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October 28, 2008

Given to Fly: ISU vets hope to prove pundits wrong

St. Louis — Indiana State’s only two seniors were surprised to see they were picked ahead of just three Missouri Valley Conference women’s basketball teams Tuesday morning.

Forward Kara Schilli expected to be picked in the middle-of-the-pack with the loss of two key starters, Angela Phillips and Laura Rudolphi, who accounted for nearly 50 percent of ISU’s made field goals last season.

“The best thing about it is it’s predictions, it’s not reality,” Schilli said. “The goal every year is to be the top of the line, but we figure middle of the pack made sense.”

Leah Phillips, who played a key role off the bench as a freshman when ISU was picked as the preseason favorite in 2005-06, thinks the Sycamores’ potential was overlooked. She looks forward to helping the Sycamores be the hunter and not the hunted when the MVC slate rolls around.

“When you’re picked up high, you have that target on your back,” Phillips said. “We’ll be those people looking up front and going after those teams, and I think we’re really going to surprise people this year.”

There’s no doubt this senior duo differs in style and substance from last year’s standout senior duo. Schilli’s constant hustle and athleticism have granted her constant accolades from fans, and Phillips’ prolific 3-point shooting — her 145 made 3-pointers are fifth in program history and percentage of 39.8 is third all-time — have endeared her as well.

Work ethic could be as important as ever for a team with seven freshmen on the roster that will be counted on this season.

“Kara’s a hard worker. She’s the hardest worker on this team,” Phillips said. “The freshmen see that and think ‘we have to go hard. That’s what’s expected of us at Indiana State.’”

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