Jan. 18, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana welcomes No. 12/12 Michigan State to Assembly Hall on Thursday, Jan. 20 for a 6:30 p.m. ET tip-off. The game will be aired on the Big Ten Network with Tom Hart and Theresa Grentz calling all the action. The game can also be heard on Hoosier Country WHCC 105.1 FM as Jeremy Gray is on the call.
DID YOU KNOW?
In the last seven meetings between Indiana and Michigan State, the visiting team has left town with a victory. The home team has not won in the IU-MSU series since Dec. 28. 2006.
In the last six meetings between the Hoosiers and Spartans, the teams have split the decisions going 3-3 apiece.
Indiana took away a season-best 16 steals against Iowa on Sunday. It marks the first time an Indiana team has stole the ball 16 times in a game since the Hoosiers did it in back-to-back contests in the Big Ten Tournament against Michigan on March 5, 2009, then against Purdue on March 6, 2009.
With 14 points against Iowa on Sunday, junior Alisha Goodwin has scored in double-figures in back-to-back contests for the first time in her Indiana career.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her fifth year at Indiana and ninth year overall. She has a career mark of 134-129 (.510) and is 80-66 (.548) at the Hoosier helm. Michigan State Head Coach Suzy Merchant is in her fourth season guiding the Spartans and in her 16th year as a head coach overall. Merchant has compiled a record of 84-37 (.694) during her during her tenure at MSU and a 285-157 (.645) mark overall.
WHAT'S COMING UP
The Hoosiers will travel to Penn State to battle the Lady Lions on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. Indiana wil then have a week off from game action before heading to West Lafayette, Ind. to play Purdue on Sunday, Jan. 30 at Noon ET on the Big Ten Network.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
No. 12/12 Michigan State comes to Bloomington after falling short to Ohio State, 67-53, on Sunday. Before that loss, the Spartans had won 14-consecutive games, including their first four Big Ten contests. MSU struggled offensively against the Buckeyes, shooting just 29.0 percent for the game. Cetera Washington was the lone Spartan that scored in double-figures, finishing with 12 points.
Michigan State is led by senior Kalisha Keane, who scores 15.6 points per game and grabs 5.0 rebounds per contest. Keane leads the team in 3-pointer made (37), and shoots 46.3 percent from the field overall. Lykendra Johnson averages 10.2 ppg and leads the team in rebounding, bringing down 8.1 per contest. Johnson connects on 53.7 percent of her shot attempts, which is best on the team and ranks her fifth in the Big Ten. Brittney Thomas is another Spartan to keep an eye on, as the senior nets 8.3 ppg and leads the team in assists.
As a team, Michigan State leads the Big Ten in a number of categories including scoring defense (53.7 ppg), scoring margin (+15.4), field goal defense (.367), rebounding margin (+8.1), steals (10.8 spg) and offensive rebounds (15.4).
A GOOD(WIN) SIGN
Junior Alisha Goodwin had a big week for the Hoosiers against Illinios on Jan. 13 and at Iowa on Jan. 16. In those two games, Goodwin scored in double-figures in back-to-back games for the first time in her career. Goodwin averaged 14.0 points per game while shooting 55 percent (11-for-20) from the field and 60 percent from 3-point range (3-for-5) for those contests.
Against the Illini, Goodwin netted 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting and grabbed three rebounds and a steal in a career-best 29 minutes of play. At Iowa, the junior earned her second start of the season and scored 14 points in 15 minutes. She shot 5-of-9 from the field against Iowa and hit a career-high three 3-point field goals. Goodwin scored 11 of her points during a 2:25 span of the second half.
BATTLING THE BEST
The Hoosiers have and will battle some of the nation's best teams this season. Indiana's strength of schedule currently ranks No. 25 by CollegeRPI.com.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 No. 12/12 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 17.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Her point total ranks her third in the Big Ten in scoring, as she also ranks 13th in the conference in rebounding, eighth in assists (3.7 apg) and third in steals (2.3 spg).
In Big Ten games, Davis is third in the league in scoring with 19.0 points per game, and is third in assists (3.8 apg). Davis also owns the conference's highest single-game point total in Big Ten play as netted 31 against Minnesota on Jan. 2, the second time she achieved 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 1,343 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.
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, vs. Illinois on Jan. 13 and at Iowa on Jan. 16. Those are the only three games this season in which all four freshmen logged minutes for the Hoosiers in the same game. During the Illinois game, in the 26 combined minutes played by these four, they helped the Hoosiers to a +15 point margin in their time on the floor for Indiana.
Stauere has played in 15 games this year, scoring in over half of those contest. Stauere tallied 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. At Iowa on Sunday, Stauere brought down a career-high five rebounds and had two steals, which ties a career mark.
Deloach scored a field goal in IU's last two games and took away a career-best two steals against Iowa on Sunday afternoon. Earlier this season, Deloach brought down eight rebounds over Memphis on Nov. 18.
Newbauer has seen action in 14 games this year and on Sunday, tallied an assist, a steal and a rebound while logging a career-high 17 minutes. Newbauer, along with Deloach, led the team in the plus-minus category against Illinois, finishing with a +5 on Thursday.
Taufa has earned her playing time by showing some aggression by grabbing at least a rebound in each of the last four contests, including a career-best three boards against both Purdue and Illinois.
THE STEAL CURTAIN
The Hoosiers took away a season-best 16 steals against the Hawkeyes on Sunday while forcing a total of 20 Iowa turnovers. It marks the first time an Indiana team has stole the ball 16 times in a game since the Hoosiers did it in back-to-back contests in the Big Ten Tournament against Michigan on March 5, 2009, then against Purdue on March 6, 2009.
On the season, IU is averaging 10.2 steals per game, which is good for the third-highest mark in the Big Ten this year. Indiana has compiled 10 or more steals in 11 of 18 games this season.
GIVE US SOME HOPE
Senior Hope Elam has played a major role in IU's Big Ten season to this point. Elam has scored in double-figures in four of Indiana's six conference games and led the team in scoring with 19 points against Illinois on Jan. 13. 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.