Candace Sykes
Candace Sykes


St. Anne, Ill.

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Redbirds Fall to Kansas State in the Second Round of the WNIT, 57-48

Candace Sykes also scored in double figures, scoring 10 points, while Brianna Puni added eight points.


Redbirds Shoot Past IUPUI In WNIT Opener

Illinois State advances to play at Kansas State Monday in the second round of the WNIT.


ISU Hosts IUPUI in First Round of WNIT Thursday

Illinois State leads the all-time series with IUPUI, 2-0.


ISU Plays Wichita State in Championship Game for Fifth MVC Tourney Title

Illinois State and Wichita State split the regular season series.


Redbirds Fall to Shockers in Valley Tournament Title Game, 69-65

For their efforts throughout the tournament, Russell and Smith were named to the All-Tournament Team.


WJBC Redbird Recap - IUPUI. vs. ISU

WJBC Redbird Recap - IUPUI. vs. ISU


WJBC Redbird Recap - Missouri St. vs. ISU

WJBC Redbird Recap - Missouri St. vs. ISU


WJBC Recap vs. Southern Illinois


WJBC Redbird Recap - ISU vs. UNI


WJBC Recap - WBB Milwaukee vs. Illinois State

WJBC Recap - WBB Milwaukee vs. Illinois State


WNIT First Round - ISU vs. IUPUI

Thursday, March 21


Illinois State vs. Missouri State

Illinois State vs. Missouri State 3/3/13


Illinois State vs. Wichita State

Thursday, February 28 at 7:35 p.m.


Illinois State vs. Creighton

Sunday, Feb. 10 at Redbird Arena in the Play4Kay game


Illinois State vs. Drake

Feb. 8 at 7:05 p.m., on Doug Collins Court

2011-12 (Junior Season)
Played in 31 games, making 29 starts ... earned All-Missouri Valley Conference Honorable Mention honors ... averaged 31.6 minutes per game, playing the third most minutes on the team ... held a 43 percent (133-of-311) field goal percentage, the second best on the team ... led the team in three-point field goal percentage, sinking 41 percent (51-of-124) ... led the team in rebounding with a season total of 249, averaging eight boards per game ... had 49 assists, finishing the season with the fourth most on the team ... was second in blocks (31) and steals (59) ... averaged 8.3 rebounds and 11.8 points in Valley games ... was fourth in the Valley in rebounds with 8.0 per game and finished second in defensive boards with 6.7 per game ... was seventh in the conference in steals with 1.9 per game ... finished third in the MVC in three-point field goal percentage at 41 percent and was ninth in three pointers made ... tied for seventh in the Valley in blocked shots, averaging one per game ... recorded her first career start at Ball State (11/11) ... brought down a career-high 20 rebounds against Arkansas State (12/2) ... dished out four assists at Michigan (12/22), setting a career best ... set a career high in three-point field goals made with five against Indiana State (1/6/12) and tied the career-high against Central Michigan (3/15) ... recorded a career-high five steals three times during the season ... recorded a double-double in three out of four games from Jan. 27 through Feb. 10 ... played a career-high 40 minutes against Drake (1/20) ... scored a career-high 23 points against Central Michigan (3/15) in a WNIT win with a career-high field goals made (9) and field goals attempted (17).

Transferred to Illinois State in January 2010 ... granted an SLR waiver by the NCAA (11/4/10), allowing her to beging playing at the start of 2010-11 season.

Sophomore Year (2010-11)
Appeared in 34 games ... granted an SLR waiver by the NCAA on Nov. 4, allowing her to begin play at the start of the season, rather than sitting out the first seven games due to NCAA Transfer Eligibility regulations ... scored a game-high 14 points off the bench and grabbed three rebounds against Eastern Illinois (11/18) ... scored nine points, knocking down two three-pointers, at DePaul (12/1) ... scored a team-high 12 points, making her the only Redbird to score in double-figures, at Indiana State (1/8) ... led the Redbirds with 13 points at Southern Illinois (1/27), making five field goals, including three three-pointers ... tied her season-high with four rebounds and had one assist against Indiana State (3/11) in the MVC Tournament.

At Alabama (2008-09)
Redshirted the 2008-09 season with a hip injury ... appeared in the first eight games of the 2009-10 season, averaging 4.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 12.5 rebounds per game, before transferring ... made her collegiate debut in the season-opener against Tennessee Tech ... led the Crimson Tide with 16 points, knocking down four three-pointers, against the Golden Eagles.

Prior to ISU
Four-year letterwinner at Momence High School ... led the Lady Redskins to three conference championships, two regional titles and the first Super Sectional appearance in school history ... averaged 20.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game in her career ... holds Momence career records for points and rebounds ... three-time all-state selection, earning first-team recognition as a senior and junior and second-team honor as a sophomore ... four-time all-area and all-conference selection ... nominated for Illinois Miss Basketball award and McDonald's All-America Team as a senior .. prep coach was Molly Grasha ... played AAU basketball for the Illinois Wolverines ... won the 15-and-under state championship and placed fifth at the national tournament.

Candace Janelle Sykes ... born May 17, 1990 in Kankakee, Ill. ... daughter of Larry Sykes Sr. ... two brothers (Larry, LaRon) ... her cousin, Marcellus Martin, and godsister, Whitney Miltons, attended Illinois State ... majoring in psychology.