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March 8, 2014

ISU women grab share of MVC regular-season title

Will be top-seed team at conference tournament

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite lived up to its expectations, as the Indiana State women’s basketball team grabbed a piece of the regular-season title with an 85-72 triumph over host Northern Iowa on Saturday afternoon inside McLeod Center.

ISU (19-9 overall, 14-4 MVC) also earned the No. 1 seed in this week’s MVC tournament in St. Charles, Mo.

The win secured at least a share of the MVC regular-season title, with Wichita State (13-4 MVC) also looking to get a piece of it today against Missouri State. Indiana State earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament by conference tiebreaker procedures.

The regular-season title is the first for  coach Teri Moren in her ISU career.

The Sycamores extended their winning streak to six games Saturday, matching a season high while they put up their second-highest offensive output of the season. They also shot a season-high 53.6 percent from the floor with four players scoring in double-figures.

Senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir led the team with her second straight 20-point effort, scoring 28 points and dishing out four assists.

Abdul-Qaadir went 11 for 19 from the floor, setting a career high for made field goals in a game. Junior forward Chelsea Small poured in a career-high 16 points and tied for a team-high eight boards. Small went 5 for 6 from the field, including 4 for 5 from behind the long-range arc.

Junior forward Jasmine Grier added 11 points and tied Small with eight rebounds.

She’s now scored in double figures in her last three games and four of her last five. Senior guard Anna Munn chipped in with 10 points and picked up seven rebounds.

ISU shot a season-high 69.2 percent from the 3-point line, going 9 for 13 behind Small’s four treys. The defense held UNI to 37.3-percent shooting from the field and just 19 percent from behind the arc.

From the line, the Sycamores went 16 for 18 (88.9 percent) and also outrebounded the Panthers 38-27. Indiana State’s bench accounted for 22 points led by Small’s 16.

UNI didn’t go down without a fight, cutting the lead to nine with 5:41 to play on a pair of free throws by freshman Madison Weekly. Grier would pull up for back-to-back jumpers to extend the lead back to 13.

Junior forward Racheal Mahan made a move in the paint for two of her nine points, while Grier nailed a 3-pointer to help extend the ISU advantage to 15 with 4:29 to play. Mahan got in foul trouble early, but still finished the game with nine points.

Indiana State controlled the game the entire way, holding the Panthers scoreless for the first 3:45 and forcing a timeout after a made 3-pointer by sophomore forward Marina Laramie.

Six straight points off layups by Abdul-Qaadir helped ISU close the first half on an 8-1 run, taking a 34-21 lead into the locker room.

Indiana State will begin play in the MVC tournament at the Family Arena in St. Charles on Friday. Tipoff is set for 1:05 p.m. ET against the winner of the No. 8/No. 9 game. The full MVC tournament bracket will be announced at approximately 6 p.m. today.

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