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.

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