Wednesday's game will mark just the second meeting between Illinois State and Princeton.
Dec. 18, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State women’s basketball team will host Princeton, Wednesday, as it closes a five-game homestand. The Redbirds and the Tigers will face off on the hardwood at 7:05 p.m., on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena.
In ISU’s 71-56 win against Ball State Sunday, Janae Smith led Illinois State with 22 points and 11 rebounds, recording her second double-double performance of the season. The sophomore forward also dished out a career-high three assists in the victory. For her performance against Ball State, Smith was named the Valley Newcomer of the Week for the fourth time this season. Katy Winge also had a career performance, as she poured in a career-high 15 points, with all of her points coming from behind the three-point line. Winge also played a career-high 30 minutes in the first starting assignment of her career.
Illinois State never trailed in the game, as the Redbirds got out to a quick lead. ISU out-rebounded BSU, 39-31, and had 19 assists compared to the Cardinals’ seven.
Wednesday’s game will mark just the second meeting between Illinois State and Princeton. The Tigers won the lone meeting on March 23, 1996, winning the contest by three points, 68-65, in the WNIT in Amarillo, Texas.
Princeton is located in Princeton, N.J., and has an enrollment of 7,567
The Tigers are members of The Ivy League
The Tigers ended the 2011-12 season with a 24-5 mark and won The Ivy League championship with a perfect record of 14-0
Princeton made it to the NCAA Tournament last season, but fell in the first round of the tournament, 67-64, to Kansas State
FACING NCAA TOURNEY TEAMS
The Illinois State women’s basketball team will face its second 2012 NCAA Tournament team in four games, when the Redbirds host Princeton Wednesday at Redbird Arena. The Tigers ended the 2011-12 season with a record of 24-5 and won The Ivy League with an undefeated mark of 14-0 to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Princeton fell in the first round of the tournament, 67-64, to Kansas State. On Dec. 5, the Redbirds hosted Michigan, but the Wolverines’ height proved to be too much, as ISU fell 56-45. Like Princeton, Michigan also advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season, but fell in the first round to Oklahoma, 88-67.
NOT A FAMILIAR FACE
Wednesday’s game will mark the second meeting between Princeton and Illinois State, but the Redbirds’ Ivy League opponents end there. Out of the eight teams that make up The Ivy League, ISU has only faced Princeton on the hardwood.
SMITH GRABS ANOTHER WEEKLY HONOR
Sophomore transfer Janae Smith was named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week for the fourth time this season, as announced by the league office Monday. Smith previously won the award three-straight weeks in a row. Smith led all scorers against Ball State with 22 points, helping the Redbirds to a 71-56 victory Sunday. Smith was 9-of-11 from the field, making 82 percent of her shots, her highest single game percentage of the season. She led all rebounders with 11 boards, marking her second double-double performance of the season. In 33 minutes, the Matteson, Ill., native also dished out a career-high three assists. Smith is the leading scorer for Illinois State, averaging 15.7 points per game with a 53 percent field goal percentage through nine games. She also leads the team with 74 rebounds, averaging 8.2 rebounds per game.
DOUBLE THE FUN
Against Ball State, Janae Smith led all scorers with 22 points, while also controlling the boards, bringing down 11. It is the second double-double performance for Smith this season, as she also accomplished the feat at Western Kentucky, when she had 12 rebounds and 11 points. In ISU’s 71-56 victory over the Cardinals, Smith was 9-of-11 from the field, making 82 percent of her shots from the field. She also had a career-high three assists in the win.
WINGE ON THE WING
After struggling to find a rhythm at the start of the season, Katy Winge is beginning to find a groove, as the sophomore guard had back-to-back career scoring games. Winge set a career-high with 12 points against in-state rival Northwestern (Dec. 7) with strong three-point shooting, but topped her career high in her next outing, as she netted 15 points against Ball State (Dec. 16). Winge was 5-of-13 from the field, with all five baskets coming from beyond the arc. With the strong scoring performances, Winge is averaging 5.2 points per game for the Redbirds.
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