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March 12, 2008

Given to Fly: Sycamores embracing underdog role at MVC Tournament

TERRE HAUTE — The frustration of not living up to expectations can cause problems within any sports team, from the coach down to the players at the end of the bench.

This weekend’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament could be just what the Indiana State women’s basketball needs to put another interesting twist on the 2007-08 season.

After being picked third in the league and coming off a 19-11 season, the Sycamores lifted the expectations even higher for themselves by getting their first ever win against a ranked opponent on Nov. 14, defeating Vanderbilt 77-72 in overtime. The Hulman Center victory would have been just the kind of win to show off to the NCAA selection committee if the Sycamores would have put together a 23- or 24-win season this year instead of the 14-14 mark they carry into this weekend.

“Everything was set up the way it should be,” Wiedie said. “To lose to some of the teams we’ve lost to, to have the record we have now, it turned out to be a little bit of a disappointment.”

Still, optimism is high after a pair of home wins. Excitement and positive energy were abound after practice earlier this week.

“There’s a lot of energy, and hopefully we’ll come out with three wins,” the source of much of ISU’s on-court energy, Kara Schilli, said Tuesday. “Since you know, we kind of didn’t have the season we wanted to, everyone’s really looking forward to that conference tournament.”

With ISU’s senior duo of Laura Rudolphi and Angela Phillips finishing the season on an absolute tear. Phillips has hit 13 3-pointers in her last four games, and Rudolphi finished her Hulman Center career on a high note with 34 points.

It is the time of year called March Madness and Angela Phillips says the Sycamores are ready to embrace their underdog role this weekend.

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