Jan. 15, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana hits the road to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Thursday, Jan. 17. The game tips at 7 p.m. ET from Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The matchup can be heard on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on the call. The contest is also available as a live web broadcast at video.BTN.com or IUHoosiers.com/AllAccess.
DID YOU KNOW?
Senior Aulani Sinclair is just eight points shy of becoming the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points. With her 15 points against Nebraska on Jan. 10, Sinclair currently has 992 points in her career at Indiana.
Sinclair is fourth in the Big Ten and leads the team averaging 19.6 points per game and has scored 15 or more points in 13 games this season and 30 or more points three times.
Junior Simone Deloach has stepped up her game in Big Ten play as she is averaging 10.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in IU's three conference contests, including setting career marks in points, rebounds and assists during that span.
With Indiana winning its 10th game of the season over Northwestern on Jan. 6, it marks the first double-digit win season for the IU program in three years as the Hoosiers won 14 games in 2009-10.
Head coach Curt Miller earned his first Big Ten win at the helm of the Hoosier program when Indiana topped Northwestern, 68-64, on Jan. 6.
Miller will be facing Ohio State for the third time in his career as a head coach as he took on the Buckeyes twice while at Bowling Green.
Career Record: 268-98 (12th year)
Indiana record: 10-6 (1st year)
Career Record: 775-301 (35th year)
Ohio State Record: 271-76 (11th year)
OHIO STATE AT A GLANCE
Ohio State welcomes Indiana to Columbus in the midst of a four game losing streak in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes were defeated on the road in a triple overtime thriller at Purdue on Monday, 82-75. Freshman Ameryst Alston stepped up to pour in a team high 24 points in the effort. On the season, Tayler Hill leads the team with 21.3 points per game. Hill also leads the team in free throw shooting and 3-pointers made and is second on the team in assists. Ashley Adams, who also did not play at Purdue, averages 9.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and leads the team in blocks with 2.2 per game. In conference play, Darryce Moore has been a factor underneath with 13.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in Big Ten games, all while shooting 52.5 percent in those contests. For the year, Ohio State leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage, connecting on 47.2 percent of its shot attempts. The Buckeyes are holding teams under 60 points per game on the season, but in Big Ten play have given up over 80 points per contest.
SINCLAIR EIGHT POINTS AWAY FROM BECOMING 23RD PLAYER TO 1,000 CAREER POINTS
With her 15 points against then-No. 23 Nebraska, senior Aulani Sinclair has scored 992 career points and is just eight points shy of becoming the 23rd player in program history to tally 1,000 career points.
Sinclair led IU in scoring against the Huskers on Jan. 10 and hit on three 3-point field goals, marking the ninth time this season that she has hit three or more 3-pointers in a game. She also grabbed a season-best nine boards and a tied a career mark with three steals against Nebraska. In Indiana's win over Northwestern on Jan. 6, the Eminence, Ind., native tallied 31 points while shooting 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. Sinclair has scored 30 or more points in three games this year.
For the season, Sinclair leads the team in scoring by averaging 19.6 points per game, which currently ranks her fourth in the Big Ten. She is also bringing in 4.6 rebounds per game and is shooting 42.7 percent (47-of-110) from beyond the arc to pace the team. The senior has scored 15 or more points in 13 games this season, 20 or more points nine times and has eclipsed 30 points in three contests. Sinclair has scored in double-figures in 45 career games.
SIMONE STEPPING UP
Simone Deloach has stepped up big time for the Hoosiers in Big Ten play. In IU's three conference games, the junior is averaging 10.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 68.4 percent (13-of-19) from the field. She has also dished for six assists in those games with just one turnover.
In her last two games, she has set career marks in points, rebounds and assists. Against Nebraska on Jan. 10, Deloach scored a career-high 14 points while shooting 6-of-10 from the field with four rebounds and a blocked shot. In the win over Northwestern on Jan. 6, Deloach set career marks with 15 rebounds and four assists to go along with eight points while shooting 3-of-5 from the field. Her 15 boards are the most by an IU player this season.
MCGHEE BATTLES THROUGH
Early in the game vs. Northwestern on Jan. 6, Jasmine McGhee turned her ankle, but played through it to score 14 points and grab four boards in the win over the Wildcats in 36 minutes of play. Against Nebraska, her playing status was in doubt until game time. She ended up playing 30 minutes against the Cornhuskers and tallied seven points and four rebounds in the effort.
In four of the last five games, McGhee has scored in double-figures, averaging 14.6 points per game during that span. She tied a career mark with 27 points vs. Xavier on Dec. 21 while shooting 11-of-18 from the field, setting a new career mark for field goals made in a single game. She then accomplished her third double-double of the season against UIC on Dec. 31 with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
For the season, McGhee is second the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 11.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The Anderson, Ind., native leads the team in steals and is shooting 72.9 percent from the charity stripe.
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 MOST NON-CONFERENCE WINS 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.
Since Big Ten play began in women's basketball during the 1982-83 season, Indiana has won at least nine non-conference regular season games nine times including this year and has surpassed nine non-league regular season wins just three times.
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.