11/27/2008 12:00:00 AM
Redhawks Host Sycamores on Friday
Nov. 27, 2008
The Redhawks women's basketball team returns back to the friendly confines of the Show Me Center on Friday, November 28 as they host non-conference foe Indiana State at 7:00 p.m. The Redhawks have won five-straight home games dating back to last season and have won all three of their home contests this season.
This game starts a four-game homestand that is part of the Redhawks schedule that has them playing seven of their first eight games at the friendly confines of the Show Me Center to kick-off the 2008-09 season.
The game will be broadcasted live by ESPN/KGIR 1220 AM. Todd Bonacki will call the action with Jess Bolen providing commentary.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
The Redhawks look to bounce back from their first loss of the season as they fell to Atlantic Coast Conference power Florida State, 63-31 on Tuesday in their first road contest of the season. The point output by the Redhawks was the lowest by a team since the 1975 season.
Senior Crysta Glenn continued her outstanding play as she led the team with 15 points and six rebounds while setting a new career-high with six steals.
Sophomore Lauren Sharpe started her fifth-straight game dating back to last season's WNIT loss to Evansville to end the season. She has averaged 8.8 ppg on 56-percent shooting (50-percent from three-point range) while averaging a smothering 3.6 steals per game. Against the Seminoles, Sharpe was second on the team with nine points.
Glenn leads the team in scoring at 15.5 ppg and rebounds at 9.3 per game. She also leads the team at the charity stripe as she has made 29-32 for a .906 average. Fellow senior Sonya Daugherty is second on the team with a scoring average of 11.8 points per game and leads the team in assists at 2.7 per game.
SCOUTING THE SYCAMORES
The Sycamores head into the game with a record of 1-2 after defeating Detroit 74-60 on Tuesday for their first win of the season. They used ten three-pointers to record the road win.
Junior guard Kelsey Luna led the Sycamores with 18 points against Detroit and leads the team with an average of 20.0 ppg.
The Sycamores went 14-15 last season with a record of 8-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference to finish sixth in the standings. They return six letterwinners from last season including three starters and welcome eight newcomers to the program that was picked to finish seventh in the MVC preseason polls.
Jim Wiedie starts his ninth season at the helm of the Sycamores. He has compiled a record of 142-94 as the head coach of the program.
The Sycamores have dominated the short series with the Redhawks, having won all three showdowns. The last time the two teams faced each other was on December 20, 2002 when the Sycamores won 82-71 in St. Louis at the Coca-Cola/Lady Billiken Classic.
The Redhawks face their third Missouri Valley Conference team in their last six games dating back to last season. The Redhawks fell to Evansville in the first round of the WNIT to conclude the season last year and started this season with a contest against Missouri State.
PROTECTING THE HOUSE
The Redhawks have made the Show Me Center one of the toughest venues to play in the OVC since it opened in 1987. Since that time the Redhawks have compiled a record of 201-74 for a .731 winning percentage. Last season the Redhawks went 12-4 at home including 5-1 against non-conference opponents.
Since Coach Ishee took over the Redhawks have went 20-5 at home with a record of 12-2 in non-conference games. Those two losses came to Atlantic Coast Conference power Florida State in 2006 and to a No. 10 ranked Baylor team last season.
THE PERFECT GAME
Crysta Glenn started her senior campaign perfectly...literally! Against Missouri State in the Redhawks season opener she went a perfect 5-5 from the field and 8-8 from the free throw line as she scored a new career-high 19 points. One of her shots was a three-pointer that tied the game as 13 of her points came in the game finals six minutes.
For good measure she added a game-high 11 rebounds and set a new career-high three assists.
Crysta Glenn has recorded two double-doubles so far this season in four games. She now has five career double-double games in her two-year Redhawks career.
In the Redhawks season-opener vs. Missouri State she finished with game-highs with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Against Arkansas-Little Rock she finished with 11 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.
STAYING SHARPE ON DEFENSE
Sophomore Lauren Sharpe has made her case as one of the best defenders in the league this season. She started the season with a seven-steal game against Missouri State. It's the most steals by a Redhawks player since Tatiana Conceicao recorded seven against recorded seven steals against Lyon College on November 23, 2004.
As a prep she led the state of Ohio in steals as a high school senior and once recorded 15 steals in a game.
A FRESHMAN BECK-ONS
By starting the season opener against Murray State freshman point guard Bianca Beck became the first freshman to start a season opener dating back to the 2000-01 season.
She didn't disappoint as she quarterbacked the Redhawks to a win over Missouri State finishing with five points, four rebounds and two assists.
Head Coach John Ishee got an early birthday present on November 21 as the Redhawks defeated Arkansas-Little Rock for Coach "Ish" 50th win at the helm of the Redhawks program.
He reached 50 wins faster than any coach in the program's history.
YOU CAN ALWAYS GO HOME
Coach Ishee began his coaching career at his Alma Mater, Southern Mississippi in 1989 as a graduate assistant for the men's basketball team before taking a position as an assistant women's coach from 1991-1994 for the Golden Eagles.
On December 13th Coach Ishee makes his return to where it all began in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
THE BIG THREE
For the first time in program history the Redhawks will have faced three teams from three of the major women's basketball conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big East) during the regular season.
Florida State (ACC), Missouri (Big 12) and Providence (Big East) make up those teams and gives the Redhawks their toughest non-schedule opponents to date.
SHOW ME 200
In the Redhawks 60-41 win over Central Arkansas the team won their 200th game at their home venue. Since the Redhawks started playing there in 1987 it has proven to be one of the toughest venues for opponents to win in as the Redhawks have gone 201-74.
SOUNDS LIKE A BROKEN RECORD
Seniors Tarina Nixon and Sonya Daugherty start the season on the verge of making history and closing out two of the most noteworthy four-year careers in program history. Both are on pace to join the program's "1,000 Point Club". An exclusive club that has only 14 members. Nixon stands just 175 points shy of the milestone and Daugherty only 128 points.
Nixon passed former teammate Natalie Purcell for second all-time on the career charts in three-pointers made with 124 three pointers made as she recorded a three-pointer against Arkansas-Little Rock on Fridday. She stands just 50 three-pointers behind Julie Meier for the top spot. She also ranks eighth in career steals and is on pace to crack the top-10 in career assists and points.
Daugherty also looks to crack the top-ten in career scoring this season and is also on pace to crack the top-ten in steals and three-pointers made.