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January 5, 2014

Offensive show: ISU overcomes foul trouble by top scorer Munn, scores 53 points in second half

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State had one of its finest offensive second halves in recent years Sunday to improve to 2-0 in Missouri Valley Conference action, holding off Drake for a 90-81 win.

The Sycamores were able to post 53 points on 20-of-36 shooting in the final 20 minutes with leading scorer Anna Munn battling foul trouble. Munn picked up her fourth foul a few minutes into the second half, but multiple players picked up the slack to propel ISU to its highest point total in almost three years. ISU scored 93 on Southern Illinois on Feb. 25, 2011.

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir scored 26 points, including two big driving baskets during a 13-4 run by the Sycamores that decided the game.

Stephanie Wittman and Chelsea Small, in their sixth games in a Sycamore uniform, were instrumental in the victory. Small gave the Sycamores the lead for good with a basket in the lane for two of her 10 second-half points. She finished with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, both season-highs.

“She was terrific,” ISU coach Teri Moren said. “We needed that. Whether it was a starter, or someone off the bench to give us a lift.”

Wittman’s steal — she had a team-best three on the day — and layup made it eight unanswered points for ISU. After Drake cut it to 77-73, Wittman drove the right side of the lane, converting a scoop shot and the foul shot for a 3-point play. Abdul-Qaadir got a steal, scoring on the ensuing possession for a nine-point lead.  

“[Abdul-Qaadir] has been special the last two games but [going back] more than that. She’s played really really well of late,” Moren said.  

Wittman finished with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists to go with her steals.  

“Steph has continued to give us another scoring threat. That’s been nice,” Moren said.

Marina Laramie was also one of the five players in double figures with 13 points on 5-of-7 field goal shooting.  

“Marina didn’t play great against Northern Iowa, but she was more patient in the post. She was really good,” Moren said.

ISU made 11 of 14 at the free throw line in the second half after a below-average first half at the line. The Sycamores went 12 of 19 at the foul line and 12 of 30 from the field to fall behind 39-37 at intermission.

“First half, we were so poor defensively,” Moren said. “We couldn’t find a defense we could settle into that we could have any success in. I got in them pretty good at halftime. I was disappointed in our energy level and effort.”

ISU won an abundance of hustle plays in the second half, especially the battle on the boards.

Indiana State dominated the glass, pleasing their coach with a 46-28 advantage. The Sycamores got 17 second-chance points as Small had seven offensive rebounds.

Indiana State will attempt to maintain its place atop the MVC standings next Sunday against rival Illinois State in Hulman Center.

 

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