Jan. 2, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana opens Big Ten play on the road at Michigan on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. ET. The game can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray calling the action. The game is also available as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana has won four of its last five Big Ten opening games and five of the last seven.
Indiana leads the all-time series over Michigan, 42-20.
With finishing non-conference play at 9-4, it is only the third time since 2000 an Indiana team has won nine or more regular season non-Big Ten games, and it is the first time for a Hoosier team to win that many since IU won 11 regular season non-league games in 2006-07.
The Hoosiers are currently on a three-game winning streak and have had two winning streaks of three or more this season, marking the first time an IU team has had two winning streaks of three games or more in a season since the 2009-10 campaign.
With winning its ninth game, it marks the first time a Hoosier team has won that many games for entire season in two years, when IU won nine games the entire 2010-11 season.
IU shot 43.5 percent (10-for-23) from 3-point range and tied its season high with 10 made 3-pointers. The Hoosiers have shot 40.0 percent or better from 3-point range in eight games this season and are 7-1 in those contests.
In her last three games, Aulani Sinclair has scored 92 points to average 30.7 points per game during that span while shooting 48.5 percent (32-for-66) from the field and 50.0 percent (16-for-32) from beyond the arc.
Career Record: 267-96 (12th year)
Indiana record: 9-4 (1st year)
Kim Barnes Arico
Career Record: 281-208 (17th year)
Michigan Record: 11-2 (1st year)
MICHIGAN AT A GLANCE
Michigan is riding a six-game winning streak, winning five of those contests by double-digits. As a team, the Wolverines lead the Big Ten in 3-point shooting percentage (41.3 percent) and are second in scoring defense (50.1 ppg) and field goal percentage (47.4 percent). Senior Kate Thompson leads Michigan in scoring with 16.4 points per game and is connecting on 48.6 percent of her 3-point attempts and adds 5.2 boards per game. Down low, Rachel Sheffer averages 12.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Jenny Ryan runs the point and leads the team in assists (4.7 apg) and scored 11.6 points each game.
HOOSIERS WITH BEST NON-CONFERENCE FINISH IN SIX YEARS
With another non-conference win over UIC on Dec. 31, Indiana improved to 9-4 on the season, marking the first time an IU team had won that many regular season non-Big Ten games in six years. Indiana won 11 regular season non-league games to begin the 2006-07 season. It is also only the third time since 2000 that a Hoosier team has won nine or more regular season non-conference games.
EXTINGUISHING THE FLAMES
Indiana was dominant in its win over the UIC Flames on Dec. 31. IU scored a season-high 81 points in the win, marking the highest point total for a Hoosier team since Indiana scored 81 points in a season opener at Ball State on Nov. 12, 2010. Indiana's 47 first half points were the most in a half for IU this season and the highest half point total for an Indiana squad since Nov. 26, 2009, when the Hoosiers tallied 55 second-half points against Virginia.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
IU tied its season best mark of 10 made 3-point field goals as a team in the win over UIC. Indiana also hit 10 3-pointers against SIUE on Dec. 16. The Hoosiers shot 43.5 percent (10-for-23) from beyond the arc against the Flames, marking the eighth time this year that IU has shot 40.0 percent or better from 3-point range. IU is 7-1 when they hit that percentage. The last time an Indiana team has shot 40.0 percent or better eight times in a season came during the 2007-08 campaign when IU shot that well in 10 contests.
FOUR PLAYERS SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES VS. UIC
For the first time this season, four Hoosier players scored in double-figures vs. UIC on Dec. 31. Aulani Sinclair led the way with 31 points as freshman Nicole Bell added a career-high 16 points. Jasmine McGhee tallied 15 points and Sasha Chaplin finished with a season-best 13 points. Indiana is 4-1 this season when three or more players score in double-digits.
Indiana held UIC to just 31.7 percent shooting on Monday night, which included holding the Flames to just 22.2 percent (6-for-27) shooting in the first half. It marked the eighth time this year that IU had held an opponent to 33.3 percent or lower from the field and the Hoosiers are 7-1 in those contests. With holding UIC to only 22.2 percent shooting in the opening half, IU has now held opponents to 25.0 percent shooting or lower in a half in five games this season with Indiana winning four of those contests. Three times this year, opponents have connected on only six made field goals or less in a half against the Hoosiers.
Indiana currently ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring defense. IU is holding its opponents to 55.5 points per game. Indiana opponents have scored less than 60 points nine times and under 50 points on five occasions. IU is 8-2 when teams score less than 60 points against them.
SINCLAIR KEEPS SIZZLING
Aulani Sinclair has been leading Indiana offensively all season long, but she has been spectacular in IU's last three contests. In those three games, the senior has scored 92 points to average 30.7 points per game during that span while shooting 48.5 percent (32-for-66) from the field and 50.0 percent (16-for-32) from beyond the arc. She tallied a career-high 34 points against SIUE on Dec. 16, shooting 12-for-23 from the field and tied her career mark with seven made 3-pointers to go along with five rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Sinclair finished with 27 points vs. Xavier on Dec. 21, nailing 3-of-6 3-point field goals. Then against UIC on Dec. 31, the Eminence, Ind., native tallied 31 points while shooting 9-for-19 from the field, 6-for-13 from beyond the arc and hit 7-of-9 free throws.
For the season, Sinclair leads the team in scoring by averaging 20.2 points per game, which currently ranks her third in the Big Ten. She is also bringing in 4.6 rebounds per game and is shooting 44.9 percent (40-for-89) from beyond the arc to pace the team.
AND ALL THAT JASMINE
Jasmine McGhee compiled her third double-double of the season against UIC on Monday night with 15 points and 10 boards. She also had a season-high four assists to go along with two steals and a block. McGhee has tallied five career double-double games and has scored in double-figures in 21 career games. The senior tied her career high with 27 points against Xavier on Dec. 21. In that game, McGhee shot 11-for-18 from the field to set a new career mark for field goals made in a single game.
McGhee has scored 15 or more points in three of the last four games and is averaging 16.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game during those four contests. For the season, she is second on the team in scoring (11.7 ppg) and rebounds (6.5 rpg) and leads the team in steals (1.4 spg).
BELL KEEPS RINGING
Freshman Nicole Bell set a new career mark with 16 points against UIC on Dec. 31, shooting 5-for-7 from the field, 3-for-5 from 3-point range and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. She also hade two assists, two rebounds and a steal. Bell has scored in double-figures in three of the last four games she has played in and four times overall this season. She has connected on three or more 3-pointers four times this year and is currently second on the team and 15th in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage, connecting on 35.6 percent of her attempts.
THE FLYIN' HAWAIIAN
Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii, native continues to pace the team in rebounding and is fifth in the Big Ten by bringing in 7.9 rebounds per contest. Taufa was a monster on the boards against UIC, bringing in career-high 14 rebounds in the win. She has had 10 or more boards in each of the last two games and has compiled eight or more rebounds in eight games this season.
Taufa has flourished in her junior season under head coach Curt Miller. After averaging just 2.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game through her first two years combined, Taufa is averaging 5.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest this season and has started in every game. She is also second on the team in field goal percentage, shooting 48.4 percent.
BIG PLAY FROM BIG SASH
Sasha Chaplin was a major contributor in IU's win over UIC as she tallied a season-best 13 points, shooting 6-for-9 from the field with three rebounds and a steal. Chaplin has scored in double-figures twice this season and 27 times in her career. On Nov. 12 at Murray State, the St. Petersburg, Fla., native scored 11 points and 10 rebounds for her eighth career double-double performance.
SINCLAIR SINKING 3's
Aulani Sinclair has connected on five or more 3-pointers in a game seven times in her career, including three games this season. In 2012-13 alone, Sinclair has hit two or more 3-pointers in a game ten times, three or more seven times and four or more five times. Through this point of her career, Sinclair is shooting 38.4 percent from 3-point range for her entire career, that mark would put her at the top of IU's all-time list for career 3-point shooting percentage.