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January 20, 2013

Rivalry reborn: Evansville defeats ISU women

TERRE HAUTE — A rivalry is re-born.

Indiana State and Evansville’s women’s basketball games haven’t been very competitive in recent seasons. The Sycamores have held sway, winning six in a row in the series and five in a row at Hulman Center.

That changed on Saturday.

“Indiana State is only two hours up the road. We compete in recruiting and we compete on the court,” Evansville coach Oties Epps. “In order for this to be a true rivalry, we have to win in their gym. We’ve done that.”

A much-improved Evansville team used a late 7-0 run and held on in face of an ISU comeback as the Sycamores couldn’t get over the top in a 55-54 loss.

Anna Munn led all scorers with 16 points in a game where defense dominated. Khristian Hart led Evansville with 11.

The battle of the teams’ post players – ISU’s Racheal Mahan and Evansville’s Mallory Ladd – ended more or less in a draw, mostly due to foul trouble for both. Mahan had 12 points (on 4 of 14 shooting) and eight rebounds. Ladd had 10 points (3 of 4 from field) and four rebounds.

A tightly-controlled game left a sour taste in ISU coach Teri Moren’s mouth. There were several calls – an allowed 3-pointer by Hart at 3:04 just after an official’s whistle and a pivotal late illegal screen by Jessica Valley with 16.7 seconds left – that were cause for consternation on the ISU bench.

“This game was controlled from the beginning – not by the players. Two of Evansville’s best players and two out of our best players weren’t playing the game,” Moren said. “I kind of feel like Racheal and Ladd might have cancelled each other, but the game would’ve been much more fun to watch had they been in.”

But Moren also acknowledged that it wasn’t the officiating that cost ISU the game. ISU had ample opportunities to reverse the outcome, but never build its gaps and couldn’t get the timely defensive stop or shot to fall that would’ve made the difference.

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