Jan. 1, 2012
|INDIANA (5-9, 0-1) at MINNESOTA (8-7, 0-1)
||JAN. 2, 2012
||3 p.m. ET
||Minneapolis, Minn. (Wiliams Arena)
|Live Web Broadcast
||IU Radio Network
Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
| Internet Coverage
||@IndianaWBB | @rmsheets
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for its first Big Ten road test against the Minnesota Gophers on Monday, Jan. 2. The game will begin at 3 p.m. ET from Williams Arena. The game can be heard live on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the play-by-play. The contest will also be available as a live web broadcast by visiting video.BTN.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
In each of the last four seasons, Indiana has won its first road contest in Big Ten play.
Indiana topped Minnesota exactly one year ago in Williams Arena on Jan. 2, 2011, in its first conference road trip in overtime, 80-79.
IU's win over the Gophers at Willams Arena last season was the first time the Hoosiers had won in Minneapolis since Jan. 4, 2001.
Indiana currently leads the conference in offensive rebounds, bringing in 16.6 offensive boards per game.
The Hoosiers are second in the Big Ten in blocked shots with 5.3 swats per game.
In her last three games, freshman center Quaneisha McCurty is averaging 14.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per game.
Jasmine McGhee has led the team in scoring in five of the last six games and is averaging 18.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals during that span, which was highlighted by a 27 point, 15 rebound performance at IUPUI on Dec. 11.
Career Record: 140-148 (10th year)
Indiana record: 86-86 (6th year)
Career Record: 254-161 (14th year)
Minnesota Record: 185-115 (10th year)
MINNESOTA AT A GLANCE
The Gophers enter Monday's game after a tough road loss to No. 20/21 Purdue, 57-53, to open Big Ten play. Minnesota has won four of their last six games and owns a 6-1 record when playing at home so far this season. Three players average double-figure points for the Gophers led by freshman standout Rachel Banham who scores 13.9 points per game. Banham also paces the team in 3-point field goals made this season. Senior leader Kiara Buford is pouring in 13.3 points per contest and is the team leader in assists. Katie Loberg, a 6-4 junior forward, leads the team in rebounds at 7.9 per game while scoring 10.1 points each contest. Indiana will have to limit Minnesota's second chance opportunities as the Gophers rank third in the Big Ten in offensive boards with 16.1 per game. Minnesota also averages 10.0 steals per contest on the defensive end.
THEY'VE GOT DOUBLE-DOUBLE VISION
Through Indiana's first 14 games this season, six different Hoosier players have accounted for 13 double-doubles in 12 of those contests. That total is over two times the amount of double-doubles that IU had for the entire 2010-11 campaign, which was six. In the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico, Simone Deloach had 12 points and 11 rebounds vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 20 and Quaneisha McCurty tallied 20 points and 14 boards against Colorado State on Dec. 21 to account for IU's last two double-double performances.
Danilsa Andujar and Georgie Jones have each had three double-doubles this season to lead the team. Sasha Chaplin, Jasmine McGhee and Quaneisha McCurty each have two on the season and Simone Deloach has had one double-double performance.
The Hoosiers currently rank second in the Big Ten in blocked shots per game with 5.3 per contest just behind Purdue (6.1 bpg). Indiana has tallied five or more blocks in eight games this season and has had six or more rejections in each of the last four games. Against Michigan State, Indiana had nine blocks in the game, that total ties IU's season-high mark in blocked shots as IU also had nine rejections vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 20 in the Caribbean Classic.
D, D, D, DEFENSE
Indiana is ranked in the top half of the conference in field goal percentage defense, and twice this season, IU has held its opponent to under 30 percent shooting for an entire game. That includes the Dec. 21 win over Colorado State, when the Hoosiers held the Rams to just 24.2 percent shooting for the entire contest. That is the best defensive performance by Indiana in terms of an opponent's shooting percentage on the season. Indiana held Belmont to 28.3 percent shooting from the field in that victory on Nov. 18.
IU held CSU to just 39 points for the game, marking the first time Indiana had held an opponent to under 40 points for an entire game since Nov. 25, 2005, when IU held Youngstown State to only 38 points. Indiana also held the Rams without a field goal from the 5:56 mark of the first half until the 16:14 mark of the second half. That was a CSU field goal drought of 9:42.
For the year, Indiana has also held opponents to under 30 percent shooting for a half nine different times. In the five games prior tot he Michigan State contest, Indiana's opponents shot less than 30 percent in at least one half of each of those the games. The Hoosiers held Colorado State under that mark in both halves, including clamping down on the Rams to hold them to just 20.0 percent shooting from the field in the second half.
A BOOMING BENCH
In five games this season, including the last three consecutively, the Hoosier bench has accounted for 45 percent or more of the team's total point output in those contests. Indiana is 3-2 in the five games in which the IU reserves have played a major role in putting points on the board. The highest bench point total this season came in the win at Belmont on Nov. 18 when Hoosier reserves poured in 44 points, accounting for 69.8 percent of Indiana's 63 total points. At least one bench player in each of those five games has scored 10 or more points to provide a spark for IU.
BIG TIME RUNS IN BACK-TO-BACK WINS
In each of Indiana's last two wins, the Hoosiers have used large runs to put the game away in their favor. Against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Dec. 27, the Islanders were trying to get back into the game as IU led, 51-40, in the second half. Quaneisha McCurty hit a 3-pointer at the 13:20 mark which ignited a 19-4 Indiana run over the next 5:30 when Alisha Goodwin hit a free throw with 7:50 remaining to give IU a 26-point cushion, 70-44. The Islanders would not get no closer than 21 points the rest of the way.
Indiana overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Colorado State on Dec. 21. IU put together a 25-5 run over a 9:12 span, beginning with a Quaneisha McCurty jumper at the 6:49 mark of the opening half and capped by a Linda Rubene 3-pointer at the 17:37 mark of the second half. Indiana trailed 20-6 when the run began, and were ahead when it concluded, 31-25. IU would lead the rest of the contest.
REBOUNDING IS THE KEY
Indiana has outrebounded its opponent in three of the last four games and in seven games overall this season. IU topped Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the category, 51-47, on Dec. 27, and before that outrebounded Colorado State on Dec. 21, 48-42, and Pittsburgh on Dec. 20, 49-45. The Hoosiers are 5-2 in contests in which they outrebound their opponent this season.
Indiana is ranked among the top three teams in the Big Ten in overall rebounding and offensive rebounds per game. The Hoosiers top all other conference teams in offensive boards, bringing in 16.6 offensive caroms per game. Indiana is third in the league in overall rebounding at 42.7 boards per contest.
In two of Indiana's wins this season, the Hoosiers have came back from major deficits to claim victory. IU trailed Murray State by 15 points, 21-6, on Nov. 15 and came back to win that contest, 70-67. Indiana trailed Colorado State by 14 points, 20-6, on Dec. 21 and worked its way back to a triumph over the Rams, 47-39.
When Indiana topped Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 80-58, on Dec. 27, it marked IU's highest point total so far during the 2011-12 campaign. It was also the first time the Hoosiers had scored 80 points in a game since topping Minnesota on the road in overtime on Jan. 2, 2011, 80-79. It marked the first time Indiana had tallied 80 or more points in regulation since putting up 81 points in a win at Ball State on Nov. 12, 2010.
GETTING TO 50 IS PRETTY NIFTY
Indiana outrebounded Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 51-47, marking the third time this season that IU has tallied 50 or more rebounds in a game. The Hoosiers are a perfect 3-0 games in which they accomplish 50-plus rebounds. IU had 50 or more boards in back-to back contests against Murray State on Nov. 14 and Belmont on Nov. 18, it marked the first time IU had accomplished that feat since bringing in 50 or more boards in consecutive games during the 2008-09 season. That year, the Hoosiers had 59 rebounds at Saint Marys on Nov. 29, 2008 and followed that with 50 boards at Miami (Fla.) on Dec. 5, 2008.
MCGHEE FITS IN NICELY
Junior Jasmine McGhee has led the team in scoring in each of the last two games, and five of Indiana's last six contests. During that six-game stretch, McGhee is averaging 18.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per contest while shooting 41.5 percent (44-of-106) from the field and 33.3 percent (4-of-12) from 3-point range. The stretch is highlighted by three-straight 20 points performances beginning with her 27 point, 15 rebound performance at IUPUI on Dec. 11, setting new career highs in both categories.
McGhee was named the WBCA Junior College Player of the Year at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season after leading Vincennes University to a 28-4 record and has not let up since moving to the Division I level. McGhee is currently leading the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The junior has scored in double-figures in eight games this season.
RIGHT ON "Q"
Quaneisha McCurty has came out of her shell in Indiana's last three contests. The 6-6 freshman is averaging 14.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per game in those three games. McCurty has shot 50 percent (17-of-34) from the field and 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from beyond the arc during that span.
Against Colorado State on Dec. 21. IU trailed by 14 points, 20-6, shortly after McCurty entered the game for the first time. She would go on to have a 15-3 run by herself, scoring Indiana's next 15 points to pull the Hoosiers within two, 23-21. McCurty finished the game with a career-high 20 points and added 14 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. The freshman also swatted a career-best six blocks in the game. She shot 8-of-14 from the field overall.
Against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Dec. 27, it was much of the same, as McCurty finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and five blocks. She did so while shooting 7-of-13 from the field and hitting a career-best three 3-point field goals on five attempts. In IU's last game vs. Michigan State, the Dalton, Ga., native grabbed 10 boards and had five rejections.
Junior captain Aulani Sinclair is having a solid campaign in 2011-12. Sinclair is second on the team in scoring with 11.6 points per game and paces the team in 3-point field goals made and free throw shooting. From beyond the arc, Sinclair is shooting 37.1 percent (22-of-58) on the year and is hitting 85.4 percent (35-of-41) of her free throw attempts. She has scored in double-figures eight times this year.
Her year has been highlighted by two games in which she scored a career-high 23 points. The first of those games came vs. Toledo on Nov. 25 when she shot 8-of-10 from the field overall, 2-of-3 from 3-point range and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Her other 23-point performance came on Dec. 4 against Oklahoma State, when she hit 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. She has hit five or more 3-point field goals in a single game three times in her career.
Simone Deloach played her first minutes of the 2011-12 season against Pittsburgh on Dec. 20 after missing Indiana's first 10 games due to recovering from an offseason injury. Deloach played 34 minutes and tallied her first career double-double, setting career highs with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The sophomore shot 3-of-4 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line and added three blocks, all career-high totals.
The Indiana women's basketball team will play live on BTN on five occasions during the 2011-12 regular season. Games airing on the BTN include Dec. 30 vs. Michigan State at 6 p.m. ET, Jan. 8 vs. Northwestern at 2 p.m. ET, Jan. 19 vs. Purdue at 8 p.m. ET, Jan. 26 vs. Ohio State at 8 p.m. ET and Feb. 19 at Michigan at Noon ET. All other Big Ten contests will be streamed live on BTN.com.
BIG TEN ROAD WARRIORS
Looking ahead to Big Ten play, beginning in January, the Hoosiers will have a stretch where they will play six out of nine conference games away from Assembly Hall, including three of the first four contests in the month of January. Those road stops include Minnesota (Jan. 2), Nebraska (Jan. 5), Michigan State (Jan. 12), Michigan (Jan. 22), Northwestern (Jan. 29) and Penn State (Feb. 2).
HOOSIERS TIE SCHOOL RECORD
Against Oklahoma State on Dec. 4, Indiana shot a perfect 100 percent from the free throw line hitting 14-of-14 from the charity stripe for the game. That performance tied a school record for free throw percentage (minimum 10 attempts) for a single game. It is only the second time in program history that IU has hit 100 percent of its free throws on 10 or more attempts in a single game. The other time came in 1987 against Michigan State when IU hit 14-of-14 in that contest.