Sycamores meet Boilermakers in the Sunday matinee

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. Indiana State takes to the streets for the first time this season when it heads to West Lafayette to face Purdue at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The game will be broadcast on BTN+.

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Anna McKendree scored a game-high 23 points and Natalia Lalic added a career-high 22 off the bench and led Indiana State past Central Michigan’s visit (84-71) at the Hulman Center.

Del’Janae Williams also ended in double digits with 12 points for the Sycamores, who led by as much as 28 points. The Indiana state defense forced 23 turnovers in Central Michigan and had 17 steals.

Central Michigan led most of the first quarter, but Indiana State took control in the second with a 13-2 run to end the half and never looked back. The Sycamores caught fire behind the arc in the middle quarter and went from long range 7-10 in the second and third quarters to build a 68-48 lead in the first 30 minutes. Indiana State’s defenses often led to attacks, and the Trees’ ability to slide the ball onto the court in transition gave Central Michigan fits, allowing the Sycamores to win their second straight game.

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Indiana State Guard Anna McKendree led the Sycamore offense in the first two games of the season and produced her two best games in an Indiana State uniform.

McKendree led all players in both games, starting with a 19 point and six rebound performance against Saint Louis. She followed with 23 points and three assists against Central Michigan.

As the weekend begins, McKendree leads the Missouri Valley Conference and is the only player in the conference to average more than 20 points per game (21.0). Known for her ability to shoot from a distance, McKendree has demonstrated her ability to score at all levels. She made 61.5 percent of her shots from the field (16-26) and 60 percent of her 3-point attempts in the first two games.


After finishing in midfield by 3-point percentage in the Missouri Valley Conference last season, Indiana State has enjoyed long-range success in the first two games of the 2022-23 season.

As a team, the Sycamores blocked 47.4 percent of their attempts from behind the archway in their first two games (18-38). Indiana State ranks first in the Missouri Valley Conference and third in Division I in 3-point percentage.

Anna McKendree leads the Sycamores from the deep, hitting six of their 10 3-point attempts this season (60.0 percent). Natalia Lalic (5-for-9, 55.6 percent) and Del’Janae Williams (5 out of 10, 50.0 percent) have also made at least half of their 3-point attempts for the Blues and Whites this season.

Second chance

Indiana State has made full use of additional opportunities at the offensive end this season. The Sycamores have 28 offensive rebounds in their first two games this season, including 20 in the season-opener win over Saint Louis.

Mya Glanton leads Indiana State with five offensive rebounds, which accounts for half of their total rebounds. Chelsea Cain and Hattie Westerfeld each has four offensive rebounds while Adrian people and Lily Niebuhr have two boards a piece on the offensive glass.

Not only did the Sycamores increase possession with offensive rebounds, they capitalized on those extra opportunities. Indiana State is averaging 16.5 second-chance points per game this season, scoring 14 second-chance points against Saint Louis and 19 against Central Michigan.

Purdue at a glance

Purdue goes into Sunday’s game to open the season 3-0 after wins over Marshall, Murray State and SIU Edwardsville. The Boilermakers are coming off a season in which they won 17 games, an improvement of 10 wins from the 2020-21 season, and advanced to the second round of the WNIT.

Six different Boilermakers are averaging double-digit scores in their first three games, led by former Bradley guard Lasha Petree, who takes the lead at 17.7 points per game. Abbey Ellis (17.0), Caitlyn Harper (16.3), Madison Layden (10.3), Jeanae Terry (10.3) and Jayla Smith (5.3) also average in double digits, with Purdue averaging Scored 87.7 points per game.

Head Coach Katie Gearlds, a Purdue graduate, is in her second season and comes into the Boilermakers with a 20-15 record as head coach. Gearlds previously spent 10 seasons as head coach at Marian (Ind.), winning back-to-back NAIA National Championships in 2016 and 2017.

Gearlds has a connection to the state of Indiana, albeit in an unconventional way. She was the head coach of women’s basketball at Marian at the same time Ashlee Pritchard, the current head coach of Indiana volleyball, was rebuilding the Knights into an NAIA force.

Series story against Purdue

Indiana State and Purdue have met 27 times before, with the Sycamores holding a 17-10 advantage in the all-time series. Despite the proximity between the schools, the Sycamores and Boilermakers have not competed against each other since the 1999–00 season.

Last game against Purdue (December 4, 1999)

Three Sycamores hit double digits, led by April Kirby with 16, but Purdue narrowly edged Indiana State 69-67 at the Big Four Classic in Bloomington.

Indiana State got off to a strong start, leading by double digits (42-32) at halftime, but Purdue beat the Sycamores 37-25 in the final 20 minutes. The Sycamores led double digits for much of the second half before Purdue made his comeback to victory.

Kourtney Mennen (11) and Kiwana Battle (10) also finished in double digits for the blue-and-whites. Indiana State allowed six different players to score at least seven points.


Indiana State returns to the friendly confines of the Hulman Center for a game against Ohio on Saturday, November 26 at 1:00 p.m