While all her teammates were being swarmed for autographs by the hundreds of boys and girls, Indiana State’s Stephanie Lisch was nowhere to be found Sunday in Hulman Center.

As soon as ISU’s 53-41 win against Northern Iowa ended, the 5-foot-10 junior went straight to the lockerroom to vomit. Then it was home to bed.

Lisch missed Sunday’s shootaround and Coach Jim Wiedie said she was a game-time decision because of an illness. Coach Jim Wiedie said the decision was up to Lisch and the doctor.

“Steph is going to fight through it and stick it out for her teammates. Under normal conditions, she probably wouldn’t have played, but this was a big game for us,” senior point guard Melanie Boeglin said.

Lisch got several big buckets and rebounds down the stretch and finished second to Boeglin with nine points to go with four rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes.

“I didn’t think she was going to play today. She looked awful at shootaround today. She kept throwing up,” Wiedie said. “Basically, it was left up to her and the doctor. That kid’s a warrior. She played a lot more minutes than we anticipated.”

The shootaround “took a little something out of us,” Wiedie said, mentioning the hardship of another of his players. “Lisa’s [Verhoff] going through an emotional time [with the death of her grandfather].”

The Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year two seasons ago has really stepped up her play, beginning with the road trip to Bradley and Northern Iowa. Lisch had 15 points and three steals in ISU’s 74-62 win at UNI on Jan. 14.

— Third 20-win season — Indiana State reached 20 wins for the third time in four years Sunday.

“I think it’s big from the standpoint that everyone tries to get to that 20-win mark,” Wiedie said.

But Wiedie knows the Sycamores still don’t have any margin for error as far as an NCAA Tournament berth goes.

“We’re in a position where you’d love to have an at-large bid, but it’s really not realistic if we lose another game. The RPI would take too big of a hit. If you guys said we’d be 20-2, I don’t think I’d believe you. I thought we’d have a good year, but it’s far exceeded my expectations.”

— DiCecco impressed with Schilli — UNI Coach Tony DiCecco was thorougly impressed with freshman Kara Schilli. He said he and his staff took notice when watching ISU play Missouri State on Fox Sports Midwest on Jan. 22.

“I think she is that X-factor right now, in terms of nobody knows her,” he said. “She’s absolutely a great player. What’s going to take place for her the next few years? She’s absolutely legit. She makes them better. We had a staff meeting after the TV game against Missouri State and basically the conversation was Schilli. She plays with a lot of flavor. She’s got a little bit of that that swagger that Melanie [Boeglin] had as a freshman. That’s scary. That’s real scary.”

— Containing Boeglin — Northern Iowa did a nice job containing Boeglin’s playmaking ability for most of the game Sunday. Last season, DiCecco used his all-conference post Alex Cook to defend her because of her strength.

DiCecco used 6-foot junior Tara King in a similar role Sunday.

“It’s a mold [of player] that I really like,” DiCecco said. “We try to recruit that way.”

Wiedie said it just took the Sycamores a while to make adjustments and be more patient.

“They really got out on our shooters and forced us to be more creative,” Wiedie said. “I thought Tara did a nice job switching out on her. They’re really looking to take away the drive. We relied on the guards penetrating too much.”