Women's Hoops Ends Three-Game Homestand with Indiana State

Jan. 24, 2013

Game 19 | illinois state vs. Indiana State
Date: Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:05 p.m.
Location: Normal, Ill. | Redbird Arena
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NORMAL, Ill. - After a convincing victory over Southern Illinois (Jan. 19), the Illinois State women's basketball team welcomes Indiana State to Redbird Arena Friday at 7:05 p.m., when the Redbirds end a three-game homestand.

The Redbirds enter Friday's game with a Valley record of 4-2, while the Sycamores are 3-3. Last weekend, both Illinois State and Indiana State defeated Southern Illinois and fell to Evansville.

Illinois State leads the all-time series with Indiana State, 44-37. The series, which began in 1972, is the second-longest in Illinois State history.

Illinois State leads the all-time series with Indiana State, 44-37. The series, which began in 1972, is the second-longest in Illinois State history. Illinois State started out with a 30-16 record against Indiana State, including a string of 12-straight wins from 1980-87. Indiana State then won 13 of the next 14 meetings and Illinois State is 13-8 in the last 21 matchups. The Redbirds lead the series in games played in Normal, Ill., 27-16, winning the last five contests held in Redbird Arena.

On Jan. 19, Illinois State defeated Southern Illinois, 89-41. The 48-point advantage was the highest margin of victory for the Redbirds since Dec. 28, 1987, when they defeated Western Illinois by 56 points, 101-45, in Normal, Ill. The last time ISU defeated a Missouri Valley Conference opponent by more than 48 points was against Bradley on Jan. 28, 1984, in Redbird Arena, when ISU won by 50 points, 102-52. In the win over SIU on Jan. 19, the Redbirds used a 20-0 run to take a commanding lead and went on a 28-4 run over the last 11 minutes of the first half.

In ISU's 89-41 victory over SIU (Jan. 19), the Redbirds had five players score in double-digit figures, while 10 players scored in the game. It was the first time that 10 Redbirds have scored in a single game this season for ISU. The five players that scored in double figures were Candace Sykes (19), Maddie Oliver (15), Jamie Russell (14), Janae Smith (13) and Alexis Foley (10). Oliver and Foley set career-highs in points during the win. The last time five Redbirds recorded double-digit performances was on Feb. 27, 2011, at Southern Illinois.

For the fourth time this season, the Illinois State women's basketball team held an opponent to less than 50 points. In ISU's 89-41 victory over Southern Illinois (Jan. 19), the Redbirds strong defense held the Salukis to a 25.4 field goal percentage (17-of-67), as SIU only scored 18 points in the opening half. ISU also held Morehead State (45), Northwestern (46) and Northern Iowa (41) to less than 50 points. The last time ISU held four opponents to less than 50 points in one season was the 2010-11 season, when the Redbirds held Drake, (45), Southern Illinois (44), Evansville (39) and Arkansas (49) below the 50-point mark.

The Redbirds out-rebounded the Salukis (Jan. 19) by 23 boards which marked the second time this season ISU has out-rebounded an opponent by 23 boards. Illinois State brought down 53 rebounds against Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Nov. 29), while UWM had 23 boards. Against Southern Illinois, ISU had 14 offensive boards and 39 defensive boards.

In ISU's win over Southern Illinois (Jan. 19), the Redbirds were 25-of-30 from the free throw line, making 83 percent of its attempts. It was the most made free throws and free throw attempts by the Redbirds this season. Illinois State made 20 free throws in the second half, on 23 attempts. SIU had 27 fewer attempts, making 3-of-3. The Salukis had 19 team fouls, while the Redbirds had seven.

Jamie Russell, who had struggled offensively as of late, got back to her scoring ways last weekend. Russell led the Redbirds with 24 points against Evansville (Jan. 17). It was the second time this season Russell netted 24 points and it was her second-highest scoring performance, behind a 30-point effort at Iowa (Nov. 11). Russell was 10-of-22, including a three pointer, and went 3-of-5 from the free throw line. The senior guard also had four assists and four steals in 36 minutes. In ISU's 89-41 win over Southern Illinois (Jan. 19), Russell scored 14 points, shooting 7-of-9 from the field. She had three assists and three steals in 25 minutes. It was the first time Russell has had back-to-back double-digit scoring performances since Nov. 29, when she had six-straight double-digit scoring efforts.

With four made three pointers against Southern Illinois (Jan. 19), Candace Sykes moved up to ninth place on the ISU all-time career made three pointers list with 106, passing Katie Donovan, who is in 10th place with 104 made threes.

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