Jan. 15, 2011
|INDIANA (8-9, 2-3) at No. 16/20 IOWA (14-4, 2-3)
||Jan. 16, 2011
||2 p.m. ET
||Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
||Big Ten Network (Mike Wolf, Patricia Babcock-McGraw)
||IU Radio Network
Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
||Indiana Notes | Iowa Notes
||Indiana | Iowa
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||@IndianaWBB | @rmsheets
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers travel to Iowa City, Iowa to battle the No. 16/20 Hawkeyes on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be aired live on television on the Big Ten Network with Mike Wolf and Patricia Babcock-McGraw calling the game, or it can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on play-by-play.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sunday's matchup with No. 16/20 Iowa will mark the fourth time this season the Hoosiers have battled a ranked opponent. The Hoosiers have two more games on the schedule with opponents that are ranked in this week's Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today's Coaches Polls.
Indiana has played in 10 games this season that have been decided by seven points or less. Five of those contests ended in a margin of five points or fewer.
Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis continues to lead the conference in scoring in Big Ten games with 20.8 points per game.
Senior Hope Elam has scored in double-figures in four of five of Indiana's Big Ten games this season. In conference play, Elam is averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest.
All four Indiana freshmen, Simone Deloach, Andrea Newbauer, Kristiana Stauere and Milika Taufa, saw minutes in the same game two times this season, with each of those taking place within the last three contests.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana and ninth year overall. She has a career mark of 134-128 (.511) and is 80-65 (.553) at the Hoosier helm. Iowa's Lisa Bluder is in her 11th season guiding the Hawkeyes and in her 27th year as a head coach overall. Bluder has compiled a record of 203-127 (.615) during her during her tenure at Iowa and a 559-269 (.675) mark overall.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Indiana will host the No. 9/10 Michigan State Spartans on Thursday, Jan. 20 with a 6:30 p.m. ET tip. That game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network. The Hoosiers will then travel to Penn State for a clash with the Lady Lions on Sunday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. ET.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
No. 16/20 Iowa welcomes Indiana to Carver-Hawkeye Arena winning two of its last three games. The Haweyes lost a heartbreaker in their last game at No. 9/10 Michigan State on Jan. 13, 63-60, thanks a 3-point buzzer beater by the Spartans. Jaime Printy led Iowa in that game with 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and a perfect 4-for-4 from long range. Printy also brought down seven boards. Kamille Wahlin added 17 points in the effort as all of Iowa's scoring came from the five starters.
Four Hawkeye players are tallying double-figure points on the season led by Printy's 16.1 points per contest. She has also scored 18.6 points per game in conference play, which ranks her third in the Big Ten. Kachine Alexander averages a near double-double on the year with 13.7 ppg and 9.3 rpg. Wahlin adds 12.4 ppg and is second on the team in 3-point makes (31). Morgan Johnson scores 11.6 ppg while grabbing 7.6 boards per contest. Printy is also hitting 45.7 percent of her 3-point attempts in Big Ten play, good for third best in the conference.
As a team, Iowa averages 70.5 ppg and grabs a Big Ten-leading 42.5 rebounds each game. The Hawkeyes are also winning at a +10.1 point margin over opponents in all games this season.
GIVE US SOME HOPE
Senior co-captain Hope Elam continues her strong play since the start of the Big Ten schedule this season. Elam has tallied double-figures in four of Indiana's five conference contests. In IU's last outing against Illinois, the senior scored a team-high 19 points and grabbed seven boards in the effort. Elam netted a season-high mark of 23 points in the overtime win at Minnesota on Jan. 2. In that game, Elam hit a career-best five 3-point field goals on six attempts and brought down 11 rebounds, which tied her career-high.
In Big Ten play, the Champaign, Ill., native is averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Elam is also shooting 93.3 percent (14-of-15) from the charity stripe in Indiana's five conference contests, which ranks her second in the Big Ten in free throw percentage.
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. 37 by CollegeRPI.com and the Big Ten is the top-ranked RPI conference in the country. Indiana has faced four 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, including the next two contests with No. 16/20 Iowa and No. 9/10 Michigan State.
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 18.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Her point total ranks her third in the Big Ten in scoring. The senior is also dishing for 3.8 assists and 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 (eighth) and steals (fifth).
In Big Ten games, Davis leads the conference in scoring with 20.8 points per game, and ranks 15th in rebounding (5.4 rpg) and is third in assists (4.4 apg). 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. Davis has now tallied 30 or more points in a game on three occassions during her career. Her career mark is 33, which she achieved against Virginia on Nov. 26, 2009, 30 of those points coming in the second half of that game.
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 1,333 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.
A GOOD(WIN) SIGN OFF THE BENCH
Junior Alisha Goodwin played a huge role in IU's effort against the Illini on Jan. 13. Goodwin played a career-high 29 minutes coming off the bench for the Hoosiers and netted 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting while also grabbing three rebounds and a steal. Goodwin has now tallied double-figure points in three games this season. Her total against Illinois marked the first time Goodwin had netted double-figure points since Nov. 28 against Cleveland State when she had 10. It's her highest point total since the season opener when she scored a career-high 19 points against Ball State on Nov. 12.
SOME FRESH(MEN) FACES
Indiana's current freshmen class consisting of Simone Deloach, Andrea Newbauer, Kristiana Stauere and Milika Taufa are seeing more game minutes as Big Ten play continues. All four freshmen earned time at Ohio State on Jan. 5 and again against Illinois on Jan. 13. Those are the only two games this season in which all four freshmen logged minutes for the Hoosiers in the same game. During the Illinois game, in the 26 minutes played by these four, the freshmen combined to total a +15 point margin in their time on the floor for Indiana.
Taufa has earned her playing time by grabbing a rebound in each of the last three contests, including three boards against both Purdue and Illinois.
Stauere has played in 14 games this year, scoring in over half of those contest. Stauere netted a career-high six points at Toledo on Dec. 12, and was vital in IU's opening Big Ten win against Northwestern, scoring five points and logging a career-best 24 minutes.
Deloach scored a field goal and grabbed a pair of boards in six minutes against Illinois on Thursday, and earlier this season brought down eight rebounds over Memphis on Nov. 18.
Newbauer has seen action in 13 games this year and along with Deloach, led the team in the plus-minus category finishing with a +5 against the Illini.