Jan. 1, 2010
Game 14: Michigan State Spartans (10-4, 1-2) at Indiana Hoosiers (8-5, 1-1) Notes
Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 Noon ET Buy Tickets
Assembly Hall (17,357) Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Jeremy Gray) Internet Streaming: IUHoosiers.com TV: Big Ten Network (Lisa Cornwell, Patricia Babcock-McGraw)
All-Time Series: Michigan State leads, 36-24
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will host No. 16/24 Michigan State on Sunday, Jan. 3, at Noon ET in Assembly Hall. Sunday's game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network with Lisa Cornwell and Patricia Babcock-McGraw calling the action from Branch McCracken Court. The game will also be broadcast live locally on WHCC 105.1 FM and streamed on IUHoosiers.com with Jeremy Gray on the call. Join IU's Bad Present Swap and bring a present you don't want from Christmas for FREE ADMISSION and a gift exchange with fans at halftime.
LAST TIME OUT
Three Hoosiers reached double-digit points, but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball team fell at Purdue, 76-66, on Thursday, Dec. 31. Jori Davis scored 16 points and Aulani Sinclair scored a career-high 16 points off the bench. Jamie Braun added 14 points and a team-high eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals.
Indiana shot 36.4 percent (20-of-55) from the field on the game and 48.0 percent (12-of-25) from the floor in the first half. Purdue shot 37.1 percent (9-of-23) from the field on the game and scored 22 points off of 24 IU miscues. The Hoosiers won the battle on the boards, 43-41. Sinclair sank 5-of-11 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and added five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Davis made 4-of-10 from the floor, with a pair of 3-pointers, and tallied four rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot. Braun sank 5-of-12 from the field, including two 3-pointers.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her fourth season at the helm of the Hoosiers with a record of 66-45 and a career mark of 120-108. In three season, she has led the Hoosiers to 18-plus wins and three consecutive trips to the postseason.
Suzy Merchant enters her third year with a record of 55-28 and is in her 15th season as a head coach with an overall mark of 256-148.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Following the Hoosiers' contest against the Spartans, IU will host Illinois on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. ET on BigTenNetwork.com, and will travel to State College for a contest against Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 10 at Noon on the Big Ten Network.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Sunday's meeting marks the 61st all-time between Indiana and Michigan State, with the Spartans leading, 36-24.
The Hoosiers have won three of the last five meetings with Michigan State. IU's three wins were all in East Lansing and the Spartans have used overtime in their last win in Assembly Hall.
Among Big Ten leaders, the Hoosiers are ranked second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.2), third in scoring offense (73.0) 3-point field goal percentages (35.8), fourth in in offensive rebounds (13.69), 3-pointers made (6.00) and fifth in steals (9.31).
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Michigan State enters Sunday's game 10-4 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten after topping Michigan, 86-71, on Dec. 31 in East Lansing. The Spartans are led by Alyssa DeHaan with 12.6 points per game, while Lykendra Johnson leads MSU on the boards with 8.2 rebounds per contest. Against the Hoosiers on Dec. 6, Kalisha Keane led the Spartans off the bench with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, hitting 3-of-4 from the 3-point line, and added five rebounds and three blocked shots.
LAST TIME IN ASSEMBLY HALL vs. MICHIGAN STATE
Three Hoosiers scored in double-digits, but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball team was outlasted by Michigan State, 71-65, in overtime on Feb. 12, 2009. Jori Davis led Indiana with 19 points on 11-of-12 shooting from the free throw and a pair of 3-pointers. Jamie Braun added 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Amber Jackson netted 10 points. Whitney Thomas recorded nine points, eight rebounds and three steals to tie Indiana's career steals mark of 230, set by Jenny DeMuth (2002-06). The Hoosiers forced Michigan State into committing 26 turnovers, while IU recorded 10 steals. The Spartans won the battle of the boards, 41-29. IU shot 30.0 percent (18-of-60) from the field and 85.7 percent (24-of-28) from the free throw line.
SINCLAIR TOPS CAREER HIGH
Aulani Sinclair topped her career high of 15 points (set against IUPUI on Nov. 15 with 16 points at Purdue on Dec. 31. Sinclair 5-of-11 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and made a perfect 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.
HEAD TO THE HALL JAN. 14
Indiana will try and sell out Assembly Hall and win the NCAA Pack the House competition on Jan. 14 against Michigan. Tickets to the Hoosiers battle against the Wolverines are only $1. Tip-off against Michigan is set for 7 p.m. ET.