Illinois State leads the all-time series with Wichita State, 41-19.
Jan. 30, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - After edging out Indiana State last Friday (Jan. 25), the Illinois State women’s basketball team will return to the road, as it travels to Wichita State and Missouri State. The Redbirds will take on the Shockers, Friday, at 7:05 p.m., before facing off against the Bears, Sunday, at 2:05 p.m. The ISU and WSU game on Friday can be seen on ESPN3.
ISU ended a three-game homestand with two wins and a loss. The Redbirds enter Friday’s game with a Valley record of 5-2, while the Shockers are an undefeated 7-0 in conference play.
Illinois State leads the all-time series with Wichita State, 41-19. The series began in 1980 and the two teams have met twice annually since 1984. ISU is 18-12 all-time against WSU in games played in Wichita, Kan.
ILLINOIS STATE-WICHITA STATE SERIES
Illinois State leads the all-time series with Wichita State, 41-19. 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 14-5 against the Shockers, but Wichita State snapped a six-game losing streak to the Redbirds with a 59-56 home win on January, 16, 2011. ISU is 18-12 all-time against WSU in games played in Wichita, Kan.
ILLINOIS STATE-MISSOURI STATE SERIES
Missouri State leads the all-time series with Illinois State, 33-29. 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 on January, 11, 2011. Missouri State leads the Redbirds,
18-11, in games played at Springfield, Mo.
Illinois State and Wichita State meet for the first time this season with the same scenario from their first meeting last season. The Redbirds enter Friday’s game against the Shockers with a conference record of 5-2, while WSU is undefeated in conference play and sits in the No. 1 spot with a 7-0 record. Last season, when ISU traveled to Wichita, Kan., the Redbirds had a record of 5-2, while the Shockers were 7-0 in Valley play. Illinois State won the game, 68-59, handing Wichita State is first loss in conference play. The Redbirds hope to have the same outcome this season.
HOLDING ON FOR THE WIN
The Redbirds’ 66-65 victory over Indiana State (Jan. 25) was its second victory of the season by one point. In a game that was made up of runs and saw 14 lead changes, defense and free throws proved to be the deciding factor in the final five minutes of the game. At the 5:28 mark, the two teams were tied, 61-61. Both teams made one field goal after the 5:28 mark of the second half, but Illinois State had four free throws compared to Indiana State’s two. Janae Smith had three free throws late in the game for the Redbirds. Illinois State also defeated in-state rival Illinois (Dec. 21) by one, 69-68.
AN IDENTICAL LOOK
In Illinois State’s 66-65 win over Indiana State (Jan. 25), the Redbirds and the Sycamores had very similar stat lines at the end of the game. Both teams were 16-22 from the free throw line, while the Redbirds had one more rebound. Illinois State was 38 percent from the field, while Indiana State shot 37 percent. The main differences in the final stat line came in three-point field goal percentage, the Sycamores shot 27 percent compared to the Redbirds’ 14 percent, while Illinois State had four more assists and rebounds.
DOUBLE THE FUN
On Jan. 25, in the Redbirds’ 66-65 win over the Sycamores, Illinois State recorded double-digit figures in assists, blocks and steals. The Redbirds had 12 assists, 10 blocks and 12 steals in the victory. It was the first time this season, ISU had recorded double-digits in all three categories. The 10 blocks were a season-high for the team, as Maddie Oliver set a career-high with four blocks.
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