TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Coach Stephanie Glance claims there are no stars in the Illinois State women’s basketball galaxy.
Yet the glow produced by the Redbirds’ 10-3 record has Glance feeling warm and cozy entering today’s 1:05 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference game against Indiana State at Hulman Center.
“That’s a unique trait about this team. Every person is very unselfish. That’s not always the case on every team,” Glance said. “There are no selfish attitudes or motives. It’s really the epitome of a team.”
ISU is among just two Valley teams undefeated in conference play at 2-0. Indiana State is 7-6 and 1-1 in the MVC.
Senior Emily Hanley, the Redbirds’ top scorer at 14.7 per game, shuns any suggestion of star status.
“It’s a great comfort. We know on any given night somebody is going to step up and make shots,” said Hanley. “We’re a very offensively powerful team. It’s just great balance.”
Junior Katie Broadway is contributing 13.2 points, senior Shala Jackson 10.1 and senior Hannah Spanich 9.9 as seven Redbirds are averaging at least 6.2.
“I’m not sure there is one particular kid you can key on,” Indiana State coach Teri Moren said. “Coach Glance has the luxury of having a deep bench and they have five solid starters. Any of them can score big points.”
The Sycamores boast one of the Valley’s top post players in 6-foot-4 junior Shannon Thomas, who averages 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds. Brittany Schoen, a 5-6 junior, adds 12.2 points and has 42 3-pointers.
“They have a good inside-outside game,” said Glance. “They have a player (Thomas) who is very efficient on the inside and several really good shooters. They play really hard with a lot of confidence.”
Indiana State is averaging 4,072 fans over eight home games.
“We have a tremendous following. The crowd really rallies behind us,” Moren said. “Whether we’re behind or ahead, they give our kids an energy.”
That’s an energy Hanley also plans to tap into.
“I think it’s a great atmosphere to play in,” she said. “Whether you’re the home team or away team, the noise is just fun for players.”
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