Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook (Jan. 15)
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Creighton (4-0) and Wichita State (3-0) remain as the only two perfect teams after the first two weeks of conference action. Ironically, the Bluejays and Shockers will put their undefeated MVC records on the line this weekend against each other this Saturday, Jan. 19, at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita. The Shockers are 5-2 at home this season, while the Bluejays are an impressive 8-1 away from home (includes 3-0 neutral floor record).

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

Thursday, Jan. 17

Friday, Jan. 18

Saturday, Jan. 19

Monday, Jan. 21

*SIU @ INS, 7 PM (MVC TV)

*UNI @ BU, 6 PM 

*UE @ INS, 1:05 PM

*CU @ MSU, 7 PM

*UE @ ILS, 7:05 PM

 

*DU @ MUS, 2:05 PM

*DU @ WSU, 7:05 PM 

 

 

 *SIU @ ILS, 4:05 PM

 

 

 

*CU @ WSU, 7:05 PM 

 


HALF OF LEAGUE IN RPI’S TOP-THIRD

The Missouri Valley Conference is one of just eight leagues to have at least 50-percent of its teams ranked in the RPI’s top-third (115 or better). The Valley and the Atlantic-10 join the six BCS conferences in this feat. Creighton leads the league at No. 25, followed by Illinois State (No. 63), Missouri State (No. 97), Wichita State (No. 105) and UNI (No. 109).

ACES UP!
With a 2-1 mark in league play, Evansville is off to its best start in MVC action since the 2006-07 season, when it started 3-0 and finished with an 11-7 mark in the Valley. The two conference wins for the Aces this year match their total from a year ago and the last time an Evansville team won more than four league games was during the 2007-08 season.

BEST THROUGH 15
Indiana State’s 10-5 record through 15 games this season is the team’s best record at this point in the season under third-year head coach Teri Moren. It also marks the best record for Indiana State since the Sycamores opened the 2005-06 season at 13-2.

BACK-TO-BACK 3-0 STARTS
Wichita State improved to 3-0 in the MVC for the second consecutive season and for just the fourth time in program history. Last year the Shockers jumped out to a 7-0 start, WSU’s best beginning to date.  Prior to last season, Wichita State had never started better than 3-0.

ADAMS EARNS 100TH CAREER VICTORY
With Thursday’s 62-58 win at Bradley, Jody Adams secured her 100th career victory as a head coach in her sixth season. She is already the second-winningest coach at Wichita State, owns the most post-season wins in school history and brings the top winning percentage at WSU into this weekend’s games.

YOHN BREAKS THREE-POINT RECORD
Senior guard Katie Yohn was 3-for-4 from three-point range Saturday against Missouri State, breaking Bradley’s record for three-point field goals. Yohn, who hit the game-winning three-pointer with 1.9 seconds left, broke Genny Mueller’s career record of 182 triples and enters Friday’s game against UNI with 184 career three-pointers.

DIALED IN
With her 16-point and career-high 13-rebound performance last Sunday agaisnt Southern Illinois, Evansville’s Mallory Ladd has now posted five-straight double-doubles. A sophomore transfer from Valparaiso, Ladd has made an immediate impact on the Purple Aces’ lineup, averaging 15.6 points and 11.0 rebounds in five games played. Ladd is one of just 39 players in the nation averaging a double-double this season. 

CONSECUTIVE FREE THROWS MADE
The Valley currently has three players with consecutive free throw streaks of 20 or more, including Evansville’s Mallory Ladd (37), Bradley’s Catie O’Leary (28) and Wichita State’s Jessica Diamond (22). The Valley has owned some of the nation’s top free throw shooters in recent years, as six of the top seven streaks for consecutive free throws made by MVC players have come in the past three seasons.

20-20 VISION
UNI’s Jacqui Kalin has netted 20-plus points in three consecutive games, marking the seventh time this season she has accomplished the feat. Kalin is one of 15 league players to log two or more 20-plus point performances this season.

SPEAKING OF FREE THROWS
Just halfway through her sophomore season, guard Cartaesha Macklin already sits ninth in SIU history for career free throws made with 228 and she is just 10 shy of entering the top-10 in school history for free throw attempts at 308. Macklin has scored roughly a third of her 701 career points thus far from the free throw line.

THE RPI REPORT
For the third straight week, the Missouri Valley Conference holds steady at the No. 9 position in the latest (Jan. 14) Collegiate Basketball News RPI Report. As a league, The Valley also has the ninth-best strength of schedule for the second consecutive week.

THREE REMAIN IN RPI'S TOP-100
For the third straight week at least three Valley teams rank in the RPI’s Top 100, led by Creighton (25). Illinois State (63) and Missouri State (97) also represent the MVC among the nation’s top teams in the RPI.