Thursday, June 14, 2007 Evansville Women to Host Marshall in 2007 Preseason WNIT
EVANSVILLE, Ind.--For the first time in the program's 38-year history, the University of Evansville women's basketball team will host a first round contest in the upcoming 2007 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament, as the Purple Aces will welcome the Thundering Herd of Marshall University to Roberts Stadium on Friday, November 9 to kick off the 2007 season.
Thursday, June 14, 2007 Eikenberg Inks New Deal at Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois University women's basketball coach Dana Eikenberg has agreed to a new five-year contract that will pay her an annual base salary of $125,000, Director of Athletics Mario Moccia announced Thursday.
Monday, April 23, 2007 Warren Named UNI Women's Basketball Coach
Tanya Warren, associate head coach at Creighton, has been named University of Northern Iowa head women's basketball coach, UNI director of athletics Rick Hartzell announced today.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007 Nyla Milleson Named Women's Basketball Coach at Missouri State
Nyla Milleson, the architect and builder of a basketball program at Drury University which produced eye-popping results in the seven seasons from when she established it, is the new head women's basketball coach of the Missouri State University Lady Bears. She was selected from a field of 46 applicants for the position.
Friday, March 30, 2007 Abrahamson-Henderson Resigns As Lady Bears Head Coach
Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, coach of the Missouri State University Lady Bears basketball team for the past five years, has resigned, effective immediately. The resignation was announced by Missouri State President Michael T. Nietzel and Director of Athletics Bill Rowe at a late afternoon news conference today (Friday).
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Antionette Wells Invited to WNBA Pre-Draft Camp
Wichita State center Antionette Wells is one of 51 women's basketball players invited to the 2007 WNBA Pre-Draft Camp at Cleveland State University, beginning Friday.
Monday, March 19, 2007 DICECCO RESIGNS AS UNI?S WOMEN?S BASKETBALL COACH
Cedar Falls, Iowa ? After 12 years at the helm of the University of Northern Iowa women's basketball program, and 36 years overall on the bench, UNI's Tony DiCecco has announced his resignation from coaching the Panthers.
Sunday, March 18, 2007 NCAA WBB: Drake Falls to Tennessee in NCAA First Round
The final score made it appear Tennessee had it easy. For a half, the Lady Vols found Drake to be anything but a pushover. Tennessee limited the Bulldogs to two points in the opening 10 minutes of each half and Alexis Hornbuckle led a late surge in the first half that broke open a tight game, carrying the Lady Vols to a 76-37 victory Sunday night in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament.
Friday, March 16, 2007 Illinois State, Southern Illinois Advance to Second Round of WNIT
Illinois State and Southern Illinois advanced to the second round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament after home wins on Thursday evening over Rice and Stephen F. Austin. It took triple overtime for the Redbirds to down the visiting Owls, the first triple OT in the program's history (71-61) while SIU won 58-50.
Monday, March 12, 2007 WBB: Three Postseason Teams For Valley Women's Hoops
The Drake Bulldogs, a sixteen seed, will face Tennessee in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship. The league's Cinderella team that won four games in four days en route to a conference tournament title, Drake faces the Lady Vols, a No. 1 seed, on Sunday in Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center. In the WNIT, Illinois State and Southern Illinois are in the first field of 48, both hosting games on Thursday, March 15.
Sunday, March 11, 2007 2007 State Farm MVC Women's Basketball Championship
It took overtime, but for the second-straight year in the conference tournament, the champions won four games in four days en route to the title. This year, the eighth-seeded Drake Bulldogs upset six-seed Creighton, 65-64 in overtime for the title on Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa. It was just the third overtime game in the conference tournament final.
Thursday, March 08, 2007 Illinois State's Cirone, Southern Illinois' Eikenberg Take WBB Honors
Kristi Cirone of Illinois State has been named the Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year while Southern Illinois' Dana Eikenberg was voted the Rawlings Coach of the Year, announced at a special awards luncheon Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa, the site of the 2007 State Farm MVC Women's Basketball Championship.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007 2007 MVC Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team
Led by Indiana State's Laura Rudolphi, five of the league's premier players headline a list of 19 student-athletes named Tuesday to the 2007 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Teams, as voted by the Missouri Valley Conference's Sports Information Directors. Rudolphi was the lone unanimous pick and earns the honor of Prairie Farms MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Monday, March 05, 2007 MVC Recognizes Women's Basketball 35 Greatest Players
In 2006-07, the Missouri Valley Conference celebrates a century of excellence as the nation's second-oldest NCAA Division I conference begins its second centennial as a leader in college athletics. As a part of the Centennial Celebration, The Valley is naming all-centennial teams for each of the Valley's sponsored sports, including women's basketball.
Monday, March 05, 2007 WBB Player/Newcomer Announced: Parker, Neuvirth Honored
The final weekly women's basketball honors go to Evansville's Rebekah Parker, named Player of the Week, while Creighton's Neuvirth is this week's Newcomer of the Week. This is Parker's second weekly honor, after earning the award on Nov. 20, while Neuvirth earns the Newcomer of the Week award for the fifth time this season.
Saturday, March 03, 2007 WBB Regular Season Ends; Seeds Set for 2007 State Farm MVC Tournament
Southern Illinois and Illinois State finished the regular season on winning notes and have earned both the No. 1 and No. 2 seed in the upcoming 2007 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament. Slated for March 8-11, this year's tourney is in Des Moines, Iowa, hosted by Drake. Indiana State, Evansville and UNI were also winners at the close of the season race.
Thursday, March 01, 2007 WBB: Illinois State, Indiana State Win on the Road; SIU Wins Seventh in a Row
Illinois State and Indiana State won on the road Thursday night in women's basketball, while Southern Illinois improved to 7-1 at home, and picked up its seventh-straight win, topping Missouri State. With one day of games remaining in the regular season (Saturday), six seeds have been determined for the postseason tournament.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Aces Run Away From Wichita State
The University of Evansville women's basketball team used a game-ending 12-2 run to finally take control of a back-and-forth contest Wednesday and post a 77-68 victory over the visiting Wichita State University Shockers at Roberts Stadium in Evansville.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 WBB: Rudolphi Named Academic All-American
Indiana State junior center Laura Rudolphi (Carlyle, Ill./High) has been named an ESPN The Magazine Third Team Academic All-American as awarded by the College Sports Information Directors of America earlier today.
Monday, February 26, 2007 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook
Southern Illinois' 63-60 win over Evansville Friday night, coupled with Illinois State's overtime loss to Northern Iowa on Sunday guaranteed the regular-season title to the Salukis for the first time since they won the Gateway in 1989-90. SIU is the No. 1 seed in this year's tournament and are winners of six straight while Indiana State is playing hot, winners of five straight. Laura Rudolphi of the Sycamores is this week's MVC Player of the Week while newcomer honors go to Monique' Jones of Drake.
Sunday, February 25, 2007 WBB: Illinois State OT Loss on Sunday Give SIU Outright Regular-Season Title
Illinois State's one point, overtime loss at home to Northern Iowa on Sunday afternoon secured the Southern Illinois Salukis the 2007 MVC Regular-Season Title and the No. 1 seed in this year's State Farm MVC Championship in Des Moines, Iowa, March 8-11. For the first time in league history, both the men's and women's basketball teams from the same school have won the regular season race in the same year, outright, as SIU clinched both titles this season.
Saturday, February 24, 2007 WBB: Southern Illinois Wins Share of MVC Regular-Season Crown
With a 63-60 win over Evansville in front of 3,055 at SIU Arena in a "Pink Out" game in support of breast cancer survivors, the Southern Illinois Salukis survived the Aces en route to its first MVC Regular-Season Crown since the 1989-90 season. The Salukis earned at least a share of the title as Illinois State defeated Bradley Friday night to stay in contention to be co-champions.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 MVC Announces Neutral Site Tournament for Women's Basketball
In 2008, the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Championship will move to a neutral site for the first time in league history, bringing the championship to The Family Arena in Saint Charles, Missouri.
Monday, February 19, 2007 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook
With just two weekends left in conference play, the Southern Illinois Salukis, picked to finish seventh in the league in the preseason poll, have positioned themselves to win the MVC Regular-Season title, for the first time since 1989-90, before the Gateway/Valley merge. An SIU win on Friday night would guarantee a share of the title. In weekly honors, Antionette Wells of Wichita State and Megan Neuvirth of Creighton have earned this week's awards.
Sunday, February 18, 2007 Southern Illinois Secures Bye in MVC Tournament; Salukis, Aces, Sycamores Win on Sunday
With a win over Creighton on Sunday in Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball, Southern Illinois secured a bye in the 2007 State Farm MVC Tournament in March and came one step closer to winning the regular-season title as SIU improves to a league-best 13-2. Illinois State lost its fourth in last five games to Indiana State while Evansville was a two-point winner at Drake.
Saturday, February 17, 2007 WBB: Bradley, Northern Iowa Prevail at Home
Northern Iowa scored 90 points against Missouri State in an afternoon women's conference game, while Bradley shot a season-best 52.6% en route to a 88-77 win at home over Wichita State in a night game.
Saturday, February 17, 2007 Saluki Women's Basketball Wins Fourth Straight on the Road
The Southern Illinois women's basketball team survived a second-half scoring drought and hit clutch free throws down the stretch to pick up its fourth-straight victory over Drake, 49-45, on the road in Missouri Valley Conference play Friday night in the Knapp Center.
Thursday, February 15, 2007 WBB: Home Teams Win League Games On Thursday
All three home teams, Bradley, Creighton and Northern Iowa, posted victories at home in MVC women's basketball on Thursday night. Bradley downed visiting Missouri State; Creighton shot the three past Evansville and the Panthers beat Wichita State.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 WBB: Southern Illinois Earns National Recognition
The Southern Illinois Women's Basketball team, currently in first place in the Valley standings with an 11-2 mark, received a vote in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association weekly top-25 poll.
Monday, February 12, 2007 Wichita State Tops Illinois State; Redbirds Fall to Second in Standings
Wichita State, led by a 27-point and 17 rebound effort from Antionette Wells, downed the visiting Illinois State Redbirds on Monday night, 75-69. With the win, the Shockers improve to 4-8 in league play while the Redbirds, at 10-3, slide to second place, behind the Southern Illinois Salukis (11-2).
Monday, February 12, 2007 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook; Brown, Luna Honored
The heat is on in the Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball race and through games of Feb. 11, Southern Illinois is atop the women's standings at 11-2. SIU swept its opponents over the weekend and is riding a three-game win streak. There is a single game Monday night as Illinois State takes on Wichita State at Charles Koch Arena. Jen Brown of Bradley and Kelsey Luna of Indiana State earned weekly honors.
Thursday, February 08, 2007 Indiana State Snaps 19-Game Home Win Streak with Win at MSU; Evansville Downs UNI
Indiana State has lost each of its last 19 games at Missouri State prior to Thursday evening's game at Hammons Center. The last time the Sycamores won at MSU, they needed four overtimes. Tonight, however, it only took regulation ina 63-53 decision that improved Indiana State to 6-6 in league play. The Bears fall to 2-9. Evansville was a big winner over Northern Iowa (75-49) and sits in third place in the league standings.
Thursday, February 08, 2007 Six Women?s Basketball Players Earn Academic All-District Honors
Laura Rudolphi and Rachel Maenpaa of Indiana State, Kristi Cirone of Illinois State, Rebekah Parker of Evansville, Lindsay Whorton of Drake and Tahnee Balerio of Missouri State have been named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District, announced Thursday.
Monday, February 05, 2007 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook - King, Neuvirth Honored
The University of Northern Iowa, on a current three-game Valley win streak, and the University of Evansville went 2-0 over the weekend and improved to 7-4 in Valley play. The Panthers downed Drake and Creighton while the Aces won on the road at Illinois State and Indiana State, handing the Redbirds their first conference loss of the season. Tara King of UNI is this week's MVC Player of the Week while CU's Megan Neuvirth is the Newcomer of the Week.
Saturday, February 03, 2007 Northern Iowa, Wichita State and Bradley Earn MVC Victories on Saturday
Seniors Jessie Biggs and Tara King scored a combined 42 points as Northern Iowa downed Creighton in overtime (78-72) Saturday afternoon in MVC Women's Basketball action. Around the league, Bradley's defense led the Braves over Drake and Wichita State picked up its third conference win, over Missouri State, in the nightcap.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 For Second-Straight Week, Illinois State Collects Top-25 Votes
One week after collecting its first vote in the ESPN/USA Today Top-25 coaches' poll, Illinois State's women's basketball team continued to garner national recognition, earning a vote in this week's Associated Press Top-25 poll.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007 MVC Selects Wildcard Weekend Women's Basketball Telecasts
The Missouri Valley Conference has selected its final 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 on February 23-25, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today.
Monday, January 29, 2007 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook - Whorton, Neuvirth Honored
At the league's midway point, Illinois State (9-0) sits alone atop the Valley standings while Southern Illinois is a close second (8-1). The Redbirds and Salukis are off to their best starts in each school's history after being picked fifth and seventh, respectively, in the preseason poll. Also making strides in Valley play is Drake and Creighton, as both team's went 2-0 at home last weekend. Lindsay Whorton of Drake and Megan Neuvirth of Creighton earn this week's weekly honors.
Sunday, January 28, 2007 Redbirds Remain Perfect After First Half of Valley Play
It was an in-state battle between Illinois State and Bradley on Sunday afternoon at Redbird Arena, and the Redbirds tightened its defense holding the Braves to 29 percent shooting while Kristi Cirone led ISU with 24 points and tied her career high with seven rebounds, as the Redbirds defeated the Braves 55-47. A school-record 4,190 were on hand to see the game as the 'Birds remain undefeated (9-0) in conference play at the half-way point of the the league season.
Saturday, January 27, 2007 Salukis Win on the Road; Home Teams Dominate in Other Valley Action
With eight of ten Valley teams at the half-way point of the conference season (Bradley at Illinois State play on Sunday), the Salukis of SIU are currently in second place with an 8-1 mark capped off by a road win at Evansville on Saturday. In other Valley action, Drake, Creighton and Northern Iowa used the home court advantage en route to league victories on their respectively home courts.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 Redbirds Recognized in USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll
The Illinois State women's basketball team, 14-4 and 7-0 in league play and off to its best start in 17 years, were recognized by receiving a vote in the USA Today/ESPN Division I Top-25 coaches' poll, released Tuesday afternoon. The Redbirds are two wins shy of going a perfect 9-0 in the first half of league play while Lashawn Johnson was also recognized by the conference as this week's MVC Player of the Week. Additionally, head coach Robin Pingeton is one win shy of reaching 250 for her career.
Monday, January 22, 2007 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook - Johnson, Busby Honored
Illinois State sits atop the league standings with a flawless 7-0 mark in conference play after a career night from Lashawn Johnson propelled the Redbirds to their twelfth win in 14 games and the best league start for Illinois State since 1988-89. Johnson was five assists away from a triple double in a battle of ISU's (15 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists) as the 'Birds downed the Sycamores 89-81 last Friday night. Newcomer of the Week Melissa Busby of Missouri State averaged 13 points and seven rebounds in two games for the Bears.
Sunday, January 21, 2007 Creighton, UNI and Bradley Win on the Road in Valley Women's Basketball
All three home teams hosting a Valley women's basketball game on Sunday afternoon suffered losses as Creighton was a two-point winner over Evansville, UNI won by ten at Wichita State and Bradley held off a late rally by the Bears for a victory at Missouri State.
Saturday, January 20, 2007 Burris' three lifts women's basketball past Drake, 59-57
Debbie Burris hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in regulation to give Southern Illinois (11-8, 7-1) its fifth-straight victory, a 59-57 battle over Drake (5-12, 0-7) Saturday afternoon in SIU Arena.
Friday, January 19, 2007 Illinois State Improves to 7-0 in League Play; MIssouri State, Wichita State Win at Home
The Illinois State Redbirds, led by Lashawn Johnson who recorded her first double double, won their seventh-straight Valley game with an 89-81 win over Indiana State at the Hulman Center on Friday night. The 'Birds remain undefeated and are off to their best start since the 1988-89 season while still holding strong to first place in the standings. Also improving their Valley marks was Missouri State, a two-point winner over visiting UNI and Wichita State beating Bradley at home.
Thursday, January 18, 2007 WBB: UE Outlasts Drake in OT; SIU Holds Off Creighton
It took extra time, but the University of Evansville women's basketball slipped past Drake in MVC action Thursday night in Indiana. Held in check through the regulation, the Aces turned up the heat offensively in overtime to come away with a 67-62 win. In Carbondale, the Salukis held Creighton to a season-low 43 points and won by twenty, 63-43. Southern Illinois improves to 6-1 in Valley play while Evansville is now 5-2. The Bluejays fall to 2-4, while Drake remains winless, 0-6.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 King Selected as Finalist for Senior CLASS Award
University of Northern Iowa senior women's basketball player Tara King has been named as one of 30 candidates nationwide for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, the nation's premier tribute to college seniors. The award is presented annually to an NCAA Division I male and female senior basketball player who excel both on and off the court.
Monday, January 15, 2007 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook
Illinois State (6-0) and Southern Illinois (5-1) are No. 1 and 2 in the Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball standings after the Redbirds swept Wichita State/Missouri State at home and the Salukis were two-game winners on the road at Bradley and Northern Iowa. For their efforts, this week's MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week come from Southern Illinois as Jayme Sweere and Dana Olsen earn the honors.
Sunday, January 14, 2007 WBB: Creighton Shoots Past Drake on Snowy Sunday
Michelle Kaus tied a career-high by draining six three-point field goals, as she led the Creighton women's basketball team past preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite Drake, 67-57, at the Civic Auditorium on a snowy Sunday afternoon. Kaus finished with a team-high 18 points as the Bluejays captured their second straight MVC win to move to 2-3 in conference play, 5-11 overall. The loss for Drake was its sixth straight, dropping the Bulldogs to 0-5 in Valley action, 5-10 overall.
Sunday, January 14, 2007 Redbirds Remain Unbeaten in Valley Play; Southern Illinois, Indiana State and Bradley Win
The Illinois State Redbirds improved to a league best 6-0 after a 76-47 win on Saturday over visiting Missouri State. ISU has now won 12 straight at Redbird Arena dating back to last season. In other action, Indiana State downed Wichita State, Bradley was a two-point winner of Evansville and Southern Illinois held on for a 79-74 win at Northern Iowa.
Thursday, January 11, 2007 WBB: Redbirds Stay Perfect, Improve to 5-0; UE, SIU and MSU Win
In Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball action on Thursday night, the Illinois State Redbirds improved to 5-0 in league play, the best start ever for the 'Birds in conference action, after their eighth-straight win at home over visiting Wichita State. In other games, Evansville's Robyn Jennings hit a three pointer with 10 seconds in the game to lift the visiting Aces over UNI while Missouri State won its first conference game at Indiana State and Southern Illinois won at Bradley.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007 Braves Down Drake, 62-57
Junior Devyn Flanagan was one of three Bradley players in double figures, scoring a team-high 19 points to help lead the Bradley women's basketball to its first-ever victory at the Drake Knapp Center as the Braves posted a 62-57 victory over the preseason MVC favorite Drake Bulldogs Monday night. The victory snapped a five-game losing skid and ended a nine-game road losing streak for the Braves.
Monday, January 08, 2007 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook - Illinois State Sweeps Honors
With two road wins against previously undefeated Evansville and Southern Illinois (MVC play) this past weekend, Illinois State took sole possession of first place in the standings, improving to 4-0 in Valley ball. It is just the second time in the school's history the 'Birds have started league play 4-0 (1995-96). Kristi Cirone and Kenyatta Shelton of Illinois State are this week's Player and Newcomer of the Week. Additionally, Bradley plays at Drake Monday night in a single league game.
Sunday, January 07, 2007 Shockers Shoot Past Bears in MVC TV Game of the Week
Wichita State's Lexee McDonnell scored a career-high 24 points as the Shockers scored 46 in the second half en route to a 75-67 Valley victory over Missouri State Sunday afternoon at Hammons Student Center. It was the Shockers first conference win of the year (1-2) while MSU falls to 0-3 after the Valley TV Game of the Week that aired live on ESPNU.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook - Senff, Burris Honored
Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball is underway and four teams opened up league play with weekend sweeps as Illinois State, Indiana State, Evansville and Southern Illinois are 2-0 to start the 2006-07 conference race. Northern Iowa also posted a single league victory (1-0) while this week's MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week are Ashli Senff of Evansville and Debbie Burris of Southern Illinois.
Monday, January 01, 2007 Evansville Races Past Missouri State in New Year's Day Win
The University of Evansville women's basketball team used a game-ending 11-1 run Monday night to finally subdue the visiting Missouri State University Lady Bears, 82-72, at Roberts Stadium in Evansville to remain perfect in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Sunday, December 31, 2006 Redbirds, Sycamores Remain Perfect in MVC Play
Illinois State and Indiana State improved to 2-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play and 9-4 overall after New Year's Eve wins over visiting Drake and Creighton, respectively. For the 'Birds, Kristi Cirone and Maggie Krick combined for 39 points and 12 rebounds while the Sycamores scored 56 points in the second half en route to the victory.
Saturday, December 30, 2006 WBB: Southern Illinois and Evansville Win in League Play
Southern Illinois and Evansville picked up road wins in MVC action Saturday as the Aces, led by a 35 point effort from Ashli Senff, outlasted Wichita State and the Salukis held Missouri State to under 40 points at home.
Saturday, December 30, 2006 Illinois State, Indiana State and UNI Win in MVC Openers
Illinois State, Indiana State and UNI opened up league play on Friday and took the term home court advantage literally. All three games were won by the home team as the Redbirds downed Creighton, UNI topped Bradley and the Sycamores took advantage of preseason favorite Drake. With the wins, Illinois State and Indiana State remain undefeated at home this year.
Thursday, December 28, 2006 WBB: Southern Illinois Slips Past Wichita State in MVC Opener
Four Salukis scored in double figures as Southern Illinois opened the 2006-07 Missouri Valley Conference season with a 10-point win over Wichita State, 74-64. Carlai Moore scored a game-high 16 points, and was joined in double figures by Debbie Burris' 14 points, Jayme Sweere's 13 points and Jasmine Gibson's 11.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006 Women's Basketball Opens Conference Play Thursday; Wells, Luna Honored
The 25th season of Valley Women's Basketball gets underway on Thursday, Dec. 28, with Southern Illinois at Wichita State, marking the start of league play. With the non-conference slate in the books, Illinois State, Indiana State and Evansville are in a three-way tie for the top of the standings with 7-4 marks while Antionette Wells of Wichita State and Kelsey Luna of Indiana State are this week's weekly honorees.
Thursday, December 21, 2006 Five Non-Conference Wins Highlight Women's Basketball Action
Five Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Teams posted non-conference wins on Thursday evening, getting an early Christmas present as they conclude non-conference schedules. Missouri State, Creighton, Wichita State, Evansville and Northern Iowa improved their non-league marks, while Creighton's triumph over Oral Roberts was the Bluejays' third win in four games. Next up, Iowa at Drake and Illinois State at Wis.-Green Bay on Friday night.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006 Wichita State and Southern Illinois Take Advantage of Day Games, Both Win in Women's Hoops
Wichita State and Southern Illinois both took advantage of their school holiday break, playing noon contests on Tuesday. It proved to be an early Christmas gift for both the Shockers and Salukis, as they downed Northern Colorado and Tennessee Tech in non-conference action on their home courts. In the two night games, UNI used 14 three pointers in a win over Iowa while Creighton was just three-points shy of an upset over Nebraska.
Monday, December 18, 2006 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook - Balerio, Shelton Honored
Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball teams posted a 7-6 record over the past week (Dec. 11-17), which included key wins by league-leader Illinois State and Missouri State. The Redbirds are 7-2 in non-conference action and downed visiting Eastern Michigan for its fifth-straight win on Sunday (Dec. 17), while Missouri State, sparked offensively by this week's Player of the Week Tahnee Balerio, handed Oregon just its second loss of the year on Dec. 16. Kenyatta Shelton of Illinois State earned Newcomer of the Week honors after recording her fifth double double of the year against the Eagles.
Sunday, December 17, 2006 WBB on Sunday: Teams Post 3-1 Mark while Illinois State Wins Fifth Straight
Valley women's basketball teams posted a 3-1 mark on Sunday in non-conference action while league-leading Illinois State won its fifth-straight game, a 13-point victory over Eastern Michigan. Indiana State got some late heroics from Laura Rudolphi as the Sycamores downed Toledo and Drake snapped its losing skid with a win at home over Oregon State.
Saturday, December 16, 2006 Missouri State Downs Oregon, UNI Rallies Past Valpo in Women's Basketball Action
Missouri State got 39 points from Tahnee Balerio as the Bears picked up a home win over Oregon out of the Pac-10 Conference while UNI overcame a slow start to upend Valparaiso. New Mexico State hit a 40-foot three-point basket with one second remaining in the game to top Wichita State in Wichita, Kan. on Saturday afternoon. In other action tonight, Southern Illinois fell at Indiana and Evansville toppled Portland State in Honolulu at the Paradise Classic.
Friday, December 15, 2006 Creighton Runs to Home Win, Braves Fall at UIC
Creighton exploded for three game-changing scoring runs in the first half and built a 13-point half time lead en route to a home win over Oregon State while Bradley was on the receiving end of a game-turning Illinois-Chicago burst in the second half of a road loss in Chicago on Friday night.
Monday, December 11, 2006 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook; League Leader Illinois State Sweeps Awards
The Illinois State Redbirds sit atop the Valley Women's Basketball Standings with a 6-2 mark, highlighted by a current four-game win streak. At 6-2, the Redbirds received star performances from Kristi Cirone and Maggie Krick in last week's contests, where they went 2-0 against Mid-American foes Ball State and Miami (OH). For their efforts, where Cirone averaged 26.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and eight assists a game, she is this week's MVC Player of the Week while Krick is Newcomer of the Week.
Saturday, December 09, 2006 Illinois State Wins Fourth Straight and UNI Scores 90 in Valley Women's Hoops
Illinois State won its fourth-straight game and Northern Iowa scored 90 points, both en route to non-conference wins over Miami (OH) and Detroit on Saturday. The Redbirds improve to 6-2 on the season and sit atop the league standings. In other action, Indiana State fell to a hot-shooting Wis.-Green Bay team, while South Dakota State topped Southern Illinois and Missouri State fell at Tulsa.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006 Women's Basketball Posts 4-2 Mark on Wednesday; UNI Falls to No. 1 Maryland
Creighton, Evansville, Illinois State and Indiana State all were winners in non-conference action on Wednesday night, as the Bluejays picked up their first win of the year over Memphis on the road. The 'Birds, Aces and Sycamores all played at home. Northern Iowa fell to the top-ranked team in the country, Maryland, while the Shockers suffered a loss to Oral Roberts.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006 Drake's Martin to Miss Remainder of Season
The Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year, Jill Martin of Drake, will miss the remainder of the season due to a back injury. The Norwalk, Iowa, native is an all-conference student-athlete, and the team's leading scorer and rebounder.
Monday, December 04, 2006 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook - Indiana State Sweeps Awards
Indiana State posted a 2-0 mark last week as the Sycamores were paced by this week's Player and Newcomer of the Week Rachel Maenpaa and Angela Phillips. Maenpaa averaged 18.5 points in the two wins, coming off the bench for Indiana State, while Phillips had 18 assists in the two contests. With the wins, the Sycamores (4-2) are tied for second in the league, while Drake still sits atop the standings (4-1).
Sunday, December 03, 2006 Valley Women's Basketball Highlighted by Bradley, UNI Victories
In women's basketball Sunday, Missouri Valley Conference teams went 2-3 in non-league action. Bradley and Northern Iowa posted victories, while Wichita State lost in overtime, Missouri State fell to No. 17 DePaul, and Creighton remained winless with a loss to Eastern Illinois.
Saturday, December 02, 2006 Valley Splits A Pair of Games in Women's Basketball
In Valley women's basketball Saturday, the league went 2-2 in non-conference action. A pair of close defeats marred the day as Evanvsille (5 points) and Creighton (4) fell on the road. Southern Illinois won at Weber State and Indiana State beat Valparaiso by 12 in Indianapolis.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 Two Teams Score 100+ Points; WBB Goes 3-1 on Tuesday
Illinois State and Indiana State both scored 101 points in each respective non-conference wins on Tuesday night as MVC teams went 3-1. Wichita State joined the Redbirds and Sycamores as a winner while Indiana State hit the century mark for the third time this season.
Monday, November 27, 2006 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook - King, Luna Honored
Northern Iowa's Tara King and Kelsey Luna of Indiana State are this week's Missouri Valley Conference Player and Newcomer of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday. King dropped a league-best 38 points against Iowa State last week, and averaged 23.2 points per game in three contests for the Panthers while Luna scored 27 against Eastern Illinois, averaging 16.5 ppg in two contests. Overall, league teams faced two top-25 teams over the week while Drake, despite suffering its first loss of the season, and Evansville sit atop the league standings (4-1).
Sunday, November 26, 2006 Women's Hoops Recap - November 26
Illinois State and Wichita State both picked up wins in women's basketball non-conference action on Sunday as the Redbirds downed Chicago State and the Shockers sailed past Pacific. In the other two games played, UNI fell at Washington in the Husky Classic Championship and Creighton fell to Iowa. Valley teams post a 2-2 mark on the day.
Sunday, November 26, 2006 WBB Goes 3-1 on Saturday
Bradley, Evansville and UNI all were winners in Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball on Saturday, while the Purple Aces won their fourth game and sit atop the league standings at 4-1, in a tie with Drake. Southern Illinois suffered a loss to nationally-ranked Kentucky also on Saturday.
Friday, November 24, 2006 Friday Women's Basketball Recap
Drake suffered its first loss of the season, a one-point win for Marshall over the Bulldogs at the Cancun Tournament while Indiana State and Bradley also fell in women's hoops on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
Monday, November 20, 2006 Monday Women's Hoops
Bradley was the lone Missouri Valley Conference team to earn a victory in women's basketball on Monday night as five teams competed. The Braves won their second game of the year over Western Illinois while Creighton fell to Kansas, UNI lost in overtime to Iowa State, Arkansas State and Arkansas proved too much for Missouri State and Wichita State.
Monday, November 20, 2006 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook-Parker, Shelton Honored
Missouri Valley Conference teams posted an 8-7 mark over the week while, as the season continues, Valley schools own a 7-2 mark at home. Drake leads the league with a perfect 3-0 mark while Evansville sits in second at 3-1. Rebekah Parker of Evansville and Kenyatta Shelton of Illinois State are this week's State Farm MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Sunday, November 19, 2006 Saturday Women's Basketball Recaps
In its first-ever meeting against a school from the SWAC, Indiana State rolled to a 116-73 win at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, while No. 19 DePaul handed Illinois State a 90-64 loss in Saturday MVC women's basketball action.
Friday, November 17, 2006 Friday Women's Hoops Action
Drake, Illinois State, Evansville and Southern Illinois were all victorious on Friday night in women's basketball non-conference action. The Bulldogs went up 2-0 on the season with a 75-72 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Redbirds downed Stony Brook, UE topped Radford at home and SIU picked up its first win of the season over Murray State. Overall, the Valley was 4-2 to start the weekend.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006 Tuesday Hoops: Illinois State Wins; Bradley Evansville Fall in WBB
A 77-66 win over Loyola-Chicago for Illinois State gave the Redbirds their first win of the year as three women's games took place Tuesday night. Bradley fell at Eastern Illinois while Evansville lost by two points in a buzzer beater to Austin Peay.
Monday, November 13, 2006 Weekly Women's Basketball Notebook
Bradley, Drake and Evansville opened up the 2006-07 season with wins over the weekend while nine of the Valley's ten women's teams are underway this year. Drake's Jill Martin and Evansville's Anaris Sickles have earned the league' weekly honors. Martin, the player of the week, recorded a 26th double double of her career in a win for DU against Western Illinois while Sickles, the newcomer of the week, had six points and five rebounds in the Aces' win over Morehead State.
Sunday, November 12, 2006 Sunday WBB Recap: Drake Wins In Women's Hoops
Drake, the preseason no. 1 pick in the Missouri Valley Conference, was led by a double double from Jill Martin as the Bulldogs opened the 2006-07 season with a decisive 79-45 victory over Western Illinois at the Knapp Center. Southern Illinois and Missouri State both fell in non-conference action in other games around the league on Sunday.
Saturday, November 11, 2006 Evansville, Bradley Open WBB Season with Wins
The University of Evansville and Bradley cruised to season-opening wins in women's basketball action on Saturday night. The Aces downed Morehead State 85-67, while the Braves topped Chicago State, 67-60. In other action, Illinois State, Creighton and Missouri State all fell in their openers.
Saturday, November 11, 2006 Wichita State, UNI Fall in WBB Season Openers
Wichita State and Northern Iowa suffered opening-season losses in women's basketball Friday night. The Shockers fell in the pre-season WNIT to Hofstra 79-72 while the Panthers fell to the Gophers on the road, 75-63.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006 WNIT For Wichita State Highlights Beginning of WBB Hoops Season
The 2006-07 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball season gets started on Friday, Nov. 11, and is highlighted by Wichita State participating in the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament, which kicks off the college basketball season with games Thursday night. The Shockers host Hofstra on Friday in Wichita while UNI at Minnesota is the only other game being played on Friday.
Monday, October 30, 2006 Drake Women Picked to Finish First in the League
For the first time in four years, the Drake Bulldogs have been tabbed as the No. 1 team in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason women's basketball poll. In the Valley's annual October survey of coaches, sports information directors and media members, the Bulldogs accrued 373 points in the poll with 28 of 40 first-place votes. Wichita State and Indiana State received the remaining first-place votes, with the Shockers getting ten votes and the Sycamores two.
Saturday, October 14, 2006 2006-07 Women's Basketball Preview
With the tip of the 2006-07 Women's Basketball season hours away, Missouri Valley Conference teams will take to the court with expectations for another spectacular season higher than ever. Starting with Bradley and going all the way to Wichita State, the league will be stronger than ever as teams return key starters as well as welcome some newcomers that are certain to make an immediate impact. The first regular-season game takes place early November with the conference schedule starting on Dec. 28. This season's State Farm MVC Tournament will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, hosted by Drake. For the second-straight year, all ten teams will qualify. Read below for individual school previews as we welcome the start of the collegiate basketball season.
Sunday, October 08, 2006 Missouri State's Jackie Stiles To Be Inducted Into MVC Hall of Fame
The Missouri Valley Conference honors its past on Sunday, October 29, when The Valley conducts its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony as part of the league's Centennial Celebration Gala at the Sheldon Concert Hall in downtown St. Louis. Tickets are available at www.mvc.org or by calling (314) 421-0339.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Three Valley WBB Teams Earn Academic Recognition
Three 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 2005-06 season. Indiana State finished second while UNI had the eighth-highest overall GPA in Division I. Rounding out the three teams was Bradley, who tied for 24th.