Saturday, June 06, 2009 | Women's Basketball Cirone to Play in WNBA
UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Kristi Cirone`s career as an Illinois State basketball player ended April 1 after she led the Redbirds on the deepest postseason run in program history. Most Redbird fans knew that wouldn't be the last time she would play basketball and that notion was confirmed Friday when she made the final roster for the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA. The Sun cut its roster down to the WNBA limit of 11 late Thursday night.
Thursday, April 23, 2009 | Women's Basketball Missy Tiber Named Women?s Basketball Coach at Southern Illinois
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Missy Tiber (Ty-ber) was named the eighth head coach in the 50-year history of the women's basketball program at Southern Illinois University during a press conference at the school on Thursday.
Sunday, April 05, 2009 | Women's Basketball Cirone Named Honorable Mention WBCA All-American
ATLANTA ? Illinois State senior guard Kristi Cirone was named to the State Farm Coaches' All-America Honorable Mention Team, as announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Saturday in St. Louis. Cirone received honorable mention recognition for the second-consecutive year and earned the fourth All-American honor of her career.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 | Women's Basketball Illinois State?s Post-Season Run Ends at Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. ? Despite a valiant second-half effort that nearly erased a double-digit deficit, Illinois State (27-8) lost to Kansas (22-13), 75-72, in the semifinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The loss ends ISU's season after its deepest postseason run ever.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 | Women's Basketball Illinois State's Cirone Named Honorable Mention AP All-American
NORMAL, Ill. ? For the second-consecutive season, Illinois State senior guard Kristi Cirone was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press (AP) Tuesday. Cirone is the only Illinois State player to be honored by the AP and is the third Redbird to receive All-America recognition in two different years.
Sunday, March 29, 2009 | Women's Basketball Redbirds Run Past Hoosiers, Into WNIT Semifinal
NORMAL, Ill. - Nicolle Lewis produced her seventh double-double of the season (the 10th of her career) to lead the Illinois State women's basketball team (27-7) past Indiana (21-11), 66-55, Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. Illinois State will now play in the WNIT Semifinals for the first time in program history at a date and time that is still to be determined.
Thursday, March 26, 2009 | Women's Basketball Illinois State Beats Marquette, Moves into WNIT Quarters
Three-time MVC Player of the Year Kristi Cirone hit a pair of free throws with nine second remaining in regulation to give Illinois State a 51-50 win over Marquette -- the defending WNIT champion -- in the third round of the WNIT at Redbird Arena. Illinois State overcame at 26.8 percent shooting night by making 20-of-23 free throws. Cirone led all scorers with 23 points and was a perfect 13-of-13 at the foul line, while adding seven rebounds and five assists with no turnovers. Kenyatta Shelton grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for Illinois State.
Thursday, March 26, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Cirone Named Finalist For WBCA All-America Team
ATLANTA ? For the second-consecutive year, Illinois State senior guard Kristi Cirone has been named a finalist for the State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball Team. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in cooperation with State Farm, announced the 40 finalists Thursday.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 | Women's Basketball Redbirds Drop La. Tech, Advance in WNIT
NORMAL, Ill. ? Illinois State used a season-high 25 points from Maggie Krick and 22 points from Kristi Cirone to win its first-ever game against Louisiana Tech, 73-59, in the second round of the 2009 Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena Tuesday night.
Monday, March 23, 2009 | Women's Basketball Creighton Women Fall to Kansas in WNIT Second Round
LAWRENCE, Kan. ? Creighton surrendered a season-high 79 points in a 79-64 loss to Kansas in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Kelsey Woodard led four Bluejays in double figures, but it was not enough to overcome a 17-point halftime deficit. Creighton ends the season in the second round of the WNIT for the second straight year, concluding with a 22-12 record.
Sunday, March 22, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Aces Fall in NCAA First Round to No. 2 Texas A&M
SOUTH BEND, Ind.?The University of Evansville women's basketball team saw its magical postseason run come to an end Sunday in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, as second-seeded Texas A&M proved to be too much with an 80-45 victory over the Purple Aces at the Joyce Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.
Saturday, March 21, 2009 | Women's Basketball Creighton Advances in WNIT
OMAHA, Neb. ? Creighton made 9-of-18 three-pointers and both Megan Neuvirth and Kelsey Woodard scored better than 20 points as the women's basketball team defeated UC Riverside 64-51 Saturday night in the first round of the Women's NIT at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Neuvirth led all players with 24 points and Woodard added 21 points and six assists as the pair combined to make 9-of-14 three-pointers in the victory. The victory advances the Bluejays in the WNIT, where they will play at Kansas on Monday night in the second round.
Monday, March 16, 2009 | Women's Basketball Illinois State, Creighton to Play in WNIT
MVC regular-season champion Illinois State and tournament runner-up Creighton are part of the 48-team field announced today for the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Illinois State received an automatic berth into the field as the highest-finishing team not included in the NCAA field. Creighton received one of 17 at-large bids into the tournament after a run to the State Farm MVC Tournament title game.
Monday, March 16, 2009 | Women's Basketball Evansville to Face No. 2 Texas A&M in NCAA Tournament
Number two seed Texas A&M will be the University of Evansville's opponent Sunday in the opening round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Game time is 11:00 a.m. CDT at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Indiana.
Sunday, March 15, 2009 | Women's Basketball 2009 State Farm MVC Women's Basketball Championship
Amy Gallagher sank a 10-footer with 0.3 seconds left to give Evansville an improbable 47-45 win over Creighton on Sunday to claim the Missouri Valley women's tournament championship.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | Women's Basketball 2009 Women?s Basketball All-Conference
Illinois State's Kristi Cirone earned her third first team all-conference honor and headlines a list of six players named to the all-conference first team unit, the league office announced on Wednesday. Cirone joins a prestigious list of 16 players who have been honored three times on the all-MVC first team.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | Women's Basketball 2009 WBB Scholar-Athlete Teams
St. Louis ? Indiana State's Kelsey Luna 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 2009 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete First Team, as voted by the conference's Sports Information Directors. Two scholar-athlete first team players -- Luna and Wichita State's Marcy Sudbeck -- were named second team CoSIDA Academic All-American in late February. In all, 17 players were honored on the scholar-athlete teams.
Monday, March 09, 2009 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Player/Newcomer of the Week - 3/9
UNI's Kim Wypiszynski hit on 63.6 percent of her field goals (14-of-22) and averaged 17.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in a pair of wins to close the regular season. Southern Illinois' Alex Hart hit on four three-pointers and notched a career-high point total against Evansville with a 21-point, five rebound outing. For their efforts, Wypiszynski and Hart are this week's State Farm MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Saturday, March 07, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Saturday Recaps
Creighton won the regular-season finale showdown with Illinois State, claiming a 65-62 overtime win to close out the MVC regular-season at 14-4, its most conference wins since 2004. Drake wrapped up its Valley season with another outstanding defensive effort against Indiana State, winning 63-38 at the Drake Knapp Center. UNI upped its modest winning streak to three game with its win over Missouri State. Southern Illinois slipped by Evansville 65-59. In the final regular-season match-up, Wichita State upset Bradley, 70-68.
Saturday, March 07, 2009 | Women's Basketball Illinois State Earns Top Seed for State Farm MVC Tournament
Illinois State, the unanimous choice as the pre-season conference favorite, finished the regular-season with a 24-6 record, including a 15-3 conference mark, and earned its second-straight No. 1 seed for the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, March 12-15, at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.
Thursday, March 05, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Illinois State Clinches Outright MVC Title
Illinois State hit on 50 percent of its shots in the second half to rally past Drake and clinch its first outright MVC title since the 1988-89 season. Creighton held Indiana State to 35 points in a 19-point home win that assured it of the second seed in the MVC Tournament. Bradley was a 10-point home winner over Missouri State and pulled even with Drake in third place in the league standings. UNI overwhelmed Wichita State for its eighth MVC win.
Monday, March 02, 2009 | Women's Basketball MVC Women's Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week - March 2
Kristi Cirone averaged 31 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and hit 8-of-15 three-point shots last week as Illinois State clinched a share of the MVC regular-season title. She also set the Illinois State all-time scoring record in the process and is currently fourth on the Valley's all-time scoring chart. UNI's K.K. Armstrong delivered in the clutch for the Panthers in its upset overtime win over Illinois State. Armstrong scored 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists against the Redbirds and averaged 13 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5 assists for the week. She was also perfect from the foul line (10-of-10). For their efforts, Cirone and Armstrong are this week's MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Sunday, March 01, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Sunday Recaps
UNI's Kim Wypiszynski scored 20 points and received 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists from K.K. Armstrong in an overtime win at Illinois State, 76-73. Indiana State hit nine three-point shots and were led by 14 points from Brittany Schoen. Evansville was a road winner at Wichita State, buoyed by a combined 40 points from Ashley Austin, Robyn Jennings and Shannon Novosel. Missouri State was a winner over Southern Illinois, 69-57, with freshman Jacque Griggs stealing the show with 16 points and 8 rebounds on senior day. Just one weekend of conference games remain before the State Farm MVC Tournament in St. Charles, Mo., March 12-15.
Friday, February 27, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Friday Recaps
Drake evened the season series with Creighton, posting a 51-44 win in a game featured on FSMidwest to propel the Bulldogs back into third place in the MVC standings. The Creighton loss assures at least a share of the MVC regular-season title to Illinois State. Indiana State earned the season sweep over UNI with a 56-51 overtime win over the Panthers. Missouri State received a season-high of 22 points from Maggie Dwyer to help top Evansville, while Wichita State's Marisah Henderson posted a double-double (16 pts., 10 assists) to help overcome an outstanding game from Southern Illinois' Erica Smith (29 points, 11 rebounds) in the Shockers' win.
Thursday, February 26, 2009 | Women's Basketball Illinois State Runs Away From Bradley, Inches Closer to MVC Title
Illinois State moved a step closer to clinching the top seed at the MVC Tournament after pulling away from Bradley for an 82-61 win at Redbird Arena on Thursday night. Kristi Cirone led all scorers with 34 points as the Redbirds won their 12th-straight game to improve to 14-1 in the MVC with three games to play. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for Bradley. Illinois State can clinch a share of the regular-season title with a win on Saturday against UNI.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 | Women's Basketball Illinois State?s Cirone Named Lieberman Finalist
DETROIT ? For the second-consecutive year, Illinois State senior Kristi Cirone has been named a final nominee for the Nancy Lieberman Award, as announced by the award committee Feb. 23. Cirone is among a pool of 13 final nominees for the award that is given to the nation's best point guard.
Monday, February 23, 2009 | Women's Basketball Indiana State?s Luna, Wichita State?s Sudbeck Named Academic All-American
Two Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball players ? Kelsey Luna of Indiana State and Marcy Sudbeck of Wichita State ? have been named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced today.
Monday, February 23, 2009 | Women's Basketball MVC Women's Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week - Feb. 23
In two pivotal games with an impact on seeding at the MVC Tournament, Bradley's Monica Rogers averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds in wins over Creighton and Drake. She scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to help BU snap Creighton's 11-game winning streak and followed with 26 points and 16 rebounds in a double overtime win over Drake, which propelled Bradley past DU into third in the MVC standings. Bianca Jarrett did her part to pick up the offense for Indiana State, scoring 22 at Evansville and following with a career-high of 32 points against Southern Illinois for an average of 27 points per game. The freshman added 3.0 steals, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 54.1 percent from the floor. For their efforts, Rogers and Jarrett are this week's MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Saturday, February 21, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Saturday Recaps
Illinois State pushed its winning streak to 11 games after it cruised to a 67-54 win at Evansville. Bradley pulled out its sixth-straight win -- and second in a row over a team it trailed in the MVC standings -- in double overtime against Drake behind Monica Rogers' 26 points and 16 rebounds. Creighton received a double-double from Megan Neuvirth (22 pts/10 reb) to help the Bluejays nip UNI in overtime. Southern Illinois put four players in double figures to overcome a 32-point effort from Bianca Jarrett and edge Indiana State by three. Missouri State hit 58 percent of its shots in the first half and never looked back during its second-straight win over Wichita State.
Thursday, February 19, 2009 | Women's Basketball Redbirds Rally Past Southern Illinois; League Race Tightens
Illinois State center Nicolle Lewis turned in a dominating 25-point, 12-rebound and five-block effort as the Redbirds rallied from a halftime deficit to claim their 10th-straight win in a mid-day game at Southern Illinois. Kristi Cirone added 20 and Maggie Krick had 14 points for Illinois State.
Monday, February 16, 2009 | Women's Basketball MVC Women's Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week - Feb. 16
Bradley forward Monica Rogers helped the Braves move to 17-6 on the season and 8-4 in Missouri Valley Conference play with its fourth-straight win last weekend over UNI. Rogers scored 14 second half points and also grabbed six rebounds after the break to finish with 18 points and eight rebounds as BU overcame a half time deficit. She added three steals and shot 80 percent from the line. Kim Wypiszynski continued her strong play, averaging 23 points per game on 64 percent shooting for UNI, including the Panthers' first 30-point outing this season in the loss at Bradley. She grabbed 4.5 rebounds and added two assists per game. For their efforts, Rogers and Wypiszynski are this week's State Farm MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Saturday, February 14, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Illinois State Earns 20th Win; Creighton Rolls On
Illinois State reached the 20-win mark for a third-straight season and pushed its winning streak to nine games in a 94-68 win over Wichita State. The Redbirds (20-4, 11-1 MVC) received double-doubles from Kristi Cirone (21 points, 11 assists) and Ashleen Bracey (17 points, 14 rebounds) and put five total players in double-figures. Creighton kept pace, remaining just a half-game back in the MVC standings, with its 11th-consecutive win, 66-53, over Southern Illinois. The Bluejays (16-8, 11-2 MVC) opened up a 20-point halftime lead and cruised to the victory behind Kelsey Woodard's 18 points and Kristina Voss' 17. Drake turned in another outstanding defensive effort, holding Evansville to 26 percent shooting after the intermission and outscored the Purple Aces 41-19 in the second half. Lauren Dybing led all scorers with 21 points in the fourth-straight win for DU. Bradley also won its fourth-straight, topping UNI, 69-58. Bradley rallied from a six-point halftime hole behind 51 percent second half shooting to overcome Kim Wypiszynski's 30-point outing. Missouri State was the fifth Saturday winner, holding a short-handed Indiana State team to 40 points in its 53-40 win. Jasmine Malone scored 15 for the Lady Bears.
Thursday, February 12, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Top Four Win; Creighton, Illinois State Extend Streaks
The top four positions remained the same after a Thursday night sweep for Valley home teams. Creighton (10-2 MVC) received 21 points from Chevelle Herring as it ran its winning streak to an MVC season-best 10 games with a 68-57 win over Evansville. Illinois State (10-1 MVC) won its eighth-straight, 70-59, over Missouri State behind Nicolle Lewis' 15-rebound effort to stay a half-game in front of Creighton in the league standings. Indiana State's (8-3 MVC) Kara Schilli scored 16 in the Sycamores' 71-50 win over Wichita State while Drake (9-3 MVC) won its third-straight over Southern Illinois, 57-46.
Monday, February 09, 2009 | Women's Basketball MVC Women?s Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week ? Feb. 9
Megan Neuvirth led Creighton to another two wins last weekend to run the Bluejays' streak to nine games. In what has become the norm, Neuvirth did it all, averaging 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and a blocked shot per game in road wins at Missouri State and Wichita State. Against Wichita State, she scored nearly half of her team's points (24 of 49), including 20 in the second half. UNI's Kim Wypiszynski was hot from the field in a pair of road games, hitting on 61 percent of her field goals and averaging 15 points per game and adding three rebounds, 1.5 assists per game and a blocked shot for the Panthers. For their efforts, Neuvirth and Wypiszynski are this week's State Farm Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Sunday, February 08, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB Recaps: Creighton Wins 9th-Straight; Drake Gets by Lady Bears
Creighton's Megan Neuvirth led all scorers with 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Bluejays won their ninth-straight game, 49-47, with a second half rally against Wichita State. The win moves CU to 9-2 in MVC play, a half-game behind first place Illinois State, and equals the longest winning streak by an MVC team this season. Jordann Plummer led four Drake players in double-figures with 20 points, and Monique Jones added a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double in the Bulldogs 66-60 win at Missouri State. The win was DU's eighth in its past nine games and improves them to 8-3 in the league.
Saturday, February 07, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Saturday Recaps
Illinois State avenged its only Missouri Valley Conference loss to date and set an all-time school attendance mark in its 69-48 win over Indiana State. Maggie Krick and Nicolle Lewis posted double-doubles as the Redbirds opened up a 17-point halftime lead. Bradley built a huge lead at Evansville only to see the Purple Aces pull within four points before the Braves stopped the rally and held on for an 80-68 win. Sonya Harris recorded a double-double for the Braves and Skye Johnson dished out eight assists. Southern Illinois put the defensive clamps on UNI, holding the Panthers to 25 percent shooting in the first half and 30 percent for the game in the 58-40 home win. Jasmine Gibson swiped three of the eight SIU steals and tied for team-high scoring honors with Alex Hart (11 points).
Saturday, February 07, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Creighton, Drake Continue Winning Ways
Creighton put four players in double-figures and ran its winning streak to eight games in a 74-61 win at Missouri State in a telecast on FSMidwest. Kelsey Woodard led all scorers with 18, while Megan Neuvirth and Chevelle Herring added 15 and 14 points, respectively. Drake won its seventh game in eight tries with a balanced effort at Wichita State. Monique Jones posted a 12-point, 15-rebound double-double to lead five players in double figures.
Thursday, February 05, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Thursday Night Recaps
Bradley raced to a 13-point halftime lead behind a stingy defense that limited Southern Illinois to just 22.7 percent from the floor en route to a 60-48 win and a season sweep over the Salukis. Monica Rogers led all scorers with 20 points and Raisa Taylor posted a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Braves. UNI snapped a four-game losing streak and evened its conference record with a 65-62 overtime win at Evansville. The Panthers were led by Kim Wypiszynski's 16 points and received 14 and 13 points from Lizzie Boeck and Katelin Oney, respectively.
Thursday, February 05, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Eight Named Academic All-District
Eight Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball players have been named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District teams, highlighted by four student-athletes named to the first team in their respective region, as announced by the association today.
Thursday, February 05, 2009 | Women's Basketball MVC Announces Women's Basketball Wildcard Weekend 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 Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox College Sports and Comcast SportsNet Chicago on February 27 and March 1.
Monday, February 02, 2009 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week - Feb. 2
The Missouri Valley Conference women's slate reached the halfway point over the weekend and once again was a showcase for some top-flight talent. Illinois State's Kristi Cirone stole the show, literally and figuratively, with nine steals over a pair of games, including six steals as part of a 25-point (9-of-11 FG), 12-assist and five-rebound outing at Bradley. For the week, she averaged 21.5 points, 8.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals on 62.5 percent shooting. Missouri State's Jaleshia Roberson posted back-to-back career-high scoring outings, posting 19 points at Evansville and following with 26 points ? 22 in the second half ? against Southern Illinois. She averaged 22.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3 steals per game on the week. For their efforts, Cirone and Roberson are this week's State Farm MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Sunday, February 01, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Illinois State Wins Again, Leads at MVC Mid-Point
Illinois State won its sixth-straight game on Sunday, topping UNI 67-55 to reach the middle of the MVC season in sole possession of first place. The Redbirds (8-1 MVC) were again led by Kristi Cirone with 18 points, five assists and three steals. Bradley got back to its winning ways, dumping Indiana State 81-62. Four Braves were in double figures with freshman Michelle Lund leading the attack with 16 points. Skye Johnson added 11 assists and five steals to help halt the four-game slide for BU. After nine of 18 league games, Illinois State has a half-game lead over Creighton and Indiana State (7-2).
Saturday, January 31, 2009 | Women's Basketball Southern Illinois Wins Again; Creighton Takes Seventh-Straight
Erica Smith scored 20 points and 12 boards and Jasmine Gibson scored 23 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to pace Southern Illinois to its second-straight MVC win over Missouri State. Creighton was superb from the foul line, hitting 25-of-28 attempts in its 68-65 at Drake. Chevelle Herring hit all 10 of her free throw tries and Kelsey Woodard led three Bluejays in double-figures. Evansville got a spark off of its bench to top Wichita State, 64-49.
Friday, January 30, 2009 | Women's Basketball Cirone Named Wooden Award Finalist
LOS ANGELES ? The 20 top candidates for the Women's John R. Wooden Award, given to the best Division I player in the nation, were named by The Los Angeles Athletic Club's Women's Wooden Award Committee Friday and Illinois State senior guard Kristi Cirone is among the prestigious group. The midseason list is based on individual player performance and team records during the first half of the season.
Friday, January 30, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Illinois State, Indiana State Post Road Wins; Tied for MVC Lead
Illinois State received double-doubles from Kristi Cirone and Shala Jackson and raced to a 14-point halftime lead and never looked back, topping Bradley 74-58. The Redbirds shot 54.5 percent in the first half, including four threes. Indiana State forced 15 first half UNI turnovers and scored 19 points off turnovers for the game in a 66-59 win in Cedar Falls. The Sycamores put four players in double-figures, led by Kelsey Luna's 20.
Thursday, January 29, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Southern Illinois Earns First MVC Win, Lady Bears Grab Road Win
Southern Illinois needed an extra five minutes to earn its first conference win of the season over visiting Wichita State, 76-66 in overtime. Jasmine Gibson hit on 9-of-12 from the floor on her way to 20 points and nine rebounds in 43 minutes. Five Salukis scored in double figures as they snapped an eight-game losing streak. Missouri State hit 50 percent of its shots in the second half and got 19 points apiece from Casey Garrison and Jaleshia Roberson in a 76-63 win at Evansville, the Lady Bears' first road victory of the season.
Monday, January 26, 2009 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week - Jan. 26
The competitive league schedule continued to be populated with standout performances. Illinois State's Kristi Cirone turned in an outstanding, near-triple-double performance in the first of three games last week. All told, she hit on 60 percent of her field goals, 67 percent from three, 14-of-15 from the line and averaged 18.7 points, 6.7 assists and 5 rebounds per game. Indiana State freshman Bianca Jarrett averaged 14 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assist per game for the Sycamores as they claimed another two Valley wins to move to 6-1 in league play. For their efforts, Cirone and Jarrett are this week's State Farm MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Sunday, January 25, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB Recaps: Six and Counting for Creighton, Drake
Creighton and Drake each won a sixth-straight Missouri Valley Conference game on Sunday to pull within a half-game of the league leaders. Chevelle Herring knocked home five three-pointers to lead three Creighton players in double-figures in a 61-46 win over visiting Bradley. The Bluejays held the Braves to 30 percent shooting in the second half to stretch a three-point halftime lead. Drake's balanced attack put five players in double-figures and connected on 21 free throws in a 10-point win over UNI, 70-60. Jordann Plummer led the Bulldogs with 18 points.
Saturday, January 24, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Illinois State, Indiana State Improve to 6-1; Tied for First
Illinois State shot 52 percent from the field en route to its fourth-straight win over Southern Illinois and Indiana State got 24 points from Kelsey Luna as it slid by Evansville. The wins move each team to 6-1 in MVC play, tied for first place. Marcy Sudbeck led Wichita State past Missouri State with a 28-point, 9-rebound effort.
Saturday, January 24, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Creighton, Drake Win Fifth-Straight
Drake outscored visiting Bradley 38-22 in the second half to turn a four point halftime lead into an emphatic 20-point win over the upstart Braves. Jordann Plummer scored 20 for Drake, which won its fifth-straight. Creighton ran out to a 17-point halftime lead over UNI, in its 62-44 win, also its fifth-straight. With the wins, Creighton and Drake move to 5-2 in MVC play and drop Bradley and UNI to 4-2.
Thursday, January 22, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Indiana State, Illinois State Improve to 5-1 in MVC
Indiana State moved to 5-1 in MVC play with an outstanding defensive effort and a sharpshooting night from beyond the arch against visiting Southern Illinois. The Sycamores outscored SIU 36-19 in the second half, extending a nine-point halftime advantage on the strength of 10-of-17 three point shooting. Bianca Jarrett scored a game high 18 for the hosts. The 63-37 win marked the second time that Indiana State has held a conference opponent below 40 points this season ? a feat no other MVC team can claim. Illinois State kept pace in the conference race, dominating the glass in a home win over Evansville. Shala Jackson posted a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double and Kristi Cirone added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and set the all-time school assist record for the Redbirds in the 75-62 win.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | Women's Basketball Illinois State Tops Missouri State in FSMidwest Showcase
Illinois State got a near triple-double from Kristi Cirone and scoring bursts at the end of each half in an 83-70 win over host Missouri State, which placed ISU into a four-way tie atop the MVC standings. The Redbirds also received a career-high scoring outing from Shala Jackson and a double-double from Nicole Lewis. Casey Garrison and Jaleshia Roberson were the high scorers for the Lady Bears with 12 each. The game was the first showcase of the brand new JQH Arena on the Valley's television network.
Monday, January 19, 2009 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week - Jan. 19
Missouri State freshman Casey Garrison turned in another standout, all-around performance for the Lady Bears, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds while handing out five assists in the MSU win over Indiana State to knock them from the unbeaten ranks in conference play. The effort was Garrison's second career double-double. For her standout effort, Garrison is this week's State Farm MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week.
Saturday, January 17, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Saturday Recaps
UNI forged a three-way tie for first place in the MVC standings with Bradley and Indiana State after running away from visiting Bradley, 92-76, to move to 4-1 in league action. Creighton and Drake continued to mirror each other's success, claiming a fourth-straight MVC win after dropping the first two conference games. Creighton snuck by Evansville and Drake was 10 points better than Southern Illinois in overtime. Missouri State ended Indiana State's unbeaten MVC run at four, with an impressive 77-53 win. Illinois State got back on the winning track with an overtime win at Wichita State.
Thursday, January 15, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB Recaps: Road Teams Sweep
Indiana State (8-7, 4-0 MVC) maintained its unbeaten conference record and won its fifth-consecutive game with a 52-48 win at Wichita State. Creighton won its third-straight, outscoring Southern Illinois 29-17 after halftime to break a 26-all deadlock. Drake made it a three-game sweep for the road teams, with a 62-61 win at Evansville in the night's thriller. Kelsey Keizer was perfect from the field for the Bulldogs, scoring 12 points on six shots and nine rebounds.
Monday, January 12, 2009 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week - Jan. 12
Drake's Kristin Turk led the way in a pair of wins, hitting on 60 percent of her shots for the week, 53 percent from three, and scoring a game-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting, 3-of-5 from three, with four boards and a block in the Bulldogs' win over Wichita State. Turk then followed with an 18-point outing, including four threes in DU's win over Missouri State. UNI's Kim Wypiszynski helped UNI to a pair of wins, posting her second career double-double (24 points, 14 rebounds) against Evansville and adding nine points and six rebounds against Southern Illinois. For their efforts, Turk and Wypiszynski are this week's State Farm MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Sunday, January 11, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Sunday Recaps
Bradley outscored visiting Evansville 41-26 in the second half to rally from a halftime deficit and move to 4-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play for the first time in school history. With its seventh-consecutive win, Bradley (13-2, 4-0 MVC) surpassed last season's win total. UNI won its third MVC game in four outings, topping Southern Illinois 54-41 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Lizzie Boeck connected on 10-of-13 from the field for a game-high 22 points for UNI.
Saturday, January 10, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Saturday Recaps
Indiana State's Kelsey Luna scored 25 points, including five three-pointers, to lead the home-standing Sycamores past Illinois State on Saturday afternoon, snapping the Redbirds' nine-game winning streak. Creighton evened its MVC record at 2-2 with a 53-44 win over Wichita State. The Bluejays dominated the boards, 50-30, with DaNae Moore leading the CU charge with a dozen rebounds. Drake exhibited its trademark defense, limiting Missouri State to 28.8 percent shooting, in a 56-44 win to level the Bulldogs' Valley record at 2-2.
Friday, January 09, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Friday Night Recaps
Bradley continued its historic season with a 73-49 home win over Southern Illinois to move to a program-best 12-2 start, and improve to 3-0 in MVC play for the first time since the 1990-91 season. Fourteen different players scored for the Braves, who opened up a 43-16 halftime advantage behind a stingy defense that limited SIU to 5-of-20 shooting. UNI worked the glass as it earned its second Valley win behind a 24-point, 14-rebound effort from Kim Wypiszynski. UNI held a 50-31 rebounding advantage and held Evansville to 22 percent shooting in the 62-43 win.
Monday, January 05, 2009 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week - Jan. 5
The Valley's two hottest teams are also home to two if its hottest players after the first weekend of Missouri Valley Conference play. Illinois State's Kristi Cirone packed the stat sheet last week, averaging 22 points, 6.7 assists and 4 steals per game in three Illinois State wins which extended the Redbird winning streak to nine games. Bradley newcomer Michelle Lund continued her long-range attack, sinking nine threes over the Braves' two road wins ? their fourth and fifth wins in a row -- to open the league season and averaging 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. For their efforts, Cirone and Lund earn State Farm MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Sunday, January 04, 2009 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Player/Newcomer of the Week (Jan. 4)
Missouri State sophomore Jaleshia Roberson led the Lady Bears to their best shooting performance in five seasons, pouring in a career-high 32 points in MSU's 99-81 win at Oral Roberts. Her connection on eight successful three-pointers is tied for the third-best single-game total in Missouri State history.
Sunday, January 04, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Bradley, Wichita State Post Wins - Jan. 4
Bradley continued one of its best starts in school history with its second road win in as many MVC games, topping Missouri State, 68-59, to improve to 11-2, 2-0 MVC on the season. Wichita State evened its Valley mark at 1-1 with a 64-53 win over UNI, snapping a 20-game losing streak against the Panthers which dated to the 1999-00 season. Four teams ? Bradley, Evansville, Illinois State and Indiana State ? survived the opening weekend of conference play unbeaten.
Saturday, January 03, 2009 | Women's Basketball Indiana State, Illinois State Move to 2-0 in MVC Play
Indiana State use a career day from Kara Schilli and a timely layup from Shannon Thomas to overcome a 27-point effort from Creighton's Kelsey Woodard in its 56-54 win to move to 2-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play. Illinois State's Ashleen Bracey put up 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Redbirds topped Drake, 61-51, to also move to 2-0 in Valley play and give head coach Robin Pingeton her 100th victory at ISU. The league's opening weekend will conclude tomorrow (Jan. 4) with Bradley playing at Missouri State and UNI traveling to Wichita State.
Friday, January 02, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB Recaps: Bradley, UNI Earn Road Wins, Evansville Rallies
Bradley improved to 10-2 on the season after winning its first Missouri Valley Conference opener since 1996-97 in impressive fashion, 69-49, at Wichita State. The Braves raced to a 23-point halftime lead behind 57.7 percent first half shooting. UNI's Nicole Clausen scored a game-high 19 points to pace four Panthers in double-figures as they snapped a seven-game slide at Missouri State. Evansville was the night's lone home winner after rallying from a seven-point halftime deficit to post a 70-65 win over Southern Illinois. Amy Gallagher led the Aces in scoring for a fourth-consecutive game with 19 points. A pair of Saturday games are on the conference schedule as Creighton plays at Indiana State (1 p.m. CT) and Drake will square off with Illinois State (2 p.m CT).
Thursday, January 01, 2009 | Women's Basketball WBB: Valley Play Opens With a Pair of Home Wins ? Jan. 1
Indiana State received 26 points from Deja Mattox and Bianca Jarrett -- who were each playing in their first MVC game -- as the Sycamores put the defensive clamps on Drake in a 50-38 win. Illinois State won its eighth-straight game, this one the Valley opener, 63-43 over Creighton and snapping CU's three-game winning streak. Three games are on the schedule for tomorrow (Jan. 2) as all 10 teams will play their first league game by the weekend. Southern Illinois plays at Evansville, Bradley is at Wichita State and UNI heads to Missouri State on Friday.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 | Women's Basketball Stephens Named All-Time Coach by RMAC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ? Drake women's basketball head coach Amy Stephens was recently named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Time Top Coach to celebrate the RMAC's 100th anniversary. Stephens was the head coach at Division II Nebraska-Kearney from 1994-2002.
Monday, December 29, 2008 | Women's Basketball Creighton Wins Third-Straight; WBB Recaps - Dec. 29
Creighton and Illinois State continued winning streaks and Wichita State picked up its eighth non-conference win of the year as part a successful night in women's basketball action. The Bluejays outscored home standing North Dakota State by 21 points over the game's decisive run during which CU overcame a 10-point deficit. Illinois State was pushed until the end against Eastern Illinois, but earned its seventh-consecutive win, 75-73. Wichita State's Jacie Hoyt scored a career high as the Shockers pushed their record to 8-3 with a win over Mercer. In the night's other matchup, No. 21 South Dakota State held off a spirited charge from UNI and downed the Panthers, 82-69. Valley teams are 22-9 in non-conference play since Dec. 14 and conference play begins Jan. 1.
Monday, December 29, 2008 | Women's Basketball MVC Women's Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week - Dec. 29
Just one non-conference date remains on the schedule before Valley teams go head-to-head in league action. Illinois State's Kristi Cirone was named the Most Valuable Player at the Orange County Clash after capping the Redbirds' title-winning efforts with 21 points, five boards, four assists and three steals in helping extend the Illinois State winning streak to six games. Bradley's Michelle Lund shot 7-for-11 (.636) from three-point range and averaged 13.5 points over a pair of wins to help BU enter the MVC portion of its schedule with a league-best 9-2 mark. For their efforts, Cirone and Lund have been named this week's MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Monday, December 22, 2008 | Women's Basketball Women?s Basketball Recaps: Road Wins the Topic of the Night
Missouri Valley Conference teams continued their winning ways as the non-conference season winds down, claiming four wins in five games on Monday night women's basketball action. Illinois State won the Orange County Clash in Irvine, Calif., with a 95-51 thrashing of UNC Greensboro. The Redbirds' sixth-straight win featured four players in double-figures, led by Kristi Cirone's 21. Bradley moved to 8-2 on the season with its, 73-65, road win at Toledo. The Bradley bench outscored Toledo's 27-10, including a combined 23 points from Sonya Harris and Aseer Itiavkase. Indiana State's Kelsey Luna hit on 6-of-10 three-point shots on her way to 27 points as the Sycamores picked up an intrastate win at Butler. Evansville earned the fourth road/neutral win on the night with a 62-61 win at Milwaukee. Three Aces were in double-figures, led by Amy Gallagher's 17.
Monday, December 22, 2008 | Women's Basketball MVC Women's Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week - Dec. 22
Seven Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball teams are working off of wins as they head into the holidays, including two or more consecutive wins from Creighton, Illinois State, Missouri State and Southern Illinois. Last week, Creighton's Megan Neuvirth posted a pair of double-doubles and stuffed the stat sheet in two Creighton wins, averaging 22 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.5 blocks, 3.5 assists and 3 steals per game. Missouri State's Casey Garrison was again outstanding as the Lady Bears won their second- and third-straight games with the highest team scoring games of the year. Garrison led the way with her 17 points, 4.5 assists, 4.5 rebound and 1.5 steals per game averages. For those efforts, Neuvirth and Garrison are this week's State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Sunday, December 21, 2008 | Women's Basketball Valley Women go 4-for-4; WBB Recaps
Missouri Valley Conference women's teams swept four Sunday contests by an average of 17 points. Illinois State won its fifth game in a row in a 31-point route of Western Michigan in the opening game of the Orange Country Clash in Irvine, Calif., while Creighton and Southern Illinois each won a second-straight game. SIU's win even its record at 4-4, while Creighton improves to 4-6. Wichita State grabbed its seventh win in 10 games with dominating home win over Western Illinois.
Saturday, December 20, 2008 | Women's Basketball Creighton, Missouri State Win; Women?s Basketball Recaps
Creighton's Megan Neuvirth scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Bluejays topped UC Davis, 61-58. Missouri State earned its third-straight win, 77-68, over Chattanooga behind 24 from freshman Casey Garrison. In other action, unbeaten No. 23/18 Kansas State got past Indiana State and Iowa downed Drake. UNI's game at South Dakota was postponed because of inclement weather.
Monday, December 15, 2008 | Women's Basketball MVC Women's Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week - Dec. 15
Creighton's Chevelle Herring continued her outstanding play against Big 12 opponents last week, scored 23 point at nationally-ranked Kansas State last Tuesday and then hitting on 11-of-18 field goals on her way to 31 points against Kansas in a one-point overtime loss on Saturday. Wichita State's Marisah Henderson averaged 10 assists, seven rebounds and 11.5 points per game in a pair of Shocker wins last week, moving their record to 6-2 to equal the league's best start this season. For their efforts, they have earned this week's MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week honors, respectively.
Sunday, December 14, 2008 | Women's Basketball Valley Teams Hold Home Court; WBB Recaps (Dec. 14)
Drake and Evansville each claimed win number six on the season and Missouri State converted free throws over the last minute of the game as MVC home teams posted a 3-0 record in Sunday contests. In other action, UNI dropped a two-point decision at Colorado State and Southern Illinois fell in overtime at Chicago State.
Saturday, December 13, 2008 | Women's Basketball Illinois State Shackles Green Bay, Wins Third-Straight; WBB Recaps (Dec. 13)
Illinois State turned up the defensive pressure, allowing just 16 points to host Green Bay in the second half to overcome a six-point halftime hole and post a 60-49 win. Nicole Lewis posted a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double and swatted three Green Bay shots for the Redbirds, who have won three-straight. Wichita State picked up its sixth win of the season in a home rout of Arkansas Pine Bluff, 73-60, behind Marcy Sudbeck's sixth double-double of the year (16 points, 11 rebounds). Creighton's Chevelle Herring scored 31 points, but couldn't overcome 7-1 Kansas in a 59-58 overtime loss. In other action, Ball State topped Indiana State in Muncie, Ind.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 | Women's Basketball Aces Round Up Bisons; Women?s Basketball Recaps ? Dec. 9
Evansville rebounded from its first home loss in 11 games with a 74-50 win over Lipscomb in a Tuesday afternoon tilt in Evansville. Three Aces were in double-figures, led by Robyn Jennings 15. In other action, No. 25/18 Kansas State slid past Creighton, 64-55, despite 23 points from Chevelle Herring and 15 from Kelsey Woodard and Missouri got off to a hot start and never looked back, handing Bradley its second loss of the season.
Monday, December 08, 2008 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week - Dec. 8
Skye Johnson found herself all over the court for Bradley on Saturday, running an efficient offense and exhibiting the defensive prowess that earned her MVC Defensive Player of the Year honors last season in a 71-53 win over Illinois at the United Center in Chicago. The junior equaled the Valley's season-best with her nine assists and nabbed four steals and blocked four shots to go along with her 13 points and three rebounds for the 6-1 Braves. Missouri State's Casey Garrison stood out for the Lady Bears, scoring a career-best 33 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against Western Kentucky in MSU's near-upset. For the week, Garrison averaged 26 points, 9.5 rebounds and three assist. For their efforts Johnson and Garrison have been tabbed as MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Saturday, December 06, 2008 | Women's Basketball Women?s Basketball Recaps ? Dec. 6: Bradley, Drake, Illinois State Dominate in Wins
Bradley improved on its hot start, moving to 6-1 on the season with an 18-point win over Illinois at the United Center in Chicago. Drake was a big road winner over Weber State, building a 14-point halftime lead and cruising to the 63-48 win. Illinois State unleashed an offensive and defensive barrage on Eastern Michigan in an 83-47 win.
Saturday, December 06, 2008 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Recaps - Dec. 5
It was a tough night for MVC women's basketball teams, as all three teams in action dropped road games on Friday. Evansville was close, dropping a three-point, overtime decision to Ball State, while New Orleans got the best of Indiana State and Southern Illinois fell to DePaul.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Recaps - Dec. 3
Illinois State's Maggie Krick scored 20 points and added four assists as the Redbirds evened their record with an 80-49 win at Western Illinois. The Redbirds posted the lone win in the midweek, as four other games went the way of the opposition, including Creighton's effort at No. 6/6 Oklahoma.
Monday, December 01, 2008 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week - Dec. 1
Two of the Valley's sharpshooters were on display last week as Indiana State's Leah Phillips connected on nine three-point shots in two games and Bradley's Michelle Lund sank 11 threes of her own in helping their respective teams to unbeaten marks for the week. Phillips is this week's MVC Player of the Week after averaging 21 points on nearly 60 percent shooting, while Lund is this week's Newcomer of the Week after hitting on 55 percent of her three-point attempts and scoring 15.3 points per game for the 5-1 Braves.
Saturday, November 29, 2008 | Women's Basketball Saturday Women?s Basketball Recaps
Bradley claimed the tournament championship at the NAU Thanksgiving Classic with its 59-56 win over UC Riverside. The Braves are 5-1 for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Wichita State earned its first neutral court win since 2004 with a 20-point thrashing of Jacksonville State. Evansville posted a double-overtime win over Samford at the Samford-UAB Thanksgiving Classic to move to 4-1, while Drake was a 10-point home winner over Columbia.
Friday, November 28, 2008 | Women's Basketball Friday Women?s Basketball Recaps
Bradley, Evansville and Indiana State were each road winners on a busy post-Thanksgiving Friday night in women's basketball action. Bradley is off to its best start (4-1) in eight years after knocking off host Northern Arizona in the opening game of the NAU Thanksgiving Classic, 83-66. Evansville turned in an outstanding defensive effort at UAB, topping the Blazers, 62-47, to move to 3-1 on the year. Indiana State outlasted SEMO, 75-72, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., behind Leah Phillips' 27 points and six three-pointers.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 | Women's Basketball Valley Goes 6-for-6 in Women?s Hoops Sweep
Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball teams were on top of their games on Tuesday night, sweeping through six non-conference matchups, including the first wins of the season for Creighton and Indiana State. Bradley continued its strong early season play, running its record to 3-1 with a 77-62 win over Northern Illinois behind a double-double from Monica Rogers and 22 points from freshman Michelle Lund. UNI improved to 2-1 with a home win over Western Illinois, and welcomed the return of 2008 MVC Freshman of the Year Jacqui Kalin to the lineup. Illinois State made it a clean sweep for the home teams as the Redbirds blazed past Ball State, 91-68, to level their record. Indiana State earned its first win with a road win at Detroit. Kelsey Luna led four players in double-figures for the Sycamores. Creighton rallied from a seven point halftime deficit at Saint Louis to cruise to a 12-point win. Drake rounded out the Valley's sweep with its 11-point win at Tennessee Tech behind Kristin Turk's 20-point outing.
Monday, November 24, 2008 | Women's Basketball Former Drake Standout Whorton Awarded Rhodes Scholarship
DES MOINES, IOWA - Former Drake University women's basketball standout Lindsay Whorton (Independence, Mo./Truman) has been selected as one of 32 American recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for 2009. She is Drake's first Rhodes Scholar in 82 years.
Monday, November 24, 2008 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Player/Newcomer of the Week - Nov. 24
Wichita State's Marcy Sudbeck posted three-straight double-doubles, including two games with better than 20 points and back-to-back 15 rebound games as the Shockers picked up a pair of wins last week to move to 3-1. No other Valley player has recorded more than two double-doubles this season. For her efforts, Sudbeck has been named MVC Player of the Week. Missouri State's Casey Garrison is this week's Newcomer of the Week after averaging 15.5 points per game and seven rebounds, helping seal the Lady Bears' win over Arkansas State with a 21 point, seven rebound effort.
Sunday, November 23, 2008 | Women's Basketball Lady Bears Open JQH Arena with Win; Shockers Top Iona
The Missouri State Lady Bears made their new home feel much like their old one, opening the brand new JQH Arena with a 61-52 win over Arkansas State and claiming their first win of the season. Freshman Casey Garrison scored 21, leading a trio of newcomers that combined for 47 points. Wichita State improved to 3-1 on the season with a 66-64 home win over Iona behind Marcy Sudbeck's 21 point, 15 rebound effort. Creighton's bid to knock off No. 24 Iowa State came up short in a 63-59 decision.
Saturday, November 22, 2008 | Women's Basketball Evansville Extends Home Streak; Women?s Basketball Recaps
Evansville picked up its second win in three games and ran its home court winning streak to 11 games with a Saturday afternoon win over Wright State. Four players reached double figures for the Aces, led by Robyn Jennings' 17. Illinois State picked up its first win of the season, 94-82, over Robert Morris in the consolation round of the WNIT. In other action, Bradley suffered its first loss of the season as a third-straight comeback attempt fell short at Illinois-Chicago. Drake got 17 points from Jordann Plummer, but it wasn't enough to overcome the hot shooting of Green Bay in a 64-53 setback.
Thursday, November 20, 2008 | Women's Basketball Women?s Basketball Recaps: No. 24 Iowa State Tops UNI, Wisconsin Defeats Drake
UNI, shorthanded without the services of starters Jacqui Kalin and Erin Brocka, found themselves in an early hole that proved to be too much to overcome in a 79-54 loss to No. 24 Iowa State. Drake was outscored 20-5 over the final 8:14 of first half and the early portion of the second half, to break open a tight contest at Wisconsin and allowed the Badgers to grab a 55-39 win on Thursday night.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 | Women's Basketball Bradley, Southern Illinois Win; Women?s Basketball Recaps ? Nov. 19
Bradley and Southern Illinois improved to 2-0 on the early season, winning home contests to continue the league's strong home court play in non-conference games. Bradley was a come-from-behind winner over Eastern Illinois, 71-69, behind 22 points and 12 rebounds from Monica Rogers. Southern Illinois received a pair of standout performances from Katrina Swingler (26 pts., 11 reb.) and Jasmine Gibson (15 pts., 15 reb.) in its 79-76 win over Arkansas State. Evansville was pressured into 31 turnovers in South Bend, Ind., as No. 15 Notre Dame claimed a non-conference win over the Aces in a midweek tilt. Marquette used a second half surge to get by Indiana State and Missouri State couldn't overcome Tulsa's 23-2 first half scoring in a 64-56 loss.
Monday, November 17, 2008 | Women's Basketball Women's Basketball Player/Newcomer of the Week - Nov. 17
The opening weekend in MVC women's basketball was filled with outstanding individual efforts from veterans and newcomers alike. Four players turned in double-doubles, seven players topped the 20-point mark and five players cleared better than 10 rebounds. The only league player to top 20 points and clear 10 rebounds was Evansville's Ashley Austin, the league's first State Farm Player of the Week honoree in 2008-09. Wichita State's Marisah Henderson scored 26 points and added seven assists against just two turnovers to capture the conference's initial Newcomer of the Week honor.
Saturday, November 15, 2008 | Women's Basketball Shockers Win in Adams? Debut; UE's Murphy Makes it Two-for-Two
In another good night for individual offensive performances, Wichita State junior Marisah Henderson poured in 26 points and added seven assists to help make Jody Adams' WSU debut a successful one, albeit extended. The Shockers outscored Colorado State 14-7 in overtime to claim a 76-69 win in their season opener. Misty Murphy's head coaching debut was easy by comparison, leading by as many as 20, as Evansville cruised to an 83-73 home win over East Tennessee State. Ashley Austin and Robyn Jennings each scored 20 for the Aces. Bradley rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to grab a 67-60 win over Loyola-Chicago behind 19 points from Monica Rogers and a double-double from Sonya Harris ? 14 points, 11 rebounds. In other action, Indiana State was bombing away from downtown, connecting on 14 three-point shots, before dropping a one-point decision in its opener at Central Michigan, 84-83. Kelsey Luna scored 24, including six threes, to lead three players in double-figures.
Saturday, November 15, 2008 | Women's Basketball Women?s Basketball Season Opens with Split Results
Missouri Valley Conference women's teams split six game on opening night, winning both home contests while taking just one of four on the road. Southern Illinois' Katrina Swingler poured in a career-high 28 points ? more than double her previous best ? on 11-for-15 shooting, and led five Salukis in double-figures in an 85-77 season opening win over Saint Louis University. UNI's K.K. Armstrong and Nicole Clausen combined for 52 points in the Panthers' 77-73 road win over North Dakota State. Clausen connected on 6-of-7 three-point shots and played all 40 minutes in the win. Drake was a runaway winner in its home opener against Texas State, receiving a balanced effort in a 72-54 win. Ashleigh Brady came off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points, while Lauren Dybing turned in a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 | Women's Basketball Redbirds Earn Votes in ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
NORMAL, Ill.- The Illinois State women's basketball team continues to bring in preseason accolades. For the first time in program history, the Redbirds are receiving votes in both preseason national polls. ISU has seven votes in the Associated Press Top-25 poll and three votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, which were both released this week.
Sunday, November 02, 2008 | Women's Basketball Illinois State Women Open Season Receiving Votes in AP Top 25
Defending Missouri Valley Conference champion and unanimous preseason pick Illinois State is among those receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 women's basketball preseason poll, announced Saturday. The Redbirds return four starters from a 26-7 team that earned the Valley's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament in 2007-08.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 | Women's Basketball Illinois State is Unanimous Pick in Women?s Basketball Preseason Poll
St. Louis ? For the first time in 24 years (1984-85), the Illinois State Redbirds have been tabbed as the preseason favorite in the Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball race in the annual survey of the league's coaches, sports information directors and media members.
Friday, July 18, 2008 | Women's Basketball Valley Lands Four on WBCA Academic Top 25
The women's basketball teams at Indiana State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois and Wichita State have been named to the 2007-08 Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 list, as announced by the organization earlier this week.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 | Women's Basketball MVC Hall of Famer Hutchison to be Inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
NORMAL, Ill.-Former Illinois State head women's basketball coach and current MVC television analyst Jill Hutchison has been named to the 2009 induction class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, as announced by the organization on Sunday, July 13. Hutchison and five other women's basketball legends make up the 11th induction class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame that will be enshrined on June 13, 2009, in a ceremony in Knoxville, Tenn.
Monday, July 07, 2008 | Women's Basketball Illinois State to Represent MVC in Preseason WNIT
NORMAL, Ill. - After capping off the record-setting 2007-08 season with a State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament, the Illinois State women's basketball team learned Monday that it will begin the 2008-09 campaign in another prestigious event. The Redbirds earned a spot in the 2008 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), and will face host Tulane, Friday, Nov. 14, beginning at 7 p.m.