The Indiana State women’s basketball team has made changes at every position top to bottom on their roster. Thursday night in the heart of Kansas, the Sycamores showed that they have plans to be real contenders after a close loss to Kansas. The Sycamores went 11-19 last season under first year coach and Indiana high school legend Vicki Hall. This is Coach Hall’s first opportunity to coach her players and how better to do that than with 13 fresh new players.
The game tipped off at 8 pm and out of the gate this looked like a new Sycamore team. The defense was playing well and the team was playing efficiently on offense. The main deterrent for the defense was early foul trouble. Through the first minute of play four fouls had been call. Both teams seemed to struggle with fouls as they continued to rain down throughout the game.
The Sycamores biggest lead came in the second quarter which was five points, however the whole first half was kept within a ten point radius until the fourth when Kansas was able to pull away to finish the game with a 12-point victory.
Guard Marie Hunter, who had 18 points on 50 percent shooting while also pulling down five rebounds led the Sycamores in scoring. Along with Hunter guard LeAndre Echi and Caitlin Anderson had double digit points in the game. Then for the Jayhawks, Holly Kersgieter led her team shooting 50 percent with 24 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Coach Hall said last year that there are no moral victories but the Sycamores playing this well against Kansas while being undersized is a huge step forward for the inexperienced Sycamores.
The Sycamore women play again on Sunday against the 1-0 Eastern Illinois at 3pm. The game will be the second of five straight away games.