Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook (Feb. 19)
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Eight Percent
Wichita State is one of 29 NCAA Division I women’s basketball programs to have lost two or fewer games on the road this season (7-2 in true road games). With 345 total teams, the Shockers join just eight-percent of all teams to have accomplished this feat in 2012-13. Of those 29 schools, 15 (including Wichita State) are also leading the standings in their respective leagues.

Sykes 21, Aces 18
After scoring just three points in the first half against the Purple Aces, Illinois State senior guard Candace Sykes came to life in the second half, pouring in 21 second half points on her way to a career-high 24 points. She sank five three pointers in the second half, tying a career high. Sykes’ 21 points in the second half outscored Evansville’s team total of 18 second half points.

Queen of D.J. Sokol Arena
Creighton freshman guard Marissa Janning scored a career-high 26 points in the Bluejays 67-51 win over Missouri State Thursday night. Janning’s 26 points were not only a career-high, but also topped the Bluejays record for points scored in a single game in D.J. Sokol Arena. The previous high was 25 points, shared by junior Carli Tritz (Jan. 29, 2012) and Kelsey Woodard (Jan. 27, 2011). Janning also tied Woodard for most three-pointers made (6) and attempted (11) in D.J. Sokol Arena.

Super Sophomores
The Valley’s sophomore class is having an outstanding 2012-13 season, with seven sophomores in the league’s top-25 in scoring, including five in the top-10. Kyndal Clark is fifth (14.3), Cartaesha Macklin is sixth (13.9),  while Janae Smith, Khristian Hart and Racheal Mahan are tied for seventh (13.6). Shronda Butts ranks 13th (12.7) and Alex Harden is 24th (9.8).

Best of the Best at Home
Seven MVC teams each have four or fewer losses on their home courts, compiling an impressive 58-23 (.716) record. Just one other conference with 10 or fewer members can make that claim (Southland).

Home Record, Team
10-2, Indiana State
8-2, Creighton
11-4, Wichita State
10-4, Illinois State
6-3, Bradley
7-4, Missouri State
6-4,  UNI

Valley Home Winning Streaks
Creighton currently holds the longest active home winning streak in Valley contests at eight after wins last weekend against Missouri State and Wichita State. Below is a look at the longest home Valley winning streaks of all-time:

66 – Missouri State (Mar. 3, 1989 – Jan. 20, 1997)
28 – Creighton (Feb. 2, 2001 – Feb. 13, 2004)
24 – Illinois State (Jan. 21, 2010 – Feb. 23, 2012)
20 – Missouri State (Feb. 15, 2003 – Mar. 3, 2005)
20 – Illinois State (Jan. 30 1988 – Feb. 28, 1990)
20 – Illinois State (Feb. 4, 1985 – Jan. 1, 1988)
19 – Drake (Feb. 3, 1996 – Jan. 17, 1998)
18 – Southern Illinois (Jan. 21, 1995 – Jan. 5, 1997)
15 – Missouri State (Feb. 18, 2000 – Jan. 31, 2002)
14 – Missouri State (Jan. 9, 1999 – Feb. 5, 2000)
12 – Wichita State (Feb. 25, 1999 – Jan. 18, 2001)
9 – Wichita State (Mar. 3, 2012 – Feb. 8, 2013)
8 – Creighton (Feb. 17, 2012 – Present)

Streak of a Different Sort
Illinois State own the Valley’s longest active winning streak against a conference opponent – a 15-game winning streak over Bradley. Below is a look at the longest winning streaks over a Valley opponent in league history:

Longest Winning Streaks vs. MVC Opponent (From 1983-84)
27 – Southern Illinois over Bradley (1983-95)
25 – Missouri State over UNI (1989-00)
21 – Illinois State over UNI (1984-94)*
20 – UNI over Wichita State (2000-09)
20 – Drake over Southern Illinois (1997-05)
19 – Drake over Bradley (1996-04)
19 – Missouri State over Southern Illinois (1997-06)
19 – Missouri State over Wichita State (1988-97)
18 – Creighton over Bradley (1997-05)
17 – Drake over UNI (1987-95)
17 – Southern Illinois over UNI (1984-92)
16 – Missouri State over Bradley (1992-97)
15 – Illinois State over Bradley (2006-Present)
11 – Illinois State over Southern Illinois (2008-Present)
11 – Creighton over Wichita State (2007-2011)

10 – Bradley over Southern Illinois (2009-Present)
10 – Creighton over Southern Illinois (2008-Present)
9 – Indiana State over Southern Illinois (2010-Present)
9 – UNI over Evansville (2009-Present)
*ILS won 22-straight in the series; SIU won 17-straight over MSU from 77-89

The RPI Report
The Missouri Valley Conference holds steady at the No. 10 position in the latest (Feb. 18) Collegiate Basketball News RPI Report. As a league, The Valley also has the 10th-best strength of schedule.

Three in RPI’s Top 100
Three Valley teams rank in the RPI’s Top 100, led by Creighton (30). Wichita State (74) and Illinois State (85) also represent the MVC among the nation’s top teams in the RPI.

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

Thursday, Feb. 21

 Saturday, Feb. 23 

Sunday, Feb. 24

*DU @ BU, 6 PM

*DU @ UNI, 2 PM

*ILS @ INS, 1:05 PM 

*CU @ UNI, 7 PM

 *CU @ BU, 2 PM

 

*SIU @ MSU, 7:05 PM 

*UE @ MSUU, 7:05 PM 

 

*UE @ WSU, 7:05 PM *SIU@ WSU, 7:05 PM