Sycamores return home for an MVC duel against Drake

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. Indiana State is playing its first home game since the calendar change to 2023 when Drake is welcomed at the Hulman Center at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.

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last time out

Indiana State’s two-game winning streak was cut short when the Sycamores dropped a 65-54 decision against Evansville at the Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Chelsea Cain led all scorers at 18 and was one of three Sycamores to set a team-high with five rebounds. Cain also reached the 1,000 point mark for her college career. Del’Janae Williams had 15 points and five boards while Bella Finnegan finished with eight points.

Indiana State got off to a strong start, but Evansville reversed the script after the first quarter. The Sycamores were down by double figures in the third game, but Williams and Cain led the Trees in a comeback and reduced their deficit to possession in the fourth. However, no shots were fired for the Blue and Whites in the final image as the home side held their ground in front of a frenzied crowd.

Welcome to the club
Chelsea Cain finished the game with 18 points in Evansville, earning 1,000 points for her collegiate career in the process with a first-quarter layup.

Cain has 857 points in three seasons at Nicholls State and has 159 points for the Sycamores this year, giving her 1,016 career points. Cain has a chance to increase that total significantly as she has the rest of this season and all of next season to increase that total.

milestone clock

Two members of Indiana State’s women’s basketball programs are nearing career milestones, one of which has a chance to perform Wednesday.

Del’Janae Williams is also approaching 1,000 career points as she is currently 123 points away from reaching the milestone with at least 16 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.

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.

Start strong

Despite Wednesday night’s setback in Evansville, there were still bright spots for the Sycamores in the finals of their three-game outing.

Indiana State took an 11-1 lead in the game and was leading 13-2 midway through the first quarter. The Sycamores hit five of their first seven shots, with 10 of their first 13 points ending in the paint. Indiana State also forced seven turnovers in the opening quarter, which was the second time in the last three games that the Sycamores forced seven turnovers in the first quarter (seven at UIC).

The company of three

Good things have been triple for the Sycamores this season. Indiana State is a perfect 4-0 this season when three or more players have scored in double digits.

Conversely, if fewer than three players score double digits, the Sycamores are 3-7. Two of those three wins came during Indiana State’s recent road trip at UIC and Valparaiso.

Home Sweet Home

Indiana State is aiming for its first home win of the season in its first home game in two weeks. The Sycamores have not played a game at the Hulman Center since the beginning of the New Year.

Indiana State was 5-2 at home during the non-conference portion of its season, with wins over Saint Louis, Central Michigan, Chicago State, Purdue Fort Wayne and Detroit Mercy.

Road trip to remember

Two student athletes from Indiana State competed for the Blue and Whites during the Sycamores’ recent three-game road trip Alona Blackwell and Lily Niebuhr both had their best games of the season away.

Blackwell had seven points, three assists and three steals in the win against Valpo, while Niebhur had four points and two rebounds in the win against UIC.

Drake at a glance

Drake goes into the weekend 8-5 overall and 3-2 in MVC play. The Bulldogs lost an exciting 70-69 battle to Northern Iowa in their last game at home.

Maggie Bair leads a powerful Drake offense with 15.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Grace Berg (13.5), Megan Meyer (12.9), Katie Dinnebier (11.6) and Sarah Beth Gueldner (11.2) are all in double digits for the Bulldogs, who are averaging 82.5 points per game . However, Drake will be without Meyer as she will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury

Allison Pohlman is in her second season as head coach at Drake, having previously spent 14 seasons on the Bulldog coaching staff, first as an assistant coach and then as an assistant head coach. Pohlman led Drake to the third round of the WNIT in her first season as head coach.

Series story against Drake

Drake has a 61-24 all-time series advantage with 17 of Indiana State’s 24 wins in the series being at home. The teams split the season series last year, with each team winning away.

Last match against Drake (March 5, 2022)
Del’Janae Williams had 17 points, including a game-high three 3-pointers, but Drake shot over 60 percent from the floor in the second half to defeat Indiana State 86-71 at the Hulman Center.

Natalia Lalic and Arianna Smith scored 12 points a piece while Marie Jaeger had nine points and a team-high five assists in their last home game. Nine different players scored for the blue and whites in the game.

Indiana State got off to a hot start for a second straight game, leading by as much as 18 points midway through the second quarter. Despite a strong start to the third quarter, during which the Sycamores managed to extend their lead back into double digits, Indiana State was unable to match Drake in the final 20 minutes as the Bulldogs had a second-half 56-point win fifth game in a row.

Next

Indiana State is headed back for the next two games, beginning with a Friday night trip to Illinois State at 7:30 p.m

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