ISU Opens Second Half of Valley Schedule Against Drake, Creighton

Feb. 7, 2013

Game 23 | illinois state vs. creighton
Date: Sunday,Feb. 10 at 2:05 p.m.
Location: Normal, Ill. | Redbird Arena
Game Notes: Illinois State | Creighton
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Watch: ESPN3



NORMAL, Ill. - After dropping both of its games over the weekend, the Illinois State women’s basketball team returns home and hopes to get back to its winning ways, as it opens the second half of Missouri Valley Conference play. ISU hosts Drake, Friday, at 7:05 p.m., before taking on Creighton, Sunday, at 2:05 p.m., in the Play4Kay game.

The Redbirds enter Friday’s game with a Valley record of 5-4, while the Bulldogs are 2-7 in conference play.

Drake and Illinois State are tied in the all-time series, 33-33. The series began in 1981 and the two teams have met at least twice annually since 1984. Illinois State leads the series 19-12 in games played in Normal, Ill.

Three Redbirds scored in double figures, as the Illinois State women’s basketball team held on to beat Drake, 71-66, at the Knapp Center. ISU was led by Candace Sykes, who netted 19 points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Janae Smith had 16 points and eight rebounds, along with two blocks, while Alexis Jenkins had 12 points, sinking two shots from beyond the arc. Maddie Oliver led the Redbirds with a career-high 10 boards and two blocked shots. Drake out-rebounded ISU, 40-35, but the Redbirds shot 45 percent, while the Bulldogs made 36 percent of its shot attempts.

Drake and Illinois State are tied in the all-time series, 33-33. The series began in 1981 and the two teams have met at least twice annually since 1984. ISU posted a 14-10 record against Drake through 1994. From 1995-2004, the Bulldogs went 18-3 against ISU, including a 14-game winning streak. ISU is 13-5 against Drake since 2005, winning six-straight matchups before falling to Drake on Feb. 17, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. Illinois State leads the series 19-12 in games played in Normal, Ill.

Janae Smith just missed a double-double, as she led the Illinois State women’s basketball team with nine points and nine rebounds, but Creighton’s shooting was too much, as the Redbirds fell, 64-45, at D.J. Sokol Arena. Jamie Russell also scored nine points, along with four rebounds and two steals. Brianna Puni grabbed eight boards, while Smith and Candace Sykes each had three assists. Illinois State made 29 percent of its shots, while Creighton connected on 47 percent of its attempts. The Bluejays had a slight advantage on the boards, 38-37.

Creighton leads the all-time series with Illinois State, 30-16. The two teams have played twice annually since 1993.
Creighton went 21-8 against ISU through 2005, including an eight-game winning streak. Since 2006, ISU has won eight games, while Creighton has won eight games in 16 meetings. Illinois has a lead over Creighton in games played in Redbird Arena, 12-8.

At Missouri State, the Redbirds allowed the Lady Bears to score 91 points, as they fell by 15 in the game (Feb. 3). The 91 points were the most points given up by the Redbirds this season. MSU shot 50 percent for the game, while ISU made 39 percent of its shot attempts. The last time ISU allowed more than 91 points by an opponent was during the 2010-11 season, when it fell to DePaul, 100-83, on Dec. 1.

Missouri State out-scored Illinois State by 30 points in the paint (Feb. 3). The Lady Bears poured in 56 points from inside the paint, while the Redbirds scored 26 points in the paint. MSU’s 56 points in the paint is the most scored by an ISU opponent this season. Princeton had 38 points in the paint on Dec. 19, which were the second-most allowed points in the paint by Illinois State this season.

For the third-straight game, the Illinois State women’s basketball team brought down 40-plus rebounds, as the Redbirds outrebounded the Shockers (Feb. 1) by 15. At half time of Friday’s game, Wichita State only grabbed nine boards, while ISU had 21 rebounds. Illinois State has had 13 games with 40 or more rebounds.

Illinois State and Wichita State met for the first time this season with the same scenario from their first meeting last season. The Redbirds entered last Friday’s (Feb. 1) game against the Shockers with a conference record of 5-2, while WSU was undefeated in conference play and sat 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. This season, the Redbirds came up short, as they fell to the Shockers, 66-54.

In the 66-54 loss at Wichita State (Feb. 1), the Redbirds had 17 turnovers compared to the Shockers’ eight. WSU was able to turn ISU’s turnovers into points, as it had 16 points off of turnovers, while ISU only had five.

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 (104). Sykes now has 110 three pointers, after sinking one against Missouri State (Feb. 3). Sykes also moved into the top-10 on the all-time career blocks list. She sits in ninth place with 56, after recording a block at Missouri State. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.