Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook (Jan. 8)
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

After just one week of Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball action, three teams remained perfect in league play - Creighton (2-0), Illinois State (2-0) and Wichita State (1-0). The Bluejays and Redbirds will put their undefeated league records on the line this weekend when they square off Friday night in Omaha.

THIS WEEK'S MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Thursday, Jan. 10

Friday, Jan. 11

Saturday, Jan. 12

Sunday, Jan. 13

*WSU @ BU, 6 PM

*ILS @ CU, 7:05 PM 

*MSU @ BU, 2 PM

*SIU @ UE, 1 PM

*MSU @ UNI, 7 PM

*INS @ DU, 7:05 PM

*WSU @ UNI, 7 PM

*INS @ CU, 2:05 PM 

 

 

 

*ILS @ DU, 2:05 PM 

Three Still Perfect in MVC Play
Creighton (2-0), Illinois State (2-0) and Wichita State (1-0) and Drake (1-0) remained perfect after the first weekend of conference action.  The three teams will put their undefeated MVC records on the line this weekend, as Creighton hosts Illinois State and Indiana State and the Shockers are on the road at Bradley and UNI.

Best Starts in the MVC?
Below is a look at the best league starts for current MVC members (includes each school's top performance only):

Team (Year) Loss Final
12-0 MSU (1995-96) at Illinois State 1st (16-2)
12-0 INS (2005-06) at Missouri State 1st (16-2)
10-0 DU (1997-98) Missouri State 1st (17-1)
9-0 ILS (2006-07) Evansville 2nd (13-5)
8-0 CU (1993-94) at Missouri State 2nd (14-2)
7-0 WSU (2011-12) Illinois State 3rd (12-6)
6-0 UNI (2000-01) at Missouri State 3rd (12-6)
4-0 UE (1999-00) at Missouri State T-2nd (14-4)
4-0 BU (2008-09) at UNI 4th (11-7)
3-0 SIU (1993-94) Creighton T-3rd (9-7)

Home, Sweet Home
Since 2002, home teams have won at least 55 (.611) of the 90 contests in all but two seasons (2003-04 and 2006-07). The most wins by home teams in league play came in 2008 (61-29 at home in conference play). The league was 56-34 (.622) at home in league play last year, and has compiled a 6-3 (.667) mark so far in 2012-13.

Quick Starts Crucial
Since 1983-83, just three teams (Missouri State, champions in 1998-99, 1994-95 and 1990-91, Drake, champions in 1996-97 and co-champions in 1987-88 and Evansville, a 2007-08 co-champion) have won at least a share of the regular-season title without winning its regular-season opener.  In fact, nine of the last 11 regular-season champs (or co-champs) have opened 2-0 or better in MVC play, with UE in 2007-08 and MSU in 2004-05 serving as the two exceptions.

Flanery Reaches 200 Wins
Jays head coach Jim Flanery added another milestone victory to his resume, collecting his 200th win at Evansville on Jan. 3. Flanery became the all-time wins leader for Creighton earlier this season.

Closing In On 100
Nyla Milleson has two chances this week to earn her 100th head coaching win at Missouri State, something accomplished by just two others in the 44 seasons of Lady Bear basketball. Milleson will in all likelihood reach 100 wins in the second-fewest games, with 174 under her belt to date. Cheryl Burnett’s 100th win came in her 159th game on the sideline.

Salukis Break School Three-Point Record
SIU broke a school record for three-pointers made in a game with 15 in Saturday’s win over Drake. That total is also tied for eighth-most in MVC history. SIU had five different players hit a three against the Bulldogs with Rishonda Napier and Jordyn Courier each knocking down five. SIU’s previous school record of 13 made 3-pointers came against Wright State on Dec. 14, 2010.

Speaking of Threes
For the second time this season, Creighton tied a program record with 16 three-pointers in the Jays’ 70-63 win at Evansville on Jan. 3. This marks the fourth time the Jays have knocked down 16 trifectas, including against South Florida on Dec. 22, 2012. The Jays also knocked in 16 against UC Davis on Nov. 27, 2009 and again on Dec. 6, 1989 versus Oral Roberts.

Line Dancing
Since Mallory Ladd joined Evansville prior to the Toledo Invite, the Purple Aces are shooting an outstanding 85.3 percent from the free throw line.  In that span, UE has converted on 58 of its 68 attempts from the line, in large part to Ladd, who has gone 32-for-33 from the charity stripe and knocked down her last 32 attempts.

Quite a Stretch
With Thursday’s win against Missouri State, WSU is 18-6 (.750) over the last 24 regular-season Valley games. The Shockers were 12-6 last year and won the final five games of 2011. That matches the best 24-game stretch of conference games for WSU since the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

The RPI Report
For the second straight week, the Missouri Valley Conference holds steady at the No. 9 position in the latest (Jan. 7) Collegiate Basketball News RPI Report. As a league, The Valley also has the 9th-best strength of schedule.

Four in the RPI's Top-100

Four Valley teams rank in the RPI’s Top 100, led by Creighton (24). Illinois State (71), Missouri State (87) and UNI (100) also represent the MVC among the nation’s top teams in the RPI.

.500 Magnum
The Missouri Valley Conference registered a record of 59-55 (.518) in non-conference action this season. The Valley has secured yet another above .500 season. The Valley has posted non-conference records above .500 in 17 of the last 21 seasons, and have not recorded back-to-back below .500 seasons since 1992.

Lost in Translation
Of the MVC’s 55 losses in non-conference action, 37 (.673) have come against teams in the RPI’s Top-100.

Let's Take a Closer Look
The Valley’s 59-55 non-conference record is a bit deceiving with 24 of those defeats (44 %) coming at the hands of the six BCS conferences - the ACC, Big Ten, Big East, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC - leagues with composite winning percentages above .731.

Against the Field
The MVC holds a winning record against 13 leagues in non-conference play (ACC, Atlantic-10, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Conference USA, Great West, Horizon, Mid-American, Ohio Valley, SWAC, Summit, Sun Belt and WAC) and at least a .500 mark against another three (Big East, Big South, Big West, Mid-Eastern, Southland and West Coast).

Can't Hang
The MVC holds an unblemished record in non-conference action against five other leagues, including ACC (1-0), Atlantic Sun (1-0), Great West (4-0), SWAC (2-0) and the WAC (2-0).

Topping Postseason Teams
To date, MVC teams have 16 wins against teams that participated in either the NCAA, WNIT or WBI postseason events last season, including 11 on road or neutral floors.