Women's Basketball

    Indiana and No. 19 Nebraska Collide in Lincoln on Thursday

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Quaneisha McCurty.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Quaneisha McCurty.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 4, 2012

    INDIANA (5-10, 0-2) at No. 19 NEBRASKA (11-1, 1-0)
     Date Jan. 5, 2012
     Time 8 p.m. ET
     Location Lincoln, Neb. (Devaney Center)
     Live Web Broadcast BTN.com
     Internet Radio IUHoosiers.com
    Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
     Game Notes Indiana Notes | Nebraska Notes
     Internet Coverage Live Stats
     Twitter @IndianaWBB | @rmsheets


    THE OPENING TIP
    The Hoosiers will head to Husker territory for the second time in school history, as Indiana will take on Nebraska in Lincoln on Thursday, Jan. 5. The game will begin a 8 p.m. ET from the Devaney Center. The contest can be heard live on IUHoosiers.com by clicking the live radio stream link on the schedule page or game preview page. Jeremy Gray will be calling the action. The game is also available through a live web broadcast by visiting video.BTN.com.

    DID YOU KNOW?
    • Thursday's game will mark the second time the Indiana women's basketball team has ever played in Lincoln, Neb. The last meeting between the two schools in Lincoln came on Nov. 26, 1994, when IU topped Nebraska in overtime, 83-80.
    • Indiana has played Nebraska twice, winning both contests, but this is the first meeting between the two schools where the Huskers are a part of the Big Ten Conference.
    • IU topped No. 19 Nebraska in Bloomington last season, 67-61, on Dec. 5, 2010.
    Quaneisha McCurty was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Jan. 2 after averaging 11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks in games against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Dec. 27 and Michigan State on Dec. 30.
    • Indiana currently leads the conference in offensive rebounds, bringing in 16.7 offensive boards per game.
    • The Hoosiers are third in the Big Ten in blocked shots with 5.1 swats per game. • Sasha Chaplin led the team in scoring for the second time this season with 14 points, while adding eight boards at Minnesota.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana
    Felisha Legette-Jack
    Career Record: 140-149 (10th year)
    Indiana record: 86-86 (6th year)

    Nebraska
    Connie Yori
    Career Record: 373-258 (22nd year)
    Nebraska Record: 178-118 (10th year)

    NEBRASKA AT A GLANCE
    The newest member of the Big Ten Conference, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, are 11-1 on the season. NU is coming off its first conference victory on the road over No. 16 Penn State on Dec. 30, 71-63, and is riding a six game winning streak as the Hoosiers arrive to Lincoln. The Huskers own a perfect 8-0 record at home this season and are second in the conference in scoring offense, pouring in 76.9 points per game. Nebraska is also active on the glass, pacing the Big Ten with 47.2 rebounds per contest and outrebounding opponents by a +8.8 margin so far this season. Sophomore forward Jordan Hooper leads NU and is second in the conference in scoring with 21.2 points per contest while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 37.0 percent from beyond the arc. Hooper also leads her teammates in rebounds with 9.2 caroms per game. Junior guard Lindsey Moore scores 16.2 points per game for the Huskers and is also a threat from the outside shooting 41.5 percent from 3-point range to lead the team.

    MCCURTY NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
    Quaneisha McCurty was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week by the conference office on Jan. 2. McCurty is the first Indiana women's basketball player to earn the honor.

    The 6-6 freshman averaged a near double-double in IU's two games last week with 11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per contest. In Indiana's win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Dec. 27, McCurty scored 17 points with eight rebounds and five blocks. In that game, she shot 7-of-13 from the field including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Against Michigan State in IU's Big Ten opener, she recorded a team-high 10 rebounds, while adding five blocks and five points.

    The Dalton, Ga., native has scored in double-figures four times this season and has two double-double performances on the year. In her last four games, she is averaging 13.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per contest, coming off the bench in each of those games. McCurty has shot 45.7 percent (21-of-46) from the field and 50.0 percent (5-of-10) from beyond the arc during that span.

    SWAT TEAM
    The Hoosiers currently rank third in the Big Ten in blocked shots per game with 5.1 per contest just behind Purdue (6.3 bpg) and Illinois (5.2 bpg). Indiana has tallied five or more blocks in eight games this season and has had six or more rejections in four of the last five games. Against Michigan State on Dec. 30, 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. Quaneisha McCurty leads the team in that category with 1.5 rejections per game. Indiana only averaged 2.4 blocks per game as a team for the entire 2010-11 season a year ago.

    THEY'VE GOT DOUBLE-DOUBLE VISION
    Through Indiana's first 15 games this season, six different Hoosier players have accounted for 13 double-doubles. All of Indiana's double-double performances so far came in IU's first 12 games. The season 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.

    THEY'VE GOT DOUBLE-DOUBLE VISION
    Through Indiana's first 15 games this season, six different Hoosier players have accounted for 13 double-doubles. All of Indiana's double-double performances so far came in IU's first 12 games. The season 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.

    GOOD TO HAVE CHAP BACK
    After playing in just two games a year ago and missing 61 games in her career due to injuries, Sasha Chaplin has appeared in every game this season, starting in 10 of those contests. The redshirt junior has scored in double figures five times this season, including twice in Indiana's last three games. Chaplin led the team with a season-high 14 points at Minnesota on Jan. 2 and tied for the team lead with eight rebounds in the game. In Indiana's win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Dec. 27, she scored 12 points with seven rebounds.

    Chaplin has tallied two double-doubles on the year, the first came in the season opener at Central Arkansas when she had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Her second double-double game was at Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge when she finished with 10 points, a career-high tying 15 rebounds and a career-best five steals.

    For the year, the St. Petersburg, Fla., native is averaging 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as she ranks fourth on the team in scoring and second on the team in rebounding.

    MCGHEE FITS IN NICELY
    Junior Jasmine McGhee has led the team in scoring in five of Indiana's last seven contests. During that seven-game stretch, McGhee is averaging 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per contest and is shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. 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 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. The junior has scored in double-figures in eight games this season.

    SUPER SINCLAIR
    Junior captain Aulani Sinclair is having a solid campaign in 2011-12. Sinclair is second on the team in scoring with 11.3 points per game and paces the team in 3-point field goals made and free throw shooting. From beyond the arc, Sinclair is shooting 34.8 percent (23-of-66) on the year and is hitting 86.0 percent (37-of-43) of her free throw attempts. She has scored in double-figures eight times this year, which is highlighted by two career-high 23 point performances against Toledo and Oklahoma State.

    PULL DOWN THAT REBOUND
    Indiana has outrebounded its opponent in three of the last five 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. The Hoosiers top all other conference teams in offensive boards, bringing in 16.7 offensive caroms per game.

    COMEBACK KIDS
    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.

     

     


       

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