Jan. 1, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will play in their first conference road test of the season against Minnesota on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 3 p.m. ET. The game can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call.
DID YOU KNOW?
Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis has climbed to 14th on Indiana's all-time career scoring list with her 24 points against Northwestern on Dec. 30. Davis currently has 1,253 points in her career as she passed Whitney Thomas' (2005-09) mark of 1,240 against NU. The senior now sits just 12 points shy of Sue Hodges' (1978-81) 1,265 career points for 13th place.
With the Big Ten opening win over Northwestern, the Hoosiers have won four-consecutive games to kick off the conference season dating back to 2007.
Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack is now 4-1 in Big Ten openers while leading IU.
Sophomore Aulani Sinclair is averaging 17.0 points per game over the last four games. She is doing so while connecting on 56.3 percent of her 3-point attempts and 55.0 percent of her field goals overall in those four contests.
Sunday's game will be the 56th meeting between Indiana and Minnesota, the Gophers lead the series 30-25.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana and ninth year overall. She has a career mark of 133-125 (.560) and is 79-62 (.516) at the Hoosier helm. Minnesota's Pam Borton is in her ninth season guiding the Gophers and it is her 13th year overall as a head coach. Borton has compiled a record of 241-142 (.630) in his career and is 172-96 (.642) while leading Minnesota.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Indiana returns to the road for a matchup with No. 13/12 Ohio State in Columbus on Wed., Jan. 5. Tip is schedule for 7 p.m. ET. Indiana will then return home for its Head to the Hall game on Jan. 9 against in-state rival Purdue. Tickets for that contest are only $1 and the first 1,000 fans get a free t-shirt.
SCOUTING THE GOPHERS
Minnesota welcomes Indiana to Minneapolis losing two of its last three games. The Gophers fell in their Big Ten opener to Illinois on the road in a 64-50 decision. Leah Cotton led Minnesota with 13 points off the bench in the effort and Kiara Buford was the only other Gopher in double-figures with 12 points. Brianna Mastey chipped in nine points and grabbed seven rebounds from the guard position against the Illini.
Buford leads the Gophers in scoring on the season averaging 15.9 points per contest while connecting on 48.1 percent of her field goal attempts. Buford also leads the team in minutes (33.7 mpg) and is second in assists (2.9 apg). Cotton scores 15.6 points per game coming off the bench in 13 of 14 games this season. Katie Loberg will be Minnesota's main threat in the post scoring 8.8 points a game and leading the team shooting 52 percent from the field in nine games played this season. Jackie Voigt will a second presence underneath as the 6-1 Junior averages 6.9 points and 6.9 boards per game, leading the team in rebounds.
The Gophers own a 7-2 record when playing at home this season, including winning their last four contests inside Williams Arena. As a team, Minnesota shoots 45 percent from the field, which currently ranks third overall in the Big Ten so far this year. The battle of the boards may be a key in determining the outcome as the Gophers own a +4.4 rebounding margin over opponents this year.
SERIES NOTES OF INTEREST
Sunday's game will be the 56th matchup between Indiana and Minnesota. The Gophers hold a 30-25 advantage in the overall series.
Indiana's last win over Minnesota came in an 80-77 decision in double-overtime on Jan. 17, 2008 in Bloomington.
This year's Hoosiers hope to end a nearly nine year drought since Indiana last won at Minnesota. Indiana last defeated the Gophers in Minneapolis on Jan. 4, 2001.
RECENT SUCCESS IN BIG TEN OPENERS
With Indiana's 71-69 win over Northwestern in this year's Big Ten opener on Dec. 30, it marks the fourth straight year the Hoosiers have opened the conference season with a victory. The Hoosiers' last loss in a Big Ten opening game came to the hands of Michigan State in East Lansing on Dec. 28, 2006. Head Coach Felisha Leggette-Jack is now 4-1 overall in conference openers including the win over the Wildcats last Thursday.
JORI NOW 14TH ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With 24 points against Northwestern on Dec. 30, Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis climbed to 14th on Indiana;s all-time career scoring list. The senior currently has 1,253 career points. Davis passed Whitney Thomas' (2005-09) total of 1,240 points during IU's Big Ten opener.
The Rochester, N.Y., native is just 12 points shy of Sue Hodges' (1978-81) 1,265 career points for 13th place and 48 points away from Heather Cassady's (1998-02) 12th place total of 1,301 points.
SUPER SOPHOMORE SINCLAIR
Sophomore Aulani Sinclair is playing a big time role for the Hoosiers as they dive into the conference schedule. In her last four games, Sinclair has been on fire. The Eminence, Ind., native is averaging 17.0 points while shooting 55.0 percent (22-for-40) from the field, 56.2 percent (18-for-32) from 3-point range and is grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game in those four contests.
Sinclair's recent success included her first career double-double performance with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten opening win over Northwestern. It marked the first time Sinclair had ever achieved 10 or more rebounds in her career. She also had three steals against Wildcats, also a new career-high for the Sophomore.
Sinclair also had a night to remember in IU's 64-60 victory at Florida International on Dec. 18. She netted a career-high 21 points while connecting on 7-of-11 3-point field goals and dishing for three assists. Her seven makes from long range also set a career-mark for Sinclair, and the total tied her for the highest mark in the Big Ten so far this season and also tied her for the third highest single-game mark in IU women's basketball history. She tied former Hoosiers Heather Cassady who connected on seven from beyond the arc against Western Kentucky in 2000, and Cindy Valentin, who achieved her mark against Indiana State in 2005.
Sinclair is averaging 9.7 points per game is shooting 43.8 percent from long range on the season.
DAVIS PUTTING UP BIG TIME NUMBERS
Davis netted 24 points against Northwestern on Thursday, it was the 12th time in 13 games this season Davis has tallied double-digit points. The senior currently is averaging 17.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game to lead the team in both categories. Her point average is good for third best in the Big Ten so far this season. The senior is also dishing for 3.8 assists and 2.5 steals per contest, which is eighth and second in the conference, respectively.
Davis has tallied two double-doubles this season with 19 points and 15 rebounds at Ball State on Nov. 12, and again on Nov. 28 against Cleveland State with 24 points and 11 boards. She just missed a double-double opportunity in games against Miami (OH) when she grabbed nine rebounds to go along with her 31 points and Toledo when she finished with nine points and nine rebounds.