Jan. 8, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana welcomes the No. 23-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers to Assembly Hall on Thursday, Jan. 10. The game will tip at 6:30 p.m. ET. The contest will be aired live on BTN with Eric Collins and LaChina Robinson on the call. Jeremy Gray will be on play-by-play for the radio broadcast on the flagship station for IU women's basketball, WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana leads the all-time series over Nebraska, 2-1.
The last time these two teams met in Assembly Hall, IU topped then-No. 19 Nebraska, 67-61, on Dec. 5, 2010.
With Indiana winning its 10th game of the season over Northwestern on Sunday, it marked the first double-digit win season for the IU program in three years as the Hoosiers won 14 games in 2009-10.
IU outrebounded the Wildcats on Jan. 6, 42-31, marking the eighth time this year that Indiana has outrebounded its opponent. The Hoosiers are 7-1 in those contests.
The Hoosiers shot 90.0 percent (18-of-20) from the free throw line against Northwestern, marking the second time this season that IU has eclipsed 90.0 percent from the charity stripe in a game.
Aulani Sinclair scored 31 points in the win over Northwestern, marking the third time in the last five games that she has scored 30 points or more.
Sinclair has now tallied 977 career points and is just 23 points shy of becoming the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
Simone Deloach skied for a career-high 15 rebounds against Northwestern, the most boards for an IU player this season.
Career Record: 268-97 (12th year)
Indiana record: 10-5 (1st year)
Career Record: 396-270 (23rd year)
Nebraska Record: 201-130 (11th year)
NEBRASKA AT A GLANCE
Nebraska arrives in Bloomington winning five of its last six games, but most recently falling in a tough overtime loss to Purdue at home on Jan. 5, 69-66. The Huskers dominated Wisconsin in their other conference game, 70-52, on Jan. 2. Jordan Hooper leads Nebraska in scoring, pouring in 18.9 points per game, which ranks her sixth in the Big Ten. Hooper also leads the team in rebounding and is third in the conference, grabbing 8.9 boards per game. Much of the offense also runs through Lindsey Moore who scores 16.2 points per game and leads the team in assists, dishing for 5.6 per contest. On the season, Moore is shooting 51.3 percent from the field overall and is second in the Big Ten connecting on 50.0 percent (27-of-54) of her 3-point field goal attempts. She also paces the team in steal (2.0 spg). Emily Cady will look to crash the boards as she brings in 7.3 rebounds per game. Indiana will have to guard the perimeter as Nebraska is second in the conference in 3-point field goals made per game as eight different Huskers have connected from beyond the arc in games this season.
FIRST BIG TEN WIN FOR MILLER AT INDIANA
Head Coach Curt Miller picked up his first Big Ten win at the helm of the Hoosier program as Indiana topped Northwestern, 68-64, on Jan. 6 in Assembly Hall.
MOST OVERALL WINS IN THREE YEARS
With the victory over Northwestern on Jan. 6, Indiana won its 10th game of the season, marking the first time in three years an IU team has won 10 or more games (14 games in 2009-10). It is the fastest a Hoosier team has reached 10 wins in four years, as IU started 10-1 in 2008-09.
HOOSIERS WITH BEST NON-CONFERENCE FINISH IN SIX YEARS
With a non-conference win over UIC on Dec. 31, Indiana finished 9-4 in non-league play, 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.
SINCLAIR KEEPS SCORING, 23 POINTS SHY 1,000
Aulani Sinclair continues to lead Indiana offensively as the senior scored 31 points in the win over Northwestern on Jan. 6, marking the third time in the last five games that she has scored 30 or more points. In that game, Sinclair shot 7-of-13 from the field, including three 3-pointers and connected on 14-of-15 free throws, becoming the eighth player in program history to hit 14 or more free throws in a single game.
For the season, Sinclair leads the team in scoring by averaging 19.9 points per game, which currently ranks her fifth in the Big Ten. She is also bringing in 4.3 rebounds per game and is shooting 43.1 percent (44-of-102) from beyond the arc to pace the team. The senior has scored 16 or more points in 12 games this season, 20 or more points nine times and has eclipsed 30 points in three contests. Sinclair has scored in double-figures in 44 career games.
Sinclair currently has 977 career points and is just 23 points shy of becoming the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points. Through this point in her career, she has connected on 38.2 percent of her 3-point field goal attempts, which would rank her as the top 3-point shooter in program history by percentage.
FRIENDLY HOME STRETCH IN CONFERENCE PLAY
After starting on the road in Big Ten play on Jan. 3 at Michigan, Indiana returned to Assembly Hall and topped Northwestern on Jan. 6. That game began a stretch where IU played host to four of five games in Bloomington. The Hoosiers will battle Nebraska on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET live on BTN and then will have a week between games before traveling to Columbus to take on Ohio State on Jan. 17. IU will then return home for games against Michigan State at 2 p.m. ET on Jan. 20 and then Michigan on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. ET.
BATTLING FOR BOARDS IS KEY
In the win over Northwestern on Jan. 6, Indiana outrebounded the Wildcats, 42-31, marking the eighth time this season that IU has outrebounded its opponent. The Hoosiers are 7-1 in those contests. Indiana has skied for 40 or more rebounds in five games this year and are 4-1 when hitting that mark.
CONVERTING THE FREE ONES VS. NORTHWESTERN
Indiana connected on 90.0 percent of its free throw attempts in the win over Northwestern, going 18-of-20 from the line. That was the second time this season that IU had shot 90.0 percent or better from the charity stripe in a single game. The Hoosiers shot a season-best 90.9 percent (10-of-11) against SIU-Edwardsville on Dec. 16.
AND ALL THAT JASMINE
For the fourth-consecutive game and fifth time in six contests, Jasmine McGhee scored in double-figures with 14 points against Northwestern on Jan. 6. The senior shot 2-of-4 from beyond the arc and finished with four rebounds.
Two games ago, 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 23 career games. The senior tied her career high with 27 points against Xavier on Dec. 21. In that game, McGhee shot 11-of-18 from the field to set a new career mark for field goals made in a single game.
In her last four games, McGhee is averaging 16.5 points and is shooting 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from beyond the arc. For the season, she is second on the team in scoring (11.9 ppg) and rebounds (6.3 rpg) and leads the team in steals (1.2 spg).
DELOACH CLEANS THE GLASS
Junior Simone Deloach had a career rebounding day coming off the bench against Northwestern on Sunday, skying for a career-best 15 rebounds in the win, the highest rebound total for an IU player in a single game this season. She also added eight points with a career-high four assists and a block while shooting 3-of-5 from the field. Deloach has had double-digit rebounds in two career games.
SHE IS THERE TO LINDA-HAND
Linda Rubene had the hot hand early for Indiana in the win over Northwestern, scoring seven of IU's first 11 points of the game. The senior finished the game with nine points, five rebounds and three assists and shot 4-of-8 from the field. Rubene has skied for five or more rebounds in six games this season.
Rubene has flourished this season under Curt Miller's direction. After averaging 1.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and playing just 12.1 minutes per game last year, Rubene is averaging 6.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 29.7 minutes per game in 2012-13.
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 on New Year's Eve. Indiana also hit 10 3-pointers against SIUE on Dec. 16. The Hoosiers shot 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from beyond the arc against the Flames, marking the eighth time this year that IU shot 40.0 percent or better from 3-point range. IU is 7-1 when it hits 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.