Jan. 4, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will play the final game of the current road trip against conference foe Ohio State in Columbus on Wed., Jan. 5. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. ET tip and can be heard on the state wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call, and can be seen live online at BigTenNetwork.com.
DID YOU KNOW?
Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 3 for her stellar play in IU's 2-0 Big Ten start. Davis averaged 27.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists against Northwestern and Minnesota to earn the first conference weekly honor of her career.
The Hoosiers are 2-0 in conference play for the second time under head coach Felisha Legette-Jack, and the first time since the 2008-09 season when IU began its Big Ten slate with three-consecutive wins.
Indiana's win at Minnesota is the first time the Hoosiers have won in Minneapolis since Jan. 4, 2001, and ends a three-game skid against the Gophers.
Senior Hope Elam netted a double-double in the win over the Gophers with 23 points and 11 rebounds. It is her second double-double of the season.
Davis climbed to 13th on Indiana's all-time career scoring list with 31 points against Minnesota. The senior has now totaled 1,284 points in her career passing Sue Hodges' (1978-81) mark of 1,265 points during the game on Sunday.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana and ninth year overall. She has a career mark of 134-125 (.517) and is 80-62 (.563) at the Hoosier helm. Ohio State's Jim Foster is in his ninth season guiding the Buckeyes and it is his 33rd year overall as a head coach. Foster has compiled a record of 724-282 (.720) in his career and is 220-57 (.794) while leading OSU.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana outlasted Minnesota in an overtime thriller on Sunday afternoon with an 80-79 victory in Minneapolis to move to 2-0 in Big Ten play. It was the first win for IU in Williams Arena since Jan. 4, 2001. Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis tied her season-high with 31 points on 9-for-18 shooting. Hope Elam added a season-best 23 and Whitney Lindsay added 16 in the victory.
WHAT'S COMING UP
The Hoosiers will return home for a pair of games starting with the Head to the Hall game on Jan. 9 against in-state rival Purdue at 2 p.m. Tickets for that contest are only $1 and the first 1,000 fans get a free t-shirt. Indiana will then welcome Illinois to Bloomington for 7 p.m. ET tip on Jan. 13.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
No. 20/21 Ohio State opens its doors to Indiana after losing three of its last four games. One of those defeats came in the Buckeyes' Big Ten opener to rival Michigan in Ann Arbor on Dec. 30. OSU defeated Bethune-Cookman at home in its last game, 86-38. Against the Wolverines, the Buckeyes shot just 27 percent for the game and were held to their second lowest point total of the year in the 64-51 loss. Jantel Lavender led the team with a double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Tayler Hill added 15 points in the effort with six boards and six assists.
Lavender is in her senior campaign and has been dominant for OSU this season. The 6-4 center is averaging a double-double and leading the conference with 24.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She is shooting 57.2 percent from the field, which is third best in the conference. Senior guard Samantha Prahalis is second on the team adding 13.0 points per contest and leads the Buckeyes with 75 assists (5.8 apg). Hill chips in 12.7 ppg and grabs 5.3 rpg. Brittany Johnson will be a threat from long range as the senior connects on over 41 percent (23-for-55) of her 3-point attempts to lead OSU.
As a team, Ohio State is second in the Big Ten netting 73.9 points per game in 13 contests this season and is outscoring opponents by more than 10 points a contest. The Buckeyes are 7-1 at home this season with their only loss in Columbus came to the hands of Duquesne in a 71-67 decision on Dec. 28.
SERIES NOTES OF INTEREST
Sunday's game will be the 67th matchup between Indiana and Ohio State. The Buckeyes hold a 45-21 advantage in the overall series.
In the last meeting between IU and OSU, the Hoosiers defeated the No. 4 Buckeyes, 67-62, in Bloomington on Jan. 31, 2010. Four Hoosiers scored in double-figures in that game led by Jori Davis' 19.
Just as the Hoosiers ended a nine-year drought in winning at Minnesota on Sunday, Indiana also hopes to continue that trend with a win in Columbus for the first time since Jan. 31, 2002. IU defeated the Buckeyes in that matchup, 85-72.
DAVIS NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis was named Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Jan. 3. Davis led the Hoosiers last week to a perfect 2-0 start in conference play with wins over Northwestern and Minnesota, averaging 27.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in those two games.
The Rochester, N.Y., native netted 24 points in IU's conference opening win over Northwestern on Dec. 30, while also bringing down eight rebounds and setting a career-high with seven assists. Davis connected on 16-of-18 free throw attempts, the second-highest total of her career, and added two steals and a block against in the 71-69 victory over the Wildcats.
In Minneapolis on Jan. 2, Davis finished with 31 points, tying her season-high, on 9-for-18 shooting with five rebounds and five assists. In the first half alone, Davis scored 21 points, including a stretch where she scored 11-consecutive points for IU. She also connected on the game-tying layup with 29 seconds left in regulation to force overtime against the Gophers, as the Hoosiers prevailed, 80-79, in the extra frame. The point total marks the second time this season Davis had scored 30 or more points and the third time in her career.
Davis is currently leading the team in scoring and rebounding averaging 18.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, her point average is good for third best in the Big Ten this season. The senior is also dishing for 3.9 assists per game and grabbing 2.4 steals per contest.
JORI NOW 13TH ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With 31 points against Minnesota, Davis is now 13th on Indiana's all-time career scoring list. The senior has now tallied 1,284 points in her career and passed Sue Hodges' (1978-81) mark of 1,265 points during the game on Sunday. Davis sits 17 points away from Heather Cassady's (1998-02) total of 1,301 for 12th on the list.
HOOSIERS DIALING LONG DISTANCE
Indiana connected on 11 3-point field goals in the win over Minnesota on Jan. 2. It is the second time this season the Hoosiers have nailed 11 from long distance, as that total ties for the second-highest total in a single game in Indiana women's basketball history. IU also hit 11 3-pointers in the win at FIU on Dec. 18.
GIVE US SOME HOPE
Senior co-captain Hope Elam has caught fire in IU's two conference victories. In those two games, Elam is averaging 18.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per contest. She is doing so while shooting 50 percent (11-of-22) from the field and 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from 3-point range.
Against Northwestern on Dec. 30, Elam scored 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including three treys. In the Minnesota win, the Champaign, Ill., native achieved her second double-double of the season, as she scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, tying her career mark for a single game. She accomplished this while connecting on a career-best five 3-point field goals.
LINDSAY LIVIN' IT UP
Senior Whitney Lindsay is currently on pace to set career-bests in a number of categories during her senior campaign. She helped her current numbers with a 16-point output against Minnesota on Jan. 2, which tied her career-high. Lindsay has scored in double-figures in two of the last three games and in seven games overall this season. She has also been vital in closing the last two contests starting with the winning layup with three seconds remaining against Northwestern on Dec. 30, then scoring the final three points to seal the win against the Gophers on Sunday.
The Mansfield, Ohio, native is averaging 9.3 points, 4.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game. Each of those marks easily eclipses career-high averages from her first three years at IU. Coming into this season, Lindsay's career-highs were 7.4 points, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals per contest which she achieved last year.
A LONG TIME COMING
With the victory at Minnesota on Jan. 2, it marks the first win for IU at Williams Arena in head coach Felisha Legette Jack's tenure and the first since Jan. 4, 2001. The win snapped a three-game skid against the Gophers as Indiana's previous win against Minnesota was an 80-77 double-overtime decision on Jan. 17, 2008 in Bloomington.
BIG TIME START IN BIG TEN PLAY
The Hoosiers are perfect in Big Ten action with wins over Northwestern and Minnesota this season. It is the first time Indiana has started 2-0 in conference play since the 2008-09 campaign when the Hoosiers won their first three Big Ten games over Northwestern, Michigan State and Iowa that season. It is the second time in Coach Jack's tenure that IU has began with a 2-0 Big Ten start.
In Indiana's last five games, it has come down to the wire as each of those contests have been decided by four points or less. The Hoosiers are 3-2 in those games, winning the last two by margins of two against Northwestern and one against Minnesota.
Going back further, the last seven games have ended with a margin no bigger than six points as the Hoosiers split a pair of six-point differences against Nebraska on Dec. 5 and Miami (OH) on Dec. 9.