Jan. 12, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana welcomes Illinois to Assembly Hall for a Big Ten showdown on Thursday, Jan. 13. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Catch the game through online streaming at BigTenNetwork.com or listen to the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana has won the last two regular season meetings with Illinois, both of the contests came during the 2009-10 season.
Sunday's game will be the 60th matchup between the Hoosiers and Fighting Illini, IU has the edge in the series, 32-27.
Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis continues to lead the conference in scoring in Big Ten games with 22.0 points per game.
Senior Whitney Lindsay has netted 38 points in her last two games. She scored a career-high 20 points at Ohio State and followed that up with 18 against Purdue on Sunday. In those two games, Lindsay is shooting 60.9 percent (14-of-23) from the floor and 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from 3-point range.
Junior Georgie Jones has led the Hoosiers in the rebounding category in three of the last five games, including a 14 rebound game at Ohio State on Jan. 5.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana and ninth year overall. She has a career mark of 134-127 (.513) and is 80-64 (.556) at the Hoosier helm. Illinois' Jolette Law is in her fourth season guiding the Illini and as a head coach overall. Law has compiled a record of 55-61 (.474) during her head coaching career at Illinois.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Indiana will head to Iowa City, Iowa to battle the Hawkeyes on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. ET. The Hoosiers will then host No. 9/10 Michigan State at Assembly Hall on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. ET. Both of those contests can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.
SCOUTING THE ILLINI
Illinois will arrive in Bloomington after dropping its last two games in Big Ten play. The Illini won its conference opener over Minnesota, but lost at Michigan State on Jan. 2, and then fell in overtime to Northwestern at home on Jan. 8. Against the Wildcats, Amber Moore netted 17 points off the bench for Illinois to lead the team, hitting five 3-point field goals in the effort. Adrienne GodBold had 16 points and seven boards and Alexis Burke added 13 points. Karisma Penn brought down 17 boards to lead both teams.
Penn currently leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double with 16.8 ppg and 10.4 rpg, and she connects on 48.6 percent of her field goal attempts. In three Big Ten games, Penn is bringing down 14.3 boards per contest, which ranks second in the conference. Moore will be a perimeter threat off the bench for the Illini as she leads the team in 3-point makes (28). Moore scores 7.4 ppg in her sixth-man role. Lydia McCully sees the most minutes for Illinois and is second on the team in scoring at 8.3 ppg.
As a team, the Illini shoot 41.4 percent from the floor and currently lead the conference in 3-point field goal defense as opponents shoot just 25.6 percent against them. On the defensive end in Big Ten games only, Illinois is second in the conference in blocked shots (5.3 bpg) and second in steals (10.3 spg).
CAN I GET A WHIT-NESS?
Senior Whitney Lindsay has been an offensive force for the Hoosiers as of late. In IU's last two games, Lindsay has netted 38 points (19.0 ppg) while shooting 60.9 percent (14-of-23) from the floor and 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from 3-point range. Lindsay scored a career-high 20 points at Ohio State on Jan. 5, hitting a career-best eight field goals on 13 attempts and making 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. She followed that performance up by netting 18 points against Purdue on Jan. 9 on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor, and nailing four from long range, the most in her career.
The Mansfield, Ohio, native has scored in double-figures in four of the last five games, averaging 14.8 ppg and shooting 51.9 percent (28-of-54) from the floor in those contests. During that span, Lindsay was 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 has boosted her scoring average to 10.5 ppg while also dishing for 4.3 assists and grabbing 2.5 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 assists and 1.4 steals per contest, which she achieved last year as a junior.
BATTLING THE BEST
The Hoosiers have and will battle some of the nation's best teams this season. Indiana's strength of schedule is ranked No. 22 by CollegeRPI.com and the Big Ten is the top-ranked RPI conference in the country. Indiana has faced three teams that were ranked this season, and have three more games on the schedule with teams that are ranked in this week's Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls.
DAVIS PUTTING UP BIG TIME NUMBERS
Senior All-America and All-Big Ten candidate Jori Davis is putting up some stellar numbers in her senior campaign. Davis leads the team averaging 18.5 points per game, which also ranks her third in the Big Ten in scoring. The senior is bringing down 6.6 rebounds per contest, while also dishing for 3.6 assists each game and grabbing 2.2 steals per contest. Those numbers are good for the 11th-best average in the conference in rebounding, while cracking the top ten in assists (ninth) and steals (fifth).
In Big Ten games, Davis leads the conference in scoring with 22.0 points per game, ranks 15th in rebounding (5.5 rpg), seventh in assists (3.8 apg) and is fourth in minutes played (38.0 mpg). Davis also owns the conference's highest single-game point total in Big Ten play only netting 31 against Minnesota on Jan. 2, her second time to achieve that total this season.
JORI NOW 12TH ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Davis continues to climb her way up IU's all-time career scoring list. Davis now sits 12th on the all-time list. The senior has now tallied 1,317 points in her career and passed Heather Cassady's (1998-02) mark of 1,301 during the Ohio State game Jan. 5. 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.
So far this season, Indiana has played in nine games that were decided by six points or less. Seven of those came consecutively before the Ohio State game on Jan. 5, with five of those being decided by four points or less.
Indiana is 5-4 in games decided by six points or less, including winning two of those during Big Ten play over Northwestern, 71-69, on Dec. 30 and Minnesota, 80-79 in OT, on Jan. 2.