ISU Hosts Top-Ranked Wichita State, Missouri State in Final Home Series

Feb. 22, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. -


Date Thursday, Feb. 23

7:35 p.m.

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Game Notes Illinois State // Wichita State


Date Sunday, Feb. 26

2:05 p.m.

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Game Notes Illinois State // Missouri State

NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State women’s basketball team will host top-ranked Wichita State on Thursday and Missouri State on Sunday in their final home series of the regular season. ISU sits a half-game out of first place behind the Shockers and the Bears.

On Sunday, ISU improved to 15-10 and 10-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference after defeating Drake, 66-51, thanks to a 12-0 second-half opening run. Also during the second half, the Redbirds outrebounded the Bulldogs, 27-13, after only grabbing 12 in the first half.

Illinois State leads the all-time series with Wichita State, 40-19. The series began in 1980 and the two teams have met twice annually since 1984. ISU holds a convincing 22-6 record over WSU in Normal, Ill.

Junior Candace Sykes recorded her second double-double of the season and led Illinois State in its win over Wichita State, 68-59, in Koch Arena. With the win, the Redbirds handed the Shockers their first loss in Missouri Valley Conference play and snapped a 10- game winning streak. In the victory, four Redbirds recorded double-digit performances. Sykes had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Katie Broadway led all scorers with 17 points and grabbed six rebounds in the victory, as Marley Hall scored 13 points and Alexis Jenkins netted 10. Illinois State shot 48 percent from the fi eld, while Wichita State made 39 percent of its shots. The Redbirds controlled the boards, 40-31, in the game and tallied 11 steals. ISU improved to 11-8 on the season and had a record of 6-2 in conference play after the win.

Illinois State leads the all-time series with Wichita State, 40-19. 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 22-6 all-time against WSU in games played in Normal, Ill.

Katie Broadway scored 19 points and led a 21-0 run for the Redbirds in the first half, but a strong offensive second half by Missouri State was too much for the Illinois State women’s basketball team, as the Redbirds fell, 83-68, in JQH Arena. Jamie Russell netted 18 points, while Candace Sykes added 15 points and Marley Hall had 11. It was the second-straight game where four Redbird players recorded double-digit performances. Sykes brought down 11 rebounds, marking her second-straight double-double. Missouri State had a slight advantage on the boards, 40-39. The Redbirds shot 42 percent from the field, while the Lady Bears hit 47 percent of their shots.

Missouri State leads the all-time series with Illinois State, 32-29. 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. Illinois State leads the Lady Bears 17-12 in games played in Normal, Ill.

After topping Bradley at home (Feb. 12), the Illinois State women’s basketball team holds a 23-game Missouri Valley Conference win streak of games played on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena, which is the third best all-time in league history. The Redbirds look to stay undefeated on their home court in their final season home series of the regular season against the top teams in the Valley. ISU hosts Wichita State and Missouri State this weekend. Both teams are tied for first in the Valley with a record of 11-3, while ISU sits in third with a 10-4 mark in the MVC. 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. The Redbirds hold a 10-2 record in Redbird Arena this season. The last time ISU lost at home came against nationally-ranked DePaul on Dec. 19, 73-54.

In 22 of Illinois State’s 25 games during the 2011-12 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 14-2 on the season, but when trailing on their way into the locker room, the Redbirds are 1-8. The Redbirds led at the half at Missouri State (Jan. 29), but lost the game after an explosive second half offensively by the Lady Bears. MSU scored 56 points in the second half with a second half field-goal percentage of 59 percent. Like at MSU, Illinois State was leading at the half, but Creighton (Feb. 17) made 45 points in the second half, shooting 54 percent from the field in the second half. CU was the first Redbird opponent this season to make over 50 percent of its shots from beyond the arc, making 54 percent. The Lady Bears and Bluejays both opened the second half with runs to jump ahead of the Redbirds in their respective games. At Drake, ISU trailed by five, heading into the locker room, 37-32, but used a 12-0 run to open the second half and maintained the momentum and went on to win, 66-51. It was the first time this season that ISU came back from being down at the half. The Redbirds came back with a 56 field goal percentage in the second half.

Drake controlled the boards in the first half of the game, outrebounding Illinois State by 10, 22-12, but ISU came out strong in the second half. The Redbirds dominated down low in the second half and grabbed 14 more boards than the Bulldogs, 27-13. ISU ended the game with the advantage in the rebound column, 36-33. By controlling the boards, Illinois State tallied 28 points in the paint and had 11 second chance points.

Illinois State fell to Creighton by nine points, which can be broken down in a few ways. Besides an 8-0 Bluejay run to open the second half, Creighton had 20 more free throw chances than Illinois State. ISU shot 83 percent from the charity stripe, making 5-of-6, but CU made 73 percent of their 26 attempts, netting 19 points at the free throw line. In the win at Drake, the Bulldogs were 17-of-26 from the free throw line, while ISU sank 5-of-6. However, ISU was able to overcome the 20-attempt difference against DU. The two team’s 26 attempts were the second most free throws an ISU opponent has had this season. Southern Illinois attempted 28 on Dec. 30, while Indiana State also shot 26 free throws on Feb. 3.  Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.