Jan. 5, 2010
Game 15: Illinois Fighting Illini (10-3, 2-1) at Indiana Hoosiers (8-6, 1-2) Notes Buy Tickets
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 7 p.m. ET
Assembly Hall (17,357) Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Jeremy Gray) Internet Streaming: BigTenNetwork.com, IUHoosiers.com
All-Time Series: Indiana leads, 30-26
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will host Illinois on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall. Thursday's game will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com for $2.99 and the audio will also be streamed live on IUHoosiers.com and be broadcast locally on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray on the call.
IU would like to welcome students from Highland Park Elementary School and Upward Basketball to the game. The Upward Basketball program will be scrimmaging at halftime. For tickets, visit IUHoosiers.com or call 1-866-IUSPORTS.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack enters her fourth season at the helm of the Hoosiers with a record of 66-46 and a career mark of 120-109. In three season, she has led the Hoosiers to 18-plus wins and three consecutive trips to the postseason.
Illinois head coach Jolette Law is in her third season leading the Illini with a 40-39 overall record.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Following the Hoosiers' contest against the Illini, IU will travel to State College for a contest against Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 10 at Noon on the Big Ten Network. The Hoosiers return home for Head to the Hall on Thursday, Jan. 14 and will face Michigan at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets are just $1 as IU tries to set a national attendance record.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Thursday's meeting marks the 57th all-time between Indiana and Illinois, with the Hoosiers leading the Illini, 30-26.
In league games, IU leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (31.7), rebounding offense (44.7) and defensive boards (27.67) and ranks third in free throw percentage (74.0) and offensive rebounds (17.00).
The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percent defense (25.4) and rank third in scoring offense (70.9), fourth in offensive rebounds (13.79) and fifth in steals (9.14).
SCOUTING THE ILLINI
Illinois enters Thursday's game with a 10-3 overall mark and a 2-1 record in league play with wins over Penn State (69-60) and Wisconsin (53-52). The Illini's lone Big Ten loss was to league-leader Ohio State (76-47) at home. U of I is led by Jenna Smith with 20.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. She's also tallied 25 blocked shots and 23 assists in 13 games. Karisma Penn is also averaging double-digit points with 12.2 per game to go along with a team-best 27 blocked shots.
STEADY AS SHE GOES
Jori Davis has been a steady force for the Hoosiers this season, scoring in double-digit points in her last 11 games, with a high of 33 against Virginia on Nov. 26. She leads the Hoosiers on the season with 17.1 points per game and ranks fourth among the Big Ten on the season. In conference games, Davis ranks third with 18.3 points per contest.
Against Michigan State, Davis scored eight of Indiana's first 10 points to start the game and shot all of the Hoosiers' first half free throws, going 7-of-8 at the line and 8-of-10 for the game en route to a game-high 20 points. The effort was also her fifth time scoring 20 points or more this season.
ANDUJAR GETTING QUALITY MINUTES
Sophomore Danilsa Andujar has been averaging 13.1 minutes per game in the IU front court and earned her first career start on Jan. 3 when the Hoosiers faced Michigan State. In a career-high 34 minutes, Andujar grabbed five rebounds, was 1-of-3 from the field and tallied two steals and one assist.
HEAD TO THE HALL JAN. 14
Indiana will try and sell out Assembly Hall and win the NCAA Pack the House competition on Jan. 14 against Michigan. Tickets to the Hoosiers battle against the Wolverines are only $1. Tip-off against Michigan is set for 7 p.m. ET.