Jan. 5, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers welcome Northwestern to Assembly Hall on Sunday Jan. 6 for 2 p.m. tip. The game can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call. The contest is also available as a live web broadcast on video.BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana leads the overall series against Northwestern, 35-31.
The Hoosiers are 12-3 in the their last 15 matchups against the Wildcats.
Indiana has shot 40.0 percent or better from 3-point range in eight games this season and are 7-1 in those contests. The last time an Indiana team 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.
With winning its ninth game of the season over UIC on Dec. 31, Indiana finished with its most wins in regular season non-conference games in six years.
In their last home game, the Hoosiers scored a season-high 81 points against UIC, marking the most points scored in a single game for an IU team in over two years. The last time Indiana hit that mark was on Nov. 26, 2009, at Ball State.
Jasmine McGhee has scored in double-figures in each of the last three games, which is the longest streak of games this season that she has tallied 10 or more points consecutively. That stretch was highlighted by a 27 point performance on Dec. 21 vs. Xavier, which tied her career high as she shot 11-for-18 from the field and had seven rebounds.
Aulani Sinclair has scored 27 or more points in three of the last four games, including a career-high 34 points against on Dec. 16 vs. SIUE when she shot 12-for-23 from the field and 7-for-13 from beyond the arc.
Career Record: 267-97 (12th year)
Indiana record: 9-5 (1st year)
Career Record: 575-248 (27th year)
Northwestern Record: 66-74 (5th year)
NORTHWESTERN AT A GLANCE
Northwestern arrives in Bloomington coming off a tough 73-69 road loss to No. 9 Penn State. The Wildcat defense tamed the Lady Lions offense, holding PSU to just 29.9 percent shooting from the field for the game. Offense can come from anywhere for NU as five different players average 10 points or more per game. Senior Kendall Hackney leads the way, scoring 14.4 points per game while bringing in 6.8 boards per contest. She also leads the team in 3-point shooting. Freshman Maggie Lyon scores 13.6 points per contest. In the paint, Dannielle Diamant averages 12.3 points and 8.4 boards per game, as she leads the team in rebounding. Lauren Douglas and Karly Roser also average double-digit points as Roser runs the point and dishes for a team-best 6.4 assists per game, the second best mark in the Big Ten. The Wildcats have a lot of length to help them block 6.3 blocks per game while grabbing 41.6 boards per contest.
NEXT FOUR OF FIVE GAMES IN ASSEMBLY HALL
The Hoosiers began Big Ten play on the road on Jan. 3 at Michigan, but will play in Assembly Hall in four of their next five conference games. The friendly home stretch begins with a matchup with Northwestern on Jan. 6, followed by Nebraska on Jan. 10 live on BTN at 6:30 p.m. ET. Indiana will then head to Ohio State on Jan. 17 before returning home to take on Michigan State at 2 p.m. ET on Jan. 20. IU then welcomes Michigan to Bloomington on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. ET.
AND ALL THAT JASMINE
Jasmine McGhee scored 10 points at Michigan on Jan. 3, marking the fourth time in the last five games and the third time consecutively that she has reached double-figures. She has also grabbed five or more boards in every game during that five game span.
McGhee compiled her third double-double of the season against UIC on Dec. 31 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 22 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.
In her last five games, McGhee is averaging 15.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. For the season, she is second on the team in scoring (11.8 ppg) and rebounds (6.4 rpg) and leads the team in steals (1.3 spg).
HOOSIERS WITH BEST NON-CONFERENCE FINISH IN SIX YEARS
With another non-conference win over UIC on Dec. 31, Indiana won its ninth game of 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. The win total matches IU's best overall season win total since the 2010-11 season.
Aulani Sinclair has been leading Indiana offensively all season long, but she was spectacular during a three game span against SIU-Edwardsville, Xavier and UIC between Dec. 16-Dec. 31. In those three games, the senior 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 19.1 points per game, which currently ranks her fifth in the Big Ten. She is also bringing in 4.5 rebounds per game and is shooting 43.6 percent (41-for-94) from beyond the arc to pace the team. The senior has scored 16 or more points in 11 games this season, 20 or more points eight times and has eclipsed 30 points in two contests. Sinclair has scored in double-figures in 43 career 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 56.2 points per game. Indiana opponents have scored less than 60 points 10 times and under 50 points on five occasions. IU is 8-2 when teams score less than 60 points against them.
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 four games this season. She has connected on three or more 3-pointers four times this year.
THE FLYIN' HAWAIIAN
Milika Taufa, a Lahaina, Hawaii, native continues to pace the team in rebounding and is sixth in the Big Ten by bringing in 7.5 rebounds per contest. Taufa was a monster on the boards against UIC on Dec. 31, bringing in career-high 14 rebounds in the win. She has had 10 or more boards in two of the last three contests 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 4.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest this season and has started in every game. She is also second on the team in field goal percentage, shooting 49.2 percent.