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.
THE BASICS Indiana plays its fourth road game in its last five outings when it travels to Iowa City to face Iowa at 8:05 p.m. (EST) Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye 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.
INJURY UPDATE Senior captain Jamie Gathing will not play, as she is out for the year after sustaining a knee injury during individual workouts.
THE COACHES Fourth-year head coach Kathi Bennett leads the Hoosiers into action. Bennett has compiled a 58-46 record during her tenure in Bloomington and a 282-149 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.
Fourth-year head coach Lisa Bluder leads the Hawkeyes into Thursday's game. Bluder owns a 420-185 career record and a 64-43 mark at Iowa. The 2001 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Bluder was a three-time honoree as the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year during her 10 years as head coach at Drake, where she compiled a 187-106 record to go with three conference championships.
HEAD TO HEAD Kathi Bennett and Lisa Bluder have a prolonged history as adversaries, both in the MVC (Bennett at Evansville and Bluder at Drake) and in the Big Ten, with Bluder stringing together an 11-3 all-time mark against Bennett.
Bennett has won two of the last three meetings between the two.
WHAT IT MEANS An Indiana win would: * Be the third Hoosier victory in the last four meetings between Indiana and Iowa.
* Improve Indiana to 3-4 vs. Iowa under Kathi Bennett (.429 pct.) In the 30 games prior to Bennett's arrival, Indiana was 4-26 against Iowa (13.3 pct.)
* Get the Hoosiers off to a 2-2 start in Big Ten play for a four-game record identical to each of the last two seasons.
* Bring Indiana's record to 5-0 this year against teams that competed in last year's WNIT. The Hoosiers have wins over Georgetown, Maine, Western Illinois and Ball State already this year.
* Mark the first IU win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since February 20, 1994, when the Hoosiers claimed a 63-59 victory. The Hawkeyes have won seven straight over Indiana in Iowa City since then. Dating back to 1984, Iowa has won 17 of its last 18 against Indiana at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
* Snap the Hoosiers' four-game losing streak in Big Ten road games. Indiana's last conference road win was a 49-48 decision over Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on February 16 of last year.
An Indiana loss would: * Be the fifth consecutive road loss for Indiana against a Big Ten opponent, dating back to last year.
* Be the Hoosiers' third in the last four games.
* Extend the Hawkeyes' winning streak over the Hoosiers to eight games in contests played in Iowa City.
* Mark Indiana's 18th loss in its last 19 games at Iowa, dating back to 1984.
DEMUTH IS ON FIRE! Jenny DeMuth's production and leadership have been exceptional. DeMuth averages 20.1 points, 7.9 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.
VALENTIN LEADS BIG TEN Bloomington native Cyndi Valentin leads all Big Ten sophomores in scoring, averaging 14.8 points per game. In addition, Valentin trails only Kelly Mazzante in free throw percentage, converting at an 87.9 percent clip.
Big Ten Sophomore Leaders
Points Per Game
1) Cyndi Valentin (Indiana) 14.8
2) Lindsay Bowen (Michigan State) 12.6
3) Liz Shimek (Michigan State) 11.3
4) Ashley Josephson (Wisconsin) 11.0
5) Ifeoma Okwonkwo (Northwestern) 10.9
COMBINING FORCES Jenny DeMuth and Cyndi Valentin form one of the most potent scoring duos in the Big Ten. In fact, among tandems in which both players return next year, DeMuth and Valentin are the highest-scoring in the conference.
Big Ten's Highest-Scoring Duos* 1) J. DeMuth/C. Valentin (Indiana) 34.9
2) A. Williams/A. Yanni (Illinois) 31.5
3) T. Wright/J. Strom (Penn State) 26.8
4) C. Matter/J. Davenport (Ohio State) 25.5
5) L. Bowen/L. Shimek (Michigan State) 23.9
* Both players in the duo must return to their respective teams next season.
DOUBLE TROUBLE Jenny DeMuth and Cyndi Valentin are the top scorers on this year's Indiana squad. The two players combine to score 489 of Indiana's 960 points (50.9 percent).
The two have combined to register 11 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).
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 960
Freshman Total 294
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 30.6
Team Total 516
Freshman Total 151
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 29.2
Team Total 146
Freshman Total 43
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 29.5
Team Total 69
Freshman Total 34
Freshman Percentage of Team Total 49.3
IU RECORD WHEN THE FRESHMEN... Score 20 points or more 5-3
Score less than 20 points 3-3
Grab 10 rebounds or more 6-2
Grab less than 10 rebounds 2-4
Shoot 40 percent or better from the field 2-4
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 39 shots this year, a mark that would rank as the second-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 fourth 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 48.6 shooting percentage from three-point range (17-for-35).
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.
NOT OVER 'TILL ITS OVER Indiana has demonstrated the ability to come back when down by large margins on multiple occasions this year. Following is a look at the Hoosiers' most significant comebacks.
Nov. 28 - Indiana trailed Mississippi State, 55-34 (21-point deficit) with 12:24 remaining before going on a 33-13 run to bring the score to 68-67 with 19 seconds remaining. The Hoosiers had the ball with a chance to take the lead, but a costly traveling violation gave the ball back to the Bulldogs. With the shot clock turned off, IU was forced to foul and send MSU to the line, where the Bulldogs went on to ice their 70-67 win.
Dec. 7 - Indiana trailed at Georgetown, 23-9 in the first half before erupting behind Leah Enterline's career-high 17 points (15 in the deciding second half) to claim a 72-62 win.
Dec. 22 - Indiana trailed Western Illinois, 54-38 (16-point deficit) with 11:33 remaining before Jenny DeMuth went on a 17-0 run by herself to give Indiana a 55-54 lead with 6:23 remaining and set up an 81-74 Indiana win.
DOUBLE-FIGURE FROSH In 14 games played, Indiana has already seen a freshman reach double figures on 10 different occasions this year. Leah Enterline, Sarah McKay and Annika Boyd have three double-figure scoring efforts apiece, while Jamey Chapman has one.
HIGH-PERCENTAGE FROSH Against Ball State, 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).
LAST TIME OUT The Hoosier women's basketball team dropped a hard-fought, physical battle to Big Ten opponent Michigan at the Crisler Arena Saturday afternoon. The heated contest came down to the wire in the last three minutes with Michigan coming out on top, 65-59.
The Hoosiers were able to stay within close reach, never trailing by more than six in the first 15 minutes of play. A three-point play by Jenny DeMuth, brought Indiana to within one, 13-12 at the 9:39 mark and the Hoosiers continued to keep up the intensity defensively, holding the Wolverines without a field goal for just over five minutes. Michigan would then slowly reclaim its lead and hold a 33-26 advantage heading into the intermission.
The second-half was an all out battle with fast-paced, back-to-back scoring from both ends of the floor. The key stretch in the game began with 2:25 remaining in the contest. DeMuth played with her normal aggressive demeanor, as she stepped up and tried to take control of the game. She went on to make two defensive stops in a row and tried to bring the Hoosiers to a closer reach after knocking down a field goal with 53 seconds left, bringing the Hoosiers within three, 62-59. Indiana tried to hang on, but committed costly fouls and turnovers down the stretch.
"The difference in the game was that they (Michigan) broke us down defensively and got to the line. That is how they beat us," commented head coach Kathi Bennett.
As a team, the Hoosiers committed 23 fouls and both DeMuth and Sarah McKay fouled out. Angela Hawkins also finished with four fouls. The surplus of fouls resulted in Michigan going 23-for-28 from the line.
"We played hard enough, but didn't play smart enough. We committed way too many fouls," said Bennett.
DeMuth finished the outing with 19 points and six rebounds. McKay pitched in with 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks of her own. Hawkins also contributed five points and eight rebounds.
The Wolverines were led by Jennifer Smith who had a game-high 33 points, including a perfect 12-for-12 shooting effort from the line. Smith also pulled down nine boards. Tabitha Pool and Stephanie Gandy added 15 and 13 points, respectively. Together, the trio scored 61of the Wolverines' 65 points. Smith became the first player to score more than 30 points on the Hoosiers since February 2, 2003 when Penn State's Kelly Mazzante poured in 33 points.
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 host Northwestern at 2 p.m. Sunday at Assembly Hall.
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.
In addition, the game will be televised locally by WTIU Bloomington, with John McGuire calling the action and Jennifer Forney providing analysis.
Click on the broadcasts link, then follow the prompts to the women's basketball broadcasts and follow the prompts from there.