ISU Women Handle Missouri State

Published 01/25 2014 07:04PM

Updated 01/25 2014 07:08PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Senior guard Anna Munn recorded her first double-double of the season and was one of three players to score in double figures as Indiana State Women’s Basketball defeated Missouri State, 74-57, for its sixth straight win on Saturday afternoon. The Sycamores improve to 6-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play for the first time since 2005-06 and hold an 11-6 record overall.

Munn led the Sycamores in rebounding for the second game in a row with a game-high 10 rebounds along with 11 points and three assists as she posted her first double-double since Jan. 6, 2012.

Senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir led ISU in scoring on the afternoon with 15 points and a game-high seven assists and four steals. Junior forward Racheal Mahan added 14 points and five boards as ISU shot 45.6 percent in the win, marking their third-best performance from the floor on the season.

ISU is in the midst of its best conference start under fourth year head coach Teri Moren and best since the 2005-06 season when it opened up play 12-0.  

The Sycamores crashed the boards, out-rebounding the Bears 42-33, in front of 2,789 fans at the Hulman Center. In addition to Munn and Mahan, junior guard Stephanie Wittman grabbed five boards while Abdul-Qaadir added four. Focusing on defense worked for ISU, as it held on of the MVC’s top scorers, MSU’s Kenzie Williams, to just six points in the game and only two in the first half.

It marked the second-game in a row that Indiana State has held its opponent to under 60 points and has recorded the same feat in five of six MVC games this season.

Missouri State (7-10, 2-4 MVC) kept things close in the first half, as Indiana State held a 29-20 lead going into the locker room at halftime. Mahan dropped 10 of her 15 points before the break while Munn picked up eight of her rebounds in the first half.

The Sycamores continued to roll in the second half, leading by as many as 22 with 12:29 to play on a pair of free throws by junior forward Chelsea Small. Small came off the bench to score five of ISU’s 25 points as junior forward Lashonda Littleton led the non-starters with eight points and three rebounds.

As a team, ISU forced 24 turnovers and dished out 17 assists and picked up 11 steals.

It will be a battle of the league’s top two teams when Wichita State visits the Hulman Center on Monday. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. ET for the “White Out” game. All fans are encouraged to wear white and t-shirts and rally towels will be given out to fans. Students can receive a shirt at the student entrance.

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