Backed by seniors Anna Munn and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, the Indiana State Women’s Basketball squad powered past Bradley, 73-60, on Senior Day Sunday afternoon in front of 2,538 fans in Hulman Center. Indiana State moves to 17-10 overall and 12-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Munn and Abdul-Qaadir dropped 16 and 17 points, respectively, while junior forward Jasmine Grier made sure Senior Day was one to remember with a team-high 18 points. ISU helped extend its win streak to four by building momentum on the glass, out-rebounding the Braves 49-23 and shooting 24-for-28 from the free throw line.
Munn continued to work her way up on the all-time scoring list with her 16 points, putting her in a tie for 15th all-time with Hazel Olden with 1,244 career points.
As a team, ISU shot just 34.9 percent from the floor but 28 second chance points combined with rebounds and free throw shooting sealed the win. The Sycamores post a 9-4 record on their home court for the 2013-14 season.
ISU grabbed 23 offensive rebounds while limiting the Braves’ offensive boards to just three in the win. It extended the Sycamores’ dominance over Bradley in Terre Haute, winning the last 16 straight-contests on its home court.
Grier led the effort on the glass, recording a season-high nine board while also picking up an assist, steal and a block. Junior forward Racheal Mahan became the 21st member of the 500 rebound club in the win, picking up six rebounds. She now currently holds 502 career rebounds in three seasons as a Sycamore.
The Sycamores also posted one of their best performances from the charity stripe this season, going 24-for-28 on the afternoon. Munn led the squad, going 8-for-8 while Abdul-Qaadir was 5-for-6 and sophomore forward Marina Laramie went 4-for-4.
Leading by just one point at the break, ISU outscored BU, 39-28, in the second half. They opened up both halves by going on lengthy runs including a 10-2 advantage in the opening frame. They opened up action in the second half by scoring nine of the first 13 total points and led by as many as 18 with 5:17 to play.
Junior forward Chelsea Small came off the bench to score seven of the team’s 10 bench points on the afternoon. Laramie and Mahan each contributed six points apiece.
Indiana State currently sits in a three-way tie for first place in the MVC with Wichita State and Northern Iowa heading into the final weekend of regular season action.