Grier paces ISU Ladies past Wichita State


A career afternoon from junior forward Jasmine Grier helped fuel the first win at Koch Arena for the Indiana State Women’s Basketball team since 2008-09 season, as it defeated MVC leader Wichita State, 63-51, on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,775 fans. Indiana State improves to 15-10 overall and 10-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

ISU outscored the Shockers, 42-29, in the second half as Grier posted a new career-high 22 points. The junior college transfer from Commerce, Ga. went 7-for-9 from the field including 5-for-7 from behind the 3-point line. She also posted five rebounds, two steals and a block in her career afternoon.

Senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 11 assists.

The win snapped a 12 game home win streak for the Shockers (22-4, 13-2 MVC) and eight game win streak in Missouri Valley Conference play on their home floor.

Indiana State shot a season-high 53.2 percent in the win, on 25-for-47 shooting. The squad shot a season-best 64.3 percent in the second half alone. They also contributed 19 assists on 25 made shots led by Abdul-Qaadir.

The Sycamores got a balanced effort from its squad as injury and foul trouble forced a variety of players to see action on the afternoon. Junior forward Racheal Mahan scored nine points and four rebounds while sophomore forward Marina Laramie added six with a team-high six rebounds.

Senior guard Anna Munn also added six points and three rebounds, as junior guard Stephanie Wittman also had six points along with three boards.

ISU narrowly out-rebounded WSU, 33-32, and picked up seven steals including three from Abdul-Qaadir.

Leading by as many as 17 in the second half, ISU opened the final period with three consecutive buckets to tie things up at 26-26 after trailing by one at the break.

Grier’s jumper with 17:27 would give the Sycamores a lead they would never relinquish and started a 9-2 run.

Indiana State came out with an early 10 point lead just eight minutes into the contest and led for most of the game. Wittman hit a 3-pointer followed by an Abdul-Qaadir fast break layup gave their team a 16-6 lead, forcing a WSU timeout with 12:18 to play in the first half.

The Sycamores, however, caught itself in foul trouble in the opening period – as Munn and junior guard Chelsea Small each picked up three. The Shockers went on a 13-1 run in the final 7:32 to close the half, and take a 22-21 halftime lead. Able to overcome the halftime deficit, ISU is now 6-9 in games where they trail at the half.

The Sycamores travel back to Terre Haute for the final home stand of the 2013-14 season versus Bradley on Friday and Loyola on Sunday. ISU will honor seniors Anna Munn and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir for Senior Day on Sunday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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