ISU Travels to Kansas State for the Second Round of the WNIT

March 23, 2013

Game 35 | illinois state at kansas state
Date: Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m.
Location: Manhattan, Kan. | Bramlage Coliseum
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NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State shot its second-best shooting performance against IUPUI in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament Thursday at Redbird Arena. ISU connected on 57 percent of its shots in the 63-47 win over the Jaguars. With the win, the Redbirds will travel to Manhattan, Kan., to take on Kansas State, Monday, at 7 p.m.

Illinois State is making its 12th appearance in the Postseason WNIT and has a 20-17 all-time record in the tournament. In the most recent five WNIT appearances, the Redbirds have a record of 13-4 during that span.

Kansas State leads the all-time series, 7-1, with the series dating back to 1975. The Redbirds only win against the Wildcats came on Nov. 27, 1984, when the Redbirds recorded a 69-68 victory in Normal, Ill. During the series, K-State has won four games in a row and three games in a row. Kansas State leads the series 4-0 in games played in Manhattan, Kan.

Fans may call the Redbird Arena Ticket Office at (309) 438-8000 for ticket information. Tickets will need to be purchased at the door at Bramlage Coliseum. Tickets are priced at $15 for chair backs, $10 for adult general admission and $5 for student and children.

Illinois State is making its 12th appearance in the Postseason WNIT (1980, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1996, 2007, 2009, 2010,
2011, 2012, 2013) and has a 20-17 all-time record in the tournament. The Redbirds’ 2013 WNIT automatic bid marks the eighth appearance for ISU in postseason play in the last nine seasons. In the last five WNIT appearances, the Redbirds have a record of 13-4 during that span. ISU is 11-3 all-time in WNIT games at Redbird Arena.

Illinois State’s berth in the 2013 Postseason WNIT puts the Redbirds in the postseason for the seventh-consecutive season. ISU made
WNIT trips in six of the last seven years and appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2008. ISU’s seven-year postseason run is the longest run in school history. The previous best was six-straight trips from 1980-85.

For the seventh time this season, the Illinois State women’s basketball team held an opponent to less than 50 points. In ISU’s 63-47 first round victory of the WNIT over IUPUI (March 21), the Redbird defense held the Jaguars to a field goal percentage of 37 percent (19-of-52), as the Jaguars scored 22 points in the second half thanks to strong defense and a run by ISU to open the second half. Illinois State also held Morehead State (45), Northwestern (46), Northern Iowa (41), Southern Illinois (41) and Evansville (46) to less than 50 points.

In the first three minutes of Illinois State’s game against IUPUI (March 21), the Redbirds committed five turnovers, on the way to 15 miscues in the first half of the first round WNIT game. ISU regrouped at the half and only committed five turnovers in the second half, but the 20 turnovers for the game is the second most turnovers committed by the Redbirds this season. They have turned the ball over 20 or more times five times this season. In the five games with 20 or more turnovers, ISU has a record of 4-1, with the lone loss coming at Bradley (March 7), as a 71-69 loss.

Despite all of the turnovers in the Redbirds’ first round WNIT game against IUPUI (March 21), ISU recorded its second-best shooting performance of the season, as it shot 57 percent from the field, connecting on 25-of-44 from the field. ISU was 59 percent from the field in the first half and 56 percent in the second half. The only other shooting performance that was better came against Drake on Feb. 8, when the Redbirds shot 59 percent from the floor (35-of-59).

In 29 of Illinois State’s 34 games during the 2012-13 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 20-0 on the season, but when trailing or tied on their way into the locker room, the Redbirds are just 4-10.

When examining Illinois State’s wins and losses, a lot can be said about how the Redbirds play the field. In the 24 wins, ISU is shooting 44 percent from the field (625-of-1422). In the 10 losses, the field goal percentage drops to 36.1 percent (228-of-631). The Redbirds are also scoring nearly 11 points less in their losses (59.9 ppg) than in their wins (70.4 ppg).

In the Redbirds’ loss against Memphis (Nov. 18), ISU’s bench outscored the Tigers, 23-17, marking the first time this season Illinois State’s bench outscored an opponent. Since the Memphis game, Illinois State poured in more bench points than all of its opponents until Creighton (Jan. 11), when the Bluejays scored seven more points, 26-19. Against Southern Illinois (Jan.19), ISU scored 42 bench points, a season-high, compared to SIU’s nine points. The Redbird bench is outscoring opponents by 254 points, 769-515, through 34 games. At Indiana State (Feb. 24), Illinois State held the Sycamores to zero bench points for the first time this season. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, WSF gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.