THE BASICS Indiana plays its third road game in its last four outings when it travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face Michigan at 4 p.m. Saturday at Crisler Arena.
ON THE AIR The game will be broadcast live on 105.1 WHCC Radio Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. As is the case for the remainder of the season, the game can also be heard on the internet at iuhoosiers.com.
Saturday's contest marks Indiana's first televised game of the year, with Fox Sports Chicago/Detroit broadcasting the game with Dave Loane handling play-by-play duties and Toni Roesch providing analysis.
INJURY UPDATE Senior captain Jamie Gathing will not play, as she is out for the year after sustaining a knee injury during individual workouts.
Annika Boyd is questionable after sustaining a head injury in practice this week. She did not dress against Wisconsin Thursday.
THE COACHES Fourth-year head coach Kathi Bennett leads the Hoosiers into action. Bennett has compiled a 58-45 record during her tenure in Bloomington and a 282-148 career mark in her 16 seasons as a head coach. Bennett is coming off a summer in which she served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the Pan American Games, helping the team to a silver medal.
First-year head coach Cheryl Burnett led Southwest Missouri State to a 319-136 (.701) mark in her 15 seasons there, which included 10 appearances in the NCAA tournament and two trips to the Final Four.
HEAD TO HEAD When Burnett and Kathi Bennett were both in the Missouri Valley Conference, Burnett's SMS squads compiled an 8-2 record against Bennett's Evansville teams.
WHAT IT MEANS An Indiana win would: * Improve the Hoosiers to 34-12 all-time against Michigan, with the win total being the second-most for Indiana against any single opponent. The Hoosiers have won 35 games against Wisconsin.
* Improve Indiana to 4-2 in road games this year while handing Michigan only its second home loss of the season.
* Be the second for Kathi Bennett in her last three head-to-head meetings against Cheryl Burnett. Bennett's Evansville team claimed a 68-55 win over Burnett's Southwest Missouri State team in 2000 before falling to SMS in the MVC Tournament later that year by an 88-75 margin. Bennett and Burnett have split their last four head-to-head meetings.
* Snap a three-game losing streak for Indiana in road games against Big Ten opponents. The Hoosiers' last conference road win was a 49-48 dogfight against Wisconsin on February 16, 2003.
* Snap a three-game Michigan winning streak in the series between the two teams.
* Snap a six-game losing streak to Big Ten teams from the state of Michigan. The Wolverines enter as winners of three straight over Indiana, with Michigan State claiming three straight victories as well.
An Indiana loss would: * Extend Michigan's winning streak over Indiana to four games, dating back to 2001-02.
* Extend Indiana's skid against Big Ten teams from the state of Michigan to seven games. The Wolverines enter as winners of three straight over Indiana, with Michigan State claiming three straight victories as well.
* Be the fourth consecutive road loss for Indiana against a Big Ten opponent, dating back to last year.
* Improve Michigan to 6-1 at home this year, with the Wolverines' lone loss a 76-74 overtime defeat at the hands of an 8-4 Alabama squad.
LAST TIME OUT Indiana has dominated the all-time series against Wisconsin in games played at Assembly Hall, and Thursday's contest added to it. Indiana claimed a 60-39 win over the Badgers and in doing so, extended its all-time series advantage to 22-2 against Wisconsin at Assembly Hall.
The game was never in doubt and with the win, the Hoosiers improved to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten play, while the Badgers slipped to 5-6 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
There were several contributing factors to the lopsided win, with Indiana owning a 24-11 advantage in points off turnovers, a 14-0 advantage in fast break points and a 28-12 advantage in the paint. With all those stats in mind, it was the Indiana defensive effort that was most responsible for the win.
The Hoosiers limited Wisconsin to 11-of-46 shooting from the field (23.9 percent) and forced the Badgers to commit 18 turnovers.
Jenny DeMuth once again starred for the Hoosiers, finishing with 20 points and 12 rebounds for her eighth 20-plus point scoring game and her fifth double-double of the year. She also matched a career-high with six steals and has reached the 20-point plateau for the sixth time in the last seven games.
Cyndi Valentin added 22 points, marking the third time this season both she and DeMuth each scored 20 or more points in the same game.
The Hoosiers took a commanding 30-13 lead into halftime, thanks in large part to a defensive effort that limited the Badgers to 4-of-24 shooting from the field (16.7 percent). Wisconsin had a 10:35 field goal drought at one stretch of the first half that resulted in a 15-3 IU run. Indiana's tight man-to-man defense resulted in a 15-4 advantage in points off turnovers during the first half.
It was more of the same early in the second half, as a three-point play by Valentin, followed by a Valentin trey and a Sarah McKay rebound and putback extended the Hoosier advantage to 38-13. Valentin then scored on the break to widen the lead to 40-13 and effectively put the game away.
DeMuth led the way with 11 points and nine rebounds in the first half. She fell just one rebound shy of recording her third halftime double-double of the year. Cyndi Valentin added 10 points and two assists in the first half.
Kali Kullberg made her return to the Indiana lineup after missing the last six games with a knee injury. However, Indiana played without the services of Annika Boyd, who sustained a head injury in practice earlier in the week.
DEMUTH IS ON FIRE! Jenny DeMuth's production and leadership have been exceptional. DeMuth averages 20.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game this year and has already established new career highs in points (30 vs. North Texas), rebounds (14 vs. Maine), steals (six vs. Wisconsin and Cornell), three-point field goals made (four vs. VCU), free-throws attempted (15 vs. North Texas) and minutes played (39 vs. Maine).
DeMuth earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors twice this year, once after scoring 27 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against Western Illinois. With the Hoosiers trailing by 16 with 10:55 remaining in the contest, DeMuth went on a 17-0 run by herself to give Indiana the lead and set up the eventual IU victory.
She was the Big Ten Player of the Week after earning all-tournament and tournament MVP honors at the Indiana Classic in addition to being an all-tournament team selection at the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.
The Highland, Ind., native scored 20 or more points eight times and has five double-doubles on the year.
HARD WORK=BETTER OFFENSE The work ethic of this year's Indiana team is remarkable, and it has translated directly on the court.
This year's Indiana squad is better in every aspect of the offensive game than last year's group, and a large reason is the fact that it is not uncommon at all to see players working on their game on their own time far more than in the recent past.
Following is a look at some of the drastic differences from this year to last year:
Points 2003-04 69.3
Free Throw Percentage 2003-04 .751
Field Goal Percentage 2003-04 .412
Three-Point Percentage 2003-04 .347
FOLLOWING THE FRESHMEN Indiana's 12-player active roster is dotted by five freshmen. Following is a look at what the freshmen are contributing on the stat sheet.
Team Total 901
Freshman Total 274
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 30.4
Rebounds Team Total 484
Freshman Total 141
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 29.1
Assists Team Total 138
Freshman Total 42
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 30.4
Blocks Team Total 63
Freshman Total 31
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 49.2
IU RECORD WHEN THE FRESHMEN... Score 20 points or more 5-2
Score less than 20 points 3-3
Grab 10 rebounds or more 6-1
Grab less than 10 rebounds 2-4
Shoot 40 percent or better from the field 2-3
Shoot less than 40 percent from the field 6-2
IU AMONG NATION'S YOUNGEST Indiana is the fourth-youngest team in the nation in terms of average age of players and the youngest team in the nation among the BCS conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC)
Team Avg. Age
1. Wofford 18.77
2. Loyola (Md.) 18.8
3. Utah State 18.9
4. Indiana 19.0
4. Hawaii 19.0
6. Texas Tech 19.08
7. Appalachian State 19.1
8. Central Florida 19.2
8. Michigan State 19.2
9. Northern Arizona 19.3
9. New Hampshire 19.3
MCKAY EXPLODES Freshman Sarah McKay had a huge day against Ball State in the non-conference finale. McKay scored 24 points (the sixth-best single-game mark ever for a freshman at Indiana) and hauled in 16 rebounds (the fifth-highest single-game mark ever for a freshman at Indiana).
Her 24-point effort against Ball State came on the heels of a 19-point performance against Arkansas two games prior and a nine-point, 10-rebound showing against Western Illinois immediately before.
McKay started the season on the Hoosier bench, but has worked her way into the regular rotation and eventually into the starting lineup.
Over a three game span vs. Arkansas, WIU and Ball State, McKay averaged 17.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
McKay is one of three freshmen to have started for Indiana this year. She is on pace to block 35 shots this year, a mark that would rank as the fourth-highest single-season mark for a Hoosier freshman.
ENTERLINE SETS RECORD When Leah Enterline dished out eight assists at NC State on December 14, she established a new Indiana freshman record, surpassing the mark of seven assists, accomplished by Heather Cassady in 1999 and Kristi Green twice in 1996.
BOYD EXPLOSIVE Freshman guard Annika Boyd has been one of the most productive Hoosiers in terms of points per minutes played.
The Minneapolis native ranks fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 6.2 points per game in only 12.4 minutes per contest.
Extended over a 40 minute period, Boyd would average 20.0 points per game.
She leads the team with a 46.9 shooting percentage from three-point range (15-for-32).
Boyd had her best day to date against North Carolina State, scoring 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field and 3-for-3 shooting from three-point range in only 11 minutes of action.
DOUBLE-FIGURE FROSH In 13 games played, Indiana has already seen a freshman reach double figures on nine different occasions this year. Leah Enterline and Annika Boyd have three double-figure scoring efforts apiece, while Sarah McKay has two and Jamey Chapman both have one.
HIGH-PERCENTAGE FROSH Against Ball State, Sarah McKay was Indiana's most productive player. She was not the only freshman to contribute, however, as Indiana's freshmen combined to score 40 of the team's 71 points (56.3 percent), and grab 26 of the team's 46 rebounds (56.5 percent).
DOUBLE TROUBLE Jenny DeMuth and Cyndi Valentin are the top scorers on this year's Indiana squad. The two players combine to score 459 of Indiana's 901 points (50.9 percent).
With the exception of an off-night for Valentin against Michigan State, both players have reached double-figures every game this season, with the two combining to register nine 20-point or more scoring games and score 20 or more points in the same game on three separate occasions (vs. NC State, Western Illinois and Wisconsin).
THIRD SCORER WANTED DeMuth and Valentin are scoring points this year, but for Indiana to be at its best, it needs production to come from a third source
In six of the Hoosiers' eight wins, there has been a third double-figure scorer.
MARK THE DATE NOW January 25, 2004 will be a big day for Hoosier women's basketball. Indiana hosts Purdue at 2 p.m., but the rivalry is hardly the story. When the Hoosiers and Boilermakers tangle, fans will have an opportunity to help fight cancer simply by showing up.
In honor of IU Women's Basketball fans, Vera Bradley Designs will donate $10,000 for breast cancer research if the Hoosiers 'Pack the Hall' with 10,000 people.
ATTENDANCE JUMPS Indiana shattered both its single-game and single-season attendance records last year.
The Hoosiers drew 7,986 fans for their game against Wisconsin on January 24, leading Kathi Bennett to donate $5,000 of her own money to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in commemoration of IU establishing a new single-game attendance record.
Average attendance for Indiana home games saw an 84.6 percent increase from the 2001-02 season to the 2002-03 season.
In fact, the Hoosiers established three of the top eight single-game attendance marks in school history during the 2002-03 campaign.
BRUTAL SCHEDULE A whopping 15 different teams that saw action in post-season play last year headline Indiana's 2003-04 schedule.
NEXT GAME The Hoosiers return to action when they battle Iowa at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City at 8 p.m. (EST) Thursday.
The game will be broadcast on 105.1 WHCC Radio Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. The broadcast can also be accessed worldwide on the internet at the official site of Indiana Athletics, iuhoosiers.com.
Click on the broadcasts link, then follow the prompts to the women's basketball broadcasts and follow the prompts from there.