The Redbirds enter Thursday's game with a Valley record of 3-1.
Jan. 16, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. -After splitting its first road swing of the Missouri Valley Conference season, the Illinois State women’s basketball team will return home for three-straight games. On Thursday, the Redbirds host Evansville at 7:05 p.m., before they welcome Southern Illinois Saturday at 4:05 p.m., for Pack the Arena. Saturday’s game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago, as well as ESPN3.
The Redbirds enter Thursday’s game with a Valley record of 3-1, while the Purple Aces are 2-1. ISU’s and Evansville’s only loss came at the hands of Creighton, while both teams have defeated Drake.
Illinois State leads the all-time series with Evansville, 25-12. The series began when Evansville joined the Valley in 1995. The Redbirds are 11-7 all-time against the Purple Aces in Normal, Ill., winning the last five matchups at Redbird Arena.
ILLINOIS STATE-EVANSVILLE SERIES
Illinois State leads the all-time series with Evansville, 25-12. The series began when Evansville joined the Valley in 1995, with ISU winning the first eight meetings. Illinois State holds a slight 17-12 advantage since then, including 12 wins in the last 15 games. The Redbirds are 11-7 all-time against the Purple Aces in Normal, Ill., winning the last five matchups at Redbird Arena.
ILLINOIS STATE-SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SERIES
Illinois State leads the all-time series with Southern Illinois, 50-38. In the longest running series in school history, Illinois
State has played Southern Illinois annually since 1972. The Redbirds went 22-5 against the Salukis through 1985. After that, SIU posted a 29-13 record in the series, including a string of 12-straight wins. The Redbirds have won nine-straight over the Salukis. ISU has the advantage over SIU in games played at Redbird Arena, 27-19. The Redbirds have won the last four contests in Normal, Ill.
DETERMINED TO WIN
At the 8:19 mark of the second half in Illinois State’s game at Drake (Jan. 13), the Bulldogs were on an 8-0 run and leading the Redbirds, 60-52, when head coach Stephanie Glance called a timeout. During the timeout, Glance and the Redbirds decided they were going to fight back and win the game, which is exactly what they did out of the timeout. After the Redbird timeout, ISU went on a 19-6 run over the final eight minutes of the game. Drake only scored on more field goal in the game, as six Redbirds scored in the game-winning run. ISU won the game, 71-66, to improve to 3-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
During two separate occasions during the Redbirds’ 71-66 win at Drake (Jan. 13), Maddie Oliver and Candace Sykes went on individual 8-0 runs for the Redbirds. Early in the game, Oliver scored eight-straight points for ISU, tying the game, 12-12, at the 11:32 mark. Then, Sykes scored eight-straight points for ISU in the second part of the first half to give ISU a 22-20 lead. The senior guard sank two shots from beyond the arc during her eight-point run. Alexis Jenkins didn’t want to be left out of the eight club, as she scored eight points in a minute and a half, including two shots from beyond the arc late in the opening half. Sykes ended the game with 19 points, while Oliver and Jenkins had eight and 12 points, respectively.
BANGING FOR BOARDS
Back in her home state of Iowa and not far from her hometown, Maddie Oliver set a career-high 10 rebounds in ISU’s 71-66 win over Drake (Jan. 13). Oliver had five boards in each half for the Redbirds, as five came on the offensive end. Oliver topped her previous high of eight rebounds, which she accomplished twice, including once this season against Northwestern (Dec. 7).
NO.3 FOR THREE
With two made three pointers against Drake (Jan. 13), Candace Sykes moved up to 10th place on the ISU all-time career made three pointers list with 100. Sykes is currently sitting in 10th place with Taren O’Brien. Katie Donovan is in ninth place with 104 made threes.
LESS THAN 50
The Illinois State women’s basketball team scored 45 points in its 64-45 loss to Creighton (Jan. 11), shooting 29 percent (17-of-59) from the field. It was the second time this season ISU has scored less than 50 points in a game. In the Redbirds loss to Michigan on Dec. 5th, ISU netted 45 points. The last time the Redbirds scored less than 45 points in a game was on March 30, 2011, when ISU fell to USC, 63-36, in the WNIT. ISU shot 33 percent for the game, connecting on 18-of-54 from the field.
BATTLING FOR REBOUNDS
In ISU’s loss to Creighton, the Bluejays brought down one more rebound than the Redbirds, 38-37. It was the first time in five games that Illinois State was out-rebounded. ISU out-rebounded four-straight opponents since Princeton (Dec. 19) grabbed one more board than Illinois State. In the Creighton game, Brianna Puni pulled down a career-high eight boards.
At Creighton, the ISU women’s basketball team had eight players score in the game, but none of the players recorded a double-digit scoring effort. It was the first time this season that no Redbird players netted 10 or more points.
At Creighton (Jan. 11), the two teams scored a combined nine three pointers, with most of the offense coming from inside. The Bluejays out-scored the Redbirds, 36-18, in the paint. ISU’s forwards scored 15 points in the game and were led by Janae Smith, who had nine points.
AT THE BREAK
In 14 of Illinois State’s 16 games during the 2012-13 season, the way the Redbirds go into the locker room at the half is the way they have ended each game. When leading at the half, ISU is 11-0 on the season, but when trailing or tied on their way into the locker room, the Redbirds are 0-5.
PLAYING THE FIELD
When examining Illinois State’s wins and losses, a lot can be said about how the Redbirds play the field. In the 11 wins, ISU is shooting 43 percent from the field (291-of-672). In the five losses, the field goal percentage drops to 32.3 percent (101-of-313).
The Redbirds are also scoring 17-points less in their losses (55.6 ppg) than in their wins (72.6 ppg).
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