Jan. 18, 2012
|INDIANA (5-13, 0-5) vs. No. 13/18 PURDUE (15-3, 5-0)
||Jan. 19, 2012
||8 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
||Big Ten Network
Dan Kelly and Mary Murphy
||IU Radio Network
Jeremy Gray, play-by-play
| Game Notes
| Internet Coverage
||@IndianaWBB | @rmsheets
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will battle in-state rival No. 13/18 Purdue on Thursday, Jan. 19. The game will begin at 8 p.m. ET from Assembly Hall. The contest will be aired live on BTN with Dan Kelly and Mary Murphy calling the action. The radio broadcast of the game will be available on the state-wide IU Radio Network with Jeremy Gray on play-by-play.
DID YOU KNOW?
Thursday's game with Purdue will be the 73rd meeting between the two programs dating back to the 1975-76 season, which was the fifth season of Indiana women's basketball.
The Hoosiers and Boilermakers have split the last two games played inside of Assembly Hall. Purdue edged IU last season, 55-50, on Jan. 9, 2011 in Bloomington as Indiana topped Purdue on Jan. 19, 2009, 71-57.
With the way the Big Ten schedule has been the last four seasons, this is just the third meeting between Indiana and Purdue in Assembly Hall during that span.
Sasha Chaplin has led Indiana in scoring in three of the last four games, including her 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting at Michigan State on Jan. 12.
Aulani Sinclair is currently ranked 19th in the country and third in the Big Ten in free throw percentage hitting 88.2 percent of her attempts.
Jasmine McGhee continues to lead the Hoosiers in the scoring column this season, averaging 13.1 points per game.
Career Record: 140-152 (10th year)
Indiana record: 86-89 (6th year)
Career Record: 243-129 (12th year)
Purdue Record: 126-64 (6th year)
PURDUE AT A GLANCE
Purdue arrives in Assembly Hall riding an eight game winning streak, with five of those wins coming in Big Ten play. The Boilermakers have a very balanced attack as senior guard Brittany Rayburn is the lone player averaging double-figure points at 15.1 points per game. Rayburn is just one of five Big Ten players shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range as she hits on 40.9 percent of attempts from beyond the arc. Guards Courtney Moses and KK Houser both play important roles in the Purdue backcourt. Moses scores 9.5 points per game and leads the team in free throw shooting, hitting 81.3 percent of her attempts from the line. Houser will look to dish the rock as she leads the team with 3.8 assists per contest while scoring 9.1 points each game. As a team, the Boilers hold opponents to just 52.6 points per game to lead the conference, while also pacing the Big Ten in blocks (6.0 bpg) and steals (10.3 spg).
GOOD TO HAVE CHAP BACK
After playing in just two games a year ago and missing 61 games in her career due to injuries, Sasha Chaplin has appeared in every game this season, starting in 12 of those contests. The redshirt junior has led the team in scoring in three of the last four games and has tallied double-figure points seven times this season. Chaplin currently leads the team in rebounding, bringing in 6.0 board per contest. Twice this season, Chaplin has accomplished a double-double and has grabbed eight or more rebounds in a game five times. In her last four games, Chaplin is averaging 11.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. For the season, the St. Petersburg, Fla., native is averaging 7.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per contest.
SINCLAIR SINKING SHOTS
Team captain Aulani Sinclair is having a solid 2011-12 campaign. The junior has led the team in scoring six times including a team-high 17 points vs. Northwestern on Jan. 8. In that game, Sinclair connected on 3-of-7 3-point field goal attempts, marking the third time this year that she has connected on three or more 3-pointers in a game. In her career, Sinclair has hit at least three 3-point field goals in 12 games, including a career-high seven at FIU on Dec. 18, 2010.
Sinclair has been taking advantage of her opportunities at the free throw line as well. The Eminence, Ind., native is shooting 88.2 percent from the charity stripe, which ranks her 19th in the country in the latest NCAA statistical rankings and it is the third highest mark in the Big Ten so far this season. Sinclair is shooting a perfect 100 percent from the free throw line so far in conference games only.
For the season, Sinclair is second on the team in scoring averaging 10.9 points per game. She is leading the team in 3-point field goals made while connecting on 35.5 percent (27-of-76) of her long distance attempts. She has scored in double-figures nine times this year, which is highlighted by two career-high 23 point performances against Toledo and Oklahoma State.
MCGHEE FITS IN NICELY
Indiana junior Jasmine McGhee has played a major part in the IU offense this season, as she has led the team in scoring seven times this year. Her year has been highlighted by nine double-figure scoring games, including scoring 20 points or more three times. She set career marks with 27 points and 15 rebounds at IUPUI on Dec. 11, for one of her two double-doubles on the season.
McGhee was named the WBCA Junior College Player of the Year at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season after leading Vincennes University to a 28-4 record and has not let up since moving to the Division I level. McGhee is currently leading the team in scoring averaging 13.1 points per contest, and is second on the team in rebounding, bringing in 5.7 boards per game.
MCCURTY ON THE RISE
Freshman Quaneisha McCurty is becoming a block machine in the paint for Indiana. McCurty had four blocks at Michigan State on Jan. 12, marking the fourth time this season that she has had four or more rejections in a game. McCurty currently has 26 blocks on the season, which puts her just five blocks shy of cracking into the top-five on IU's all-time freshman list of most blocks in a season.
So far this season, McCurty has tallied double-figure points four times and has achieved two double-doubles on the year. Her year is highlighted by her performance against Colorado State on Dec. 21 in the Caribbean Classic when set career marks with 20 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots coming off the bench to lead IU to the win. The Dalton, Ga., native is averaging 6.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per contest so far in her freshman campaign.
A BOOMING BENCH
In six games this season, the Hoosier bench has accounted for 45 percent or more of the team's total point output in those contests. Indiana is 3-3 in the six games in which the IU reserves have played a major role in putting points on the board. The highest bench point total this season came in the win at Belmont on Nov. 18 when Hoosier reserves poured in 44 points, accounting for 69.8 percent of Indiana's 63 total points. At least one bench player in each of those six games has scored 10 or more points to provide a spark for IU.
THE LATVIAN LASER
Junior Linda Rubene, a native of Gulbene, Latvia, has earned a starting spot in each of Indiana's last three contests, and has started in seven games total this season. In Big Ten games only, Rubene is connecting on 45.5 percent (5-of-11) of her 3-point field goal attempts, which ranks her seventh in the conference in league games only. Her season is highlighted by a career-high 10 points against Michigan State on Dec. 30 when she connected on 3-of-5 3-pointers and had a block and a steal.