TERRE HAUTE — Fans can get their first glimpse of the Missouri Valley Conference favorites today in Hulman Center when coach Teri Moren’s squad takes the floor against Division II Indianapolis.
The Sycamores’ lone exhibition game is exactly one week before the regular-season home opener against South Alabama.
ISU will see a quality opponent today. The Greyhounds bring a nationally-ranked squad that has played in the Division II national tournament the past two years.
The Sycamores have a veteran core of returnees and a mix of talented newcomers.
“It’s about the new kids seeing the atmosphere of the Hulman Center when the lights are on,” Moren said. “Hopefully it will be more about playing a solid 40 minutes of basketball.”
Returning leading scorer Anna Munn is ready to get game action started, and she'll be joined in the backcourt by returning guard Travecia Franklin and Memphis transfer Bilquis Abdul-Qaadir, a double-figure scorer during her three-year career.
No. 2 scorer Racheal Mahan and Lashonda Littleton, a long, athletic forward, are the probable starters in the post.
The Sycamores jumped into a game situation last week at Purdue in an organized preparation for this afternoon’s debut in front of the home crowd.
“We’re ready to go on Saturday to see where we’re at and be able to build off the good and the bad that comes on Saturday,” Munn said.
Indianapolis is led by senior guard Katy McIntosh, who averaged 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game last season, leading all Division II guards in field-goal percentage at 54.4 percent.
Defending a good offensive team with officials emphasizing hand check calls and other contact away from the ball will take some getting used to and an exhibition game is a chance to work on that. Moren said the Sycamores and Boilermakers combined for 58 foul calls in last week’s scrimmage.
ISU will be implementing more full-court pressure this season. “Lights are on, real officials are here. scoreboard, everything’s as game-like as it’s gonna be,” Moren said. “This is is just gonna be a measuring stick for us to see where we’re at if some of the things we have defensively, some of the things we have offensively are going to work.”