Jan. 7, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
|PURDUE (10-5, 1-2) vs. INDIANA (8-7, 2-1)
||Jan. 9, 2010
||2 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
||WHCC 105.1 FM
Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
||Indiana | Purdue
| Internet Coverage
||Tickets are just $1 as it's "Head to the Hall" day at Assembly Hall. The first 1,000 fans receive a free t-shirt.
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Indiana returns home from a two-game road trip to battle in-state rival Purdue on Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. ET. The Barn Burner trophy, awarded to the rivalry winner each year, will be on the line at Assembly Hall on Sunday. The game can be seen live on BigTenNetwork.com or listen to WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray on the call. It's Head to the Hall day with tickets priced at just $1 and first 1,000 fans receive a free t-shirt.
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.
Indiana has defeated Purdue in two of the last three regular season games with the Boilermakers. The Hoosiers won the last won in Bloomington on Jan. 19, 2009 in a 71-57 decision.
Davis climbed to 12th on Indiana's all-time career scoring list with 21 points against Ohio State on Jan. 5. The senior has now totaled 1,305 points in her career, passing Heather Cassady's (1998-02) mark of 1,301 points during the game on Wendesday.
In three Big Ten games, the Hoosiers are averaging 72.0 points per game as team, which leads the conference in Big Ten games only.
Senior Whitney Lindsay netted a career-high 20 points against Ohio State, hitting 8-of-13 field goals, which also set a career mark for Lindsay for most field goals made in a single-game.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana and ninth year overall. She has a career mark of 134-126 (.515) and is 80-63 (.559) at the Hoosier helm. Purdue's Sharon Versyp is in her fifth season guiding the Boilermakers and it is her 11th year overall as a head coach. Versyp has compiled a record of 217-119 (.646) in her career and is 100-54 (.649) while leading the Boilers.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Indiana will welcome Illinois to Assembly Hall on Thursday, Jan. 13, for a 7 p.m. ET tip. The Hoosiers then head to Iowa to battle the Hawkeyes live on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. ET.
SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
Purdue invades Bloomington with a 1-2 Big Ten record, but winning in its last game on Thursday in a close one over Michigan at home, 65-64. Courtney Moses led the Boilermakers with 22 points in that game, including six 3-point field goals in the win. Brittany Rayburn had 14 points and seven rebounds, as Alex Guyton and Ashley Wilson both netted 10 points for Purdue.
Rayburn currently leads the team in scoring for the year, averaging 15.7 points per game and is second on the team in 3-point field goals made with 21. Moses is the only other Boiler averaging double-figure points at 13.3 per game, and is a big threat from long distance connecting on 49.1 percent (26-of-53) of her 3-point attempts. In Purdue's first three Big Ten games, Moses has scored 16.7 ppg while shooting over 46 percent from the field and has hit on 52.2 percent (12-of-23) of her attempts from beyond the arc in conference play. Drey Mingo will be a threat in the post as the junior forward scores 9.8 ppg and grabs 4.5 rebounds per contest.
As a team, the Boilermakers shoot 43.6 percent from the floor and are currently second in the conference shooting 76.5 percent from the free throw line. In Big Ten games, the Boilers are shooting 85.4 percent from the charity stripe and have a +9.0 rebound margin over opponents in league games so far.
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 18.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, her point average is good for third best in the Big Ten this season. The senior is also dishing for 3.7 assists per game and grabbing 2.3 steals per contest.
JORI NOW 12TH ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Davis continues to climb her way up IU's all-time career scoring list. With her 21 points at Ohio State, Davis now sits 12th on the all-time list. The senior has now tallied 1,305 points in her career and passed Heather Cassady's (1998-02) mark of 1,301 during the OSU game. Sitting ahead of Davis on the list at No. 11 is Quacy Barnes (1995-98), who finished her career at Indiana with 1,428 points.
CAN I GET A WHIT-NESS?
Senior Whitney Lindsay had a career night against the Buckeyes on Jan. 5. Lindsay scored a career-best 20 points at Ohio State, connecting on 8-of-13 field goals, which also set another career mark for her for field goals made. Lindsay also hit on three 3-point field goals, which ties her career-high. The Mansfield, Ohio, native has scored in double-figures in three of the last four games, averaging 14.0 ppg and shooting 50 percent (22-of-44) from the floor in those contests. She has also been vital in closing Indiana's two Big Ten wins, 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 Minnesota on Jan. 5.
Lindsay is averaging 10.0 points, 4.5 assists and 2.6 steals per game on the season. 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 assits and 1.4 steals per contest, which she achieved last year as a junior.
GIVE US SOME HOPE
Senior co-captain Hope Elam has found her stroke as of late netting double-figure points in each of Indiana's three conference games. Elam is averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in those Big Ten games while shooting 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from the field and 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from long distance.
Against Northwestern on Dec. 30, Elam scored 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including three treys. In the Minnesota win on Jan. 2, 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. Then in IU's last game at Ohio State, the senior tallied 10 points and three boards in the effort.
GETTING OFFENSIVE AGAINST BIG TEN FOES
In three Big Ten games, Indiana is netting 72.0 points per contest, which leads the conference during Big Ten play only. Three Hoosiers are ranked in the top 16 in scoring during conference games with Davis leading all league scorers with 25.3 ppg, Elam is 11th with 15.3 ppg and Lindsay ranks 16th averaging 13.3 ppg.