After early practices had been high energy, focused and injury free, Indiana State’s women’s basketball team has hit a couple bumps in the road.

Coach Jim Wiedie cut Friday’s practice short because “it wasn’t as energetic and focused as I would like, especially the day before a game.

“Maybe it’s just one of those things that was bound to happen with the way we’ve been practicing.”

Veteran guard Annie Bankhead will not play in today’s exhibition game against NCAA Division II Indianapolis due to a injured ankle. Bankhead had the right ankle in a protective boot at Thursday’s Indiana State men’s exhibition game, but the swelling on the ankle had improved by Friday.

“It’s actually a lot better than we originally thought,” Wiedie said Friday. “I’m not anticipating that she’ll play. There’s really no need [to play her]... she might hurt it further. Get her healthy and get her ready for Pine-Bluff.”

ISU opens the regular season in Hulman Center against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 11, and the Sycamores host No. 17 Vanderbilt three days later.

Wiedie still expects his team to be ready to play for the first time in front of the Hulman Center faithful.

“Up until the last couple days of practice, I thought our pace and energy level was very good. I’m a little disappointed with the last few days. I’m sure they’ll turn it around [today] once they play somebody for real.”

But for now, Wiedie said the team’s approach will be as it is with other exhibition contests: “Our mindset’s always been, you treat it like a regular game,” he said.

“We really try to focus more on what we do offensively and defensively as opposed to what our opponent does. We really try to focus more on our pace of play and our pressure. We figure if we do that and execute it the right way, we’ll be successful regardless of who we play.”

Indianapolis has an entire new coaching staff in place, with former assistants Clint Weddle and Sarah Shackle now on the Sycamores’ staff and former head coach Teri Moren taking an assistant job at Georgia Tech.

Coach LeeAnn Freeland is in her first year as a head coach, and former Miami University men’s standout Constantin Popa is her assistant. The 7-foot-3 Romanian is the Hurricanes’ all-time leading shot blocker.

The style of play Freeland’s teams employed at Florida-Gulf Coast and Southern Indiana was a fast-paced brand of basketball.

Wiedie said that Indianapolis has quality athletes and the Greyhounds should provide a good challenge.

“I’d rather play a team like that than a team that’s very methodical and walks the ball up and wants to grind the shot clock down,” Wiedie said. “I think it’s a game we would probably fare better in because it’s our style of play.”

Indianapolis has a pair of Wabash Valley products in sophomore guard Jessica Canary and freshman post Samantha Meissel, a 2007 Terre Haute North graduate. Canary started 27 games last season for the Greyhounds, averaging 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds.

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