ISU Wraps Up First Half of Valley Play at Wichita State and Missouri State

Jan. 26, 2012

ILLINOIS STATE @ WICHITA STATE
Date Friday, Jan. 27
Time

7:05 p.m.

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ILLINOIS STATE @ MISSOURI STATE
Date Sunday, Jan. 29
Time

2:05 p.m.

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NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State women’s basketball team will complete the first half of the Missouri Valley Conference schedule this weekend, as it travels to Wichita State (Jan. 27) and Missouri State (Jan. 29) for a two-game road swing.

On Sunday, ISU improved to 10-8 and 5-2 in the Valley after defeating Creighton, 79-66, as Katie Broadway used a career-high 29 point effort to score the 1,000th point of her Redbird career.

Illinois State leads the all-time series with Wichita State, 39-19. The series began in 1980 and the two teams have met twice annually since 1984. ISU is 17-12 all-time against WSU in Wichita, Kan.

Missouri State leads the all-time series with Illinois State, 31-29. The two teams have met annually since 1984. Missouri State leads the Redbirds 17-11 in games played in Springfield, Mo. The Redbirds game against the Bears will be shown on ESPN3.com.

ILLINOIS STATE-WICHITA STATE SERIES
Illinois State leads the all-time series with Wichita State, 39-19. The series began in 1980 and the two teams have met twice annually since 1984. ISU won 15 of the first 17 meetings, with 10 victories coming by double-digits. Wichita State posted a 12-10 record against the Redbirds in the next 22 matchups. Since 2003, ISU is 13-5 against the Shockers, but Wichita State snapped a six-game losing streak to the Redbirds with a 59-56 home win in January. ISU is 17-12 all-time against Wichita State at Koch Arena.

ILLINOIS STATE-MISSOURI STATE SERIES
Missouri State leads the all-time series with Illinois State, 31-29. The two teams have met annually since 1984. ISU won 12 of the first 15 meetings. From 1991-2005, Missouri State posted a 26-6 record against the Redbirds, including a string of 11-consecutive wins. An upset win for the Redbirds in the 2005 MVC Tournament started a 10-1 streak over the Lady Bears, which included eight straight wins. That streak was snapped with a 76-61 Missouri State win in January. Missouri State leads the Redbirds 17-11 in games played in Springfield, Mo.

AND THAT MAKES 1,000
Katie Broadway recorded the most memorable game of her Redbird career, as the senior guard set a new career-high with 29 points and became the 27th ISU women’s basketball player to score 1,000 points in her career in ISU’s win over Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton, 79-66, Sunday. Broadway made a career-high 12 field goals in the win and went 1-of-3 from beyond the arc, putting her in a third-place tie on ISU’s career three point field goals list with 183. Broadway scored her 1,000th point at the 9:44 mark of the first half with a jumper. The last time a Redbird scored 1,000 points came last season, when Shala Jackson accomplished the feat against Evansville on Feb. 24, 2011.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
After topping Drake and Creighton over the weekend, the Illinois State women’s basketball team holds a 20-game conference win streak of games played on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. The last time ISU lost to a Missouri Valley Conference foe in Redbird Arena was during the 2009-10 season, when Creighton topped the Redbirds, 69-44, on Jan. 2, 2010.

FINDING A RHYTHM
In the Redbirds’ 79-66 win over Creighton, the team began to click on all cylinders on both the defensive and offensive ends. ISU shot a season-best 54 percent from the field, outrebounded the Bluejays, 35-32, and recorded single-digit turnovers with nine. Rebounding has been a struggle for the Redbirds this season, but over the weekend, ISU brought down the same number of rebounds as Drake before grabbing more boards than Creighton. It marked the sixth time this season that ISU has outrebounded an opponent. ISU averages 14.8 turnovers per game, but in two out of the last three games the Redbirds have recorded single-digit turnovers against Northern Iowa (Jan. 14) and Creighton (Jan. 22), recording only nine turnovers in both games.

NEEDED EXTRA TIME
In the Redbirds’ game against Drake, ISU was trailing with five minutes left to go in regulation, but used a late run to tie the game at the end of regulation. ISU held Drake in their last possession of the game and forced the contest into overtime. In overtime, Katie Broadway hit a pair of free throws with just seconds on the clock to win the game, 71-67. It was the first overtime game of the season and the first time the Redbirds have been in an overtime game since last season, when ISU topped Alabama-Birmingham, 64-55, on Dec. 21, 2010.

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