ISU women's basketball series canceled

The Missouri Valley Conference has canceled the Indiana State-Missouri State women's basketball series due to COVID-19 concerns. The series will not be rescheduled.

 The Sycamores' next games are scheduled at home against Valparaiso on Feb. 11 and Feb. 12. Both games are scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.

 MVC athletic activities will take place only to the extent permitted by local environments and applicable national, state, local and institutional guidelines in order to safeguard the health and safety of participants, staff and fans.  Schedule updates throughout the season will be posted on mvc-sports.com.

The announcement came after Sycamore women's basketball dropped a hard-fought overtime heartbreaker in Evansville on Wednesday evening, Jan. 27, falling to the Purple Aces 70-63.

The Purple Aces improved to 5-9 on the season with their victory while Indiana State dropped to 4-10.

 Four Sycamores crossed the double-digit scoring threshold, led by Marie Hunter with a season-best 16 points, 14 of which came in the first half, and eight rebounds. Joining her was Adrian Folks with 14 points and 10 rebounds, her fourth-consecutive game with at least 10 points, Sommer Pitzer with 10 points and Caitlin Anderson with 10 points and seven boards.

 Evansville was led by last season's Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, Abby Feit, with 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks. For the game, Indiana State ended 24-of-74 from the field and 6-of-27 from deep while Evansville shot 25-of-57 from the floor and 3-of-17 from behind the three-point line.

 The Sycamores won the battle of the boards, holding a 45-43 advantage over the Aces, including 19 offensive rebounds. ISU also held a 14-5 advantage in the steals category to go along with 20 points off turnovers. Evansville was dominant in the paint, however, with a 42-20 advantage over the Blue & White.

After falling behind by seven, 47-40, at the end of the third, Indiana State used a big third quarter-opening 10-1 run to even the game at 53. Pitzer played a crucial role, knocking down three-consecutive triples during the stretch. The Sycamores would grab the lead at 56-53 off of an Anderson jumper, but the Aces stormed back to take a 58-56 lead with 16 seconds remaining. Jamyra McChristine, who pulled down 10 rebounds on the evening, knocked down two free throws with nine second remaining to force overtime.

 Evansville began the overtime period hot and didn't look back, using a 12-5 advantage in the period to hold on for the 70-63 victory.