9 percent from the field and score 71 points.

Uninspiring defensive efforts were commonplace back then, but coach Kelvin Sampson of Indiana — referring to a Purdue men’s team that has steadily improved this season — said a team’s true identity is shown in February, not in November.

While the Sycamores surpassed 100 points for the third time of the season in that Loyola win, the defense was awful. Drastic changes were made at halftime of an 89-81 loss to the same Illinois State Redbirds whom Indiana State stifled into 30-percent shooting Sunday at Redbird Arena.

Since that loss to the Rebirds, ISU has held its last seven opponents to a combined 36-percent shooting from the field. Not only do the Sycamores have the best offense in the league, they’ve earned an identity as a defensive stopper.

The turnaround is downright amazing.

“Early in the year we were probably one of the softest teams in the conference,” coach Jim Wiedie said. “I thought we were soft all the way around — soft inside, soft on the perimeter. Mentally soft.

“But I think we’ve matured as the season goes along and you get more comfortable with what you’re doing. You can just see the demeanor start to change. Are we the toughest team in the league physically? No, not yet, but we’re getting a little bit better. Rebounding and defense are a good indicator of that.”

With a young team full of newcomers, Wiedie’s Sycamores are a team that has as good a shot as anyone at a third-place finish in the regular season. A month ago that seemed unlikely, with teams like last-place Missouri State able to win in Hulman Center.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Given to Fly
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death
NDN Video
Bill Murray Continues To Be Just Bill Murray By Eating Some Free Bill Murray Ice Cream Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl
Parade
Magazine

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

activity