TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State wraps up a stretch of five road games in a six-game span on Sunday afternoon when they take on Bradley at the Renaissance Coliseum at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
last time out
Anna McKendree scored Indiana State’s first double-double with points-assists since 2006, but Chelsea Cain recorded their first double-double in an Indiana State uniform on Friday night, but Illinois State’s 3-point barrage was too much for the Sycamores to overcome in a 78-68 loss at CEFCU Arena.
Cain finished the season with a season-high 16 points and 11 rebounds, becoming the second Sycamore to hit a double-double this season. Del’Janae Williams also had 16 points while nearing the 1,000-point mark for her career Caitlin Anderson added a season-high nine from the bench.
Indiana State hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Sycamores took an early lead. However, Illinois State reacted as the Redbirds got hot behind the arc and took a nine-point lead at the break. The Sycamores made an attack in the second half and cut their deficit multiple times to two behind 23 second-half points from Cain, Williams and Hattie Westerfeldbut a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for the home side proved a dagger.
After the first 14 games of the season without a double-double, Indiana State has had two different players double-double in the last two games.
Anna McKendree recorded the first double-double of the season for the Sycamores with 14 points and 10 assists against Drake, becoming the first Sycamore to hit a double-double with points-assist since Melanie Boeglin in 2006.
Double digit dominance
Indiana State Guard Del’Janae Williams has improved in recent weeks, hitting double digits in each of the Sycamores’ last five games. Williams is averaging 17.6 points per game during that stretch and is averaging 14.0 points per game against MVC opponents.
Included in Williams’ points total is a season-best 25 points in a comeback win over Valparaiso.
Indiana State has been successful as several players have hit double digits this season. The Sycamores are 4-1 in games in which three or more players have scored more than 10 points.
Use second chances
Indiana State took full advantage of their extra opportunities in their game against Illinois State when the Sycamores turned 15 offensive rebounds into 18 second-chance points.
Mya Glanton had a game-high five offensive rebounds while Chelsea Cain and Del’Janae Williams each had three offensive boards. Five different Sycamores recorded at least one offensive rebound against the Redbirds.
Indiana State has recorded 15 or more offensive rebounds in five of its first seven MVC games this season, including each of the last three games. The Sycamores are second in the conference in offensive rebounds at 12.5 per game.
Bridging the distance
Anna McKendree played the full 40 minutes of the Sycamores game in Illinois state, marking the second time in her collegiate career and the first time in Indiana state that she played a full game. McKendree has previously accomplished the feat at Nicholls State.
McKendree was the first Sycamore to play the full 40 since Marie Jaeger went the distance against Bradley on January 9, 2022.
Two members of Indiana State’s women’s basketball program are nearing their career milestones.
Del’Janae Williams is also approaching 1,000 career points as she is currently 106 points away from reaching the milestone with at least 15 games left on the schedule. Williams would be the 29th player in program history to reach the mark and would be the first Sycamore to accomplish the feat at Indiana State since Racheal Mahan in the 2014-15 season. She would join Chelsea Cain as an active 1,000-point scorer on the Sycamore roster, with Cain scoring most of her 1,047 points at Nicholls State before hitting the 1,000-point mark at Evansville.
head coach Chad Killinger is also close to a career milestone on the sidelines, as the Sycamore leader needs just three wins to reach 300 for his head coaching career.
Again on the street
The state of Indiana is in a similar place, back on the road. The Sycamores opened 2023 with three straight games and are in the middle of a six-game streak with five away games. So far the Trees are 2-2 on this leg, with victories over UIC and Valparaiso and a loss to Evansville.
Indiana State’s only home game during this stretch was the final game against Drake. The Sycamores start with a three-game homestand after this weekend’s away games.
Bradley at a glance
Bradley goes into Sunday’s competition 3-15 overall and 0-7 in the MVC game after a 73-56 loss to Evansville. The Braves have lost every one of their last 10 games, nine of them by double digits.
2021-22 MVC Freshman of the Year Caroline Waite leads the Braves at 12.5 points per game, with Alex Rouse (11.2) also in double digits for Bradley. Isis Fitch (6.6) and Daija Powell (6.0) both average more than five rebounds per game, while Rouse also has a team-high with 47 assists.
Former Northwestern assistant Kate Popovec-Goss is at the helm of Bradley in her first season. Popovec-Goss was part of four postseason teams during his time with Northwestern, including two NCAA tournament appearances (2015, 2021).
Series story against Bradley
Indiana State has a 51-31 all-time series advantage after winning two encounters last season, including an 83-63 win at Peoria. Bradley has a narrow 21-20 lead in games played in Peoria.
Last game vs Bradley (February 4, 2022)
Del’Janae Williams scored a career-high 27 points and hit double digits in both halves, leading Indiana State to an 83-63 win over Bradley at the Renaissance Coliseum.
Mya Glanton continued her strong form with 14 points and eight rebounds Anna McKendree added 12 from the bench for the Sycamores, all of which came in the second half. Nine different players scored for Indiana State, with six scoring at least five points in the win.
Glanton opened the scoring with a jump after grabbing two offensive rebounds to set the tone for the game. A 3-pointer from Lalic midway through the opening quarter broke a 6-all tie and gave Indiana State a lead that would hold it for the rest of the game. The Sycamores led by double digits for most of the time, including most of the second half, and finished the game on an 8-0 run.
Indiana State begins Friday with a three-game homestand against MVC newcomer Belmont, with the pick scheduled for 6 p.m