Jan. 7, 2012
|INDIANA (5-11, 0-3) vs. NORTHWESTERN (10-5, 0-2)
||Jan. 8, 2012
||2 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
||Big Ten Network
Eric Collins and Stephanie White
||WHCC 105.1 FM
Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
| Game Notes
| Internet Coverage
||@IndianaWBB | @rmsheets
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana welcomes the Northwestern Wildcats to Assembly Hall on Sunday, Jan. 8. The game will tip at 2 p.m. ET from Bloomington. The contest will be broadcast live on BTN with Eric Collins and Stephanie White calling the action. The game can also be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington as Jeremy Gray is on the call. It is also IU's annual Head to the Hall game where tickets are just $1. The first 500 fans to arrive at the game will receive a free Indiana basketball t-shirt.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana has topped Northwestern in 12 of the last 13 meetings between the two programs, and IU has won 18 of the last 21 matchups with the Wildcats.
In their only meeting last season, the Hoosiers defeated Northwestern at Assembly Hall, 71-69, on Dec. 30, 2010.
The Hoosiers have not lost to the Wildcats in Bloomington since Dec. 30, 1998, when Northwestern topped IU, 68-66.
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.
Sasha Chaplin has led the team in scoring in each of the last two games. At No. 19 Nebraska, Chaplin poured in a season-high 15 points and had a career-best four blocks.
Linda Rubene started at Nebraska for the first time since Dec. 4, the junior has scored seven or more points in three of the last four games, including a career-high 10 against Michigan State on Dec. 30.
Career Record: 140-150 (10th year)
Indiana record: 86-87 (6th year)
Career Record: 563-231 (25th year)
Northwestern Record: 54-57 (4th year)
NORTHWESTERN AT A GLANCE
Northwestern arrives in Bloomington with a 10-5 record on the season and currently riding a three game losing skid after winning 10 of its first 12 games. The Wildcats fell to Minnesota at home in their last game, 68-60, on Jan. 5. Junior forward Kendall Hackney's 16.8 points per game leads the Northwestern squad. Hackney also paces the team in rebounding bringing down 5.9 boards per game, all while shooting 44.8 percent from the field. Freshman Morgan Jones leads the team in 3-point field goals made and scores 15.0 points per contest. In the middle, 6-5 junior Dannielle Diamant is scoring 11.1 points per game and is the team leader in blocked shots. Karly Roser will set the table for her teammates as the freshman guard dishes for 5.8 assists each game. The Wildcats will play very unselfishly as the team ranks second in the Big Ten in assists with 17.2 per game.
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 five games, she is averaging 11.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per contest, and made her second start of the season at Nebraska on Thursday. McCurty has shot 45.3 percent (24-of-53) from the field and 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from beyond the arc during that span.
The Hoosiers currently rank third in the Big Ten in blocked shots per game with 5.1 per contest just behind Purdue (6.2 bpg) and Illinois (5.3 bpg). Indiana has tallied five or more blocks in nine games this season and has had six or more rejections in five of the last six 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 1.4 rejections per game. Indiana only averaged 2.4 blocks per game as a team for the entire 2010-11 season a year ago.
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 11 of those contests. The redshirt junior has scored in double figures six times this season, including three times in Indiana's last four games. Chaplin has led the team in scoring in each of IU's last two contests. She tallied 14 points at Minnesota on Jan. 2 and tied for the team lead with eight rebounds. At Nebraska, Chaplin scored a season-high 15 points and had a career-best four blocks against the Huskers.
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 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per contest.
MCGHEE FITS IN NICELY
Indiana junior Jasmine McGhee has played an major part in the IU offense this season, as she has led the team in scoring seven times this season. Her year has been highlighed by eight double-figure scoring games, including scoring 20 points or more three times. She set career marks with 27 points and 15 rebounds at IUPUI on Dec. 11, for one of her two double-doubles on the season.
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 averaging 13.4 points per contest, and is second on the team in rebounding with 5.8 boards per game.
Junior captain Aulani Sinclair is having a solid campaign in 2011-12. Sinclair is second on the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game and paces the team in 3-point field goals made and free throw shooting. From beyond the arc, Sinclair is shooting 35.3 percent (24-of-68) 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.
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.