Jan. 30, 2013
Indiana State Game Notes
Illinois State Game Notes (Available by 5 p.m. Saturday)
Missouri State Lady Bears (10-9/2-5 MVC) vs.
Indiana State Sycamores (11-7/3-4 MVC), 7:05 p.m. Friday
Illinois State Redbirds (13-6/5-2 MVC), 2:05 p.m. Sunday
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Site: JQH Arena (11,000)
TV: Ozarks CW (Indiana State only)
Radio: KTXR 101.3 FM
Live Audio: RadioSpringfield.com
Live Video: Bears All-Access
Live Stats: Indiana State -- Illinois State
The Missouri State Lady Bears (10-9, 2-5 MVC) open a four-game homestand Friday at 7:05 p.m. when they host the Indiana State Sycamores (11-7, 3-4) at JQH Arena.
Fans are encouraged to wear black to Friday’s game for the first of many events at Missouri State in conjunction with Hall of Fame Weekend. MSU will honor the Class of 2013 at halftime of the Indiana State game, as well as recognize Dr. Mary Jo Wynn for her contributions and leadership in the construction of the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center project.
At Sunday’s 2:05 p.m. game against Illinois State, Missouri State will retire a jersey for legendary women’s basketball coach Cheryl Burnett in a halftime ceremony. MSU women’s athletics pioneers will be honored as part of the University’s Title IX 40th Anniversary celebration approximately 20 minutes before tip-off.
Also on Sunday, the upper bowl at JQH Arena will be open with $5 dollar tickets available for the game, and the first 5,000 fans receive a commemorative Cheryl Burnett pin.
Summary of Hall of Fame Events
Friday, Feb. 1
* 7:05 p.m. - Lady Bears vs. Indiana State
* halftime - Dr. Mary Jo Wynn recognition
* halftime - Hall of Fame inductee recognition
Sunday, Feb. 3
* 2:05 p.m. - Lady Bears vs. Illinois State
* $5 upper bowl tickets
* First 5,000 fans receive commemorative Cheryl Burnett pin
* pregame (approx. 20 min. before tip) - Title IX Celebration and women’s pioneers
* halftime - Cheryl Burnett retired jersey ceremony
* postgame - Women’s Basketball Alumni Reunion (PRIME Overtime Club)
Missouri State holds a 49-14 series lead over the Sycamores, including a 27-4 mark in Springfield. The Lady Bears have won the last nine meetings.
Missouri State leads Illinois State 33-29 in the all-time series and has won three of the last four meetings, including the last two in JQH Arena. The Lady Bears won both matchups last season, the second being a memorable 80-76 overtime victory at Redbird Arena that clinched the MVC title.
Scouting Indiana State
Indiana State is 11-7 overall and 3-4 in the MVC after a pair of one-point losses in its last two games.The Sycamores are led by Anna Munn, who averages 14.9 points and whose 48 3-pointers and 152 attempts account for roughly two-thirds of ISU’s team totals in each category. Rachael Mahan (13.3) and Taylor Whitley (10.0) join Munn in double figures, and Mahan averages 8.2 rebounds.
As a team, Indiana State averages 58.8 points and allows 52.8 while shooting 38.1 percent overall, 29.7 percent on 3-pointers and 65.9 percent from the foul line.
Scouting Illinois State
Illinois State is 13-6 overall and tied for third in the league at 5-2 in MVC games ahead of its Friday showdown at Wichita State.
The Redbirds have three players that score at least 13.5 points per game in Janae Smith (15.5 points, 9.1 rebounds), Candace Sykes (13.9) and preseason all-MVC guard Jamie Russell (13.5).
As a team, Illinois State scores 67.8 points and allows 60.7 while shooting 39.9 percent overall, 32.4 percent on 3-pointers and 75.1 percent from the free throw line.