Tuesday, May 27, 2008 | Women's Basketball Misty Murphy Named Women?s Basketball Coach at Evansville
The University of Evansville has named Misty Murphy its head women's basketball coach. The associate head coach at Rice University in Houston, Texas, Murphy was introduced today as the Aces' head coach. She replaces Tricia Cullop, who resigned last month after eight years as head coach to take over the program at the University of Toledo.
Friday, April 18, 2008 | Women's Basketball Cullop Resigns Evansville Post, Named Head Coach at Toledo
EVANSVILLE, Ind.--Tricia Cullop, who helped the University of Evansville women's basketball program earn a share of its first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title this past year as the 2008 Rawlings MVC Coach of the Year, has resigned to accept the head coaching position at the University of Toledo.
Monday, April 07, 2008 | Women's Basketball Evansvilles' Parker Named Lowe's Senior All-American First Team
EVANSVILLE, Ind.--University of Evansville guard Rebekah Parker (Silver Lake, Ind./Tippecanoe Valley) has been honored as one of the nation's top senior women's basketball players, as Parker was named to the All-Senior All-America first team by a vote of fans, coaches, media, and sponsors for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 | Women's Basketball Illinois State's Cirone Named Honorable Mention AP All-American
NORMAL, Ill.- Illinois State junior guard Kristi Cirone was named to the 2007-08 Associated Press Women's Basketball All-America Team as an honorable mention selection on Tuesday, April 1. Cirone was one of 45 honorable mention honorees on the AP team, which also featured three five-member squads. Cirone is the first AP All-American in Illinois State women's basketball history.
Monday, March 24, 2008 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Season Comes to a Close; Three Fall in WNIT Second Round
Creighton pushed host Marquette into overtime and a Drake rally came up four points short at Illinois in the second round of the 2008 WNIT. Kansas overwhelmed Evansville in the night's other contest to eliminate all of the Missouri Valley Conference entrants in women's postseason play. 2008 was the first time in league history that three teams won a first round WNIT contest in the same season.
Monday, March 24, 2008 | Women's Basketball Illinois State's Cirone Named WBCA All-American Finalist
Illinois State junior guard Kristi Cirone was named a national finalist for the Division I State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball Team for NCAA Division I, as selected by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), Monday, March 24. Cirone is among a group of 40 of the best players in the nation that the 10-member team will be selected from. The State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball Team for NCAA Division I will be announced at the State Farm Coaches' All-America Team Press Conference at the Tampa Hyatt Regency on April 5, as a part of the Women's Final Four weekend.
Sunday, March 23, 2008 | Women's Basketball Redbirds Clipped By Oklahoma in NCAA First Round
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. ?The 13th-seeded Illinois State Redbirds (27-6) fell to fourth-seeded Oklahoma (22-8), 69-61, in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament in Mack Arena. After a hard-fought first half, Oklahoma opened the second half with a big run to clinch the win and deny the Redbirds in their bid for a second NCAA Tournament win. Junior guard Kristi Cirone scored a game-high 22 points, the third-highest total by a Redbird in an NCAA Tournament game.
Saturday, March 22, 2008 | Women's Basketball Valley Remains Perfect in WNIT: Whorton, Martin Lead Drake Past Green Bay
Led by 18 points from senior Lindsay Whorton (Independence, Mo./Truman) and the 41st career double-double by senior Jill Martin (Norwalk, Iowa/Norwalk), Drake erased a nine-point second-half deficit en route to a 65-56 victory over Green Bay in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Saturday (March 22).
Friday, March 21, 2008 | Women's Basketball Valley Women Start 2-0 in WNIT
Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball teams started their post-season with a pair of come-from-behind wins as Evansville rallied from 19 points down to top Southeast Missouri State and Creighton overcame a 7-point road deficit at South Dakota State. Rebekah Parker had 15 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Aces' cause, leading four players in double figures, while the Bluejays got a career-high 29 points from Kelsey Woodard and a near triple-double 19-point, nine-assist, nine-rebound outing from Ally Thrall.
Monday, March 17, 2008 | Women's Basketball Four For Postseason: Illinois State to Face Oklahoma in NCAA Tournament; Evansville Joined by Creighton, Drake in WNIT
2008 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Champion Illinois State will begin their NCAA Tournament journey as a No. 13 seed in the Oklahoma City Region against No. 4 seed Oklahoma of the Big 12 Conference. The Redbirds' opening game will take place Sunday, March 23 at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. The tip time for the Illinois State ?Oklahoma game is slated for 11 a.m. CDT and can be seen on ESPN2. Evansville, the MVC's automatic qualifier, has been joined by Creighton and Drake in the WNIT field.
Sunday, March 16, 2008 | Women's Basketball 2008 State Farm MVC Women's Basketball Championship
Illinois State topped Drake 70-62 to earn its fourth State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship. The Redbirds earn The Valley's automatic bid into the women's NCAA tournament.
Thursday, March 13, 2008 | Women's Basketball Illinois State?s Cirone Repeats at Jackie Stiles Player of the Year; Evansville?s Cullop Is Top Coach
Illinois State junior Kristi Cirone has joined elite company in the storied history of Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball, becoming the fourth player in league history to win two-consecutive Jackie Stiles Player of the Year awards, as announced today at the annual Rawlings Coach of the Year/Awards Luncheon in St. Charles, Mo. Evansville's Tricia Cullop was named Rawlings Coach of the Year after leading the Aces to the first regular-season title in school history. Postseason awards are voted on by a panel of coaches, sports information directors and members of the media.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 | Women's Basketball 2008 Women's Basketball All-Conference
Evansville's Rebekah Parker and Illinois State's Kristi Cirone each became two-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selections, duplicating last season's honors, as they headline a list of six players named to the all-conference first-team unit, the league office announced Wednesday.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 | Women's Basketball 2008 WBB Scholar-Athlete Teams
St. Louis ? Drake's Lindsay Whorton has been named Prairie Farms MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and headlines a group of five of the league's top players named to the 2008 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete First Team, as voted by the conference's Sports Information Directors. Each of the five players named to the first team earned 2008 academic all-district honors. In all, 25 players were honored on the scholar-athlete teams.
Monday, March 10, 2008 | Women's Basketball State Farm MVC Tournament Starts Thursday; Women's Basketball Notebook
The 2008 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball regular-season wrapped up last Saturday, with Illinois State, Evansville and Drake each earning a share of the MVC crown with a 13-5 record. Through the league's tiebreaking system, Illinois State earns the No. 1 seed at this year's tournament, while Evansville is the No. 2 seed and Drake the No. 3. Play will begin at the State Farm MVC Women's Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 13 at 6 p.m. at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., with the opening round game featuring the No. 8 seed Bradley Braves and the No. 9 seed Southern Illinois Salukis.
Saturday, March 08, 2008 | Women's Basketball Illinois State, Evansville and Drake Clinch Shares of MVC Regular-Season Crown
Illinois State was an 87-72 home winner over Evansville and Drake earned a tight road win at Wichita State, 53-51, to earn shares of the Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball regular-season title with 13-5 conference marks. Missouri State was a winner over Creighton in the final game at the Hammons Student Center, while Bradley closed down Robertson Field House with a win over UNI.
Thursday, March 06, 2008 | Women's Basketball Competitive Night Yields Aces A Title Share
Indiana State got the better of the Evansville Purple Aces on Thursday night in Terre Haute, Ind., 66-61, in Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball action, but couldn't stop the Aces from clinching at least a share of their first MVC regular-season. Despite the loss, the Aces stayed atop the league with a 13-4 record, a game ahead of 12-5 teams Creighton, Drake and Illinois State. On a night where the largest winning margin was five points, Creighton snuck by Wichita State, 56-53, Drake edged Missouri State, 61-58, and Southern Illinois won at Illinois State, 72-69.
Monday, March 03, 2008 | Women's Basketball Drama In The Valley: Final Women's Basketball Weekend To Sort Tournament Seeding
Nine games remain on the Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball schedule as teams head to the final weekend of the regular-season. Currently, Evansville is atop the league with a 13-3 MVC record, followed by Illinois State at 12-4. The Aces and Redbirds will square off on Saturday, March 8, at Redbird Arena in Normal, Ill., at 2 p.m. ? potentially for the regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Drake and Creighton hold identical 11-5 records heading into their road trips to Missouri State and Wichita State.
Monday, March 03, 2008 | Women's Basketball Drake Tops Illinois State; Creighton, Missouri State Also Win
Drake earned a season split with Illinois State in Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball action on Sunday, with a 72-66 win at the Knapp Center. The win, coupled with Creighton's 87-74 win over Indiana State, pulls four teams within two games of each other with two to play in the Valley regular-season. Missouri State was a 73-55 winner over Wichita State.
Saturday, March 01, 2008 | Women's Basketball Aces Move Into First; UNI Drops Southern Illinois
Evansville hit 10 three-point shots, including five from Courtney Felke, as they picked up a home win over Bradley, 80-70, and moved into first place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings at 13-3. UNI's Jaqui Kalin scored 20 points and the Panthers placed four players in double figures in their 74-69 win over Southern Illinois. The win moves UNI into fifth in the MVC standings.
Friday, February 29, 2008 | Women's Basketball Creighton Earns Sweep of Illinois State, Drake Downs Indiana State
Creighton earned a season sweep of the now co-league-leading Illinois State Redbirds, with an 80-77 overtime win in Omaha. Ally Thrall scored a game-high 26 points, along with 19 from Kelsey Woodard and a 15-point, 14-rebound double-double from Sara Cain to offset four Redbirds in double-figures. Drake's bench outscored Indiana State's, 30-7, and held the Sycamores to 15.2 percent first half shooting, in their 77-68 win.
Thursday, February 28, 2008 | Women's Basketball Bradley Tops Southern Illinois Behind Taylor's 28; Evansville Slips Past UNI
Bradley freshman Raisa Taylor scored a season-high 28 points to help the Braves up their first Missouri Valley Conference road victory of the season with a 77-72 win at Southern Illinois. Evansville improved to 12-3 in Valley play with a 57-55 win over UNI. Ashley Austin led the Aces with 16 points.
Monday, February 25, 2008 | Women's Basketball Three TV Games for Wildcard Weekend; Women's Basketball Notebook
Three Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball games will hit your television screen this weekend as the Feb. 29 contest, to be seen on FSN Midwest at 7:30 p.m., between league-leading Illinois State and Creighton tips off a trio of games on the tube this weekend. March 2, Indiana State at Creighton will be featured on ESPNU at 1 p.m. and Illinois State at Drake will tip at 2:30 on FSN Midwest.
Sunday, February 24, 2008 | Women's Basketball Illinois State Wins Fourth-Straight; UNI Nips Drake
Defending Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year Kristi Cirone broke into Illinois State's top 10 in career scoring with a 21-point effort in the Redbirds' (22-3, 12-2 MVC) win over Missouri State on Sunday. UNI was a buzzer-beating 72-70 winner over Drake, using 27 points, 5-of-6 from three-point range, and nine assists from Jacqui Kalin to improve to 7-8 in Valley play. Kalin hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to give the Panthers the win.
Saturday, February 23, 2008 | Women's Basketball Bradley Stuns Creighton, Indiana State Runs Past Wichita State
Bradley's Kelly Krumwiede hit a pair of free throws with 14.7 seconds remaining and the Braves deflected any chance at a last-second shot by Creighton, while holding on for a 52-51 home win, ending a 17-game losing streak to Creighton in Peoria. Indiana State turned up the defensive pressure on Wichita State, forcing 21 turnovers in a 69-50 win at the Hulman Center to even the Sycamores' record at 12-12.
Friday, February 22, 2008 | Women's Basketball Aces Rally Past Southern Illinois
CARBONDALE, Ill.?When the University of Evansville women's basketball team needed a lift Friday night, the Purple Aces turned to their bench, and it come through on both ends of the court to lift the Purple Aces to a 71-61 victory over Southern Illinois at SIU Arena in Carbondale.
Thursday, February 21, 2008 | Women's Basketball 2008 State Farm MVC Women?s Basketball Tournament Ticket Promotions
The 2008 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament celebrates the conference's inaugural neutral site women's basketball championship at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., March 13-16. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the exciting ticket promotions available now.
Thursday, February 21, 2008 | Women's Basketball Redbirds Stay in First; Drake, Creighton are Road Winners; Indiana State Wins in OT
Illinois State maintained their lead atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings, improving to 11-2 with a 77-57 home win over Wichita State. Nicole Lewis paced the Redbirds with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Kristi Cirone added 15 points. Drake put five players in double-figures and shot 57.7 percent as they topped Bradley, 77-63. Creighton was a winner for the seventh time in their last eight games and Ally Thrall joined the Bluejays 1,000-point club in their 69-51 win at UNI. Indiana State needed an extra five minutes to get past Missouri State, 86-77. Laura Rudolphi scored a game-high 27 on 12/18 shooting for the Sycamores.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 | Women's Basketball UE's Parker Featured in Lowe's Senior Class Newsletter, Third in Fan Voting
EVANSVILLE, Ind.--University of Evansville senior women's basketball player Rebekah Parker (Silver Lake, Ind./Tippecanoe Valley H.S.) has been featured in this week's Lowe's Senior CLASS Award newsletter for her work in the community. Parker has also moved up to third in the fan voting for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, capturing over 14 percent of the popular vote.
Monday, February 18, 2008 | Women's Basketball Three Weekends Remain; Women's Basketball Notebook
Three weekends remain on the competitive Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball slate before teams converge on St. Charles, Mo., for the 2008 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament. Illinois State is currently atop the league standings at 10-2, a half-game ahead of Evansville (10-3). Several tournament seeds are still to be determined as no more than one game separate any pair of teams in the standings. Drake and Creighton each are 8-4. Missouri State is 7-6, with UNI 6-7, in the battle for fifth. Indiana State (4-8) is a half-game up on Southern Illinois (4-9), while Bradley and Wichita State each are 3-10.
Sunday, February 17, 2008 | Women's Basketball Creighton Snaps Evansville?s 10-Game Winning Streak
OMAHA, Neb. ? Freshman Kellie Nelson scored all of her career-high 16 points in the first half to lead four Bluejays in double figures as the Creighton women's basketball team snapped Evansville's 10-game winning streak with an 82-71 victory at the Omaha Civic Auditorium Sunday afternoon. The Bluejays shot 50 percent from the field in the victory, which improves them to 15-8 overall and 8-4 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
Saturday, February 16, 2008 | Women's Basketball Home Teams Defend Their Court; Saturday Recaps
Drake, Missouri State and Wichita State each earned home Missouri Valley Conference wins Saturday in women's basketball action. Drake shot 56.7 percent in the first half and held a 24-point halftime lead en route to a 72-57 win over Southern Illinois. Wichita State held off Bradley, 59-56, while Missouri State hit 13 three point shots to break their tie in the standings with UNI.
Saturday, February 16, 2008 | Women's Basketball Illinois State Rolls On, Beats Indiana State
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. ? Illinois State (20-3, 10-2 MVC) led by just seven points at halftime, but outscored Indiana State (10-12, 4-8) 53-27 in the second half to claim a 91-56 victory at the Hulman Center on Friday, Feb. 15. The Redbirds collected 10 blocked shots, which is tied for the third-best total in school history, and held their opponent under 60 points for the 10th time this season. Sophomore center Nicolle Lewis led the block party with a career-high seven rejections, the second-best single-game total ever for a Redbird. She also became just the second player in ISU history to surpass 100 blocks in her career.
Thursday, February 14, 2008 | Women's Basketball Evansville Slides by Drake in OT, Wins 10th-Straight; WBB Recap
Evansville put four players in double-figures and need an extra five minutes to earn a road win over Drake, 69-66, for their 10th-straight win and a half-game lead in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. The Aces overcame the fifth-consecutive double-double from Jill Martin, who posted 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Creighton's 62-59 win over Southern Illinois moved the Bluejays to 7-4 in league play and into a tie for third-place with Drake. Northern Iowa evened its conference record with their third-straight Valley win, 64-54, at Wichita State. Missouri State topped Bradley in a topsy-turvy game that saw the Lady Bears build a 21-point halftime lead and then be outscored 41-27 in the second half before holding on to win, 73-66.
Monday, February 11, 2008 | Women's Basketball MVC Women's Basketball Notebook: Aces, Redirds Tied For First; UE's Novosel, UNI's Kalin Honored
A weekend sweep for Evansville, coupled with a split by Illinois State, forged the Purple Aces and Redbirds atop the league standings at 9-2. Evansville has now won nine-straight games and is looking to run the streak into double-digits for just the third time in program history, the last coming during the 1999-00 season. A look at the standings shows a tight Missouri Valley Conference race shaping up over the final seven contests. Drake (7-3) is a game up on Creighton (6-4) in the standings, with a season sweep in hand, while the logjam continues at spots No. 5 through 8, with just one game separating Missouri State and UNI (5-6) and Indiana State and Southern Illinois (4-7).
Sunday, February 10, 2008 | Women's Basketball WBB: Home Teams Go Three-for-Three; Redbirds, Aces Tied For First
Illinois State had four players score in double-figures and shot 50 percent as they stopped a two-game slide to drop Bradley, 79-46, to remain tied atop the league standings with Evansville at 9-2. The Aces won their ninth-straight, putting five players in double-figures and hitting 13 three-point shots in an 82-74 win over Missouri State. Ellen Young scored 20 points and Jayme Sweere added 15 and 10 rebounds as Southern Illinois dropped Wichita State, 66-54.
Saturday, February 09, 2008 | Women's Basketball WBB: UNI Sweeps ISU Weekend, Drake Ends Creighton?s Streak
UNI rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit with 44 second half points to top visiting Indiana State, 68-65, two days after getting the best of co-league-leader Illinois State. The Panthers were led in scoring by their two freshmen stars, Lizzie Boeck (18 points) and Jaqui Kalin (17 points). Drake ended Creighton's four-game winning streak, 72-52, and halted a two-game slide of their own, behind 18 points from Lindsay Whorton and another double-double from Jill Martin.
Saturday, February 09, 2008 | Women's Basketball Aces Win Eighth-Straight, Move Into Tie for First; Lady Bears Get Back in Win Column
Evansville won its eighth-straight game and moved into a first-place tie in the Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball race with a 94-60 win over Wichita State in a game seen on FSN Midwest. Shannon Novosel tied a career-high with 20 points to lead the Aces. Missouri State received 18 points from Tahnee Balerio and Maggie Dwyer as they cruised to a 78-58 win over Southern Illinois.
Friday, February 08, 2008 | Women's Basketball WBB: Evansville's Parker One of 10 Finalists for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
University of Evansville senior women's basketball player Rebekah Parker (Silver Lake, Ind./Tippecanoe Valley) has been chosen as one of 10 national finalists for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight different sports.
Thursday, February 07, 2008 | Women's Basketball WBB: UNI, Bradley Hold Court in Wins
UNI held Illinois State to its lowest field goal percentage of the season in the first half and got 21 points from Nicole Clausen as they topped the league leaders, 64-62, at the McLeod Center. Bradley's Kelly Krumwiede hit 6-of-9 shots en route to a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double as the Braves knocked off Indiana State, 62-50, in Peoria.
Thursday, February 07, 2008 | Women's Basketball Ten Women?s Basketball Players Earn ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors
Ten Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball student-athletes were named to the 2007-08 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District teams in districts V and VII, respectively. Indiana State's Laura Rudolphi (District V) and Drake's Lindsay Whorton (District VII) are the league's two representatives on the all-district first team.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008 | Women's Basketball MVC Selects Wildcard Weekend Women's Basketball Telecasts
ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Valley Conference has selected its final two regular-season women's basketball games for television as part of the league's Wildcard Weekend on FSN Midwest, Fox College Sports and Comcast SportsNet Chicago on February 29 and March 2, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today.
Monday, February 04, 2008 | Women's Basketball Weekly Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Notebook; Halfway Home
The halfway point of the Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball season is upon us with Illinois State leading the pack with an 8-1 record in league action. On the strength of a seven-game winning streak, six-straight in MVC play, Evansville is sitting in second-place at 7-2. Creighton, who snapped Illinois State's 14-game winning streak over the weekend, is joined by Drake at 6-3 in conference games, just behind the leaders.
Saturday, February 02, 2008 | Women's Basketball Creighton Ends No. 24 Illinois State?s 14-game Streak; Indiana State Tops Drake; Evansville Wins Again
Illinois State's 14-game winning streak came to an end, 75-71, at the hands of Creighton, behind the second-straight 20-point performance from Kelsey Woodard. Indiana State held Drake to 15 first half points and held off the Bulldogs' second half rally in a 54-46 Missouri Valley Conference victory on Saturday afternoon. Evansville won their seventh-straight, getting past UNI, 57-52, and moved into sole possession of second place in the league standings. Wichita State and Bradley each earned their second league wins with home decisions.
Thursday, January 31, 2008 | Women's Basketball WBB: No. 24 Illinois State Rallies to Top Drake in OT; Thursday Roundup
Down seven points with 1:36 remaining, No. 24 Illinois State rallied to tie the game and surged past second-place Drake, 88-84, in overtime to win their 14th-consecutive game and move to 18-1, 8-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play. Evansville improved to 6-2 in Valley action with their sixth win in a row, cruising past Bradley, 71-50, in Peoria. Jim Flanery earned his 100th career coaching win as Creighton rallied from a 12-point first half deficit for a 68-60 win at Indiana State. UNI got 21 points from Jacqui Kalin in a home win over Southern Illinois.
Monday, January 28, 2008 | Women's Basketball Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook: No. 24 Illinois State, Drake Battle for First, Aces Lurking
As if the Thursday, Jan. 31 tilt between Illinois State (17-1, 7-0 MVC) and Drake (13-5, 6-1 MVC) needed more reason to capture your attention, Illinois State will enter the showdown for the league lead as the nation's No. 24 team in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Debuting in the Jan. 28 poll, the Redbirds are making their first appearance in a national poll since the 1988-89 season and are representing the Valley in the AP poll for the first time since 2004.
Sunday, January 27, 2008 | Women's Basketball Illinois State, Drake Set Up Showdown; Indiana State Rebounds With Win
Illinois State stretched its Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball winning streak to seven games, its road winning streak to 11 and its overall streak to 13 games on Sunday afternoon with a 71-55 win at Wichita State. The Redbirds' (17-1, 7-0 MVC) win, combined with Drake's (13-5, 6-1 MVC) 66-63 home win over UNI on a buzzer-beating three from Jordann Plummer, sets up a 1st-2nd showdown next Thursday in Normal, Ill. Indiana State bounced back from a Friday loss to take a 78-55 win over Missouri State.
Saturday, January 26, 2008 | Women's Basketball WBB: Aces Win, Set Attendance Mark; Creighton Rallies Past Bradley
On Women's Hoops for the Cure night in Evansville, the Aces placed four players in double-figures to overcome a 33-points outing from Southern Illinois' Jayme Sweere in a 77-67 victory, their fifth-straight, in front of a UE record crowd of 3,485. Ally Thrall's 17-point, five-assist effort helped Creighton past Bradley and earned them a second-straight win.
Saturday, January 26, 2008 | Women's Basketball Illinois State Stretches Streak to 12, Shockers Get First League Win
Illinois State used a second half surge to break a 40-all halftime time at Missouri State to claim their 12th-consecutive win and move to 6-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference. In Friday's second MVC contest, Wichita State slid past Indiana State for their first league win.
Monday, January 21, 2008 | Women's Basketball Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook: Redbirds at Lady Bears on FSN; Parker, Dwyer Honored
Illinois State continues to roll, entering the week on an 11-game winning streak and sitting just two spots outside of an Associated Press Top 25 ranking. Missouri State has found a rhythm in conference play and has won its last four games by an average of nearly 15 points per game. This Friday (1/25), the Redbirds will travel to Missouri State for the MVC Game of the Week of FSN Midwest. This week's player of the week is Rebekah Parker of Evansville, while Missouri State's Maggie Dwyer repeats as newcomer of the week.
Saturday, January 19, 2008 | Women's Basketball Missouri State Wins Fourth-Straight, Illinois State Wins 11th-Consecutive, UNI Rolls
Missouri State turned a two-point half-time deficit into 15-point road win over Bradley in Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball action. The Lady Bears have now won four-consecutive games in conference play to move to 4-2. Illinois State was a 77-70 winner over Indiana State. UNI cruised to a home win over Wichita State in Saturday's nightcap.
Friday, January 18, 2008 | Women's Basketball WBB: Drake Edges Southern Illinois, Stays Unbeaten in Valley Play
Drake was a 55-52 winner over Southern Illinois in a defensive struggle featured on FSN Midwest. Monique Jones provided the final defensive stop for Drake, blocking a potential game-tying three-point shot as the final buzzer sounded. Jill Martin led the Bulldog attack with 17 points.
Thursday, January 17, 2008 | Women's Basketball Missouri State Wins Third-Straight, Aces Drop Creighton, Bradley Gets First League Win
Tahnee Balerio's 19 points and 10 assists led the suddenly hot Lady Bears to their third-straight Valley win, a 78-55 decision at UNI. Evansville turned a one point halftime deficit into a 15-point win over Creighton, while Bradley raced to a 10-point halftime lead on their way to a home win over Wichita State.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 | Women's Basketball Bradley's Rogers Out For Year With Achilles Injury
PEORIA, Ill. ? Junior forward Monica Rogers (Forsyth, Ill./St. Teresa/Hampton) will miss the remainder of the season after rupturing her Achilles tendon during the second half of Sunday's home loss to I-74 rival Illinois State. Rogers, who missed both exhibition games and the first two games of the season due to minor knee surgery, is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday and will likely be sidelined for six to nine months.
Monday, January 14, 2008 | Women's Basketball Weekly Women?s Basketball Notebook: Valley Hoops on the Air
This Friday, Jan. 18, Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball takes center stage on FSN Midwest as preseason favorite Drake heads to Carbondale, Ill., to take on defending regular-season champion Southern Illinois. Early in the conference season, Illinois State (4-0) and Drake (3-0) are out to quick starts.
Sunday, January 13, 2008 | Women's Basketball WBB: Illinois State Topples Bradley, Moves to 4-0 in MVC Play
PEORIA, Ill. ? The Illinois State Redbirds (14-1, 4-0 MVC) put on an offensive show to beat Bradley (6-8, 0-3 MVC), 94-61, on Sunday, Jan, 13. The ?Birds recorded season-highs with 34 field goals and a 59.4 shooting percentage to post their first 90-point effort since they beat Evansville, 91-64, on Jan. 16, 2004. For the second time this season, five Redbirds scored in double-figures. ISU extended its winning streak to 10 games, tied for the fourth-longest in school history.
Saturday, January 12, 2008 | Women's Basketball WBB Saturday: Drake Stays Unbeaten, Missouri State, Indiana State Win Second-Straight in Valley Play; Aces Are Road Winners
Drake's defense continues to be the story as the Bulldogs claimed an early conference showdown of unbeaten teams with a 73-51 win at Creighton. Drake forced 22 turnovers and held the Bluejays to 35.7 percent shooting to move to 3-0 in Valley play. Missouri State won their second-straight Valley game over Southern Illinois behind a double-double from Tiff Terwelp. In other action, Evansville took care of the ball, committing just seven turnovers in their road win over Wichita State, while Indiana State needed overtime to get by UNI.
Thursday, January 10, 2008 | Women's Basketball WBB: Redbirds Move to 3-0, Sycamores, Lady Bears Pick Up First Valley Win
Southern Illinois was the only road winner in four Valley contests on Thursday, holding off a late Wichita State run for a 66-61 win at Koch Arena, while Illinois State remained unbeaten in three MVC games and won its ninth-straight, dropping UNI. Indiana State and Missouri State each picked up their first conference win on their home floors, topping Bradley and Evansville, respectively.
Monday, January 07, 2008 | Women's Basketball Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook; Cirone, Woodard Honored
Six Valley teams enter the second week of conference play with overall records of .500 or better, three of those teams ? Illinois State, Creighton and Drake ? boast winning streaks of at least four games. Something will give this week as Drake travels to Creighton for a Saturday afternoon tilt at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Nine Valley games are on the schedule this week, beginning with four contests this Thursday (Jan. 10).
Sunday, January 06, 2008 | Women's Basketball Drake, Creighton Improve to 2-0 in Valley Women?s Hoops (1/6)
Drake built a 36-23 halftime lead on Wichita State and rolled to an 83-46 home win to start league play 2-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season. The preseason favorites forced 28 Shocker turnovers, including 11 steals. Creighton needed an extra five minutes of game time to shake free of Missouri State, pulling out a 79-73 win in Omaha to start Valley play 2-0 for the sixth time in seven seasons.
Saturday, January 05, 2008 | Women's Basketball Valley Women?s Basketball Saturday: Evansville, Illinois State Win
Illinois State picked up their 12th win, and eighth-straight, by outlasting Southern Illinois in Carbondale, 82-78, after dominating the boards and getting a 27 point, seven assist effort from Kristi Cirone. Evansville evened their Valley mark behind a 25 point, seven assist and seven rebound effort from Rebekah Parker in their 84-59 win over Indiana State.
Friday, January 04, 2008 | Women's Basketball Creighton, Drake Win Big in Women?s Hoops
Creighton and pre-season favorite Drake cruised to home wins in their Valley openers on Friday night. Drake was a 72-42 winner over Missouri State as four players reached double-figures for the Bulldogs, topped by Lindsay Whorton's 22-point night. Creighton also had four players in double-digits in their 83-47 win over Wichita State and knocked down 12 three-point shots on the night.
Thursday, January 03, 2008 | Women's Basketball And They're Off: Three Games Kick Off Women's Basketball Conference Play
Defending regular-season champion Southern Illinois put five players in double-figures and knocked down 12 three-point baskets to open conference play with a 95-76 win over visiting Indiana State. Meanwhile, Illinois State was a road winner at Evansville, 75-67, behind 21 points and six assists from last season's league player of the year Kristi Cirone and UNI was a two point winner over visiting Bradley behind Jacqui Kalin's 17 points and six assist effort.
Monday, December 31, 2007 | Women's Basketball Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook (12/31)
Missouri Valley Conference play is set to begin this week with nine league contests on the docket, beginning with a trio of games on Jan. 3. Illinois State (9-1) opens by traveling to Evansville (5-5), Bradley (6-5) will head to Cedar Falls, Iowa to take on UNI (4-7) and Indiana State (6-4) will open at defending regular-season champion Southern Illinois (4-6). All games are scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 29, 2007 | Women's Basketball Valley Drops Three Games on Saturday; Women?s Basketball Roundup (12/29)
A day after a perfect two-for-two in non-conference action, Valley teams were winless on Saturday in three games. Southern Illinois was topped by Green Bay, Missouri State fell at Western Kentucky and UNI was defeated by host South Dakota State.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook (12/26): Holidays Bring Wins
Valley teams claimed victory in nine of 12 games last week. This week, they get set for seven of the eight remaining non-conference games on the composite slate with Missouri Valley Conference play looming after the first of the year. The standings entering the final full week before the league season show Illinois State off to its best start since the 1973-74 season and Creighton earning its most non-conference wins (seven) in four seasons. This week's MVC Player of the Week is Jasmine Gibson of Southern Illinois and Maggie Dwyer of Missouri State is the newcomer of the week.
Friday, December 21, 2007 | Women's Basketball SIU, Creighton Earn Road Wins, Missouri State Wins at Home; Women's Basketball Recap - 12/21
Valley teams earned a pair of road wins and another victory on a home floor in Friday night women's basketball action. Southern Illinois picked up their third-straight victory with a road win at Tennessee Tech while Missouri State had an offensive explosion, scoring a league-best 97 points in a home win over Canisius. Creighton was a road winner over Oral Roberts, their third away win of the season. In other action, Evansville was the victim of a last-second lay-in in a one-point loss at Wright State and Northern Illinois topped UNI.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007 | Women's Basketball Creighton, Wichita State Grab Home Wins; Women?s Basketball Recap ? Dec. 18
Wichita State picked up its fifth win of the season in front of more than 10,000 fans at Koch Arena in a mid-afternoon tilt against Texas State while Creighton moved to 6-4 on the season with a 69-62 win over Kansas State of the Big 12. UNI fell on the road at Iowa State.
Monday, December 17, 2007 | Women's Basketball Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook - Illinois State Improves to 8-1
After a week with only six non-conference games played, Illinois State and Drake picked up wins with the Redbirds improving to 8-1 in non-conference play, winning their fourth-straight game and keeping a hold on the top spot in the Valley standings. Preseason favorite Drake owns a 6-4 mark and sits in second place while this week's MVC Player of the Week is Ashleen Bracey of Illinois State while Kelsey Woodard of Creighton has earned newcomer of the week honors.
Sunday, December 16, 2007 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Recap - Dec. 16
Illinois State won its fourth-straight game, an 82-69 victory at Miami (OH), improving to 8-1 in non-conference action while Valley teams went 1-2 on Sunday, Dec. 16. Iowa State surged late to down visiting Creighton while Wichita State suffered a six-point loss to New Mexico State.
Monday, December 10, 2007 | Women's Basketball Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook - Dec. 10
Illinois State has jumped out to a 7-1 record as non-conference play continues this week, with just six games to be played. Valley teams are an even 41-41 against Division I competition this season, while this week's State Farm MVC Players of the Week are Sam Schuett of Creighton and Maggie Dwyer of Missouri State.
Saturday, December 08, 2007 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Recap (Dec. 8): A 4-1 Night for the Valley
Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball teams went 4-1 on Saturday, with the lone loss coming to the Sycamores at Indiana State, falling to nationally-ranked Michigan State at home in front of over 4,400 fans at the Hulman Center. Bradley, Evansville, Southern Illinois and Wichita State earned victories.
Friday, December 07, 2007 | Women's Basketball Former Drake Standout Bauman to have Basketball Jersey Retired
Former Drake women's basketball standout Lorri Bauman will have her jersey retired during halftime of the Drake-Iowa State women's basketball game this Sunday at the Drake Knapp Center. Bauman, a native of Des Moines who attended East High School, was the first woman in NCAA history to reach the 3,000 career point plateau.
Friday, December 07, 2007 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Suffers 0-2 Night
Northern Iowa faced the No. 3 team in the country, Maryland, Friday night on the road and suffered a loss to the 2006 National Champion, 91-37. Missouri State, fresh off its first win of the year, fell at home to Saint Louis as the Valley suffered an 0-2 night in women's hoops.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007 | Women's Basketball Women's Hoops Goes 3-0 On Wednesday Night - Dec. 5
Bradley, Creighton and Drake propelled the Missouri Valley Conference to a 3-0 mark in non-conference action on Wednesday as the Braves downed Loyola-Chicago, Creighton beat Denver and Drake was a winner over Western Illinois.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007 | Women's Basketball WBB: Illinois State Wins Again, Missouri State Notches First Victory of Season
Illinois State's Ashleen Bracey recorded her second double double in the last three games as the Redbirds improved to 7-1 on the season after a 71-54 win at Ball State Tuesday night. Missouri State won its first game of the year, a defeat of Tulsa at home while No. 25 Oklahoma State topped Wichita State to round out non-conference action.
Monday, December 03, 2007 | Women's Basketball Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook - Dec. 3
The last time Illinois State started its women's basketball season with a 6-1 mark Gerald Ford was President of the United States and a gallon of milk cost $1.68. That was 1976-77, and while a lot has changed, the Redbirds are still strong as they sit atop the league with a 6-1 mark after two wins, one on the road, last week. Valley teams combined for a 11-7 record over the week, while Wichita State's Kiki Stephens and Northern Iowa's Jacqui Kalin have earned weekly honors.
Friday, November 30, 2007 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Recap - Nov. 29
Illinois State, Indiana State and Wichita State were winners in non-conference women's basketball Thursday night. The Redbirds improved to 5-1 on the season after topping Loyola-Chicago at home.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Recap - Nov. 27
Evansvile and Bradley sailed to non-conference wins against Tennessee Tech and Eastern Illinois while Kansas clipped Creighton. Bradley's Renee Frericks tied a school record by connecting on eight three-pointers in the win for the Braves.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007 | Women's Basketball Redbirds Receiving Votes For Second-Straight Week
Illinois State is receiving votes in the weekly Associated Press Top-25 poll for the second-straight week. The Redbirds received five votes in this week's poll, while Tennessee remained the unanimous No. 1 choice.
Monday, November 26, 2007 | Women's Basketball Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook - Nov. 26
Last week in the Valley saw Creighton improve to 4-1, its best start under head coach Jim Flanery, as the Bluejays won the Rocky Mountain Invitational and Illinois State suffered its first loss of the season, a five-point fall at home to nationally-ranked DePaul. MVC teams went a combined 6-13 in non-conference play over the long holiday weekend while Drake's Jill Martin and Creighton's Kelsey Woodard are this week's player and newcomer of the week, respectively.
Sunday, November 25, 2007 | Women's Basketball No. 18 DePaul Holds Off Illinois State; Missouri State Falls at UALR
Illinois State suffered its first loss of the season, a five-pointer at home to nationally-ranked DePaul Sunday afternoon at Redbird Arena. The Redbirds were edged 80-75 despite a 25-point effort from Kristi Cirone. In the only other women's non-conference game, UALR held off visiting Missouri State.
Sunday, November 25, 2007 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Recap - Nov. 24
Creighton and Drake won non-conference games on Saturday, as the Bluejays won the Rocky Mountain Invitational by defeating host Colorado State and the Bulldogs beat Western Michigan in the finale of the SMU Hoops for the Cure in Dallas.
Friday, November 23, 2007 | Women's Basketball Indiana State Tops San Diego State; Women?s Basketball Recap ? Nov. 23
Indiana State moved to 3-0 on the season with a 75-68 win over San Diego State at the LMU Ayers Holiday Tournament. Kelsey Luna scored a team-high 24 points in the win, while Angela Phillips added 20 and four assists. In other action, Creighton was a 71-57 winner over Kent State, while Drake was nipped by Kansas, 69-64, Western Kentucky got by Southern Illinois and Indiana topped Wichita State.
Thursday, November 22, 2007 | Women's Basketball Wichita State Falls to No. 11/10 Texas A&M
No. 11/10 Texas A&M (3-0) used a strong inside game and a deep bench to send the Wichita State women's basketball team (1-2) to its second-straight loss as the Aggies dropped the Shockers 70-36 Thursday evening in WSU's first game of the 2007 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007 | Women's Basketball WBB: Illinois State and Indiana State Receive Votes in Weekly AP Poll
Illinois State and Indiana State received votes in the most recent The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll, with records through Nov. 18. The Redbirds are off to a 4-0 start after winning the Best Western Roundball Classic while Indiana State prevailed over then No. 17 Vanderbilt at home to be the first Valley team in four years to beat a ranked opponent.
Monday, November 19, 2007 | Women's Basketball Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook - Nov. 19
Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball teams tallied ten wins last week, sparked by Indiana State's win over nationally-ranked Vanderbilt, the first win over a ranked foe for a Valley team since 2002-03. Illinois State and the Sycamores remain undefeated on the season, with the Redbirds winning the Best Western Roundball Classic. For their efforts, this week's MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week are Kelsey Luna of Indiana State and Shala Jackson of Illinois State.
Sunday, November 18, 2007 | Women's Basketball WBB: Illinois State Improves to 4-0, Women's Hoops Recap - Nov. 18
Illinois State won the Best Western Roundball Classic after beating host South Florida 82-57 Sunday afternoon in Tampa, Fla., the host site of the 2008 NCAA Women's Final Four. The Redbirds improve to 4-0 on the year while preseason favorite Drake was also victorious on Sunday, downing Weber State at home.
Saturday, November 17, 2007 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Recap - Nov. 17
Illinois State and Bradley picked up wins on Saturday, as the Redbirds improved to 3-0 on the season after a 70-60 win over Tennessee-Martin at the USF Shootout while the Braves won at home over visiting Illinois-Chicago. Green Bay was too much for Missouri State in its home opener, as the Lady Bears fell 78-68.
Friday, November 16, 2007 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Recap - Nov. 16
No. 6 Rutgers was too much for Creighton as the Scarlet Knights used a second-half run to down the visiting Bluejays in New Jersey Friday night. Drake and Northern Iowa were winners, over Sacramento State and Weber State while Evansville fell at Western Kentucky to cap a 2-2 night for women's hoops.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 | Women's Basketball WBB: Indiana State Upsets No. 17 Vanderbilt in Overtime
Indiana State freshman Kelsey Luna's 3-pointer went in-and-out with just over two seconds to play in regulation, but her 3-point play on free throws with 38 seconds in overtime sealed a wild Sycamore upset over No. 17 nationally-ranked Vanderbilt by a score of 77-72 in front of 3,800 fans at Hulman Center.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 | Women's Basketball 2008-09 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Media Guide
If you desire a printed book, the 2008-09 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Media Guide is available for purchase on the league's on-line store by visiting www.mvcstore.com. The book is $15, plus shipping and handling. Members of the media may contact the MVC office for a complimentary copy.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Recap - Nov. 13
Big Ten Conference foes Iowa and Minnesota were too much for Missouri Valley Conference women's hoops teams Drake and Northern Iowa, respectively, as the Bulldogs and Panthers both fell to the rivals on Tuesday night. In other action, Bradley's late rally came up short for the Braves, who lost to Butler.
Monday, November 12, 2007 | Women's Basketball Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook - Nov. 12
The Valley faced some tough competition in the first week of the 2007-08 women's basketball season, with three top-25 opponents. With nine of tens teams having started its seasons, the non-conference mark sits at 5-5 while Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, Creighton and Northern Iowa opened up with wins. UE's Shannon Novosel has been named the MVC Player of the Week while Tanaeya Worden of Southern Illinois is this week's newcomer of the week.
Sunday, November 11, 2007 | Women's Basketball Illinois State, Indiana State Open Season with Wins
Illinois State opened up the 2007-08 women's basketball season with a 81-68 win at Eastern Illinois on Sunday afternoon while Indiana State was a winner at home over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Evansville fell at nationally-ranked Michigan State in the second round of the preseason WNIT and Missouri State fell at Texas.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 | Women's Basketball WBB: Drake Picked to Finish First in Preseason Poll
For the second-straight year, the Drake Bulldogs have been tabbed as the No. 1 team in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason women's basketball poll. In the annual survey of coaches, sports information directors and media members, the Bulldogs accrued 348 points in the poll and 24 first-place votes.
Thursday, October 18, 2007 | Women's Basketball 2007-08 Women's Basketball Preview
As the 2007-08 Missouri Valley Conference basketball season fast approaches, the Valley looks ahead. While some things never change, like stud players, rivalries and shattering attendance records, most notably, the season will culminate with the much anticipated 2008 State Farm MVC Women's Basketball Championship held at a neutral site, The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.
Sunday, September 02, 2007 | Women's Basketball WBB: Wichita State Falls to College of Fraser Valley
The Wichita State women's basketball team fell to College of Fraser Valley, 66-60, in the first of two games for the squad on Sunday. WSU wraps up its exhibition tour tonight at 8 p.m., against University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Monday, July 16, 2007 | Women's Basketball Four Valley WBB Teams Earn Academic Recognition
Four Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball teams were honored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association as having Top-25 grade point averages in Division I women's hoops for the 2006-07 season. The University of Northern Iowa, boasting a team grade point average of 3.624, ranks second amongst Division I teams while Indiana State, Southern Illinois and Evansville were also honored.