News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 26, 2013

ISU women fall by one at Illinois State

STAFF REPORT
The Tribune-Star

Bloomington, Ill. — A season of frustration in the Missouri Valley Conference continued for the Indiana State women’s basketball team on Friday.

For the second time in as many games, the Sycamores fell by a single point. This time, it was a road loss at Illinois State as the Redbirds prevailed 66-65 at Redbird Arena.

ISU has lost three MVC games by a single possession this season. The Sycamores fell to 11-7 and 3-4 in the MVC after the defeat.

Anna Munn and Marina Laramie co-led the Sycamores with 17 points each. Laramie’s total was a career-high. Jamie Russell paced Illinois State with 16 points.

ISU trailed by eight at halftime after it shot 33.3 percent from the field with 11 first-half turnovers. The Sycamores perked up in the second half and took a 61-60 lead on a Laramie jumper with 5:52 left in the game.

ISU led as late as the 3:32 mark, but the Sycamores went scoreless until there were nine seconds left in the contest. The Redbirds had a 66-63 lead at the 2:42 mark and held on for dear life.

After Illinois State (13-6, 5-2) missed a free throw with 6 seconds left, Munn’s jumper was off-the-mark at the buzzer.



INDIANA STATE (65) — Laramie 5-13 6-7 17, Mahan 4-11 5-7 13, Johnson 1-4 1-2 3, Whitley 4-10 3-4 11, Munn 7-18 1-2 17, Zurek 0 0-0 0, Haskins 0 0-0 0, Rademacher 0-0 0-0 0, Franklin 2-6 0-0 4. 23-62 FG, 16-22 FT, 65 TP.

ILLINOIS STATE (66) — Smith 5-11 5-6 15, Oliver 2-9 0-0 4, Jenkins 4-7 2-3 10, Foley 2-5 1-1 6, Russell 8-14 0-1 16, Sykes 3-13 4-5 11, Nelson 0-0 2-2 2, Winge 0-0 0-0 0, Puni 0-4 2-4 2. 24-63 FG, 16-22 FT, 66 TP.

Halftime score — ILS 39-31. 3-point goals — ISU 3-11 (Munn 2-9, Laramie 1-1, Johnson 0-1), ILS 2-14 (Sykes 1-9, Foley 1-4, Russell 0-1). Rebounds — ISU 41 (Mahan 10, Laramie 9, Johnson 7, Munn 6, Team 3, Whitley 2, Franklin 2, Zurek, Rademacher), ILS 42 (Oliver 9, Smith 8). Assists — ISU 16 (Whitley 5, Franklin 4, Munn 3, Johnson 2, Laramie, Zurek), ILS 12 (Jenkins 4). Steals — ISU 11 (Munn 5, Laramie 2, Mahan, Whitley, Zurek, Franklin), ILS 12 (Jenkins 3, Foley 3). Blocks — ISU 6 (Laramie, Mahan, Whitley, Munn, Zurek, Franklin), ILS 10 (Oliver 4). Turnovers — ISU 17 (Johnson 5, Munn 4, Laramie 3, Mahan 2, Franklin 2, Whitley), ILS 16 (Smith 5, Russell 5). Total fouls — ISU 18, ILS 16. Fouled out — Laramie. A — 1,577.

Next — ISU (11-7, 3-4) plays at Missouri State and Illinois State (13-6, 5-2) plays at Wichita State next Friday.

Track and field

• ISU’s Webb leads heptathlon — At Cedar Falls, Iowa, Indiana State’s Robert Webb leads the Heptathlon competition of the Jack Jennett Invite while Kelly Steffen finished second in the Pentathlon  at Northern Iowa.

Sami Spencer of Nebraska-Omaha won the Pentathlon with 4104 points. Steffen was second with 3,549 points which is just shy of her personal best of 3,558 points set in 2011.

Webb stands in first place for the heptathlon with four events completed and three more to be contested today. The Sycamore has 2,953 points to lead the field with teammate Brett Wehmiller currently seventh at 2,642 points.

The meet continues today.