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February 16, 2013

Indiana State women post first winning season in three years

The Indiana State women’s basketball team rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to earn a 77-64 road Missouri Valley Conference victory against Southern Illinois on Saturday inside SIU Arena, securing the program’s first winning season since 2009-10.

The victory improves Indiana State to 16-8 overall and 8-5 in conference play, as the Sycamores have now won four consecutive games this season. ISU’s 77 points on Saturday are also their most this season and just the fourth time the team has posted 70 points in 2012-13.

Southern Illinois (4-19, 1-11 MVC) raced out of the gates on Saturday, posting a 15-point lead when Mercedes Griffin knocked down a jump shot with 14:34 left in the opening half to give the home side a 21-6 lead.

Junior Anna Munn  scored 10 points during a 12-5 run for Indiana State that closed the gap to 28-20 with 8:15 left in the first half. Munn scored 20 points in the first half for the Sycamores, shooting 6-for-10 from the field with three 3-pointers.

The Salukis took a 42-36 halftime lead by shooting 17-of-30 (56.7 percent)  and  scoring 14 points off 11 ISU turnovers. The Sycamores went 13-for-26 (50 percent) from the field in the opening half.

Indiana State dominated  the second half, using a 20-4 run to take a 56-46 lead with 10:30 remaining. The Sycamores threw the ball inside to sophomore Racheal Mahan and freshman Marina Laramie as the post players combined for 14 of ISU’s 20 points during the run.

The Sycamores went in front by 20 points on two occasions, on a layup by Munn with 2:50 remaining (74-54) and a jump shot by freshman Kalliste Haskins with 2:01 to go (76-56).  The jumper earned Haskins the first points of her ISU career and came on her 19th birthday.

Munn tied her career high with 27 points, shooting 9-for-15 from the field with four 3-pointers to match her effort on the road at Missouri State earlier this season. Mahan posted her eighth double-double of the season, totaling 22 points and 10 rebounds. Laramie also went into double figures, adding 14 points and a career-high five assists.

Indiana State shot 14-for-24 (58.3 percent) in the second half and 27-for-50 (54 percent) for the game. ISU also improves to 13-1 on the season when out-rebounding its opponent, winning on the glass by a 37-29 margin.

Indiana State returns to Hulman Center for a three-game homestand, hosting Illinois State on Feb. 24. Tipoff is set for 2:05 p.m.

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